Miami-Dade County joins the City Energy Project
The City Energy Project is a united effort of 20 U.S. communities, including Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colorado; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Providence, Rhode Island and many others, that aims to achieve a significant collective impact with the potential to save more than $1.5 billion annually in energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by more than 9.6 million metric tons until 2030.
Miami-Dade County has also joined the project that can save the residents and businesses close to $200 million annually on their bills and to reduce more than 1.2 million metric tons of carbon emissions from buildings annually, the equivalent of taking more than 26,000 cars off the road annually.
Over the years, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and our Board of County Commissioners have entered into several commitments requiring the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution emissions to help combat climate change and associated sea level rise. Through the City Energy Project, we can achieve real progress in meeting these commitments. By taking action at the local level, Miami-Dade County has the power to attain environmental, economic, and social benefits such as creating local jobs, increasing asset value and market competitiveness in the real estate market, reducing harmful pollution, and reducing our energy and water consumption, said James Murley, Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County.
With the support of other County agencies, municipalities, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and other partners, this plan will help Miami-Dade County become a more resilient and sustainable community.
Miami-Dade is certainly demonstrating leadership on innovative energy and water efficiency programs. Once implemented, the program will increase energy and water efficiency in Miami-Dade buildings and will definitely expand market opportunities for private-sector investment in water and energy efficiency, said Joseph Spector, Vice President of Operations for Ygrene Energy Fund Florida, a private partner assisting Miami-Dade County in the project.
The City Energy Project is a joint project of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, and is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. In addition to providing expertise and guidance on initiative planning, design, and implementation, the project offers a platform for peer-to-peer sharing of lessons learned and best practices.
If you want to find out more about the project, please visit the website.
For more information on the County's resiliency efforts, please visit the Office of Resilience website.