Sustainability/Green Initiatives Program
The Green Initiatives Program provides sustainability-related information and programs to residents and employees. Check out our Green Initiatives Program Overview in order to learn more about sustainability, form your own personal definition of sustainability and begin to think about how you can make changes in your life to reduce your impact.
Click here to learn more about the City's Plastic Straw Ban.
Green Initiatives Online Newsletter
The quarterly Green Initiatives Newsletter aims to introduce City employees, residents and visitors to the concept of sustainability and hopes to encourage each person to think about how they can reduce their impact on the planet via actions that work for them.
Remember to take the short survey that is located on Page 3 or 4 of every Newsletter!
Current Edition: Volume 10
Sustainability Action Plan
The City Commission has adopted the Sustainability Action Plan!
The City launched its Sustainability Action Planning process at the end of May 2017. This Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) lays out every sustainability initiative that the City will implement during the next 5 years. This project-driven action plan focuses on the following areas:
- Resource Conservation and Efficiency
- Materials Minimization and Recycling
- Land Use and Transportation
- Natural Resources and Resiliency
- Education and Outreach
- Funding and Evaluation
An Interdepartmental Project Team, made up of staff members from multiple City departments, was created in order to identify sustainability opportunities and barriers within each Department in the City. We also sought input from our residents in two workshops held in November, 2017.
The Water Conservation Program includes the Toilet Rebate Program, Water Conservation Device Giveaway, and the Water Wise Elementary Education Program.
The City offers its residents free showerheads, hose nozzles, and faucet aerators. To apply for Water Conservation Devices please download this application and return to the City's Green Initiatives Coordinator.
The City of Hallandale Beach participates with the Broward Water Partnership's Toilet Rebate Program. Through this program, residents with eligible toilets (pre-1994) can apply for rebates of up to $100 to replace their old, high-water-use toilets with water conserving models. Visit the Conservation Pays website to see if you are eligible for a rebate and to apply online.
The City also offers the opportunity for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business through our PACE program. This program allows property owners to receive up-front financing for qualifying improvements. Broward County has approved four (4) PACE providers Countywide. Visit the Broward County website for more information.
We also offer residents free LED light bulbs and smart power strips. Download the application for an Energy Conservation Device.
Quarterly Workshop Series
We have partnered with the City of Hollywood in order to offer residents of both Cites a quarterly workshop series.
Past Quarterly Green Initiatives Workshops
- June 1, 2019, Vermicomposting Workshop
- February 9, 2018, No Waste Workshop with Yoga Rosa Studio in Hallandale Beach
- November 14, 2017 - Zero Waste Workshop and DIY Instructions
- June 28, 2017 - Materials Reduction Workshop
- May 6, 2017 - Green Fest Water and Energy Conservation Workshops with Dream in Green
- January 21, 2017 - Water and Energy Conservation Workshop with Dream in Green
- July 23, 2016 and August 20, 2016 - Rain Barrel and Native Plant Workshop
Remember, recycling is the third of the 3 R's. Try your best to REDUCE and REUSE first! Regardless, are you wondering what is recyclable and what is not?
The City of Hallandale Beach adopted a Green Building Program in 2009. The City requires all new City-owned and operated buildings, development funded with CRA funds, new commercial buildings or major renovation projects greater than 50,000 gross square feet, and new residential/hotel building or major renovation projects of 50 units or greater to obtain a Green Building Certification from a recognized environmental rating agency.
The City recognizes that global climate change is occurring. In 2019, the City Commission committed to reduce the City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2055. In 2019, the City will be conducting a Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory which will be publicly available upon completion.
The City also installed sea-level rise awareness poles on our public beaches. These poles give you information about what areas in Hallandale Beach and Broward County are vulnerable to sea-level rise. They will also tell you about climate change in general and what you can do to help reduce your environmental impact.
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. This year, King Tides are expected to occur the following dates:
- August 29 to September 3, 2019
- September 26 to October 3, 2019
- October 25 to October 31, 2019
- November 24 to November 28, 2019
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.