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Auburn Councilmember Bill Peloza attends NLC environmental conference

City of Auburn Councilmember Bill Peloza traveled to South Florida for the autumn meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (EENR) committee. He saw first hand the threat of sea level rise and how salt water intrusion threatens the region’s Florida Everglades drinking water supply. This condition also has implications for community planning for water, transportation infrastructure, housing, and economic development.

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact represents a joint commitment to mitigate the causes and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The compact is looked upon as a national model in an effort to recover resiliency and identify climate change impacts on south Florida. In addition, what steps do local communities need to take to prepare for future climate change variances. 

“Local governments often act as first responders—preparing in advance of emergency situations, offering immediate assistance to those impacted. It also must plan ahead of time by identifying strategies, solutions and partnerships to address situations quickly and efficiently. This is why the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact is an example for the rest of the country,“ said Cindy Lerner, mayor of Village of Pinecrest (Fla.) and member of the EENR delegation. 

Across the country, local governments are seeing the devastating effects associated with a changing climate and recent extreme weather events—notably the recent flooding in Boulder (Colo.). and Hurricane Sandy, which impacted communities all along the East Coast—have brought renewed attention to the need for cities to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to these events. 

As extreme weather events become more common, local governments in all geographic regions are looking for resources to assist them in anticipating, preparing for and adapting to these events. Extreme weather events can have severe impacts on local and regional infrastructure, economies, public safety, public health, natural landscapes and environmental quality. 

“Taking action now to adapt to a changing environment and create resiliency within a community will help save lives, strengthen local economies and build preparedness for future events.” said Matt Appelbaum, EENR Chair and mayor of Boulder. In addition, Bill Peloza, EENR Vice-Chair reiterated, "The climate change information learned here at Pinecrest, clearly provides the basis for taking global warming and its affect on the climate seriously. We must make adjustments to our way of life and see how we can save our planet from further environmental damage." 

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