State of California Executive Order N-19-19
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-19-19 on September 20, 2019 to require the redoubling of the state’s “efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while building a sustainable, inclusive economy.” The Executive Order (EO) includes four main directives:
Investment: The EO requires that the Department of Finance creates a Climate Investment Framework, including a strategy to align the state’s $700 billion investment portfolio toward industries and sectors that contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and increased resilience to the impacts of climate change. This includes the responsible investment of the state’s pension funds in a way that protects taxpayers, reflects the increasing economic and public risks from climate change, and aligns with the responsibilities of the state’s retirement systems.
Transportation: The California State Transportation Agency is directed to leverage over $5 billion toward transportation construction, operations, and maintenance to lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. This includes strategies for lowering vehicle miles traveled, such as supporting housing development near available jobs, and supporting active modes of transportation such as biking and walking that also benefit public health. The order specifically requires that the State Transportation Agency also work to mitigate increased transportation costs for low-income communities.
State buildings and operations: The EO directs the Department of General Services to work toward minimizing the state government’s carbon footprint by promoting zero-emissions vehicles in government fleets; implementing sustainable purchasing policies across state agencies that prioritize sustainability in the purchase of goods, food, and materials; responsibly managing state buildings’ energy consumption; and mitigating climate risk to state owned and leased buildings.
Zero-emissions vehicles: The California Air Resources Board is directed to accelerate California’s efforts toward achieving 5 million zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030 by incentivizing manufacturers to produce cleaner, affordable vehicles; developing strategies to increase demand for zero-emissions vehicles in both primary and secondary purchase; and considering new and/or stronger regulations necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
Publication Date: September 20, 2019
- California Office of the Governor
- State of California
- Executive order
May 21, 2020
Nikki Caravelli, Assistant Planner at California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
This EO goes a long way for institutionalizing climate action within state agency processes and leveraging the state's own activities as a model for the rest of California and beyond.