Virginia EO 19: Convening the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

Under Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, this July 2014 executive order creates a new Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission to conduct an assessment of the recommendations from the state’s 2008 Climate Change Action Plan.

The Commission membership is appointed by the Governor and chaired by the Secretaries of Natural Resources and Public Safety and Homeland Security. The bipartisan Commission is made up of leaders from around the state including local elected officials, members of the General Assembly, business leaders, environmental advocates, faith leaders, and industry representatives.

Specifically, the Commission will: 

  • Determine which recommendations from the original report were implemented;
  • Update and prioritize the recommendations; and,
  • Identify sources of funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.

In December 2015, the Commission issued its report with final recommendations to then Governor McAuliffe. The report identifies the Commission's top five recommendations for climate action in the state, and includes recommendations for both preparing for climate impacts as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.

In 2008, then Governor Kaine established the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change. The Commission’s assessment and Climate Action Plan outlined the impact that climate change has on Virginia’s built environment, natural systems, and public health. Among the findings was the decline or disappearance of key species of the Chesapeake Bay, increased damage from more frequent and severe storms and sea level rise, and the spread of vector born diseases like West Nile virus. The report also made over 150 recommendations to help Virginia adapt to the impacts of climate change, as well as reduce the state’s contributions to the problem. 

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

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  • State of Virginia

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