All our efforts directly and indirectly are intended to address the most serious issue Miami-Dade and all South Florida, along with coastal regions around the world face: Climate Change & Sea Level Rise. The science is indisputable – the sea is rising and will continue to over the coming decades. Within 30 years we will very likely experience sea level rise of a foot or more and by the end of the century a rise of five feet or more is predicted. This would drastically change South Florida and would likely displace millions of people, impact water supplies and have a potentially serious impact on business and our economy. This impact will obviously not be limited to our region but will be global in scope and scale.

We need to act on multiple fronts now to slow and limit any future sea level rise.

  • We must increase our efforts to educate and convince our leaders in all sectors that this issue is real, it is imminent, it is extremely serious, and it presents us with an opportunity to engage in a unique and unified manner to protect our community for future generations. We can only do this through collaboration between business leaders, government, the not-for-profit sector and academia.
  • We must protect and invest in our built infrastructure, both existing and future.
  • We must undertake all viable ways to contribute to global efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • We must aggressively and unhesitatingly promote all efforts to prevent salt water intrusion and to protect our fresh water supply and support the restoration of our Biscayne Bay ecosystem.
  • We must continue to be responsible stewards of the precious environmental resources that literally surround, and in fact, protect us.

Irela Bagué


Irela Bagué
Bagué Group

susan torriente

Vice Chair

Susanne M. Torriente
Assistant City Manager/Chief Resiliency Officer
City of Miami Beach

Staff Contact

Lizbeth Valderrama


Support the development and implementation of the 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC) strategy and ensure that the business community is both a resource and persuader to push government towards solutions.

  • Participate on steering committee
  • Influence the priorities that benefit the members and community as a whole
  • Coordinate a 100 RC event or include in the summit
  • Facilitate cross committee collaboration and advocacy as it relates to important issues - transportation, real estate, banking and finance, and affordable housing

Promote/cultivate business development/opportunities to address residential and commercial adaptation to flooding and sea level rise.

  • Host business expo/fourth annual Resilient Solutions Summit partnering with Miami-Dade County Support cities and counties in promotion of capital improvement upgrades
  • Sponsor annual update on the state of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) CIP
  • Advocate for water & sewer infrastructure investments
  • Provide networking opportunities for businesses interested in participating in county/local storm water capital improvement programs

Advocate for environmental stewardship and Everglades/Biscayne Bay restoration and funding.

  • Track advocacy and education that raises awareness of our natural environment
  • Support efforts to promote the economic benefits of our natural environment
  • Support state and federal legislative appropriation for the comprehensive everglades restoration plan, specifically, Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project - Phase 1 completion and commencement of Phase 2 planning

Explore renewable energy and promote it to the membership through the Chamber network

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