Resilience Manager, Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department
Debbie Griner leads the Resilience Program at the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, formalizing and facilitating resilience throughout its programs and functions. Griner began her 20 years of public service with the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management working on environmental compliance, permitting, planning, and outreach initiatives. In 2009, her focus shifted to sustainability and climate change initiatives, including a role in the development of GreenPrint, the county’s first community-wide sustainability plan. The Resilience Program focuses on continuing the Water and Sewer Department’s successful water-efficiency and conservation efforts, expanding energy-efficiency and renewable-energy initiatives, reducing vulnerabilities, and increasing its ability to adapt more readily to acute shocks and longer-term stresses, with the goal of bouncing back better. Griner received her bachelor of science degree in environmental studies from Florida International University, with a minor in Biology.