Climate Change Education
In August 2020 the City held two public climate change literacy workshops. The recording of the workshop is below for your viewing pleasure.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Climate Mitigation
The City recognizes that human-caused global climate change is occurring. In 2019, the City Commission committed to reducing the City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2055.
From December 2019 to March 2020, the City conducted its first Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. This Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory measures (1) Community-wide emissions and (2) those emissions from City Operations. Review the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory here, which creates a 2016 baseline that we will base all reductions from. Additionally, the City discloses our Inventory results on a number of international organization’s platforms.
Between 2019 and 2020, Senior and relevant City staff have attended two separate training workshops to learn all about climate change so that all staff may better serve our residents. We’re ready.
Climate Change Adaptation
Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan
In 2018, the City was awarded a $66,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resilient Coastlines Program. With this funding, the City hired a consultant to create a Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (VAAP). Our VAAP examines what areas of the City will be inundated with 1, 2, and 5 feet of sea-level rise. Additionally, the VAAP explores how climate change will impact groundwater (drinking water) resources, rainfall, and shoreline. The VAAP was adopted by City Commission on August 5, 2020. Read the VAAP here.
Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan
In 2018, the City was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for the purpose of developing a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan. In the last four years, the City has prepared for or has experienced three hurricanes that were expected at great magnitude. Knowing that long-term recovery is benefited by having a plan, the City determined that having a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan is an important step to increase the City’s resilience to natural and man-made disasters. The Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan was adopted by City Commission on August 5, 2020. Read the Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan here Headline.
What can I do to reduce my emissions?
Learn how to get solar in Hallandale Beach
We’ve got a whole website set up with all the information you need to know about installing solar in Hallandale Beach. You can visit the website here Headline . The City has been designated "SolSmart" Silver due to our efforts to reduce solar soft costs and speed up solar permit processing times.
Switch out your fossil-fueled vehicle for an electric vehicle & learn where to charge it
Did you know that when you purchase an electric vehicle that you can become eligible for up to a $7,500 federal tax credit? Learn more about financial incentives to go electric here Headline.
Complimentary EV charging is available in the parking lot for Bluesten Park and at City Hall.
The City is in the process of expanding our EV charging network. Updates will be available soon.
We ask that all drivers always keep EV Charging stations open and available for charging unless you yourself are charging an EV. If you drive a gas/diesel/non-plug-in Hybrid vehicle, please never EV charging stations as it is a ticketable offense.
Regional Efforts and Impacts
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
The Southeast Florida region is lead by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, an agreement between Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties to approach climate change in a unified regional manner. To learn more about the "Compact" and the Regional Climate Action Plan visit their website.
King Tides, also called “Sunny Day Flooding” or “High Tide Flooding" are expected to occur between September and November of each year. King Tides are the highest tide of the year which can flood low-lying areas of the City with saltwater. Depending on the height of inundation, King Tides can cause saltwater to overflow past seawalls and flow up through storm drains.
In 2017, King Tide flooding was observed in Golden Isles and along Golden Beach Drive. Since 2017, the City has installed Tidal Flex Check Valves to curb tidal flooding in these areas. In 2018 no flooding was experienced. In 2020, King Tides are expected to occur the following dates:
- September 16 - 22
- October 14 - 21
- November 13 -18
- December 13 -15
Between now and King Tide days, take the time to prepare. Get to know your flood hazard and familiarize yourself with your flood insurance policy. The City provides property protection consultations including site visits and drainage evaluators. Call 954-457-1386 for property protection advice. During King Tide events, be careful driving or walking through flood water. If you’re expecting to walk through flood water it is best to wear close-toed shoes, as hazards may be hiding where you can’t see them. The same is true for driving- do not drive through flooded areas. Expect to experience traffic delays due to flooding. Do not let children play in or near floodwater, but if they do encourage them to wash their hands. Email photos and the location of flooding to the City’s Green Initiatives Coordinator and upload them to Broward County’s Document the Floods Crowdsourcing Map.
During these King Tide days, you can also prepare by educating yourself and your peers on the causes of sea-level rise and what you can do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Reoccurring floods like King Tides provide a test-run of likely sea-level rise scenarios. As sea-level rises, the frequency of King Tides are expected to increase to nearly 50 times per year by 2030 and over 200 times per year by 2045. Remember, it is never too late to make changes in your life to be greener. If you want to learn about changes you can make to lessen your impact, contact the Green Initiatives Coordinator.