Focus on the region’s barrier islands: they host unique destinations & also provide frontline barriers for the mainland

Barrier islands protect the mainland coast of all of the counties in our region and are enormous economic engines. They are home to many people and provide recreation as parks, beaches and resorts. Many of these islands, like much of Miami Beach and the Keys were artificially created. These islands…

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Regional Initiatives

COALITIONS FOR THE FUTURE   Local & Regional Alignment of Planning Working Together on Climate Initiatives   EVERGLADES & WATERWAYS Water is a common feature, resource and concern throughout the seven counties. Our region’s relationship with water presents tremendous advantages and equally large challenges. The Seven50 vision and many of…

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Ensure a sustainable, consistent, independent & cost effective energy supply & delivery system throughout the region

“Sustainability” has come to mean different things to different people, however, most definitions include making sure that re- sources do not deteriorate or deplete from generation to gen- eration. Energy resources are a prime concern of sustainability. Fossil fuel phase-out is often described as the ultimate achieve- ment of long-term…

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Prioritze storm preparedness, risk reduction & emergency management

The Southeast Florida region should provide a more resilient natural and built physical environment in light of climate change. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan provides a foundation for establishing a more predictable physical environment in the face of climate change through regulations, adaptation strategies, and emergency operations, with…

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Infrastructure, utilities, transportation choices & the built environment should relect goals for conservation, energy efficiency & sustainable infrastructure

Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by planning, de- signing, and prioritizing walkable, diverse communities supported by sustainable multimodal transportation options. The transportation sector contributes 4S percent of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the majority of trips taken for family and personal purposes in single occupancy vehicles. Re- ducing…

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Utilize adaptive planning for natural systems

Southeast Florida’s natural ecosystems exist within specific climate, water and salinity regimes. Coral reefs and sea grasses grow in clear, shallow seawater with abundant sunlight and stable temperatures whereas mangroves thrive in the often brackish areas between the low and high tide lines. Freshwater-dependent hardwood hammocks and pine rockland forests…

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Engage and educate the public to create new policy regarding climate change issues

An effective communication strategy is needed to highlight the risks related to climate change and the value of adapting policies and practices to achieve resilience throughout the region. Today’s world is marked by instant communication, immediate information and multitasking behaviors. It is difficult to communicate news and information related to…

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Ensure water supply: identify & prioritize at-risk natural resources & infrastructure & minimize saltwater intrusion

As a region, we need creative water management strategies and infrastructure improvements that can mitigate adverse impacts of climate change and sea level rise on our water supplies, water and waste-water infrastructure, and water management systems. Climate change presents serious challenges for water managers— given its likely impacts on the…

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