The Florida League of Cities (FLC), celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that the City of Miramar is one of 22 municipalities to receive scholarships to join the Florida Race to Zero cohort, a friendly competition between municipalities to showcase how they are leading the way to carbon neutrality. The scholarships are provided by the League and will allow the selected municipalities to access the technical assistance and expertise of national and regional organizations.
“Our state is no stranger to climate impacts,” said FLC Executive Director/CEO Jeannie Garner. “The League has seen many cities working to address those impacts in their local communities, but we also recognize that many local governments lack sufficient resources and support to do the same. That’s why we decided to offer these scholarships, to help those cities on their path to sustainability. And supporting Florida’s cities, towns and villages is our top priority at the League, so we’re thrilled to be able to provide this assistance.”
The scholarship recipients will join a Florida Race to Zero “cohort” – a structured, technical assistance training program that will guide participants toward tangible results. Each city will receive assistance with conducting greenhouse gas inventories, developing science-based targets, developing and implementing an action plan, reporting results and more.
Dr. Roy Virgin, Miramar’s City Manager stated, “We are honored to have been selected as a scholarship recipient to join the Florida Race to Zero cohort. I look forward to working with city staff and our elected officials to develop a solid action plan that aligns with the global Race to Zero to make our city safer, cleaner, and more resilient for generations to come.”
This training cohort will allow cities to carve out their path to carbon neutrality and officially join the international cities’ Race to Zero program to rally leadership and support from businesses, governments and investors for a healthy, resilient and decarbonized global economy. As part of the Florida cohort, the cities will develop a baseline inventory of local greenhouse gas emissions, create capacity to act among city staff and elected officials, expand climate action to include adaptation and resilience, as well as set a 2030 science-based target and identify high-impact actions that align with the global Race to Zero campaign.
To learn more, visit bit.ly/FLCRace.