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Miami-Dade’s Sustainability Achievements Presented to the MDC Sustainability Symposium March 13, 2013. Patricia Gómez PE, CEM, LEED AP Office of Sustainability, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. Miami-Dade Office of Sustainability . MISSION.

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Miami-Dade’s Sustainability Achievements

Presented to the MDC Sustainability Symposium

March 13, 2013

Patricia Gómez PE, CEM, LEED AP

Office of Sustainability, Miami-Dade County

Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources



Office of Sustainability

  • Coordinate organization-wide change towards sustainable government culture, operations and service delivery

Collaborates with County agencies, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to protect and enhance Miami-Dade’s distinctive environmental quality and livability

greenprint the county s first sustainability plan
GreenPrint: the County’s first Sustainability Plan

Culminates in County’s 1st climate action plan.

Estimated to reduce 1.5 million mt of GHG emissions and avoid 3.1 million mt over the first 5 years.

Estimated savings $73,000,000 per year if fully implemented.


Water & Energy Efficiency

Sustainable Code & Permitting:

Code Revision Implementation

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance
  • Bicycle Parking Ordinance
  • Complete Streets Resolution
  • Solar Photovoltaic Technology Ordinance
  • Regulations pertaining to Green/Cool Roofs
  • Regulations pertaining to Farmer

Markets & Community Gardens

water energy efficiency
Water & Energy Efficiency
  • EECBG Projects:
  • Energy efficient lighting on "Green Roadways”
  • Solar power systems for powering of park buildings
  • Cool roof & daylight harvesting at County libraries
  • Methane sequestration from landfill and digesters to power operations of water & sewer facilities
energy efficiency conservation block grant program
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant

  • September 14, 2009 to September 13, 2012
  • Awarded $12,523,700
  • 12 projects across 8 County departments
  • 6 projects completed
  • $10.1 million spent
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Water & Energy Efficiency

Initiative 18: Continue to implement current campaigns & pursue additional funding

Community-wide Energy Efficiency Campaign:

Resulted in a reduction of 7,761 metric tons of CO2e and

$1,413,796 a year in energy savings.

Water-use Efficiency Campaign: Resulted in an unprecedented decline in consumption from 158 to 134 gallons per capita per day over the last five years.


Water & Energy Efficiency:

  • Power It Down Challenge
  • Employee behavioral campaign at two pilot buildings:
  • Stephen P. Clark Government Center (SPCC)
  • Richard E. Gerstein (REG) Courthouse
  • Executed by Office of Sustainability (OOS)
  • Funded by Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
  • Six-week savings:
  • 7,561.34 kWh
  • 4 metric tons of CO2e
  • Energy conserved equivalent to:
  • Powering a 3-bedroom house for 176 days
  • Powering 581,642 compact fluorescent bulbs for 1 hour


  • Internal Revolving Loan

At conclusion of SEAM Loan Fund

Loans continue for an indefinite period

  • Completed:
  • Lighting retrofit @ 9 County Park facilities: energy savings of 65,000 kWh/year - same energy typical 3 bdr, 1,200 sq ft with ac) in Miami Dade County for one year ($8,599/yr)
  • Pending:
  • Corrections: 6 projects
  • ISD: 1 project


- There are over 2 million sq. ft. of new or renovated “green” space currently planned for the County (31 qualifying projects spanning 8 departments). - This translates to energy savings of around $20 million over the next 20 years and a reduction of around 300 million lbs CO2e.

  • LEED certified office buildings use 25-30% less energy than conventional office buildings.

Implementing Order 8-8(2007)

Describes the policies of the County’s Sustainable Buildings Program

electricity master plan
Electricity Master Plan
  • County government’s electric energy footprint represents about 10% of the total electricity consumed community-wide.
  • County government’s electric energy use costs taxpayers over $100 million annually.
  • OBJECTIVE: develop an energy management strategy to meet the 20% electricity reduction goal from 2007 levels by 2014.
  • DESCRIPTION: systemic approach to efficient energy use within County operations addressed at the enterprise (macro) and department (micro) levels.  
  • Enterprise level: apply energy accounting software, coordinate across departments, and engage top level support. 
  • Department level: provide framework for departments to develop customized energy/electricity management plans.

RESPONSIBLE land use and smart transportation

  • 2.4 Mile Metrorail Extension to MIA
  • $500 Million - People’s Transportation Fund surtax and state funds
  • 1,000 daily boardings since opening of Airport Link
  • Expect 12% increase system wide with completion of Tri-Rail, Amtrak, and Greyhound services established
  • First US transit project LEED Gold Certified by the USGBC

GreenPrint Target: 2,000,000 additional trips per year = 8,397 mt CO2e Reduction by 2015

our environment
Our Environment

Initiative 48: Use Waste as Energy at the WASD South District Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Objective: trap and consume both landfill and digester gases from the County's landfill and the wastewater treatment plant to increase the amount of self-generated electricity.
  • Results: generate an additional 33,500 KW of electricity per year from gases that would normally be wasted.
  • Two-phase project:
  • COMPLETED: Construction of a pipeline to transport methane gas from landfill to WASD facility
  • ON-GOING: Addition of new and upgrade of existing cogeneration facility

Vibrant economy

  • Total Number of Applicants:672
  • Total Number of Applications Completed:319
  • Total Number of Applications Reviewed:293
  • Total Number of Certifications Granted:15

Climate change adaptation

Understand and respond to current and future climate change impacts