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City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305.673.7000

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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 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 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.

Quality Policy

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Elizabeth Wheaton

Elizabeth Wheaton has been working with the City of Miami Beach since 2008 and over the last thirteen years has served in the Public Works Department, Building Department, and the Office of the Mayor and Commission. In 2016, the Environment & Sustainability Department was created, and Elizabeth was appointed as the Director. The City’s Environment & Sustainability Department focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the lens of sustainability, environmental resources management and urban forestry.

Elizabeth graduated from University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a Masters in Marine Affairs and Policy. Elizabeth is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.