Environment & Sustainability
“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to our community by developing and implementing adaptation and mitigation initiatives to preserve, protect, and enhance our natural resources.”
The Environment and Sustainability Department is represented by professional and licensed disciplines working in Administration, Environmental Resources, Sustainability and Resilience, and Urban Forestry.
Environmental Resources Management Division
Provides internal support across City departments to ensure all public projects, not just those labeled as environmental, avoid, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts, as well as enhance the natural environment through their design. This Division serves as the City’s in-house environmental consultant and is the liaison between the City and other government agencies for environmental concerns.
Sustainability and Resilience Division
Works across all City departments to improve the sustainability of government operations to save money, improve processes, manage resources efficiently and enhance the environment. This Division handles climate change mitigation efforts with a focus on reducing greenhouse emissions manages as well as programs centered on energy reduction, water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, and education and outreach.
Urban Forestry Division
Oversees the urban forest by providing regulatory supervision and management. This division issues tree permits, oversees tree mitigation, conducts heritage tree evaluations, conducts tree protection barrier inspections, provides tree risk assessments, and reviews plans for citywide tree selection/installations. The division also oversees the Urban Forestry Master Plan, GOB Project #33 Street Plan, and the Commemorative and Heritage Tree Programs.
Amy Knowles serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and the Director of Environment and Sustainability for the City of Miami Beach. Ms. Knowles works closely with a holistic resilience leadership team to implement policies and projects to build a resilient Miami Beach. Read More...