Go Green Boynton Beach!
SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE & CLIMATE CHANGE
The City of Boynton Beach is addressing the biggest challenges of this century: sustainability, resilience, and climate change. Being sustainable means meeting the needs of today’s residents without compromising the ability of future citizenry to meet their needs, while balancing environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic growth. Resilience is the capacity of a city, its residents, and institutions to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of acute and ongoing challenges and stresses. The City has pursued these goals since 2008 with the creation of a Green Task Force, a Green Community Alliance, and an interdepartmental City Sustainability Team. An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy enabled the development of a Climate Action Plan and a baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (the first in Palm Beach County!) in 2010. In 2015 the City updated the inventory and released a revised Climate Action Plan (CAP 2.0). The City hired a full-time Sustainability Coordinator in August 2017 to further its progress toward envisioning and achieving a sustainable future.
Boynton Beach is joining cities around the world in committing to reduce greenhouse gases while also working to adapt to a changing climate. The City conducted a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory using 2006 data and an update with 2015 data. Overall, we documented a 7.7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from City Operations between 2006 and 2015. The City is on track to meet its goal of reducing emissions 27% below 2006 levels by 2035. Read more.
Boynton Beach participated in the Resilience Dialogues program in May 2017 along with nine other communities nationwide. The Resilience Dialogues partners with communities to explore their risks from climate variability and change. Through a professionally facilitated, online process that connects community leaders to a network of vetted resilience experts, the Resilience Dialogues helps local communities understand risks and lay the groundwork for long-term resilience. Download the Resilience Dialogues Report.
Download > Climate Action Plan 2.0 (5-year update, revised December 2015)
In 2010, the City of Boynton Beach identified climate change and its long-term effects as the defining challenge for the 21st century, projecting the direct impact that sea level rise would have on the City’s water supply, the ability of stormwater drainage infrastructure to function properly, and the livability of real estate along the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The first City of Boynton Beach Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted by the City Commission through Resolution No. R10-150. The CAP establishes future greenhouse gas reduction goals and provides an implementation plan to reduce emissions and energy consumption. The CAP 2.0 integrates goals of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to focus on strategies within eight categories: Sustainable Communities, Water, Transportation, Energy & Fuel, Natural Systems, Public Outreach, Risk Reduction & Emergency Management, and Administration. The CAP is a living document that will evolve with changing physical, technological, and social circumstances.
The Green Building Program establishes procedures and incentives for the implementation of green building standards. The program is intended to encourage the incorporation of green building practices into development projects. The program may be applied to any development within the City including redevelopment projects and government initiated development projects submitted for City review. Visit the Boynton Beach Department of Development to learn more.
- INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE - 2017 Envision Bronze Award for Boynton Beach Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Upgrades
- FCCMA - 2012 FCCMA Award for Program Excellence - Climate Action Plan as Best Practice for local government
- SUSTAINABLE FLORIDA - 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award for Seabourn Cove Project – 1st Certified Gold National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Residential Development in the country
- GALA VERDE - 2011 Gala Verde Award for Green Outstanding Government by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter for Green Building Program