6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

Regions Connect →Global Effect

October 1st & 2nd, 2014
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall B
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on October 1 & 2. The annual Summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners.

The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.

The 2014 theme, “Regions Connect → Global Effect” resonates soundly with the Compact, which has been advancing policy and catalyzing action locally and regionally, as well as connecting and collaborating with other communities throughout the nation and the world.

Regional Summit: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sixth Annual Summit Opening Remarks and Welcome

The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez Mayor, Miami-Dade County (view the video)

The Honorable Philip Levine Mayor, City of Miami Beach (view the video)

The Compact Year in Review (view the video)

Steve Adams, Senior Program Director US Climate Adaptation Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities Compact Staff (view presentation slides)

Southeast Florida Resilient Redesign Overview (view the video)

Regional and international partners will provide an overview of the interactive and hands-on process used to identify challenges and envision design opportunities to build resilience to climate change into a few archetypal communities in South Florida.

Moderator:

    • Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County

Panelists:

    • Steven Slabbers, Director, Bosch Slabbers Landscape and Urban Planning (view presentation slides 50mb)
    • Tommy B. Strowd, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Lake Worth Drainage District (view presentation slides)
    • Dr. Samantha Danchuk, P.E.,  Assistant Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County (view presentation slides)
    • Mark R. Woerner, AICP, Assistant Director for Planning, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (view presentation slides)
    • Elizabeth Wheaton, AICP, LEED AP, Assistant Building Director, Miami Beach Building Department, City of Miami Beach (view presentation slides)

Applying Resilient Redesign to the Region (view the video)

This panel will further explore the ideas offered in the three Resilient Redesign study areas presented earlier, and discuss how these design strategies might be applied across the Compact region and elsewhere.

Moderator:

    • Susanne M. Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

Panelists:

    • Anthony Abbate, AIA, NCARB, School of Architecture Professor and Associate Provost, Florida Atlantic University (view presentation slides)
    • Bryan Myers, Climate Change Coordinator, United States EnvironmentalProtection Agency, Region IV
    • Elizabeth  Plater-Zyberk, Founder  & Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
    • Steven Slabbers, Director, Bosch Slabbers Landscape and Urban Planning

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John P. Holdren – Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (view the video)

Dr. John P. Holdren will provide an overview of the National Climate Assessment findings and impacts, especially as it relates to the Southeastern United States. He will also touch upon policy and planning issues, cross-sectoral considerations and the relevance of the SE Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (view presentation slides).

Keynote Speaker: Mike Boots, Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality (view the video)

Acting Chair Boots will provide an introduction and overview of the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, as well as the President’s climate policy initiatives.

Update from the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (view the video)

Members of President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will provide an update on the progress made to identify priorities and advise the Administration on how the federal government can support communities across the country that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.

Moderator:

    • Shannon Estenoz, Director, Office of Everglades Restoration, United States Department of the Interior

Panelists:

    • Dr. Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California, and Member of the Human Health and Community DevelopmentWork Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
    • The  Honorable  Karen  Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Minnesota, and CoChair of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
    • The  Honorable  Kristin  Jacobs, Commissioner, Broward Board of County Commissioners, and Co-Chair of the Built Systems Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
    • Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, State of Vermont, and Member of the Disaster Recovery and Resilience Work Group of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Applying the Latest Climate Science & Policy at the Federal, State, and Local Levels (view the video)

Panelists will discuss the practical application of the latest climate science and policy in their respective roles and how this information is being utilized to strategically plan and prepare for current and future impacts.

Moderator:

    • Michael Roberts, Senior Administrator, Environmental Resources, Monroe County Planning & Environmental Resources

Panelists:

 

Regional Summit: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Good Morning Remarks

The Honorable Sally A. Heyman, District Four Commissioner, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (view the video)

The Honorable Michael Grieco, Commissioner, City of Miami Beach (view the video)

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Antonio L. Argiz, Chairman and CEO of Morrison, Brown, Argiz, & Farra, LLC (MBAF) and Chairman, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (view the video)

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the South Florida business community in the global marketplace. Representing more than 400,000 employees, the Chamber is known for its ability to drive business-to-business connections and the agenda on the most important issues that contribute to our region’s success. Mr. Argiz will discuss the importance of transportation and sea level rise as two critical issues that the Chamber and the business community must focus on looking forward.

A New Perspective on Managing and Planning for Risk through the Lens of Climate Change (view the video)

Climate change and sea level rise provide new business opportunities while also posing various challenges in the way we manage risk and plan investments. This panel will discuss these opportunities and challenges, and how they are being approached in new and innovative ways.

Moderator:

    • Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach

Panelists:

The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force Report – The Honorable Harvey Ruvin (view the video)

Formed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade Sea Level RiseTask Force spent a year hearing from experts, analyzing information, and writing a report which was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on July 1st 2014. Task Force Chairman Ruvin will discuss the recommendations and longer term implications of this Report.

Working Across Sectors: Understanding and Communicating Effective Strategies for Building Resilience (view the video)

Both the public and private sector must understand the economic and strategic planning implications of climate change and sea level rise. This panel will discuss how they are taking these factors into consideration and preparing for the new normal of climate change.

Moderator:

    • Josh Gelfman, Deputy Director, Economic Development, Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources

Panelists:

    • William B. Golden, Executive Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure (view presentation slides)
    • Scott Robins, Founder and CEO, Scott Robins Companies and SRC Properties, and Chairman of the Miami Beach Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Flooding and Sea Level Rise
    • Dr. Nancy Loman Scanlon, CHE, Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University (view presentation slides)
    • James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization

Our International Partners – Great Progress and Collaborative Opportunities, Session I (view the video)

While Southeast Florida is seen as a leading example of groundbreaking cooperation and innovation, the Compact partners continue to learn and collaborate with other international programs and communities around the world. Speakers in this session will introduce you to other excellent examples of innovative collaboration and leadership.

Moderator:

    • Steve Adams, Senior Program Director – US Climate Adaptation Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Panelists:

Our International Partners – Great Progress and Collaborative Opportunities, Session II (view the video)

In this session, Consul Generals from around the world will discuss key climate change related challenges and initiatives in their countries and discuss opportunities for further collaboration and leadership.

Moderator:

    • Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council

Panelists:

    • Jürgen Borsch, Consul General of Germany in Miami
    • Louise Léger, Consul General of Canada in Miami
    • Philippe Létrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami
    • Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, Consul General of the Netherlands in Miami
    • David Prodger, Consul General of the United Kingdom in Miami