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
Announcing over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative
The White House Smart Cities Initiative announced an expansion to include over $80 million in new federal investments and the doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total. Miami-Dade County and Broward County are partners of this Better Communities Alliance.
July, 2016 Report
Eighteen U.S. military installations are exposed to risks associated with sea level rise. The infrastructure, housing for personnel, and training and testing grounds at these installations are subject to increasing floods and loss of land. This analysis recommends that Congress and the Department of Defense allocate support and resources for adaptive measures in such at risk areas.
Read the full story here: http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/sea-level-rise-flooding-us-military-bases
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.
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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