Following the passage of several sea level rise and flooding resilience bills during the 2021 legislative session establishing the Florida Resilient Grant Program to fund resilience planning, this workshop aims to help prepare local governments in Southeast Florida to assess vulnerability and ensure alignment with state requirements. Vulnerability assessments are foundational to identifying the people,
Presentation by the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability for the Compact’s Climate Equity implementation workshop.
Presentation by Lauren Ross of the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy for the Compact’s Climate Equity Implementation Workshop.
Making Equity Real in Climate Resilience Policies and Programs, a presentation by Sona Mohnot of The Greenlining Institute for the Compact’s Climate Equity implementation workshop.
Climate change functions as a “threat multiplier” – increasing individuals’ exposure and sensitivity to extreme weather, flooding, sea level rise, and extreme heat, thus reducing their capacity to respond to future climate impacts. This multiplier effect is particularly burdensome for, and at times disproportionately borne by frontline communities, which include people of color, individuals with
This guidance document was developed by an equity advisory group to support local governments’ efforts to center equity in their
climate work, focusing on 11 priority climate mitigation and adaptation actions identified by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate
Change Compact as part of its Climate Assessment Tool. While this document is not meant to be exhaustive of every possible step
local governments can take to embed equity within their climate work, it presents a comprehensive list of activities that can
advance local government’s capacity to meaningfully address equitable climate action
This glossary provides definitions of key terms to support understand climate equity.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s recently published an article on Designing the resilience coastal communities of the future: A Southeast Florida case study (pages 8-13), as part of the 2020 fall edition of the US CLIVAR Variations on US East Coast Sea Level Changes and Impacts. This publication highlights some of the forefront work that is being led by practitioners and decision makers in improving coastal resilience to sea level rise.
The Variations is a non-peer reviewed publication for the ocean and climate science community that focuses on timely research questions and activities. Download the digital version here.
Developed by the Urban Land Institute, the Business Case for Resilience in Southeast Florida was commissioned by the Compact and the business community to systematically assess the economic impact of investment in resilience in the Southeast Florida region, and is based on a regional economic analysis conducted by AECOM. The findings illustrate the shared interest for action by both the public and private sectors in investing in proactive flood protection and climate adaptation measures. It presents a compelling business case for the Southeast Florida region to make significant investments in resilient infrastructure now, including both community-wide and building-scale adaptation measures. Understanding the economic consequences of current and predicted coastal hazards is critical to help inform decision-making on ways to protect communities, businesses, and natural resources. The project has been supported by a coalition of local partners, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; the Beacon Council Foundation; Broward Workshop; Community Foundation of Broward; Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
The Business Case for Resilience in Southeast Florida report is based on a regional economic assessment conducted by AECOM. Read the full technical analysis here: https://americas.uli.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Business-Case-for-Resilience-SEFL_August2020_AECOM.pdf
The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event hosted by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to share knowledge, showcase climate action, engage leadership across sectors, and mobilize the collaboration needed to tackle this significant challenge at scale. On October 13, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact convened a half-day virtual summit
As part of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s ongoing efforts to build the capacity of practitioners and stakeholders in Southeast Florida to advance regional climate action, the Compact has developed an introductory report on electric vehicles and EV infrastructure. This compilation of resources builds on presentations and discussions from the Compact’s Fall 2019 workshop on electric vehicles and offers additional curated resources and guidance on opportunities for local governments to support the transition to and expansion of electric vehicles. The report outlines useful tools for localities to develop EV-ready communities, install EV infrastructure, and to transition public fleets to electric vehicles, while also providing leading best practices for policy design and regional coordination of EV charging infrastructure.
The Compact developed a comprehensive set of curated resources to support local governments, agencies, regional councils, regional resource management districts, and other local planners and practitioners in advancing the recommendations outlined in the Compact’s Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP 2.0). Covering nearly all 142 RCAP recommendations and organized by RCAP topic areas, the resources offer vetted local case studies, example policy, data tools, and other guides to support localities designing and implementing emissions reduction and resilience-building activities and policies.
