City Unveils New Resilience Strategy

Published on January 24, 2020

Jane Gilbert speaking at podium for Climate Ready Strategy Launch

On January 23, City leaders unveiled the new Miami Forever Climate Ready Strategy at a public breakfast and press event at City Hall. The well-attended launch event – which included remarks from Mayor Francis Suarez, Commissioners Ken Russell and Manolo Reyes, and Chief Resilience Officer Jane Gilbert – marks the start of one of Miami’s biggest initiatives for combating climate change to date.
As designed, the strategy 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

Miami’s new 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.