DATE: August 19, 2013BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Registration is now open for the Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, taking place Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Hosted by Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale in collaboration with the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, the Summit is an annual gathering of local, regional, national policymakers, elected officials, nonprofit and business representatives, and other stakeholders. Participants come together to review regional action on climate change and plan for the future.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Liechty
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
This year’s Summit includes a Congressional Town Hall on Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a discussion among members of Congress from southeast Florida and other coastal states on climate change and sea level rise. Among other highlights of the 2013 Summit are a workshop on innovative tools for local adaptation, a panel featuring local officials from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic discussing recovery from Superstorm Sandy, a panel highlighting federal agency leadership on climate issues, and many other speakers and panel discussions.
"We are thrilled to host so many leaders and experts on climate change. This summit will be an amazing opportunity for public engagement and for top experts in the field to exchange ideas,” said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs.
The Compact, a collaboration between Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties, local municipalities, and other stakeholders, has been recognized at the state, national, and international levels as a groundbreaking regional model for effective climate action. At last year’s Summit, the Compact released a 110-recommendation Regional Climate Action Plan, which is currently guiding local and regional efforts to build resilient communities and reduce emissions.
General registration for the two-day Summit is $150, with a reduced rate of $50 for government, nonprofit organizations, and students. More information about the Summit program can be found on the Compact website at southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org. To register for either the Summit or the Congressional Town Hall, visit http://compactsummit.eventbrite.com.
Sponsors of this year’s Summit include the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Broward County Convention Center, Port Everglades, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Hazen and Sawyer, AECOM, ICMA/City Links, the Broward Workshop, the World Resources Institute, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Florida Keys Electric Corporation, ESciences, and the Nature Conservancy.