11th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit December 3-5, 2019 Event Website Venue: Casa Marina Key West Monroe County will host 11th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 3-5, 2019, at the Casa Marina Key West. The Summit will feature keynotes and panels with local, state, and federal government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, and
In the fall of 2018, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (the Compact), in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, convened regional stakeholders—including local government staff, non-profit organizations, utility representatives, and institutional building facility managers—to learn from local and national resilient energy system experts during a two day-long implementation workshop titled Resilient Energy Systems. The convening is part of a workshop series designed to advance the implementation of the Climate Compact’s Regional Climate Action Plan and specifically focused on recommendations from the Energy and Fuel and Risk Reduction and Emergency Management chapters. This guidance report builds upon and supports the content presented at that workshop with the goal of providing local government staff and other stakeholders with a basic grounding in this topic.
Transportation accounts for nearly 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions within the Southeast Florida Region. Given the current car dependency within the region, rapid electrification of transportation combined with the decarbonization of the electricity sector represents a critical pathway to achieve emission reductions. While consumer demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is rising, there are numerous
When we think of tools to address climate change, public procurement is not frequently the first thing that comes to mind. However, the public sector represents an enormous share of buying power within the overall economy, and demand from the public sector can help to drive the changes we wish to see to in order
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, in partnership with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, hosted a Regional Climate Action Plan Implementation Workshop on Building Codes for Climate Resilience on March 14, 2019 in North Miami. The workshop focused on how local governments can play a role in building code development and how to advance local
The Compact’s regional greenhouse gas inventory provides a summary of overall emissions trends from across the four counties. The inventory was conducted as a retrospective of 10 years of community-wide emissions, from 2005 to 2015. The inventory scope was limited to systems at the regional scale, including transportation (on-road transportation, passenger rail, freight rail) and stationary energy from residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
The Compact is committed to joint development of policy positions and coordinated advocacy to guide and influence all levels of government to adapt to climate impacts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build community and economic resilience. The Compact counties have issued their state and federal legislative program in two documents: legislative principles and legislative priorities.
Miami-Dade County hosted the 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on October 24-25, 2018, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We celebrated a decade of progress with critical discussions on adaptation, innovation, and resilience. The Summit featured keynotes and panels with local, state, and federal government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, and other experts discussing plans to
The Compact is hosting an RCAP Implementation Workshop on Resilient Energy Systems on September 27-28 in Miami. This two-day workshop will focus on the development of resilient energy systems for critical infrastructure facilities through the expanded use of distributed energy resources to improve Southeast Florida’s disaster preparedness and ensure long-term regional resilience.
The Compact is hosting an RCAP Implementation Workshop on Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning. This one-day workshop addresses the critical need for Southeast Florida to plan redevelopment and recovery strategies prior to experiencing the shocks and stressors of extreme weather events.
Broward County hosted the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 14-15, 2017 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s summit focused on “The Business of Resilience” to engage the business and wider community in critical discussions on adaptation, climate and energy solutions, and resilience. The summit featured keynotes and panels with business leaders; local, state, and federal government officials; and other experts discussing plans to ensure the region not only survives, but thrives, in the face of sea level rise and other climate impacts.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact has partnered with the Florida Climate Institute and the South Florida Water Management District, as well as other agencies, to begin to monitor and measure the changes and impacts of climate change in Southeast Florida.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact invites you to help shape Southeast Florida’s Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) during next week’s public comment session. Since 2012, the RCAP has unified the municipalities and counties of Southeast Florida in their efforts to address sea level rise and meet the region’s climate challenges. With your help, the Compact hopes to strengthen and improve this tool
The Compact partnered with The Miami Foundation to host this session built to provide local government leaders with effective communication strategies for constituents, staff, electeds, businesses, and other stakeholders. In 2016, The Miami Foundation sponsored a research project on sea level rise communications with Sightful Communications on how different stakeholders respond to the impacts of sea level rise and how words can empower these various groups to take positive action. Presenters: Stuart Kennedy, The Miami Foundation, Director of Program Strategy and Innovation and Schuyler Brown, Sightful, Strategy Director and Founding Partner.
