ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC SPACE

Our natural environment is one of Miami’s most treasured assets. Our air and water quality continue to lead other major cities in the United States and Miami’s outdoor offerings are well-known and attractive.

 

We must continue to protect our physical environment with sustainable practices and investment in public spaces. Miami’s long-term vibrancy and health will be a direct result of attentively stewarding our natural resources.

 

We identified the three goals and metrics below as good targets for our success:

ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC SPACE

Goal: Miami-Dade Offers Clean Air & Water to its Residents

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Poor air and water quality can have lasting health consequences for adults and children alike.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Poor air quality can result in federal regulations which can limit specific types of economic activity.

Annual Number of ‘Good’ Air Quality Days
Air quality affects the health of every citizen.
Miami-Dade County enjoys a very high level of air quality compared with other major metros.
Source: EPA
Data Showing: Central County

Annual Number of Boil Water Orders Issued
Boil water orders are an indication of the quality of water service.
Minimal boil water orders have been issued in recent years.
Source: City of Miami
Data Showing: Central County

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Goal: Miami-Dade Residents Have Ample Access to Quality Public Spaces

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The availability of abundant, well-maintained public spaces is a critical component of a vibrant urban environment.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Public spaces are associated with increased property values and physical well-being.

Parkland Per 1,000 residents by City
Parks are an important part of connecting the community with nature, recreation, and each other.
Miami-Dade County has one of the lowest levels of parks per capita among its peers, including densely populated New York and Chicago.
Source: Trust for Public Land
Data Showing: City

Per Capita Spending on Parks & Recreation
Parks are government-funded infrastructure, just like roads, and cost money to acquire, build and maintain.
The city of Miami spends less on parks per capita than most large cities. In a recent report, Miami ranked 43 out of 51 cities.
Source: Trust for Public Land
Data Showing: City

Annual Public Libraries Expenditures per Resident
Public libraries provide communities with a host of vital resources and materials.
Miami-Dade County spends less on libraries per capita than the U.S. average. And, spending has fallen significantly in recent years.
Source: American Library Association
Data Showing: Library System

Parks are an important part of connecting the community with nature, recreation, and each other.
Approximately half of Miami-Dade County residents live within 1/2 mile walk of a public park. Miami-Dade County would need an additional 566 parks to provide all residents with park access with a 1/2 mile walk.
Source: Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces >

Parks are an important part of connecting the community with nature, recreation, and each other.
In absolute terms, Miami has much less park space relative to other comparable locales.
Fortunately, total park space in Miami is on the rise.
Source: Trust for Public Land
Data Showing: City

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Goal: Miami-Dade Advances Environmentally Sustainable Practices

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Environmental Sustainability is crucial to the long-term feasibility of urban development, especially in coastal communities such as Miami.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Increased sustainability can lower energy and insurance costs, thus making a region more economically competitive and prosperous.

Pounds of Recycling per Household
Recycling programs help the environment and reduce waste.
Miami-Dade residents recycled more pounds per capita in 2012 than in 2010.
Source: Miami-Dade County Public Works & Waste Management Department

Garbage & Trash Collection (Annual Pounds Collected per Household)
Trash collection costs local governments and citizens money, and can harm the environment.
Miami-Dade County residents threw away fewer pounds of trash in 2012 than in 2010.
Source: City of Miami Department of Solid Waste
Data Showing: City

Sea Level Change
The rising sea level will have dramatic, long-term impacts on Miami-Dade County, from flooding to water quality to how we grow.
In just two years, the average sea level in Miami-Dade County increased by two inches. The sea level fell from its peak in 2007 but has quickly risen since 2011.
Source: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Data Showing: City

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