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Public Policy Advocacy

GOAL: Guide and influence all levels of government to address climate change in relevant policies, programs, and legislation.

Local governments working independently or collectively have many policy options available to spur emission reductions and to build resilience, but state and federal levels of government hold key responsibilities and powers. Beyond having legal and regulatory roles for addressing climate change, state and federal agencies own, operate, and are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of critical infrastructure in Southeast Florida. In order to ensure the region’s voice is heard in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., Compact partners work together in coordinated advocacy around energy and climate issues.

Advocacy at the state and federal levels is one of the fundamental functions that led to the creation of the Compact; more clauses within the original Compact resolution are dedicated to joint advocacy than any other purpose. The Compact region is represented by nine congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives, 13 districts in the Florida Senate, and 35 districts in the Florida House of Representatives. The Compact seeks to work with elected representatives at the state and federal levels in a bipartisan fashion to advance the region’s positions on key legislative issues, budget priorities, and regulatory matters of importance to Southeast Florida.

These recommendations outline the Compact’s shared advocacy role. While individual issues will change from year to year, the Compact partners remain firmly committed to working together to raise their voices in unison for the good of the region.

Support—at all levels of government—policy, legislation, and funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors, use less energy and water, deploy renewable energy and low-carbon transportation, prepare for and adapt to climate impacts, build community resilience, and study climate and earth science.
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Develop common positions on climate, energy, and resilience issues, and advocate jointly as the Compact for those positions before state and federal legislatures, regulatory bodies, and the executive and judicial branches of government.
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Urge federal, state, regional, and local partners to prioritize climate change considerations in the planning, construction, and operation of the regional water management and flood control system.
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Participate in coalitions of public-, private-, nonprofit-, and/or academic-sector actors dedicated to climate, energy, and resilience issues.
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Coordinate climate, energy, and resilience policies among counties, municipalities, school districts, and other units of government in the region.
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Prioritize climate policies that advance social and economic equity for high-vulnerability populations and limited-income residents.
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Consider the direct and indirect impacts of projects, policies, and investments on relevant stakeholders.
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Encourage the general public to participate in civic discourse regarding climate, energy, and resilience issues.
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