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Montgomery County Council Bill 3-22

July 2022

On July 12, 2022, the Montgomery County Council passed Council Bill 3-22, requiring climate assessments for future legislation. The aim is to provide decisionmakers with information on climate implications (emissions and resilience) of decisions they may make. The legislation responded to the Council’s Resolution 18-974 in 2017, which declared a climate emergency and set emissions goals.

Related Organizations: Montgomery County Council

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Overview of Selected Parishes’ Freeboard, Fill, and Open Space Rules and Projects within Louisiana’s Region Seven Watershed

May 18, 2022

As coastal erosion and the threat of major hurricanes and other flooding events continue to threaten Louisiana, parishes have begun to adopt jurisdiction-specific approaches to mitigating those risks. The establishment of freeboard requirements, no-net fill practices, and the incorporation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), such as open spaces and native vegetation, are three major ways to prepare for and mitigate flooding. This brief entry provides a non-exhaustive overview of some of the ways five Louisiana parishes are using these approaches: Ascension, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa.

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North Carolina Executive Order No. 246: North Carolina’s Transformation to a Clean, Equitable Economy

January 7, 2022

On January 7, 2022, North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order (EO) No. 246 entitled, "North Carolina’s Transformation to a Clean, Equitable Economy. " EO 246 calls for the state to take several actions related to climate change to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina's residents, prioritize and advance environmental justice and equity, engage with stakeholders and incorporate public input into decisionmaking processes, increase awareness about the health impacts of climate change including the disproportionate effects on underserved communities, and build a diverse workforce that is prepared to address climate change.

Related Organizations: State of North Carolina

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Executive Order 14057 (Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability)

December 2021

In December 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14057 (Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability) to address, among other things, climate change mitigation as well as several key points related to adaptation, resilience, equity, and environmental justice. EO 14057 deals with these issues through establishing several new positions and groups. It then calls on these new groups, as well as existing ones within the federal government, to put a greater emphasis on resilience and environmental justice in the infrastructure and operations spheres.

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Federal Sustainability Plan

December 2021

Accompanying the issuance of Executive Order 14057 was the release of the Federal Sustainability Plan. The Federal Sustainability Plan includes goals related to both “Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Operations” and goals intended to “Advance Environmental Justice and Equity. ” As far as building climate resilient infrastructure and operations, the plan intends to “routinely assess climate vulnerabilities and risks;”  “modernize Federal policy, programs, operations, and infrastructure to support climate resilient investment;” and “establish the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Federal Leaders Working Group.

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 15, 2021

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (H. R. 3684, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) was signed into law on November 15, 2021. It includes historic levels of investment for infrastructure — $550 billion in new spending over five years and $650 billion for existing programs, totaling $1. 2 trillion. IIJA includes numerous standalone acts, including the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Act of 2021, the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees (REPLANT) Act, and the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Appropriations Act.

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New York City Intro. 1600-2019: A Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in Relation to the Creation of a Citywide Climate Adaptation Plan

October 7, 2021

In October 2021, the City of New York passed a new law that requires the city to prepare a citywide adaptation plan by September 30, 2022 that covers all five of the city's boroughs. The plan must evaluate climate hazards, including extreme storms, sea-level rise, tidal flooding, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme wind, wildfires, and "flooding surge events associated with a storm." In addition, the city must include recommendations to help increase local resilience and adapt development and infrastructure to climate hazards. Notably, Intro. 1600-2019 has a specific focus on equity. Specifically, in the plan, the city is required to "identify areas that are highly vulnerable to climate hazards to help determine where resiliency and adaptation measures should first be implemented" and "consider the potential impact on environmental justice areas."

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

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California Dedicates $15 Billion for Climate Action and Protecting Frontline Communities

September 23, 2021

On September 23, 2021, California signed a $15-billion climate-investment package that includes 24 bills dedicated to tackling the climate crisis and protecting frontline communities in California. The bills address clean energy, wildfires, droughts, community climate resilience, sustainable agriculture, extreme heat, and sea-level rise, among other topics. As Governor Gavin Newsom explained, the bills aim to address “the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities” in California.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Connecticut Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation

July 6, 2021

On July 6, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation to increase local resilience planning options, legal authorities, and financing for adaptation and resilience projects. The main components of this law authorize the creation of municipal stormwater authorities, and increase the authority of municipal flood prevention and climate resilience boards and their ability to collect and raise funds for climate resilience projects. In addition, the law expands the scope of the state’s "green bank," the Connecticut Green Bank, beyond clean energy to adaptation- and resilience-related projects, with an emphasis on prioritizing financing for frontline communities.  

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Hawaii Act 179 (Senate Bill 474): Relating to Real Property Transactions

July 2, 2021

On July 2, 2021, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law Act 179 (Senate Bill 474), which requires that sellers of real estate located in areas at risk of sea-level rise disclose this information to potential buyers (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 508D-15 (2021)). Policymakers passed the law to ensure that prospective buyers are aware of future risks to property related to sea-level rise.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission

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