The Compact was formalized following the 2009 Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, when elected officials came together to discuss challenges and strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change. The Compact outlines an ongoing collaborative effort among the Compact Counties to foster sustainability and climate resilience at a regional scale.
“Five years ago, local leaders down here, Republicans and Democrats, formed the bipartisan Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact — an agreement to work together to fight climate change. And it’s become a model not just for the country, but for the world. ”
– President Barack Obama
Compact News & Events
Published December 2, 2015 | Read the full article by Ted Hesson here.
That was the moment of realization: Despite their differences in party affiliation, these county officials had a lot in common, and their message would have been stronger if expressed in unison.
The legislation they lobbied for died in the Senate, where a bipartisan coalition collapsed over claims that the bill would kill jobs. In South Florida, however, the efforts at bipartisanship went forward. Six months later, leaders from the counties—three Democrats and one Republican—signed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Provides Update to Regional Sea Level Rise Projection
Recommendations will inform flood control and infrastructure planning
Partners in the four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) have prepared an update to the regional sea level rise projection used for important planning purposes in accordance with the technical recommendations of the Compact’s Sea Level Rise Work Group. The update shows slight increases in short-term projections, but more significant increases long-term in the absence of dramatic greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
President Obama made mention of the Compact in his Earth Day remarks from Everglades National Park:
“Five years ago, local leaders down here, Republicans and Democrats, formed the bipartisan Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact — an agreement to work together to fight climate change. (Applause.) And it’s become a model not just for the country, but for the world. “
Thanks @MayorGimenez for so ably advocating SE FL regional climate issues in DC! https://t.co/UDZdPCBdPh
Regional Climate Action Plan
Developed through an extensive stakeholder engagement process, the Compact Partner Counties are pleased to announce the release of the Regional Climate Action Plan, which contains 110 recommendations for a more resilient Southeast Florida. To download the Plan and supporting appendices, go to the Compact Documents page.
“County governments estimate that the damages could rise to billions or even trillions of dollars. In and around Miami, local officials are grappling head on with the problem.”
– Coral Davenport, New York Times, May 7, 2014