RCAP Database | Pembroke Pines Case Study of SP-2

Initiative: Pembroke Pines Green Plan

Municipality: 
County: 
Contact Name: 
Christina Fermin
Contact Email: 
cfermin@ppines.com
Coastal/Inland: 
Inland

The Green Plan serves as a framework to create a more livable community and to improve the quality of life of our residents for today and tomorrow.

- Michael Stamm, Director of Planning and Economic Development Division

Quick Facts and Statistics

  • Pembroke Pines has over 600 acres of Everglades, which includes the first Bald Eagle nest in Broward county in the last 50 years.
  • The city has already implemented some green initiatives, such as introducing paperless billing, downsizing fleet vehicles and opening the organic community garden.

Description

The City’s Green Plan is a living document providing a framework for the City to move forward towards a more sustainable, resilient future. The document identifies current policies, procedures and initiatives while also identifying goals and objectives that the City can focus on to ensure protection and preservation of natural resources. The document focuses on 6 key areas to achieve this mission and vision: Natural Resource and Environmental Design, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Built Environment and Transportation, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Community Outreach and Empowerment, and Leadership and City Operations.

Implementation Process

Prior to the Green Plan, the City has made some environmentally responsible decisions throughout the City’s history. At the request of the City Commission in late 2013, City staff began researching, meeting with key stakeholders and having discussions with other departments. Staff then began gathering items that the City has already done that were “green”. An outline was created on what the City could do in the future to become more environmentally responsible. After researching sustainability and livability, staff decided to incorporate the two and laid the foundation for the plan. The process took approximately one year from Commission request to Commission approval for the plan to get adopted. Staff wanted this document to be able to evolve with the City to ensure that he document would never become “outdated.”

Implementation Timeline

The City Commission passed the Green Plan in November 2014. While there is no set timeline within the plan, the initial goals and objectives would ideally be met over the course of a 3-5 year timeframe. After approximately three years, staff will reassess the Green Plan and revisit the goals and items that were not yet achieved or considered. At this time, staff will also identify future goals and objectives, while also identifying any weaknesses within the original document and addressing those weaknesses or missed opportunities.

Implementation Funding

There are various initiatives within the document that cross multiple departments and organizations. Some items were funded through grants, some through department budgets, and others we are still looking into how to fund them.

Community Benefits

The Green Plan will enhance the quality of life of residents by improving the built environment, transportation, aesthetics, City operations, and community outreach. The Green Plan hopes to foster community involvement and a more environmentally conscious City. In the long term, the goal is for the City to become more holistic in its operations and decision-making processes to ensure quality of life for current and future generations.