Miami Dade County Moving Forward, Sustainable Buildings Program

  • Patricia Gómez
  • Ben Moore
  • Claudia Regojo
Keywords: Sustainable Buildings Program


As a leader in public sector sustainability efforts, Miami Dade County has adopted several measures that directly impact the built environment and promote sustainability throughout its operations. In the past few years, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Sustainable Buildings Ordinance (O-07-65) and its associated implementing order (IO-8-8), which established the Sustainable Buildings Program and required that all new county-owned, county-financed, and county-operated buildings meet the appropriate standard under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

To further support and streamline the Sustainable Buildings Program, the Office of Sustainability (OOS) recently embarked on a project to integrate sustainability into the capital improvements process (S-CIP). The resulting guidelines and recommendations will be incorporated into the Implementing Order (IO 8-8). In addition, OOS has set up S-CIP training modules to acquaint the directors of capital depart ments, OCI staff and sustainable buildings committee members with the new S-CIP guidelines.

The Internal Services Department (ISD) trades shop facility is the first facility built under the Sustainable Buildings Ordinance and implementing order mandates to receive LEED certification at the silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC post-occupancy research, data collected have shown that LEED certified office buildings use an average of 25-30% less energy than conventional office buildings. Thus, a 100,000-sq-ft office building can save over one million dollars and 15 million pounds of CO2 during its lifetime (20 years). Cumulative to date, there are over 2,000,000 sq ft of new or renovated green space planned for the county that will meet maximum sustainable measures or become certified under the LEED rating system (31 qualifying projects and six additional non-qualifying projects). This translates to energy savings of around $20,000,000 in the next 20 years and a reduction of around 300,000,000 lbs of CO2. Some of the upcoming LEED projects include the Marlins Stadium, the Children’s Courthouse, the ISD West Lot, the Northeast Library, the Miami Art Museum and the Miami Science Museum.


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Author Biographies

Patricia Gómez

Patricia Gómez has over fifteen years of public service experience with Miami Dade County. She has experience as a practicing engineer as well as a faculty member with an emphasis on civil and environmental engineering. Most recently, she serves as the Sustainability Program Manager for Energy, Infrastructure & Policy in the county’s Office of Sustainability. Previously, Ms. Gómez served as a professional engineer with the Water and Sewer Department. She began her career with Miami Dade County as an engineer with the Department of Environmental Resources Management working on the county’s Climate Action Plan. Ms. Gómez holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. In addition, Ms Gómez is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional, a Certified Energy Manager and a professional engineer in the state of Florida.
Phone: (305) 375-4775

Ben Moore

Ben Moore is an Energy & Environmental Planner with Reynolds, Smith and Hills (RS&H). His experience includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change and sustainability policy, program development and management for business, nonprofit, and government clients. Prior to joining RS&H, Ben served as Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Coastal Conservation League. Ben is a contributing author to the Convenient Guide to Climate Change Policy & Technology, published by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He currently serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Green Building Council, North Florida Chapter. He holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University with a certificate in energy and the environment and a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College.
Phone: (904) 256-2348

Claudia Regojo

Claudia Regojo is an Energy Management Specialist with Miami Dade County. Her experience includes restoration of native habitats, green building product assessment, revitalization of economically depressed areas, and sustainable development. Prior to joining Miami Dade County’s Office of Sustainability, Claudia was product development director for Greenmaker Supply, a retail outlet for green building construction materials. She holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a focus on environment and economic development from the University of Iowa.
Phone: (305) 375-2849


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