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Grant Awarded to Continue Resilient Redesign Planning in City of Dania Beach
  
  
Date: December 12, 2014
Media Contact: Dr. Samantha Danchuk, P.E.,
Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division
Phone: 954-519-1295
Email: sdanchuk@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Broward County and the City of Dania Beach for a 2014 Regional Sustainable Environmental Science (RESES) Grant Award. The County proposal was just one of six projects to be funded nationwide.

Under this grant, the EPA will provide technical assistance along with university and consulting partners to further develop and evaluate initial resilient redesign concepts designed to engage stakeholders and incorporate cost-benefit scenarios. These tools are expected to guide next steps in the prioritization and advancement of community resiliency planning, while providing a model for other local governments in southeast Florida.

The project titled “Community Resilience Planning and Decision Making Framework for Coastal Communities” will advance local efforts to build community climate resiliency through redevelopment and strategic investments in infrastructure focusing on eastern portions of the City of Dania Beach which is vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding. In partnering with the EPA, Broward County and the City of Dania Beach will build upon climate adaptation planning concepts developed as part of a regional Resilient Redesign workshop organized by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact in August 2014. The workshop, co-hosted by partners of the four-county Compact, involved a diverse group of regional, national and international experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, transportation, planning, and water management who collaborated to identify climate challenges and design opportunities for three representative southeast Florida communities. The City of Dania Beach was included as a representative urban community, along with the City of Miami Beach and the community of Sweetwater in unincorporated Miami-Dade County which served as models for dense-urban and suburban landscapes, respectively. 
 
About the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was formalized in January 2010 as a commitment among Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties to partner in regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. In 2012 the Compact finalized a Regional Climate Action Plan with 110 priority recommendations, including the pursuit of adaptation planning through sustainable development and infrastructure improvements. The Compact has repeatedly been recognized as a model for regional collaboration on climate action, including the Compact’s recent selection by the Department of Energy in the first cohort of Climate Action Champions – just one of 16 communities nationwide to receive this designation. 

About Environmental Planning and Community Resilience
Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience 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 find us on Facebook at Broward County Environment or follow us on Twitter @BrowardEnv