What We Are Doing
At the County, we are focused on working both regionally and county-wide to both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Why? Because it:
- protects businesses and Palm Beach County’s tourism industry,
- protects property values and infrastructure investment, and
- informs weather related risk mitigation.
How? Through working with the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to produce regional tools that inform our region’s vulnerabilities and levels of risk, through working internally at Palm Beach County to develop a Resilience Action Plan that will include adaptation and mitigation measures to reduce our risk to climate changes impacts and increase the sustainability of our community, and working with Palm Beach County municipalities to provide support, information, and a forum for idea exchange and coalition-building.
In November 2015, Palm Beach County adopted the Unified Sea Level Rise Projection to integrate into County infrastructure projects which due to location, may be impacted by sea level rise. The report provides guidance in the application of a range of projections and recommendations include a regional planning projection with a lower and upper projection for general planning purposes, and the use of separate projection for critical projects with a long design life.
Download the report from the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact website.