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Health and Sea Level Rise: Impacts on South Florida

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series

To allow decision-makers to create more robust adaptation plans that include human health considerations, the Florida Institute for Health Innovation developed a technical assistance guidebook and toolkit for coastal communities that identifies communities most vulnerable to sea level rise impacts and specific potential public health risks.

Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond

Category: Supporting Documents

This article reviews three recent developments in comprehensive planning in Florida and explores their implications for Florida’s local governments and others. The three developments covered in this report are “Adaptation Action Areas” (2011 legislation), “Peril of Flood” (2015 legislation) and  the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (launched in 2009). The report reviews how these developments may affect the roles of different actors in addressing challenges associated with sea level rise, and it uses the frames of adaptive governance and adaptive management to explore how to structure and administer governance approaches to addressing sea level rise in Florida. This article provides an in-depth starting point for understanding key features of the emerging legal and institutional landscape in Florida for addressing sea level rise, especially with respect to comprehensive planning.

2016 Municipal Implementation Survey Report

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact has administered the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) 2016 Municipal Implementation Survey to capture the progress to-date on the implementation of the RCAP in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. This survey captures the increase in the implementation rate since the 2014 survey and explores implementation trends in and across the 108 municipalities in this Compact. Visit the Compact database to see the results in action.

Effective Sea Level Rise Communication Strategies for Local Governments

Category: Webinars

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact partnered with The Miami Foundation to host this session built to provide local government leaders with effective communication strategies for constituents, staff, electeds, businesses and other stakeholders.

In the fall of 2016, The Miami Foundation sponsored a research project on sea level rise communications with Sightful Communications on how different stakeholders respond to the impacts of sea level rise and how words can empower these various groups to take positive action. The final report, We’re All In This Together, is available here: southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/SLR_TMF_TOOL_d3.pdf

Presenters: Stuart Kennedy, The Miami Foundation, Director of Program Strategy and Innovation and Schuyler Brown, Sightful, Strategy Director and Founding Partner.

Integrating the Unified Sea Level Rise Projection into Local Plans

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series

This is a guidance document created by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as an addendum to the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) Workshop #10: “Essential Tools: Integrating the Southeast Florida Sea Level Rise Projections into Community Planning” held on July 14, 2016. It focuses on the increasing number of local governments that are independently planning for sea level rise compliance with state law.

Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

Category: Supporting Documents

This paper presents a roadmap of eight priority federal policy opportunities that build on the recommendations from the 2015 Rising Tides Summit, a first-of-its-kind bipartisan gathering of nearly 40 U.S. mayors and local elected officials from 18 of the 23 coastal U.S. states. The policy roadmap identifies key opportunities for the federal government to assist local communities with climate resilience efforts that can protect homes and jobs, build infrastructure that will last, preserve tourist towns and beaches, safeguard military bases, and ensure the longevity of ports.

Legal Considerations Surrounding Adaptation to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

Category: Supporting Documents

This report provides a comprehensive overview of sea level rise adaptation policy options and the surrounding legal considerations that will help the City of Coral Gables plan for the potential impacts of sea level rise.

Assessment of Available Tools to Create a More Resilient Transportation System

Category: Supporting Documents

This report describes how sea level rise could affect transportation infrastructure in Miami-Dade County. It describes what is already known about the transportation network’s vulnerability to sea level rise and storm events, including the findings from two recent studies that focused on the Southeast Florida region. It discusses the detailed and tailored efforts required to inform any project-level decision making process.

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

Category: Supporting Documents

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support multiple community goals and values, and that despite the progress much more work is necessary to comprehensively address climate risks. The report was produced in partnership by The Kresge Foundation and Abt Associates.

