• Past Workshops

    Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida's Changing Coastline
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Science and Space held a field hearing at Miami Beach City Hall on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am titled, "Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida's Changing Coastline." Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) chaired the hearing on the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. The public hearing provided an overview of climate science analysis conducted by federal agencies and by Florida universities that inform state and local government adaptation plans.
    To view the recording of the hearing, click here!

    Resilient Miami Beach: A Dialogue with the Dutch
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    On September 18, 2013, the City of Miami Beach, the University of Miami, and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted a one-day seminar that was both free and open to the public. This extaordinary event brought together experts from Southeast Florida and the Netherlands to engage in multi-discipinary discussions designed to explore if, where, and how Dutch approaches to water management, landscape architecture, flood protection, and urban design are relevant in making Miami Beach more resilient.

    To see more information regarding this seminar, visit our Resilient Miami Beach page here!

    Beach & Dune Workshop
    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    During this free educational workshop, City staff, professional dune ecologist Rob Barron, and sea turtle experts Bill Ahern and Selina Mills provided an overview on the history of the City's dunes and beach, their value, purpose, and structure. The City's dune and beach management plans were also discussed.

    Workshop Presentations Given:
    Bill Ahern and Selina Mills Presentation
    Rob Barron Presentation
    Surfrider Presentation
    City of Miami Beach Presentation

    This workshop was funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. #NA11NOS4190073. The views, statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida, NOAA or any of their subagencies.

    National League of Cities Spotlight on Sustainability Leadership: Miami Beach, Fla.eds

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Overview given on the NLC's official website: 
    "Cities across the country play a critical role in advancing social, economic and environmental sustainability. Their actions support, protect and increase community health, public safety, local economies, community engagement, and natural resources. NLC applauds and celebrates this local leadership during the month of April with a special webinar series highlighting examples of city sustainability leadership from across the country.
    This webinar will provide an overview of city-led sustainability initiatives, including the city’s approaches to the unique challenges of sea-level rise. Presenter Betsy Wheaton, Miami Beach Environmental Resource Manager, will also provide insights into strategies they have found to be effective at maximizing the impact of a small team focused on a wide range of sustainability issues."
    To see the presentation given, click here!

    South Florida Water Management Disctrict Meeting at City Hall
    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Staff from the South Florida Water Management Disctrict (SFWMD) held a public meeting at Miami Beach City Hall. They discussed the impacts of sea level rise on flood protection and water supply. SFWMD staff also discussed their recent trip to the Netherlands.

    Stormwater Management Master Plan and Sea Level Rise Discussion
    Friday, August 17, 2012

    The City hosted a public discussion regarding the City's proposed Stormwater Master Plan.  Representatives from the City's Public Works Department and CDM Smith provided information and answered questions about the sea level rise projection methodology used to prepare the Stormwater Master Plan. Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Tidal Boundary Condition Investigation
    Learn More:

    Stormwater Master Plan: Appendix H - Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Tidal Boundary Condition Investigation

    Stormwater Management Master Plan PowerPoint Presentations  

    VIDEO: Stormwater Management Master Plan  

    Growing a Green Restaurant Workshop

    The City of Miami Beach in cooperation with Miami-Dade County held a free workshop for the restaurant industry.  The program was designed to increase the sustainability of restaurants through providing more information on:  

    • Managing and properly disposing of solid waste, oil and grease; 
    • Understanding applicable state and local codes;  
    • Increasing resource-efficiency with energy and water use, raw materials and waste production; and,  
    • Becoming involved in Miami-Dade County’s Green Business Certification and other green business incentives.  

    City of Miami Beach: Growing a Green Restaurant  
    Miami-Dade County - DERM: Grease Management - A Team Approach 
    Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability:  Green Business Certification Program

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