The 11th Annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit is being held Dec. 3-5 in Key West. This year’s Summit is hosted by Monroe County on behalf of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, with the City of Key West, City of Marathon, and Village of Islamorada joining as co-hosts. The Summit will be held at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West.
This year’s Summit speakers and participants will engage in “Bridging the Gap” for South Florida’s future. The theme reflects the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact's commitment to bridge the gap between the planning and implementation of climate change and resiliency strategies and features. Public, private, and nonprofit experts, including a team of scientists featured on “60 Minutes” who are working to prevent the world’s permafrost layer from thawing, will lead sessions on timely topics such as cutting edge modeling and evaluation tools, resiliency projects in the Florida Keys and Southeast Florida, climate change leadership with state and federal elected officials, and the rapidly evolving landscape of sea-level rise.
“This year’s Summit will focus on the implementation of projects to help prevent the rapid increase in climate change and the specific projects that are being implemented locally to manage the effects of the rising seas,” said Rhonda Haag, Monroe County’s Director of Sustainability. “This unique collaborative effort between the counties was the first of its kind and is now being duplicated elsewhere due to its enormous success.”
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact was created in 2010 by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties to coordinate and collaborate on climate change action across county lines and is internationally recognized as a leading example of regional-scale climate action. The Climate Leadership Summit is an annual major event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration, typically bringing together more than 500 thinkers and leaders from business, government, higher education, and nonprofits at panel discussions and networking breaks. You can learn more about the Compact by visiting www.southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org.
The annual conference was last held in Monroe County in 2015. To learn more about the summit or to register for this 3-day conference, visit www.climatesummitmonroe.com for additional information. There is a registration fee for the event and registration closes Nov. 15. Tickets will not be available at the door.