Resilience

George Burgess
Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Staff Contact

305-577-5438

Goals

 
Promote collaboration among leaders in business, government, academia and the not-for-profit sectors in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in efforts to recognize the realities of sea level rise and to work together on definitive, actionable steps to address the issue across South Florida.
  • Organize a day-long Resiliency Tour of Miami with diverse stakeholder group
  • Communicate and support recommendations of Miami-Dade County’s GreenPrint and Sea Level Rise Task Force, the South Florida Regional Climate Compact and help promote the 100 Resilient City designation by Rockefeller Foundation and the green economy and carbon footprint reduction goals of Resilient Miami funded by the Kresge Foundation
 
Advocate with state, county and local governments for collaboratively developed measures to adapt existing public infrastructure to projected long-term sea level rise and to better prepare for an expected increase in extreme weather and associated tidal flooding due to global warming, and to modify building codes and incentivize developers to build structures with a recognition of forecasted sea level rise.
 
Promote and advocate efforts in the business community and in county government to reduce our carbon footprint on a local level, including supporting sustainable transportation solutions, working with local energy providers to reduce carbon emissions, supporting efforts to increase the use of renewable energy sources and supporting the creation of a local green economy by including strategies in One Community One Goal:
  • Craft a white paper on the business of climate change for the purposes of educating the business community
 
Continue to support and encourage the efforts of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to aggressively address required infrastructure improvements that are resilient and innovative to both the water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems and advocate for all efforts to protect our water supply from salt water intrusion.
 
Support continued funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, including all Miami-Dade projects and support efforts and funding targeted at protecting Biscayne Bay, and help increase community awareness of the need for these environmental projects to be properly funded and implemented by the state and federal government.