South East Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

October 01, 2014 — October 02, 2014 @ 8:00 AM
Miami Beach Convention Center

Green U represented UM at the South East Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit this past Oct 1st and 2nd.

The Honorable Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts, Miami-Dade County with UM Sustainability Manager, Teddy Lhoutellier at the SEF Climate Leadership Summit 10.02.14

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 the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Green U, students from the Environmental Justice Center - School of Law and the Abess Center were there

Faculty members like Sustainability expert, Dr. Van Leer, or Dr Sonia Chao, Director of UM Center for Urban and Community Design were also be present.

We helped visitors learn about UM’s latest Climate Change mitigation initiatives. Special emphasis was given to Climate Adaptation Research where UM is clearly among the main leaders in the Nation: A screen was on display showing a rendering video of the new Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Complex. The Complex opened at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science on Oct 2nd. It will provide research and teaching laboratories in two critical areas: air-sea interactions and biology of living marine organisms, including a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds in a three-dimensional test environment, a state of the art tool, unique in the World.
To learn more about it, visit RSMAS - SUSTAIN

Register for a special Tour of this amazing facility on November 19 at 6 pm.
Tour will be hosted by Dr. Brian Haus, SUSTAIN project Manager
Refreshment will be served - rsvp at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (limited number of attendants: first come, first served)



The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was executed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support.

At the conclusion of the first Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on Oct. 23, 2009, four County representatives – Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, and Monroe County Mayor George Neugent – signed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact committing to take it back to their County Commissions for review and adoption.

The Compact calls for the Counties to work cooperatively to:

- Develop annual Legislative Programs and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding;
- Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to include mitigation and adaptation strategies; and
- Meet annually in Regional Climate Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.

Since 2009, the four Compact Counties have accomplished much together and have also worked with a growing number of federal, state, regional, municipal, nonprofit, academic and private sector partners. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of regional-scale climate action, the Compact continues to serve as the mechanism to collaborate for climate adaptation.

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