Connecticut Executive Order No. 3 - Governor's Council on Climate Change, adaptation planning

On September 3, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order (EO) No. 3 that includes climate change mitigation and adaptation provisions. The existing Governor's Council on Climate Change will expand its responsibilities to both implement Connecticut’s 2013 adaptation plan, and prepare an updated plan by 2021. The updated adaptation plan will include recommendations for helping vulnerable communities, and for supporting regional and municipal adaptation efforts. Additionally, the Council is directed to establish a framework for state agencies to compile and maintain an inventory of vulnerable assets to inform future vulnerability assessments.

The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) was established in 2015 to ensure the state meets its mandatory greenhouse gas reduction targets. This order expands the Council’s responsibilities to support adaptation measures, including implementing the strategies set forth in Connecticut's 2013 Climate Preparedness Plan.

Working with every state agency, the GC3 will prepare an updated Adaptation and Resilience Plan by January 15, 2021. The EO requires a strategy that assesses and prepares the state for the impacts of climate change including sea level rise, changes in precipitation and temperature, and storm preparedness. Development of the plan will include conducting an inventory of vulnerable assets and operations, and recommendations for incorporating resilience into state operations and investments.

The EO also directs the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to evaluate pathways to transition to 100 percent clean energy grid by 2040. 


Publication Date: September 3, 2019

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