Throughout this event, teams of local academic and public and private sector experts developed designs to serve as models of resilience for communities throughout Southeast Florida. The teams developed full resilient design concepts – complete with drawings, renderings, and briefing presentations. The objective of the design session was to identify physical and planning adaptations necessary
This is a guidance document created by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as an addendum to the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) Workshop #10: “Essential Tools: Integrating the Southeast Florida Sea Level Rise Projections into Community Planning” held on July 14, 2016. It focuses on the increasing number of local governments that are independently planning for sea level rise compliance with state law.
This advanced workshop reviewed the scientific development of the Southeast Florida Sea Level Rise Projections, and highlighted how these projections are critical for local government planning. Attendees explored how regional projections are developed and their utility in short- and long-term planning for local governments. Through panel discussions and moderated activities, attendees learned how to integrate the updated
A guidance document created from presentations and remarks made at Regional Climate Action Plan Workshop #9 Reducing Climate Risk and Creating Economic Opportunity
As part of a continuing series of workshops designed to advance implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, this workshop was designed specifically for city managers, budget and finance managers, risk management professionals, planners, and those concerned with the financial risk and economic opportunities for local governments due to climate change.
To allow decision-makers to create more robust adaptation plans that include human health considerations, the Florida Institute for Health Innovation developed a technical assistance guidebook and toolkit for coastal communities that identifies communities most vulnerable to sea level rise impacts and specific potential public health risks.
Monroe County and the City of Key West hosted the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 1-3, 2015. The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on
The Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management compact guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.
This Unified Sea Level Rise projection for Southeast Florida updated in 2015 projects the anticipated range of sea level rise for the region from 1992 to 2100.
As part of a continuing series of workshops designed to advance implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, this workshop was designed specifically for facility managers of local government public buildings, including parks and recreation managers who are responsible for their buildings’ operations. The workshop included a tour of the Broward College Health
In early 2015, the Florida Office of Energy promulgated allocations for Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to 12 cities and counties in the Compact region. These federally-subsidized bonds represent a very low cost way for qualified cities and counties to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy for public facilities, reduce transportation-related energy use, and advance residential energy efficiency projects, among other opportunities. This Compact webinar, introducing QECB financing and reviewing possible projects and avenues of cooperation, was originally presented on July 16, 2015.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact hosted the RCAP Transportation Workshop as part of a continuing series of workshops designed to advance implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan. This free one-day workshop was designed for elected officials, city managers and assistant city managers, transportation and planning directors and staff, downtown development authority
Since 2009, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties have worked together and with federal, state, regional agencies, and many of the 108 cities within the region on a coordinated response to reduce GHG emissions and address climate vulnerabilities through an innovative regional compact. The Compact has enabled the counties to coordinate legislative advocacy at the state and federal levels, develop and use unified sea level projections, build consensus around a Regional Climate Action Plan, and leverage a host of resources around a locally driven climate change agenda. This webinar from March 2015 covers how the Compact is structured, the progress they’ve made to date, and key lessons learned from several key participants in the process.
As part of a continuing series of workshops designed to advance implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, the Compact’s Staff Steering Committee and the Institute for Sustainable Communities hosted this one-day workshop designed for stormwater, utilities, and public works professionals; city/county engineers; sustainability managers; and other local government professionals. This workshop focused
This Compact Guidance Document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with the nuts and bolts of voluntarily implementing the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan. The publication series is produced by the Institute for Sustainable Communities on behalf of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact with funding graciously provided by the Kresge Foundation.
As part of a continuing series of workshops designed to advance implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, the Compact’s Staff Steering Committee and the Institute for Sustainable Communities held this one-day workshop for city/county planners, sustainability managers, and other local government professionals. This workshop explored adaptation action area (AAA) legislation and application
RCAP Health Impact Assessment
Pioneering Climate Resilience through Regional Action The 5th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on November 7 and 8. The annual Summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major
The 4th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on December 6 and 7. The annual Summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on
An analysis from the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Inundation Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment Work Group of the region’s vulnerability to sea level rise.
The white paper on sea level rise projections for use in Compact planning as developed by the SLR Technical Ad Hoc Working Group.
This document is the final Regional Compact as ratified by the four party Counties in January 2010.