We’re All in This Together: Suggestions for Effective Sea Level Rise Communication

Category: Supporting Documents

Co-funded by The Miami Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the summary and full presentations represent the findings and recommendations by Sightful, a communications advisory firm, after a series of focus groups with diverse stakeholders in Miami-Dade County. The report provides insights to help organizations in the sea level rise adaptation and advocacy space more effectively communicate and engage audiences, motivating them to take action. It is based, in part, on recommendations for local policy and action priorities developed with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. This presentation summarizes the key findings.

Mobilizing Miami for Sea Level Rise

Category: Supporting Documents

Co-funded by The Miami Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the summary and full presentations represent the findings and recommendations by Sightful, a communications advisory firm, after a series of focus groups with diverse stakeholders in Miami-Dade County.  The report provides insights to help organizations in the sea level rise adaptation and advocacy space more effectively communicate and engage audiences, motivating them to take action.  It is based, in part, on recommendations for local policy and action priorities developed with the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Sea Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Category: Supporting Documents

This report gives an introduction to sea level rise issues for policy makers and then focuses on the phenomenon of sea level rise, the types of effects that sea level rise has on U.S. coasts, and policy considerations to address the causes and effects of sea level rise.

Miami-Dade’s Final Report in Support of the Sea Level Rise Task Force Final Recommendations

Category: Supporting Documents

Miami-Dade County’s final report in support of the Sea Level Rise Task Force final recommendations provides an update on the state of recent advances, as well as a solid foundation upon which a broader, community-wide resilience strategy will be developed. The report focuses on natural protections, county infrastructure, potential risks of flooding and saltwater intrusion, insurance and long-term risk management, and the climate change advisory task force.

What Climate Change Means for Florida

Category: Supporting Documents

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a general overview of Florida’s changing climate and its implications.

Reducing Climate Risk and Creating Economic Opportunity

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series

A guidance document created from presentations and remarks made at Regional Climate Action Plan Workshop #9 Reducing Climate Risk and Creating Economic Opportunity

King Tide Toolkit

Category: King Tide Resources

Created by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Municipal King Tide Tool Kit is intended to provide other coastal municipalities with communication concepts, terminology, information, and outreach examples based on our experience with flooding due to seasonal extreme high tides, often referred to as kingtides. Fort Lauderdale takes a number of actions to coordinate internally and communicate with our residents regarding the nature, impacts, and responses needed to address these tidal events.

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

Category: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

Based on a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional process, the regional climate action plan furnishes over 100 recommendations to prepare the Southeast Florida region to the detrimental effects of climate change.

Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge

Category: Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge

Adopted by 24 mayors over the last two years. View the list of signing cities here.

Regional Compact as Ratified by the Counties

Category: Regional Compact as Ratified by the Counties

This document is the final Regional Compact as ratified by the four party Counties in January 2010.

Implementation Guide

Category: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance and suggestions for implementation. Recognizing that implementation can be a daunting task, the Compact Staff Steering Committee and the work group chairs have presented information here to facilitate the thought process involved in planning and decision making. This is not intended to be an exhaustive guide, but rather provide sufficient information to prompt discussion that can be tailored to the individual requirements and needs of the implementing jurisdiction(s).

2015 Compact Unified Sea Level Rise Projection

Category: Supporting Documents

This Unified Sea Level Rise projection for Southeast Florida updated in 2015 projects the anticipated range of sea level rise for the region from 1992 to 2100.

Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series

The Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management compact guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

2014 Municipal Implementation Survey Report

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact has administered the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) 2014 Municipal Implementation Survey with the intention to compile climate-related ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policy information from the 108 municipalities in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. Visit the Compact database to see the results in action.

WEBINAR: Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Visualization Tool

Category: Webinars

The TNC Coastal Resilience decision support system is a storm surge and sea level rise planning tool for local governments to access when needing a a visualization platform where ecological, social, and economic information can be viewed alongside sea level rise and storm surge scenarios in specific geographies. In addition, a modular, configurable plugin architecture allows specific geographies to have apps designed specifically for geo-processing and display. These cater to the needs of stakeholders, policies and planning processes. Apps are used to simplify complex relationships or models, convey a specific ecological or social concept, or used to compare different future condition scenarios.

