In the Summer of 2021, the Compact invited the 111 local and tribal governments in the region to respond to a voluntary survey in order to inform a baseline understanding of regional progress toward the 11 climate mitigation and adaptation priorities identified in the Compact Climate Assessment Tool (C-CAT). This voluntary survey was open from July to September 2021. The Compact intends to invite participation in this survey annually, and in subsequent years seeks to capture annual progress on each of the 11 priority actions.
The charts and graphs outlined below are intended as a snapshot of the progress being made on the 11 priority mitigation and adaptation actions by the 27 local and tribal governments who completed the survey. To view individual government responses, please see the local government matrix, where you can download survey responses.
About the Survey Responses
Given the limited capacity of many municipalities, and the desire to not place additional burden on their limited resources through this survey process, the Compact designed this survey to capture coarse information regarding broad categories of mitigation and adaptation actions. While the results demonstrate positive progress toward both the mitigation and adaptation priorities outlined among survey respondents, there is still significant work to be done across various priorities—as well as the work to ensure equity is at the center of climate change action—which will undoubtedly require continued commitment and ambition, funding, and collaboration. Documentation provided by the respondents can be found on the local government matrix below.
The southeast Florida region has both much at stake from climate change impacts and enormous opportunity from a strong response. Fundamentally, this response requires a transformation of government operations to ensure resilience, equity, and low-carbon principles are embedded holistically and as a matter of course. It should also be noted that as a self-assessment tool, the Compact does not validate the activities reported via the survey. Local and tribal governments were encouraged to include backup documentation to support their self-reporting (i.e. linking to resolutions, budget items, referenced plans, etc.), as well as provide a public comment/resident review period.
How many local/tribal governments in Southeast Florida (inclusive of the Compact region of Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) are reporting on their climate change activities?
Twenty-seven local and tribal governments in the region, inclusive of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties responded to the survey. 39% percent of the total local/tribal governments in Broward County, 17% of Miami-Dade’s local/tribal governments, 33% of Monroe’s local/tribal governments, and 15% of Palm Beach’s local/tribal governments responded to the survey.
What are the priority actions where local/tribal governments are making the most progress?
Related to mitigation priorities, responding local/tribal governments are making the most progress on advancing activities to expand electric vehicles (85%) and reduce vehicle miles traveled (85%). Related to adaptation priorities, responding local/tribal governments are making the most progress on capital projects (88%).
There are 33 local and tribal governments in Broward County, inclusive of the county itself. 13 local/tribal governments, including Broward County responded to the survey. Among respondents in Broward County, 69% are advancing all five priority mitigation actions and 38% are advancing all six priority adaptation actions.
Related to mitigation priorities, respondents in Broward County are advancing equally the five mitigation actions, with 92% of respondents indicating they are advancing each of these priorities. Related to adaptation priorities, in Broward County, the most progress is being made on advancing capital projects, with 85% of respondents indicating they are advancing this action.
Miami Dade County
There are 36 local and tribal governments in Miami-Dade County, inclusive of the county itself. Six local/tribal governments, including Miami-Dade County responded to the survey. Among respondents in Miami-Dade County, 67% are advancing all five priority mitigation actions and 67% are advancing all six priority adaptation actions.
Mitigation actions related to expanding solar and EV, and reducing vehicle miles traveled are being advanced by 100% of respondents in Miami-Dade County. Adaptation actions pertaining to risk reduction & community adaptation action, and capital projects are being advanced by 100% of Miami-Dade County respondents.
There are six local and tribal governments in Monroe County, inclusive of the county itself. Two local/tribal governments, including Monroe County responded to the survey. Monroe county is advancing four of the five priority mitigation actions, and both Monroe County and Layton are advancing all six priority adaptation actions.
Mitigation actions related to building efficiency, expanding solar and EVs, and reducing vehicle miles traveled are being advanced by Monroe County. All six priority mitigation adaptation actions are being advanced by both Monroe County and Layton.
Palm Beach County
There are 40 local and tribal governments in Palm Beach County, inclusive of the county itself. Six local/tribal governments, including Palm Beach County responded to the survey. Among respondents in Palm Beach County, 67% are advancing all five priority mitigation actions and 67% are advancing all six priority adaptation actions.
Interestingly, among respondents in Palm Beach, all 11 priority mitigation and adaptation actions are being advanced equally, with 67% of respondents indicating progress across all priority areas.
The below table provides a snapshot of the responses from the local and tribal governments who responded to the survey, only.
If the government indicated in their survey response that equity is being advanced as part of the priority action, an “E” is indicated in the table. It should be noted that related to the mitigation priorities, the survey captured whether equity is being embedded across a variety of categories such as assessment/planning, budget/investment, program development, education/outreach, etc. under each mitigation priority.
If the government indicated that equity is being advanced within any of these categories, an “E” is denoted in the table for that priority given some degree of progress is being made. The demarcation is in no way intended to convey that such progress on equity is all-encompassing, exhaustive, or that the work related to centering equity within these priorities is complete. To view detailed information pertaining to each local government’s equity, mitigation, and adaptation work, full survey responses and all supporting documentation can be reviewed/downloaded as a PDF by clicking on each local/tribal government name in the table below.”
Click on each local/tribal government name to download a PDF of their full survey responses and all supporting documentation submitted.
|Mitigation Action #1: GHG Emissions||Mitigation Action #2: Building Efficiency||Mitigation Action #3: Solar||Mitigation Action #4: EV||Mitigation Action #5: VMT||Adaptation Action #1: Internal Assessment||Adaptation Action #2: Vulnerability Analysis||Adaptation Action #3: Resilience Plan||Adaptation Action #4: Risk Reduction & Community Adaptation Action||Adaptation Action #5: Policy||Adaptation Action #6: Capital Projects|
|Glen Ridge||No progress indicated|
|Hillsboro Beach||No progress indicated|
|Palm Beach County||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E|
|South Palm Beach||No progress indicated|
|West Palm Beach||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E||E|