DE EO 41: Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions

In September 2013, Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order 41 that created the Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency comprised of leadership from 11 state agencies and departments. The committee oversaw the development of a climate mitigation plan for the state, and developed recommendations for improving Delaware’s preparedness and resilience to climate impacts on public health and safety, public infrastructure and facilities, water resources, natural ecosystems, agriculture, tourism, and more.

The EO required the committee to develop a greenhouse gas reduction implementation plan, and ensure these mitigation efforts have a positive effect on Delaware’s economy, focusing on approaches that:

• Secure cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy
• Improve public health outcomes
• Increase employment
• Strengthen manufacturing
• Enhance overall competitiveness

The EO also required the committee to develop actionable, agency-specific recommendations for improving Delaware’s resilience to climate impacts. These recommendations had to include, at a minimum: 

• Prioritizing the use of natural systems and green infrastructure
• Sharing best practices with local governments
• Outreach to residents and businesses about risks and adaptation strategies

The Order also required that all state agencies incorporate measures for adapting to increased flood heights and sea-level rise in the siting and design of state-funded projects. This requirement applies to new construction and reconstruction of substantially damaged buildings and infrastructure.

The Committee was to deliver both the implementation plan and agency recommendations to the Governor no later than December 31, 2014.

Governor Markell provided a keynote address at the Georgetown Climate Center’s State-Federal Workshop on Climate and Energy Policy in February 2013 where he spoke about Delaware’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and prepare for climate impacts.




Publication Date: September 12, 2013

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  • State of Delaware


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