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What is the Compact?

In January 2010, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties united to form the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a way to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. Since then, the four Compact counties have advanced local and regional responses to—and preparations for—the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, flooding, and economic and social disruptions. They have expanded to work with a growing number of federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic, and private sector partners.

Today, the Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation, while providing state and federal agencies with access to technical assistance and support. The Compact’s work is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of regional-scale climate action, and it continues to serve as an exemplary mechanism for collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.

The Compact calls on 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, which outlines recommended mitigation and adaptation strategies to help the region pull in one direction and speak with one voice.
  • Meet annually at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.
 

Compact Staff Steering Committee

County Representatives 

The four Compact Counties (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) 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 

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

Jason Liechty 
Environmental Projects Coordinator
[email protected]

Monroe County 

Roman Gastesi 
County Administrator
[email protected] 

Michael Roberts 
Director of Planning & Growth Management
[email protected]

Miami-Dade County

Nichole Hefty 
Chief, Office of Sustainability 
[email protected]  

Kimberly Brown
Supervisor, Long-Range Planning Section
[email protected]

Palm Beach County 

Megan Houston 
Director, Office of Resilience 
[email protected]

 

Municipal Representatives 

Penni Redford 
Sustainability Manager, West Palm Beach 
[email protected] 

Alison Higgins 
Sustainability Manager, City of Key West 
[email protected] 

Elizabeth Wheaton 
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Department, City of Miami Beach 
[email protected]miamibeachfl.gov

Lorie Mertens-Black 
Chief Civic Affairs Officer, City of Hollywood 
[email protected] 

 

Ex-Officio Members

South Florida Regional Planning Council

Isabel Cosio Carballo, 
Executive Director 
[email protected]

South Florida Water Management District

Akintunde O Owosina, PE 
Chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Bureau
[email protected]

The Nature Conservancy—Florida Chapter

Chris Bergh 
South Florida Program Manager
[email protected]

Florida Climate Institute

Jayantha Obeysekera 
Academic Liaison to the Staff Steering Committee
Director, Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center
[email protected]

 

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Since 2009, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has provided implementation support for the Compact. ISC has helped advance the Compact from the planning stage to policy implementation—integrating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, highlighting the importance of addressing natural and built systems holistically, and supporting the work across adjacent jurisdictions, using adaptive management principles to guide the process.

Steve Adams
Director of Urban Resilience
[email protected]

Lauren Ordway 
Senior Program Officer
[email protected]

 
 

Partnerships

Florida Climate Institute

In September 2014, the Compact and the Florida Climate Institute (FCI) signed a Partnership Agreement to support climate research and planning of particular relevance to Southeast Florida. FCI is a multi-disciplinary network of national and international research and public organizations, scientists, and individuals concerned with achieving a better understanding of climate variability and change. The goals of the partnership are to seek better alignment between public sector information needs and ongoing university research, and to improve coordination between the Compact and FCI universities in pursuing competitive research funding opportunities. Achieving these goals will ensure that the Compact and FCI are well-positioned for competitive grant opportunities and are effectively advancing Florida’s environmental, social, and economic sustainability through applied research and planning collaborations. 

Regional Economic Resilience Collaboration

At the 9th Annual Climate Leadership Summit in December 2017, the economic development community of Southeast Florida and the mayors of the four Compact counties indicated their intent to work collaboratively in forging greater public-private partnerships across the region by signing a Joint Statement on Collaboration for Regional Economic Resilience. Through increased collaboration and sustained engagement, the partnership will bolster efforts to build resilience within Southeast Florida’s communities, shared infrastructure, built environment, economy, and natural systems.

The economic development community, Compact mayors, and Compact partners agree to collaborate on:

  • Expanding business education on community and economic resilience.
  • Identifying and advocating for the state and federal investments needed for regional resilience in Southeast Florida.
  • Encouraging the broader participation of municipal and local business partners to engage in this effort.
  • Communicating that Southeast Florida is leading the way in taking proactive, responsible, and informed measures, serving as a pioneer and model for resilience.

Signatories

Broward Workshop

Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils

 

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!

Bay Harbor Islands
Adopted 2013

Boca Raton
Adopted 5/23/2017

Boynton Beach
Adopted 12/4/2012

Coconut Creek
Adopted 2/28/2013

Coral Gables
Adopted 8/25/2015

Dania Beach
Adopted 1/22/2013

Davie
Adopted 2/6/2013

Deerfield Beach
Adopted 3/19/2013

Delray Beach
Adopted 1/21/2014

Fort Lauderdale
Adopted 11/6/2012

Hallandale Beach
Adopted 2/6/2013

Hialeah
Adopted 12/11/2015

Highland Beach
Adopted 6/6/2017

Hillsboro Beach
Adopted 12/5/2012

Hollywood
Adopted 1/23/2013

Islamorada
Adopted 9/25/2016

Jupiter
Adopted 12/15/2015

Key Biscayne
Adopted 11/12/2015

Key West
Adopted 12/4/2012

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Adopted 2/26/2013

Lauderhill
Adopted 1/28/2013

Margate
Adopted 3/20/2013

Miami
Adopted 4/11/2017

Miami Beach
Adopted 2/6/2013

Miami Shores
Adopted 10/3/2016

North Lauderdale
Adopted 3/12/2013

North Miami
Adopted 6/27/2017

Oakland Park
Adopted 2/20/2013

Pinecrest
Adopted 12/11/2012

Pompano Beach
Adopted 2/12/2013

South Miami
Adopted 9/3/2013

Sunrise
Adopted 3/26/2013

Surfside
Adopted 5/15/2013

West Palm Beach
Adopted 5/26/2015

Wilton Manors
Adopted 3/12/2013