DATE: February 22, 2013
CONTACT: Jason Liechty, Broward County
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
This week, Oakland Park became the eighth Broward municipality in a month to sign on to the Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge, a statement of support for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and its Regional Climate Action Plan. A total of 10 Broward communities, representing more than 681,000 residents — nearly 42 percent of the County’s entire population — have now taken formal action supporting regional climate action.
Davie, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill and Pompano Beach also adopted the Pledge within the past month. Fort Lauderdale and Hillsboro Beach signed on late last year.
The Regional Climate Change Action Plan, a work product of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, was released in October 2012 and highlighted at the Fourth Annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit held December 6-7, 2012, in Jupiter Beach.
The Action Plan details 110 key strategies for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change and underscores the need for collective action in planning for climate-resilient communities. Particular emphasis is given to the important role of municipal and regional partners and the economic, community and environmental benefits gained through strategic investments in climate resilience. Support for the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact and participation in the Regional Climate Action Plan has been invited via the Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge, unveiled at the 2012 Summit. The Pledge affirms support for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and an intent to integrate Regional Climate Action Plan recommendations into existing and future municipal sustainability action plans, comprehensive plans and climate action plans.
On January 2, 2013, a joint letter of invitation was issued by Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler specifically inviting the participation of Broward municipalities in the Compact implementation process and requesting support for the Mayors’ Pledge. The City of Fort Lauderdale, which has provided municipal representation in the Compact planning process since 2011, was the first South Florida municipality to adopt the Pledge.
“Municipal action and local partnerships are key to addressing climate change,” said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs. “The Mayors’ Pledge represents an important step in advancing the regional work of the Compact, providing a solid foundation for organizing our investments and planning decisions.” In January, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution encouraging communities throughout the County to adopt the Mayors’ Pledge.
The County Commission recently advanced another significant work product, adopting a Climate Change Element as part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan and a related Land Use Plan amendment that identifies priority planning areas based on areas vulnerable to coastal and tidal flooding with a 2-foot increase in sea level rise.
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was endorsed in January 2010 by Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and represents a commitment of the four counties to work together to advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for the benefit of individual communities and the region as a whole. More information about the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and the Regional Climate Action Plan can be found at southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org.