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What is the Compact?

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was executed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support.

At the conclusion of the first Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on Oct. 23, 2009, four County representatives – Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, and Monroe County Mayor George Neugent – signed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact committing to take it back to their County Commissions for review and adoption.

The Compact calls for the Counties to work cooperatively to:

  • Develop annual Legislative Programs and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding
  • Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to include mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Meet annually in Regional Climate Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.

Since 2009, the four Compact Counties have accomplished much together and have also worked with a growing number of federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic and private sector partners. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of regional-scale climate action, the Compact continues to serve as the mechanism to collaborate for climate adaptation.

Click here for a brief overview of the Climate Change Compact

 
 

Key Contacts & Partners

The four Compact Counties have designated senior staff members to serve as a Staff Steering Committee charged with assuring fulfillments of the Compact commitments. Each Compact County is afforded two votes on the Staff Steering Committee, whether held by two separate members or cast by a single Compact County representative.

Broward County Staff Steering Committee Members

Jennifer Jurado Director and Chief Resiliency Officer, Environmenal Planning and Community Resilience Division
Jason Liechty Environmental Projects Coordinator

Miami-Dade County Staff Steering Committee Members

Jim Murley Chief Resilience Officer
Nichole Hefty Chief, Office of Sustainability

Municipal Representatives

Penni Redford Sustainability Manager, West Palm Beach
Alison Higgins
 Sustainability Manager, City of Key West
Elizabeth Wheaton Director, Environmental and Sustainability Department, City of Miami Beach
Lorie Mertens-Black Chief Civic Affairs Officer, City of Hollywood

Monroe County Staff Steering Committee Members

Roman Gastesi County Administrator
Michael Roberts Director of Planning & Growth Management

Palm Beach County Staff Steering Committee Members

Jon Van Arnam Deputy County Administrator

 
 

Municipal Partners

The following is a list of municipalities that have signed onto the Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge in support of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and the Regional Climate Action Plan. If you are a municipality and have already signed, visit our Past the Pledge Checklist for next steps!

City of North Miami
Adopted June 27, 2017

Miami Shores Village
Adopted October 3, 2016

Town of Key Biscayne
Adopted November 12, 2015

Town of Bay Harbor Islands
Adopted 2013

City of Margate
Adopted 3/20/2013

City of Coconut Creek
Adopted 2/28/2013

City of Miami Beach
Adopted 2/6/2013

City of Hollywood
Adopted 1/23/2013

City of Boynton Beach
Adopted 12/4/2012

Town of Highland Beach
Adopted June 6, 2017

Village of Islamorada
Adopted September 25, 2016

City of Coral Gables
Adopted August 25, 2015

City of South Miami
Adopted 9/3/2013

City of Deerfield Beach
Adopted 3/19/2013

City of Hallandale Beach
Adopted 2/6/2013

City of Dania Beach
Adopted 1/22/2013

City of Key West
Adopted 12/4/2012

Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Adopted 2/26/2013

City of Boca Raton
Adopted May 23, 2017

Town of Jupiter
Adopted December 15, 2015

City of West Palm Beach
Adopted May 26, 2015

Town of Surfside
Adopted 5/15/2013

City of Wilton Manors
Adopted 3/12/2013

City of Oakland Park
Adopted 2/20/2013

Town of Davie
Adopted 2/6/2013

Village of Pinecrest
Adopted 12/11/2012

City of Fort Lauderdale
Adopted 11/6/2012

City of Miami
Adopted April 11, 2017

City of Hialeah
Adopted December 11, 2015

City of Delray Beach
Adopted January 21, 2014

City of Sunrise
Adopted 3/26/2013

City of North Lauderdale
Adopted 3/12/2013

City of Pompano Beach
Adopted 2/12/2013

City of Lauderhill
Adopted 1/28/2013

Town of Hillsboro Beach
Adopted 12/5/2012

 
 

Press Hub

Climate change, and the science of resilience and adaptation, are incredibly complex. The Compact has compiled the key resources and experts to help journalists tell what can be a very difficult story to convey to general audiences.

