In January 2010, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties united to form the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a way to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. Since then, the four Compact counties have advanced local and regional responses to—and preparations for—the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, flooding, and economic and social disruptions. They have expanded to work with a growing number of federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic, and private sector partners.
Today, the Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation, while providing state and federal agencies with access to technical assistance and support. The Compact’s work is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of regional-scale climate action, and it continues to serve as an exemplary mechanism for collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.
The Compact calls on the counties to work cooperatively to:
- Develop annual legislative programs for presentation to and approval by the respective County Boards, and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding.
- Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, which outlines recommended mitigation and adaptation strategies to help the region pull in one direction and speak with one voice.
- Meet annually at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.