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Indian River Lagoon and City of Satellite Beach, Florida Adaptation Project

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) received financial and technical assistance in 2009 through the EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program. IRLNEP is working with the City of Satellite Beach, Florida, to incorporate sea level rise projections and policies into the city's Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. The three components of the project are a vulnerability assessment, public outreach, and policy development.

Alabama’s Baldwin County Grasses in Classes Program

The Grasses in Classes program is one of the “Climate Steward” examples provided in the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. Students cultivated and planted native grasses at restoration sites along Alabama’s Gulf of Mexico coast. This pilot project has also been instituted in classrooms in Tampa Bay (Florida) and Chesapeake Bay (Maryland).

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program's Climate Ready Estuaries Project

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) was one of six pilot programs to receive a technical assistance award in 2008 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program. Seven public listening sessions were held in 2008 to discuss the combined impacts of sea level rise and population growth to the region; in addition, APNEP is working to develop an adaptation communication strategy for local decision makers.

Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force

The Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF) was created in 2006 to review climate change impacts and advise the Board of County Commissioners on priority mitigation and adaptation actions to respond to these impacts. The CCATF is made up of 25 members and seven committees representing different sectors, which are appointed by the Mayor, Commissioners, and County Manager. The seven committees include over 150 members that review specific climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities that address the built environment, economy, and natural systems.

Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts on the Coastal Wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico

This pilot project was designed to gather information to support adaptation policy development in Mexico. The project uses representative coastal wetland areas and associated inland basins to study biological function and biodiversity, the roles of these wetlands to the community’s water supply, and the environmental function to climate change impacts, especially increased temperatures, droughts, and sea level rise. The results of the project will help educate Mexico on the value of these wetlands and help guide policy recommendations on climate change adaptation for the coastal area.

Systematically Prioritizing Restoration Projects in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) developed a statewide coastal restoration and hurricane protection plan in 2007. To assess implementation strategies at the local level, Terrebonne Parish hired a consultant to produce a report that scaled state-level recommendations to community-level actions and priorities. The final report, the Comprehensive Plan for Coastal Restoration in Terrebonne Parish, was released in 2009.

Florida Energy and Climate Commission

Florida’s Energy and Climate Commission is composed of nine commissioners. Florida’s Governor appoints seven members and the remaining two are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture Service and the Chief Financial Officer. The Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Florida’s Energy and Climate Action Plan, which was submitted to Florida Governor Charlie Crist on October 15, 2008.

Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change: Developing an Energy and Climate Action Plan

During a climate change summit in July 2007, Governor Crist signed Executive Order 07-128, establishing the Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team). The Action Team was tasked to develop a comprehensive state energy and climate change action plan to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions, develop energy policies, and create mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Phase 1 report, completed in November 2007, provided recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Florida.

Florida Reef Resilience Program

The Nature Conservancy, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, initiated the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) in 2004 to study the health of the Florida Reef tract from the Dry Tortugas to Port St. Lucie. The FRRP seeks to determine what makes some corals more resistant than others to climate change impacts, what factors contribute to areas of high or low resistance, and why certain areas are more resilient than others.