 
 

Key Resources

 

While there is growing awareness of the threat that sea level rise and climate change presents, the Compact has been actively working on the problem since 2009, and is hailed internationally as one of the best bi-partisan approaches to climate change in existence.

This fact sheet, regularly updated by the Compact, explains what the Compact is, how and why the Compact was formed as well as what the Compact is doing about sea level rise in Southeast Florida.

Click Here to read more.

Released in late 2015, this projection is used by local, county, state and increasingly federal groups working to prepare and protect Southeast Florida. Understanding the projection is critical to telling the story of Southeast Florida and sea level rise.

Click Here to read more.

  • The Regional Climate Action Plan is a five-year roadmap for counties, cities and towns in Southeast Florida to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for rising seas in Southeast Florida.

    The 110 recommendations range from planting trees to implementing green infrastructure improvements to adopting new ordinances.

Click Here to read more.

 

Experts by Location and Subject

 

Compact Representatives

Jennifer Jurado 
Broward County
Director and Chief Resiliency Officer
Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
[email protected]

Jim Murley
Miami-Dade County
Chief Resilience Officer
Regulatory and Economic Resources Department
[email protected]

Samantha Danchuk 
Broward County
Assistant Director
Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
[email protected]

Nichole L. Hefty
Miami-Dade County
Sustainability Chief, Office of Resilience
Miami-Dade Dept. of Regulatory and Economic Resources
[email protected]

Natalie Schneider
Palm Beach County
Climate Change & Sustainability Coordinator
Palm Beach County – Board of County Commissioners
[email protected]

Michael Roberts
Monroe County
Sr. Administrator / Environmental Resources
Monroe County Planning & Environmental Resources
[email protected]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Compact is an agreement adopted by the Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach County Commissions in January 2010. As the counties recognized the vulnerability of the Southeast Florida region to the impacts of climate, they resolved to work collaboratively on mitigation and adaptation strategies across county lines.

The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation, while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support. The Compact has collaborated on activities such as joint policies to influence climate/energy legislation and funding at state and federal levels, developing and implementing a Regional Climate Action Plan, and hosting annual summits to review progress and discuss strategies.

Representatives of the four County Commissions (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) came together at the 2009 Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit hosted by Broward County. The representatives discussed regional challenges and threats from global climate change on the over 6 million residents of this region, and a call to action for regionalized efforts was issued in the form of the Compact.

Sea levels are rising all over the world, threatening low-lying coastal cities, such as those present in Florida. These areas will continue to see the effects of the relatively slow process of sea level rise. In 2010, roughly 100 million people lived in U.S. coastal shoreline counties, with assets, people, economies and water supplies vulnerable to sea level rise. That’s why local governments are continuously working to find solutions to reduce flooding issues and other impacts of climate change.

Southeast Florida’s property market continues to be one of the strongest in the U.S.. Each and every day, local governments in South Florida are joining forces to plan and invest in adaptive infrastructure to manage the threats of gradual sea level rise. Those same people working to keep the area safe and enjoyable for millions, continue to live in their own homes. The current efforts put forth to manage the unavoidable threats of climate change in Southeast Florida will help maintain the best of life in the area, and prepare for future growth.

Sustainable communities require a long-term perspective – one that’s focused on both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle. It’s essential that elected officials have the same thought-process and work to build and implement plans around climate action that will be carried through the long-term.

The Compact is working in uncharted territory with a significant learning curve, yet it is making incredible steps towards engaging local government on a climate action plan. Adaptation projects are all around us, helping manage the unavoidable. For example, in Miami Beach, entire streets have been redesigned to better adapt to rising sea levels. In Delray Beach, there are duckbill valves which help manage flood waters. In Fort Lauderdale, the sea wall height requirements have been increased.

Southeast Florida has a tremendous opportunity to become the “Silicon Valley” of sea level rise with innovative adaptation, academic think-tanks, and best practice examples to share with cities facing the same challenges. The Compact is dedicated to being a leader in this space, to help shape a livable home for the area’s future generations.