New Jersey Executive Order 89 Establishing Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy

On October 29, 2019, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy signed Executive Order No. 89, establishing new requirements aimed at building statewide and community resilience, including the development of a Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy.

Interagency Council on Climate Resilience & Climate and Flood Resilience Program: The order establishes a new Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, made of Commissioners and agency heads or their designees from 16 state departments, including agriculture, environmental protection, transportation, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, and others. The Council will be responsible for coordinating efforts across state Executive Branch departments and developing action plans for the executive departments regarding climate change resilience. The order also establishes a new Climate and Flood Resilience Program within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and directs the Commissioner of DEP to appoint a State of New Jersey Chief Resilience Officer who will lead the program and the development of the Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy.

Scientific Report on Climate Change: Through the Climate and Flood Resilience Program, the state will develop a report on the best available science regarding the anticipated effects of climate change in New Jersey, and will update the report as needed every two years thereafter. The order requires that the scientific report be delivered within 180 days (by late April 2020), and updated as necessary every 2 years thereafter.

Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy: The Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy will include recommendations on actions for mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts across communities, different sectors (e.g., infrastructure, economic development, natural resources, health), and within executive departments and other governmental agencies. The Strategy will also identify financing mechanisms that can help support resilience and mitigation efforts. The Strategy will include a Coastal Resilience Plan to focus specifically on long-term strategies for reducing physical, economic, and social vulnerabilities in coastal areas and building resilience of coastal communities. The Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy is to be submitted by September 1, 2020 and reviewed and updated as needed every 2 years.

Development and Redevelopment Planning: Finally, the order directs the State Planning Commission to amend its regulations to incorporate climate change considerations into the requirements for the state to endorse local development and redevelopment plans.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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