On October 1 & 2, 2014 Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach hosted the 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit at the Miami Beach Convention Center. An estimated 650 business and government leaders attended the event sold out a month earlier. Organizers said the attendance to the event has doubled since the first year they met.
The Climate Leadership Summit brings together creative, intelligent, forward-thinking individuals from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to collaborate while sharing knowledge and ideas. To facilitate this sharing of ideas there are scheduled panels and breaks for networking throughout the weekend.
Keynote speaker Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was just one of a number of noted speakers/panelists and moderators for the event. Others included:
- Steve Adams, Senior Program Director, US Climate Adaptation Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California and Co-chair of the Human Health and Community Development Subgroup of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (invited)
- Jessica Cho, Program Manager, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)International Group
- Karen Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Minnesota, and Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Member (invited)
- Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County (invited)
- William Golden, Executive Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure (NICHI)
- Kristin Jacobs, Commissioner, Broward Board of County Commissioners
- Philip Levine, Mayor, City of Miami Beach
- Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the State of Vermont and Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Representative for Governor Shumlin (invited)
- Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and Principal of Rebuild By Design and Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force (invited)
- Scott Robins, Founder and CEO, Scott Robins Companies and SRC Properties
- Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera, Chief Modeler, South Florida Water Management District
- Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts and Chairperson, Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force
- Yalmaz Siddiqui, Director of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot
It is expected that there will be a 2-5 foot rise in sea level by 2060 that would alter the area’s landscape. A Blue Ribbon Council was assembled by local leaders to address the predicted rise in sea level in Miami Beach with a $300 million plan to control common flooding in the city. In addition, Miami Beach’s 100 year celebration will have a climate change – sea level rise theme.
For more information on the 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit visit their website.