Alaska Order 289: Climate Change Strategy, Climate Action Leadership Team

Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order establishing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy, and a Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team to advise on adaptation, mitigation, and other actions to help safeguard Alaska from climate impacts. The order aims to build on previous efforts and recommendations of the state relating to climate research and policy.

The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is to be responsible for identifying appropriate climate change priorities, goals, and metrics; and will "serve as a resource to the Governor by providing advice and external feedback." The Leadership Team was directed to develop an initial action plan including any recommendations for statutory or regulatory changes, by September 1, 2018. Thereafter the team will monitor implementation of the plan and be responsible for updating it as needed and reporting annually to the Governor.

In its work, the Leadership Team will address several themes relating to climate change, including renewable energy and efficiency, public health, risk communication and planning, community engagement and resilience, infrastructure, economic opportunity, among others.

The order attempts to strike a balance between the need for strong action to transition to renewable energy and reduce risks from the impacts of climate change, and the reality of the state’s reliance on non-renewable resources for its economy. It recognizes that improving resilience and reducing risk requires a vision that “incorporates long-term climate goals.”  

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

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