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Partnership for the Goals:
Creating a Resilient and Thriving Community
through 17 Rooms

In early May 2022, more than one hundred regional leaders from different organizations came together as part of the region’s first Partnership for the Goals event. The two-day summit was a partnership between the Brookings Institution, the RPC’s East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative, the Central Florida Foundation, the University of Central Florida’s Center for Global Environmental and Economic Opportunity, Orange County, the City of Orlando, and Florida For Good.

The theme of the Partnership for the Goals was to break from business-as-usual and leverage the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework as a tool for common conversation across government, philanthropic, academic, business, and civic society that often struggle to connect across professional vocabularies and organizational reference points.

The event yielded more than two dozen actionable ideas. Explore the top action items from each Room below.

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Room by Room: 
Actionable Ideas

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  • Hold a Fiscal Cliff Summit.

  • Create a pipeline of readiness to employment for the underemployed and unemployed (e.g., due to lack of transport, childcare, GED attainment, and criminal background barriers).

  • Fund- Expand universal broadband access in certain regional areas of poverty.

  • Convene an asset-based community development initiative in specific pockets of poverty in the 8-county region.

Our Current Work in a Partnership For the Goals

The R2C has engaged in agricultural projects across the East Central Florida Region. 

The work centers around: 

  • Food systems mapping

  • Partnering with small and local farms

  • Bringing investments to partners in order to grow operations.

The East Central Florida Region is no stranger to heat - especially in the summer time. 

Heat and health are inextricably linked together. 

Answering the regional call to work with heat and health together, rather than separately, in January 2023 the R2C... 

  • Established a Technical Advisory Committee dedicated to Heat and Health.

  • Aims to develop a regional framework for action.

 The R2C is furthering the work called for from the SDG 6 Room through projects like: 

  • The Second Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory which will continue efforts to evaluate data from water/wastewater treatment plants.

  • The Critical Assets - Waste Facilities project which is examining the regional waste system as a whole, including capacity and vulnerability, aiming to increase the rates of waste diversion throughout the system.

  • Working with partners to identify and prioritize conservation land for water retention.

The R2C is furthering the actionable ideas out of the SDG 9 Room by: 

  • Secured funding through the Economic Development Administration to conduct an asset based inventory.

  • Utilizing the identified innovation clusters throughout the region to strengthen the related assets and community, amplifying economic output and community resilience.

Beginning in January of 2023, the R2C began working on a project that focuses on the waste system, hierarchy, and facilities throughout the region. 

This project aims to understand through a bottom-up approach: 

  • The best-practices from stakeholders on how to effectively increase rates of waste diversion and recycling.

  • The capacities and future expansion of available facilities, addressing the actionable ideas from the SDG 12 Room.

The R2C has furthered work under SDG 13 by: 

  • Completed the region's first regional GHG inventory, verified by CDP.

  • Set a science-based emissions reduction target of 54.3% from the 2019 baseline.

  • Recorded business as usual forecasting and developed high impact action scenarios.

  • Developed a tool to capture momentum by partners around the region. 

  • Building external support through formalized pledges, increasing innovation and collaboration, economic competitiveness which will reduce long term uncertainty.

  • Developing a regional integrated climate action plan. 

  • Signed a regional letter of intent with SolSmart to accelerate solar installation in the region.

  • Conducting the second region-wide greenhouse gas inventory.

The R2C has worked on a variety of projects addressing SDGs 14 & 15 like: 

  • Making 2023 the region's year of biodiversity. 

  • Working with local land trusts to achieve conservation objectives. 

  • Engaging with partners to establish consistent measures for open space, green space, and tree canopy cover.

The R2C has been an active participant in the Creating a Resilient Community Network (CRC). The CRC is a network to collaborate across sectors and communities to transform our region into one of prevention, healing, and resilience for all.  

The R2C will align our work with the appropriate SDG and encourage to build our network. Develop new implementation and collaboration opportunities with the SDG community network.

Past Events

Benefits Cliff Summit

Thank you to those who joined us to gain an understanding of the Benefits Cliff and the impacts of the minimum wage increase on the most vulnerable. Employer assistance, tools, and ideas to avoid the cliff.

Fiscal Cliff Speakers

Leap Fund's

Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta CLIFF calculator  -

Post-Event Survey -

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Fleet Transition Series

The Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) tool, developed by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities coalition network, estimates the environmental and economic costs and benefits of alternative fuel and advanced vehicles. Using simple inputs, AFLEET lets fleet managers estimate and compare petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership for conventional and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). These types of estimates and comparisons will assist in developing an informed fleet transition plan that further prepares our local governments to receive federal funding.  


U.S Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center-

Inside the 17 Rooms

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Steering Committee Kit

R2C Goals by UN SDGs

This document presents each of the R2C’s established goals identified in the Strategic Resilience Action Plan. These goals have been organized in accordance with each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals' relevance, enhancing and further guiding R2C efforts. Each goal listed also indicates the advisory committee from which it has been selected.

17 Rooms Concept 

17 Rooms offers an efficient way of convening natural allies, ideally promoting enough familiarity to enable collaboration and enough diversity to spark new ideas and pathways to action led by organizations around the region. Each Room is a high-level working group.

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