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Compact Partners will continue the support for the core Compact policies and the role of joint advocacy as provided for in Sections 1 – 4 of the Compact calling for changes to federal law that better recognize the unique vulnerabilities of Southeast Florida to climate change and for providing appropriations based on vulnerabilities, with special attention to funding infrastructure projects to adapt to sea level rise. Read More
Compact partners will continue to develop State and Federal Legislative Programs on a yearly basis that will serve as guidance for advocacy in Tallahassee and DC. Regional programs will be considered for inclusion into Compact partners’ legislative packages and joint advocacy in Tallahassee and DC is encouraged when appropriate. Read More
Continue to seek the support of other municipal and county jurisdictions including the Leagues of Cities, Florida Association of Counties (FAC), etc. within Florida and the National Association of Counties (NACo) and other entities that influence national policy for the purpose of building coalitions, sharing resources, and influencing state and national policy on mutual climate related issues through joint advocacy. Read More
Counties, municipalities, regional agencies and other appropriate government and private sector partners should integrate consideration of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies into existing and future systemwide planning, operations, policies, and programs. The guiding principles developed by the Interagency Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation for federal agencies should be incorporated by entities when designing and implementing adaptation strategies: Adopt integrated approaches. Prioritize the most vulnerable. Use best-available science. Build strong partnerships. Apply risk-management methods and tools. Apply ecosystem-based approaches. Maximize mutual benefits. Continuously evaluate performance. Read More
Federal Surface Transportation Authorization. Advocate for new authorization of the federal surface transportation programs with increased priority for funding public transit and non- motorized travel and integrated regional and local planning as means to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Such a federal program should explicitly incorporate climate change and shift priorities toward programs that encourage reinvestment in existing infrastructure and communities (“fix-it-first” programs), support public transportation and transit-oriented development, and address congestion management through means other than new road building. Read More
Support federal actions to reform transportation models and enhance the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes to integrate climate change analysis. The essential purpose of NEPA is to ensure that environmental factors are weighted equally when compared to other factors in the decision making process. NEPA processes are central to highway and transit project investment analysis. Read More
Advocate for stronger Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and other initiatives to promote clean fuel alternatives and encourage more stringent vehicle emission standards in recognition of the value of these initiatives to mitigate the impacts of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
Support and advocate for continued implementation and funding on the state and federal levels for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in recognition of the important role of CERP in climate adaptation planning and local water resource management related to regional water storage and aquifer recharge, important under variable climate conditions and sea level rise. Read More
Advocate to interests in Tallahassee for the preservation of the authority and resource capacity of the Water Management Districts in support of their continued participation in integrated water resource planning, particularly in southeast Florida where climate change and sea level rise pose additional challenges to the complex issues of alternative water supply development, Everglades restoration, salt water abatement, and drainage and flood control operations. Read More
Encourage federal support for research and investigations of potential energy efficiencies in pumping and water treatment processes necessary for meeting energy reduction goals concurrent with a growing reliance on pumps and advanced treatment technologies for drainage and flood control, water production and wastewater operations. Read More
Urge Congress to provide recognition of an “Adaptation Action Area” designation in federal law for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning, with special attention to modifications in law that enhance funding opportunities through USACE and EPA appropriations processes, as requested by members of Congress. Read More
Urge Congress to pass legislation that would create a permanent funding source to finance infrastructure projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change with emphasis on investments in areas such as water management, water supply, transportation and other projects that serve to reduce risks to urban infrastructure from extreme weather events and rising sea levels. Read More
Urge Congress to pass legislation that removes federal barriers posed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) residential initiatives that are intended to assist property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. Read More