Lessons in Regional Resilience: The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

January 18, 2017

This case study on the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact is part of a series of six case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to explore lessons that cities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action.

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) covers the geographic area spanning four counties in Southeast Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach) and their 108 municipalities. This case study explores how the Compact formally established its membership consisting of the four counties themselves, and the Compact counties work to create close partnerships with municipalities and other partners in the region.

It also discusses some of the Compact’s key successes including developing a Regional Climate Action Plan, providing guidance and technical support to help municipalities implement the plan, and getting municipalities in the region to sign on to Compact through the “Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge” stating support for the Compact and its regional action plan. The Compact has also successfully engaged a diversity of stakeholders in the region through partnerships with nonprofits, the regional water management district, and a coalition of Florida universities working on climate change.

Each case study in this series explores the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also explores lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.