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 Version OptionsSustainability/Green Initiatives ProgramHeadline to learn more about the City’s Plastic Straw Ban.
Click here Version OptionsSustainability/Green Initiatives ProgramHeadline to learn more about the City’s Coral Reef Protection Ordinance.
Due to COVID-19, Ocean Day and all Community Litter Clean-Ups are postponed until further notice. Ocean Day will be rescheduled. For updates about COVID-19 please visit www.cohb.org/corona
Sustainability Action Plan
The City Commission adopted the Sustainability Action Plan in 2018. Implementation of the Plan began in September 2018. The Plan itself includes 28 projects which focus 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
After the first year of implementation, we’re happy to announce that 32% of the projects are complete and 54% are in progress! As of September 2019, City Operations have reduced fuel consumption by 13.5%, water consumption by 8.9%, and electricity by 4% - all on track to meet or exceed the goals established in the Sustainability Action Plan. Read the full Annual Report for FY 2019.
Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan
In 2018, the City was awarded a $66,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resilient Coastlines Program. With this funding, the City has hired a consultant to create a Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (VAAP). Our VAAP will examine what areas of the City will be inundated with 1, 2, and 5 feet of sea-level rise. Additionally, the VAAP will explore how climate change will impact groundwater (drinking water) resources, rainfall, and our shoreline. We will be holding at least one workshop during the VAAP creation to get resident/stakeholder input as to how the City should adapt to a future with climate change. We expect the VAAP to be completed in the Summer of 2020.
Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan
In 2018, the City was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for the purpose of developing a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan. In the last four years, the City has prepared for or has experienced two hurricanes which were expected at great magnitude. Knowing that long-term recovery is benefited by having a plan, the City has determined having a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan is an important step to increase the City’s resilience to natural and man-made disasters. We expect the Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan to be completed in the Summer of 2020.
The City recognizes that human-caused global climate change is occurring. In 2019, the City Commission committed to reducing the City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2055.
From December 2019 to March 2020, the City conducted its first Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. This Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory measures (1) Community-wide emissions and (2) those emissions from City Operations. Review the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory here, which creates a 2016 baseline that we will base all reductions from. Additionally, the City discloses our Inventory results on a number of international organization’s platforms.
Between 2019 and 2020, Senior and relevant City staff have attended two separate training workshops to learn all about climate change so that all staff may better serve our residents.
The City will be holding at least two public climate change literacy workshops which are tentatively scheduled for May 2020. Stay tuned for dates and details.
Wondering about Air and Water Quality?
Sign up to get Air Quality alerts
Check the Florida Health Department’s Water Quality Test results for our beaches
National Non-Profit, Surfrider, also tests locally for water quality offshore, visit their Blue Water Task Force tool
Wondering about the quality of Hallandale Beach tap water? Read the most recent Water Quality Report
Energy & Water Conservation
The City provides energy & water conservation giveaways to residents. If you would like to receive devices, please contact the Green Initiatives Coordinator.
The City also sponsors a Water Conservation Education program for 5th-grade students at Gulfstream Academy.
The City of Hallandale Beach also 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.
Want to volunteer with Green Initiatives?
We’re happy to have your help! Email our Green Initiatives Coordinator to let her know you’d like to volunteer! There are a few different volunteer opportunities to choose from:
- Attend our monthly Community Litter Clean-Ups! The dates are listed on the City’s social media pages as well as the City’s main calendar.
- Help us with special events throughout the year.
- Join the Sustainability and Flood Mitigation Advisory Board! More info here.
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 3, 2020, US Environmentalism (A History)
- May 20, 2020, Water & Energy Conservation
- May 13, 2020, Getting Familiar with Florida Ecosystems & Wildlife
- May 6, 2020, Our Waste & Recycling System
- April 22nd, 2020, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- March 7, 2020, Pollinator Gardening
- December 15, 2019, Low Input Gardening Workshop
- 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
Curious about Solar Power in Hallandale Beach?
We’ve got a whole website set up with all the information you need to know about installing solar in Hallandale Beach. You can visit the website here.
The City has been designated "SolSmart" Silver due to our efforts to reduce solar soft costs and speed up solar permit processing times.
Curious about Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging in Hallandale Beach?
See all charging stations in the City via PlugShare.
Complimentary EV charging is available in the parking lot for Bluesten Park.
The City is in the process of expanding our EV charging network. Updates will be available soon.
We ask that all drivers always keep EV Charging stations open and available for charging unless you yourself are charging an EV. If you drive a gas/diesel/non-plug-in Hybrid vehicle, please never EV charging stations as it is a ticketable offense.
Property Assessed Clean Energy
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. Qualifying improvements include solar power, solar thermal water heating, efficient air conditioning, roof replacement, window treatments, impact-resistant windows and doors, backup generators, and much more! Broward County has approved four (4) PACE providers Countywide. Visit the Broward County website for more information.
Ocean Friendly Landscaping, Green Infrastructure, and Gardening for Wildlife
Did you know that the City has a rebate program that will give you $1 per square foot to replace grass in your yard with green infrastructure like native rain gardens? Visit www.cohb.org/coral for more information about this program. Contact our Green Initiatives Coordinator with any questions to apply!
The City installed a pilot bioswale on September 11, 2019. The bioswale is located at our Main Fire Station (111 Foster Road) if you’d like to look at an example of green infrastructure.
In 2020, the City started the certification process to become a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. You can help us achieve this certification! If you practice wildlife or butterfly gardening, you may be able to certify your yard for free. Each yard that gets certified adds more points to the City’s certification application. Apply and learn more here.
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.
In 2020, the City started work on improving the existing Green Building Program. This revised Ordinance will be proposed to the Planning & Zoning Board as well as City Commission by Summer 2020.
Sustainable Practice Policy
Starting October 2019 the City will be considering the environment when making purchases and designing capital improvements. Read the City's full Sustainable Practice Policy Opens in New Window .
Update: King Tide season is over for 2019. We will update this section closer to Fall 2020 with new dates for predicted King Tides.
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. In 2019, 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.