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Family, Community Development and Finance

Who We Are

The Family and Community Development Program focuses on educational programs in the areas of: 

  • Household Budgeting
  • Community Resources
  • Family Resource Management
  • Consumer Fraud

This program facilitates the development of community based solutions to local needs including: 

  • Volunteer Resources
  • Community Resource Development
  • Disaster Preparation

Greening Monroe County (2005-2019)

Extension has provided leadership in sustainability and green government since 2005 and is the county liason for the Monroe County Climate Change Advisory Committee

Extension assisted with the management of a $3 Million State Energy Program energy efficiency grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and Climate Commission (FECC). 

Monroe County Climate Action Plan  (adopted in 2013) 

Monroe County Green Keys 5-Year Work Plan


Climate Smart Florida

Climate Smart Florida is comprised of three programs created by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant.  These programs were created to help Floridians' learn and make decisions about our changing climate.  

Climate Smart Communities- This guide will help governmental staff with step by step instruction in climate action planning specifically for Florida. It also includes Florida resources and updated events, funding announcements and legal implications.

Climate Smart Floridians'- This 9 Unit program will guide Florida residents to becoming climate stewards. Each unit tackles how we, as individuals, contribute to greenhouse gasses and climate change and outlines the steps to reduce our impact.

Climate Smart Kids- A fun 5 unit lesson plan for all ages to learn about what climate change means for Florida. With videos, experiments and games we explore climate science, greenhouse gases, blue carbon, threatened ecosystems and how to take action.

Click on the link below to visit the Climate Smart Florida page:

Contact Us!

Alicia Betancourt

Alicia Betancourt
Family and Community Development
Agent and Extension Director
Monroe County
email: or
Phone: 305-453-8747
Physical Address: 
102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 244
Key Largo, FL 33037