City Leaders Unveil “Miami Forever Climate Ready” Strategy

Published on January 24, 2020

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Today, the City of Miami officially unveiled its Miami Forever Climate Ready strategy, a roadmap for building a stronger, more resilient and sustainable future for Miami. City leaders and resilience staff, along with local residents and resilience stakeholders, gathered at City Hall for the rollout event, which included a public breakfast, remarks from Mayor Francis Suarez, City Commissioners Manolo Reyes and Ken Russell, and a formal presentation to the full City Commission. Miami Forever Climate Ready provides an important strategic framework to bolster Miami’s substantial, ongoing resilience efforts.

"The Miami Forever Climate Ready strategy represents yet another tool in our collection of resources to tackle our climatic challenges head on," said Mayor Suarez. "This strategy proposes unique plans of action to combat flooding and other environmental challenges over the next 40 years and sets the foundation for carbon reduction in the City of Miami."
 
The Miami Forever Climate Ready strategy, as designed, will significantly reduce the increasing risks of flood, heat and storm impacts to the Magic City over the next 40 years. It will also ensure that Miamians continue to be engaged in the resilience process, as they have been since residents were asked to approve the $400 million Miami Forever bond in 2017. Spearheaded by the City's Office of Resilience & Sustainability, the strategy focuses on the following five goal areas that will help Miami achieve resilience to the impacts of a changing climate:

  • Goal 1: Ensure resilience decisions/investments are data-driven and human-centered
  • Goal 2: Inform, prepare and engage Miami residents and businesses
  • Goal 3: Protect and enhance Miami’s waterfront
  • Goal 4: Invest in resilient and smart infrastructure
  • Goal 5: Promote adaptive neighborhoods and buildings

“This is an exciting day for our community, as we’ve established a clear strategic framework to guide the City’s resilience work over the next several decades,” said Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Miami. “The support of our Mayor, Commissioners and administration has been – and will continue to be – vital to the success of Miami’s efforts, from the creation of this strategy to its full implementation.”

The five-point Climate Ready strategy comes on the heels of a November decision by Mayor Suarez and the City of Miami Commission to declare a climate emergency in the City of Miami. The new plan answers the need for a clear strategy and solutions to tackle the climate crisis locally. It also comes just a week after the City joined the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a partnership that will yield a separate plan for reducing carbon emissions in City operations and creating policies and programs that encourage citywide reduction of carbon emissions.

To learn more about the Miami Forever Climate Ready strategy, please click here