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Alaska - Climate Change Action Plan Recommendations to the Governor

September 26, 2018

The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team was implemented by Alaska Administrative Order 289 in 2017 to create climate change policy recommendations and a climate action plan for Alaska. The Leadership Team was responsible for identifying climate change priorities, goals, and metrics, and to recommend any needed statutory or regulatory changes. Going forward, the team will monitor implementation of the plan and be responsible for updating it as needed, and for reporting annually to the Governor.

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

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California SB 901 - Wildfire Preparedness and Response

September 21, 2018

California Senate Bill 901 will support the state’s adaptation and resilience to increasingly frequent and extreme wildfires. Reducing forest fuel loads with thinning and prescribed fire, reduce fire danger in hundreds of communities around the state in high-risk areas, and climate adaptation research are primary focal measures. $200 million a year through 2024, or $1billion, will be allocated to fund grants to fire departments, cities, counties and nonprofit organizations. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) will distribute the funding, which will come from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF).

Related Organizations: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), State of California

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California SB 30 - Insurance: climate change

September 21, 2018

California SB 30 looks to “innovative" insurance and reinsurance businesses to provide opportunities for local communities and homeowners to reduce their risk to climate change impacts. It cites that some California insurers are already incentivizing investment in natural resources to mitigate against climate risks, and this law supports further development of investing in and insuring natural infrastructure.  Insurers are asked to recommend policies that create incentives for coastal wetland restoration for storm surge, and forests that are managed to reduce the risk of major fires - for example.

Related Organizations: State of California

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CA SB 1072: Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

September 13, 2018

California SB 1072 establishes a program to build and support existing regional climate collaboratives across the state that will assist under-resourced communities to access state funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. California’s Strategic Growth Council is required to develop best practices and technical assistance guidelines, and will award annual grants to collaboratives for capacity building.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Strategic Growth Council

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CA EO B-54-18: Safeguarding California plants, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change

September 7, 2018

California Governor Brown’s Executive Order (EO) directs the state Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Fish and Wildlife to work together to protect ecosystems, plants and wildlife while restoring and building climate resilience in habitats across the state. The order also supports the state's new California Biodiversity Initiative, an action plan to protecting the state's ecosystems and diversity of wildlife and plants. The Executive Order and Initiative will improve understanding of the state’s biological diversity, and identify and implement strategies to protect the state’s biodiversity from climate change.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Climate Resiliency Design Reference Guide for New Developments

August 2018

The Boston Environment Department developed this Reference Guide to help developers comply with the Resilient Design Checklist required by updates to Article 80 of Boston's Zoning Code and the Green Building Standards required by amendments to Article 37 of the City's Zoning Code. The Reference Guide helps developers evaluate the project site and design conditions, identify mitigation and adaptation strategies to incorporate into the project design, and access resources to help comply with the City's resilience and green buillding design requirements.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts H 4835 - An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity

August 21, 2018

Massachusetts Governor Baker has authorized over $2. 4 billion in capital allocations for investments in adaptation to climate change, protecting environmental resources and green space across the state.  H 4835 enables critical financing for the state and local level environmental and community resilience. The legislation expands and codifies commitments of Executive Order 569 to ensure climate change adaptation and resiliency continue to be prioritized, state agency climate change vulnerability assessments are ongoing, and the State Integrated Hazard Mitigation Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan are continuously updated and implemented.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

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Virginia S 265: Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection

June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 265 creating a new cabinet-level position to address coastal adaptation and protection in Virginia. The bill states that the Special Assistant to the governor will be responsible for leading statewide efforts in response to coastal flooding; working to initiate economic development opportunities associated with adaptation; and fostering coordination throughout the Commonwealth, especially in Hampton Roads, a coastal region of the state that is most vulnerable to sea level rise and land subsidence.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 66: State Water Plan (and State Water supply as Public Trust)

June 14, 2018

Connecticut Governor Malloy’s executive order directs the state’s Water Planning Council (WPC) to immediately implement the State Water Plan - that was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly in January 2018. The EO recommits to the definition of water as a public trust – a declaration of public policy that has been in the state statute for more than 40 years. A Public Trust is essentially a policy that recognizes the public’s inherent right to water, among many other rights.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Connecticut SB 7: An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency (Public Act 18-82)

June 6, 2018

SB 7 supports both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for Connecticut, with directives that will help to prepare the state for climate impacts, primarily sea level rise. Connecticut’s statutory references to sea level rise will now reflect the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation’s (CIRCA) planning recommendation of nearly two feet by 2050. The legislation requires all state or federally-funded coastal infrastructure projects to take this new sea level rise projection into account when being planned and developed.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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