Hallandale Beach Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
May 20, 2021
The City of Hallandale Beach Wants Residents to Determine the Path to Achieving That Goal
Just this week the City of Hallandale Beach doubled down on climate change and joined the Cities Race to Zero. This new commitment pushes the City’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals forward 5 years to align with many other Florida, national, and global cities in the fight against climate change. The City didn’t join the Race to Zero on a whim; the City has had ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals since 2019 and has been in the process of developing their first Climate Action Plan since June of last year.
City leadership is asking its residents, business owners, community and faith-based organizations to get involved in the Climate Action Planning process at www.haveyoursayhallandale.org before the end of May. This website serves as a 24/7, translatable public forum for residents to share their ideas, comment on other’s ideas, and place pins on a map where they would like pro-environment amenities like solar and bikeshares to be placed. The input the City receives at www.haveyoursayhallandale.org will be the basis for what our City-wide strategy will be for reducing our emissions. “Staff could come up with ideal projects for the Plan, but at the end of the day we want a plan that the community feels invested in because becoming net-zero will be something that takes the effort of each and every one of us” said Alyssa Jones Wood the City’s Sustainability & Resiliency Officer.
So far residents have shared ideas like requiring solar panels on new developments, improving and adding bicycle lanes throughout the City, and creating a Green Business Certification program. Residents are even being consulted on what the title of the Plan should be! www.haveyoursayhallandale.org will be open for any and all ideas until the end of May when it will transition to asking for comments on the draft Climate Action Plan itself. Residents are also encouraged to attend a virtual public meeting on June 21, 2021 to provide more feedback on the draft Climate Action Plan.
The goal is to co-create and adopt this Climate Action Plan by the end of September 2021 and get started on implementation immediately. The City of Hallandale Beach is taking the climate crisis seriously and understands that there is no time to waste.
The City of Hallandale Beach is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the community in a fiscally responsible manner by providing superior services that meet the needs of our community as well as plan for their future needs through continued communication.