To best utilize the City’s limited resources and have the greatest possible impact, the City needs to access and understand the best available local and global information. The actions in this goal lay out a number of data streams, collection methods, and analytical tools City staff need to inform decisions that will shape the City’s future. To adapt to climate threats over time, we need to understand the triple bottom line (environmental, social, and economic) impacts of climate change, and potential adaptive solutions broadly and in a hyper local context. This includes South Florida-specific climate and sea level rise projections, climate impacts on vulnerable populations, and global best practices in urban planning, built environment, green and grey infrastructure, and community engagement. To make strategic decisions on where to invest and how to mitigate our own impact on climate change, we need to build a data inventory of our own assets, and develop methods of ongoing monitoring and adaptive management. We must partner with stakeholders of all kinds, from other public agencies to academic institutions to individual constituents, to ensure our decisions are data-driven and take future conditions into account.
- Objective 1.1: Enhance understanding of the City’s vulnerability to environmental, social, and economic risks related to climate change with data.
- Objective 1.2: Quantify the City’s greenhouse gas emissions and take action to reduce carbon footprint.
- Objective 1.3: Improve City department and resident access to critical data and assessment tools.