A Place for Local Governments to Share Best Practices
Broward County has launched a new website for local governments to use for sharing best practices and advancing their local sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Clearinghouse is a useful resource for Broward professionals and residents interested in increasing the effectiveness of their green programs. Best practices in a variety of fields, primarily focused on locally based programs and solutions, are highlighted throughout the site.
Although the site is managed by Broward County, members of the Sustainability Stewards, a peer-networking group facilitated by the County, contribute information on topics such as city and transportation planning, energy and water management, urban forestry, farming, green architecture and climate change. The site also features various organizations, potential funding resources, several reports and upcoming events.
The Clearinghouse emerged out of an effort undertaken by Broward County last spring to collect and highlight many successful initiatives on sustainability throughout the County. The process and outcome of the Municipal Green Initiative Survey, which involved staff from all the County’s 31 municipalities, are summarized in a report titled,Sustainability in Broward County, Florida: Local Government in Action.
The Clearinghouse is evidence of the cooperative working environment the County has helped foster among local municipal sustainability managers over the last couple years.