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6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
October 1, 2014 @ 8:00 am - October 2, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
The 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on October 1 and 2. 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 facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.
The 2014 theme, “Regions Connect → Global Effect” resonates soundly with the Compact, which has been advancing policy and catalyzing action locally and regionally, as well as connecting and collaborating with other communities throughout the nation and the world.
Day 1 – October 1, 2014
Sixth Annual Summit Opening Remarks and Welcome
- The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez Mayor, Miami-Dade County (view the video)
- The Honorable Philip Levine Mayor, City of Miami Beach (view the video)
The Compact Year in Review
- Steve Adams, Senior Program Director US Climate Adaptation Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities Compact Staff (view presentation slides)
Southeast Florida Resilient Redesign Overview
Regional and international partners will provide an overview of the interactive and hands-on process used to identify challenges and envision design opportunities to build resilience to climate change into a few archetypal communities in South Florida.
- Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County
- Steven Slabbers, Director, Bosch Slabbers Landscape and Urban Planning (view presentation slides)
- Tommy B. Strowd, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Lake Worth Drainage District (view presentation slides)
- Dr. Samantha Danchuk, P.E., Assistant Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County (view presentation slides)
- Mark R. Woerner, AICP, Assistant Director for Planning, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (view presentation slides)
- Elizabeth Wheaton, AICP, LEED AP, Assistant Building Director, Miami Beach Building Department, City of Miami Beach (view presentation slides)
Applying Resilient Redesign to the Region
This panel will further explore the ideas offered in the three Resilient Redesign study areas presented earlier, and discuss how these design strategies might be applied across the Compact region and elsewhere.
- Moderator: Susanne M. Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
- Anthony Abbate, AIA, NCARB, School of Architecture Professor and Associate Provost, Florida Atlantic University (view presentation slides)
- Bryan Myers, Climate Change Coordinator, United States EnvironmentalProtection Agency, Region IV
- Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Founder & Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
- Steven Slabbers, Director, Bosch Slabbers Landscape and Urban Planning
Dr. John P. Holdren will provide an overview of the National Climate Assessment findings and impacts, especially as it relates to the Southeastern United States. He will also touch upon policy and planning issues, cross-sectoral considerations and the relevance of the SE Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (view presentation slides).
- Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Acting Chair Boots will provide an introduction and overview of the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, as well as the President’s climate policy initiatives.
- Mike Boots, Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Update from the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Members of President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will provide an update on the progress made to identify priorities and advise the Administration on how the federal government can support communities across the country that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
- Moderator: Shannon Estenoz, Director, Office of Everglades Restoration, United States Department of the Interior
- Dr. Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California, and Member of the Human Health and Community DevelopmentWork Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
- The Honorable Karen Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Minnesota, and CoChair of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
- The Honorable Kristin Jacobs, Commissioner, Broward Board of County Commissioners, and Co-Chair of the Built Systems Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
- Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, State of Vermont, and Member of the Disaster Recovery and Resilience Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Applying the Latest Climate Science & Policy at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
Panelists will discuss the practical application of the latest climate science and policy in their respective roles and how this information is being utilized to strategically plan and prepare for current and future impacts.
- Moderator: Michael Roberts, Senior Administrator, Environmental Resources, Monroe County Planning & Environmental Resources
- Shannon Estenoz, Director, Office of Everglades Restoration, United States Department of the Interior (view presentation slides)
- Rhonda Haag, Sustainability Program Manager, Monroe County (view presentation slides)
- Jeff Kivett, P.E., Director, Operations, Engineering and Construction Division, South Florida Water Management District (view presentation slides)
- John Morgan, Sustainability Officer, City of Delray Beach (view presentation slides)
Day 2 – October 2, 2014
Good Morning Remarks
- The Honorable Sally A. Heyman, District Four Commissioner, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (view the video)
- The Honorable Michael Grieco, Commissioner, City of Miami Beach (view the video)
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Antonio L. Argiz, Chairman and CEO of Morrison, Brown, Argiz, & Farra, LLC (MBAF) and Chairman, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (view the video)
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the South Florida business community in the global marketplace. Representing more than 400,000 employees, the Chamber is known for its ability to drive business-to-business connections and the agenda on the most important issues that contribute to our region’s success. Mr. Argiz will discuss the importance of transportation and sea level rise as two critical issues that the Chamber and the business community must focus on looking forward.
A New Perspective on Managing and Planning for Risk through the Lens of Climate Change (view the video)
Climate change and sea level rise provide new business opportunities while also posing various challenges in the way we manage risk and plan investments. This panel will discuss these opportunities and challenges, and how they are being approached in new and innovative ways.
- Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach
- Chris Bergh, South Florida Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy, The Florida Keys Office (view presentation slides)
- Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice Ltd. (view presentation slides)
- Alex Kaplan, Vice President of Global Partnerships, Swiss Re America Holding Company (view presentation slides)
- Brenden McEneaney, Director, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute (view presentation slides)
The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force Report – The Honorable Harvey Ruvin (view the video)
Formed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade Sea Level RiseTask Force spent a year hearing from experts, analyzing information, and writing a report which was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on July 1st 2014. Task Force Chairman Ruvin will discuss the recommendations and longer term implications of this Report.
Working Across Sectors: Understanding and Communicating Effective Strategies for Building Resilience (view the video)
Both the public and private sector must understand the economic and strategic planning implications of climate change and sea level rise. This panel will discuss how they are taking these factors into consideration and preparing for the new normal of climate change.
- Josh Gelfman, Deputy Director, Economic Development, Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
- William B. Golden, Executive Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure (view presentation slides)
- Scott Robins, Founder and CEO, Scott Robins Companies and SRC Properties, and Chairman of the Miami Beach Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Flooding and Sea Level Rise
- Dr. Nancy Loman Scanlon, CHE, Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University (view presentation slides)
- James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Our International Partners – Great Progress and Collaborative Opportunities, Session I (view the video)
While Southeast Florida is seen as a leading example of groundbreaking cooperation and innovation, the Compact partners continue to learn and collaborate with other international programs and communities around the world. Speakers in this session will introduce you to other excellent examples of innovative collaboration and leadership.
- Steve Adams, Senior Program Director – US Climate Adaptation Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Jessica Cho, Program Manager, International City/County Management Association(ICMA) (view presentation slides)
- Peter Wijsman, Program Manager, ARCADIS U.S., Inc. (view presentation slides)
- Nick Xenos, Director of Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation Division, Department of Natural Resources Canada (view the presentation)
Our International Partners – Great Progress and Collaborative Opportunities, Session II (view the video)
In this session, Consul Generals from around the world will discuss key climate change related challenges and initiatives in their countries and discuss opportunities for further collaboration and leadership.
- Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council
- Jürgen Borsch, Consul General of Germany in Miami
- Louise Léger, Consul General of Canada in Miami
- Philippe Létrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami
- Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, Consul General of the Netherlands in Miami
- David Prodger, Consul General of the United Kingdom in Miami