Preparing for the Changing Climate: A Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment

This report is the first region-wide overview of how communities in the Northeast are preparing for climate change, and what resources and assistance they need to succeed. The intent of the report is to provide a snapshot of the barriers and resource gaps that need to be addressed in order for local, regional, and state governments to effectively plan for and implement climate preparedness strategies.

The research was conducted in 2010 and early 2011, and involved extensive individual interviews as well as an online survey. The series of interviews were conducted with representatives from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. Most of those interviewed work in state or local government or are focused on providing resources on a statewide basis. The information from these interviews was used to generate the survey,  which was distributed online in January and February of 2011. The survey was based on direct outreach to over 200 communities, including survey responses from 34 local governments, 6 regional governments, and 8 state agencies, and the responses were well distributed throughout the region. The survey sought to uncover the degree to which such officials were already focused on the need for climate change preparation, and asked respondents to identify and prioritize the resources they needed to move forward on such work.

For each state, impacts and current work efforts are outlined, as are technical, financial, and education / outreach needs.

The research and findings for this report were prepared by Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP). CA-CP is a regional science-based and non-partisan organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. They promote practical climate solutions which demonstrate the economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change. (see separate entry for CA-CP)

 

Publication Date: June 2011

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