DATE: March 24, 2014
Left to right: Rob Tanner, Marianne Winfield, Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Donald Burgess, Mayor Barbara Sharief and Robert McColgan.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Broward County
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County was recognized at the March 18 County Commission meeting with a Smart Growth Excellence Award from the Smart Growth Partnership for the Climate Change Element added to the County’s Comprehensive Plan in 2013. The award honors public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially and economically.
The award was presented on Tuesday by Smart Growth Partnership executive director Marianne Winfield and board members Robert McColgan and Rob Tanner. “We all have a stake in the future of our community,” Winfield said. “Smart Growth Partnership supports public education and policy that puts climate change planning on our priority list and starts to consider the effects on local businesses and residents.”
The purpose of the Climate Change Element is to provide a planning framework for addressing the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change. It is countywide strategy, based on local vulnerabilities and consistent with regional efforts to reduce carbon pollution and adapt to the local impacts of global climate change.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Smart Growth Partnership,” said Dr. Jennifer Jurado, director of Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, who accepted the award on behalf of the County alongside Mayor Barbara Sharief and Donald Burgess, Land Preservation Administrator.
“Our Climate Change Element is intended to be a model for other local governments which are also vulnerable to climate change impacts,” Jurado said, “There is great potential for application in those communities as the planning issues associated with climate change are somewhat universal.”
The Climate Change Element lays out planning criteria for land use, roadways, transit, housing, public/private infrastructure improvements, population shifts, natural systems and habitat, water supply, intergovernmental coordination, education, and outreach. In doing so, Broward County advances its ongoing efforts to build a greener, more sustainable, and climate-resilient community.
About Smart Growth Partnership
Smart Growth Partnership, Inc., is a collaborative of diverse professionals and organizations providing leadership, advocacy and education to promote livable and sustainable and green communities. To that end, the partnership, which was founded in 2005, supports the Principles of Smart Growth and each year presents the Southeast Florida Awards for Smart Growth Excellence to public- and private-sector projects that espouse these principles. For more information, and to read the Smart Growth Principles, visit smartgrowthpartnership.org.
About Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
Broward County’s Natural Resources, Planning and Management Division protects, restores and enhances the quality, abundance and diversity of the County’s natural resources through coordinated management efforts in five areas: water resource policy and planning, urban and natural lands management, beach and marine resources, energy and sustainability, and environmental monitoring. For more information, call 954-519-1270, visit Broward.org/NaturalResources or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BrowardResource.