US DOT Vulnerability and Climate Tools

Category: Supporting Documents

Transportation Vulnerability and Climate Change Sensitivity Tools by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Adminiistration

Guidelines to Local Governments for Temporary Coastal Armoring Seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line

Category: Supporting Documents

Released for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management, this document aims to provide coastal governmental entities with appropriate guidance and to facilitate coordination and communication in the event that a hurricane or other coastal storm makes impact with the State of Florida during this 2015 hurricane season.

WEBINAR: Introduction to Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

Category: Webinars

In early 2015, the Florida Office of Energy promulgated allocations for Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to 12 cities and counties in the Compact region. These federally-subsidized bonds represent a very low cost way for qualified cities and counties to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy for public facilities, reduce transportation-related energy use, and advance residential energy efficiency projects, among other opportunities. This Compact webinar, introducing QECB financing and reviewing possible projects and avenues of cooperation, was originally presented on July 16, 2015.

Workshop on Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

Category: Supporting Documents

Summary of the Workshop on Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty.

The workshop provided an introduction to the philosophy and methods of the RDM approach with special emphasis on deep uncertainty, some examples of other areas where this approach has been applied, and some consideration of the information needs and effort that might be required to apply these methods to South Florida.

Nature-Based Coastal Defenses in Southeast Florida

Category: Supporting Documents

Nature-Based Coastal Defenses in Southeast Florida is a collaborative publication of The Nature Conservancy and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s Shoreline Resilience Working Group. This report compiles seven case studies that represent natural or nature-based restoration projects that mitigate the effects of flooding and erosion in southeast Florida.

RCAP Health Impact Assessment

Category: Supporting Documents

RCAP Health Impact Assessment

Adaptation Action Area Pilot Project Report

Category: Supporting Documents

The Southeast Florida Regional Council partnered with the City of Ft. Lauderdale on an Adaptation Action Area Pilot Project through the Department of Economic Development, funded by a grant from NOAA.

Adaptation Action Areas White Paper

Category: Supporting Documents

Adaptation Action Areas White Paper

Analysis of the Vulnerability of Southeast Florida to Sea Level Rise

Category: Supporting Documents

Analysis of the Vulnerability of Southeast Florida to Sea Level Rise

Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: Baseline Period 2005 -2009

Category: Supporting Documents

The Regional GHG Emissions Inventory documents baseline emissions from the Transport and Built Environment Sectors from 2005—2009.

A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida

Category: Supporting Documents

The white paper on sea level rise projections for use in Compact planning as developed by the SLR Technical Ad Hoc Working Group.

Policy & Advocacy Implementation Report

Category: Supporting Documents

Policy & Advocacy Implementation Report

Integrating Climate Change & Water Supply Planning In Southeast Florida

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series

This Compact Guidance Document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with the nuts and bolts of voluntarily implementing the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan. The publication series is produced by the Institute for Sustainable Communities on behalf of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact with funding graciously provided by the Kresge Foundation.

Workshop Documents

City of Boynton Beach Flood Awareness Workshop - October 11, 2017

                        Regional Climate Action Plan 2.0 Open Session - May 22, 2017

                                          Resilient Redesign III - August 16, 2016

                                                    Essential Tools: Integrating the Southeast Florida Sea Level Rise Projections Into Community Planning - June 10, 2016

                                                          Reducing Climate Risk and Creating Economic Opportunity - April 5, 2016

                                                                                                                                          Energy Efficient Buildings RCAP Implementation Workshop - August 18, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                    RCAP Transportation Workshop - April 30, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Preparing Florida for the Future: Opportunities for Resilience in Local Communities - January 15, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regional Climate Action Plan Workshop: Stormwater - January 7, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RCAP Implementation Workshop: AAA Legislation and Application - August 28, 2014