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PlanMaryland (MD 2011 Executive Order 01.01.2011.22)

December 19, 2011

PlanMaryland - "A Sustainable Growth Plan for the 21st Century," is an executive policy plan for sustainable growth that provides a framework for a collaborative process between State and local governments to address climate change and sea level rise impacts. State agencies are directed to target their resources to help achieve smart growth at the local level - supporting Maryland’s counties and municipalities to identify their growth and preservation areas to meet land use, planning and development goals.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

Authored by the National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy - this book focuses on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. It argues that building resilience will involve a cultural shift in which disaster risk is taken more seriously, and resilience and disaster preparedness is valued at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Connecticut Coastal Omnibus Bill - An Act Concerning the Coastal Management Act and Shoreline Flood and Erosion Control Structures (SB 376, Public Act 12-101)

2012

In 2012 the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 12-101, ‘An Act Concerning the Coastal Management Act and Shoreline Flood and Erosion Control Structures.’  For the first time, the concept of sea level rise was incorporated into the Connecticut Coastal Management Act (CMA)’s general goals and policies of coastal planning.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), University of Connecticut

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Insurance Company Climate Change Impact Disclosures

February 1, 2012

In a news release February 1, 2012, it was announced that insurance commissioners in California, New York and Washington State will require companies to disclose how they intend to respond to risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels, and other consequences of climate change.

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King County, Washington Ordinance 17270 requiring strategic climate change action plan

February 28, 2012

Ordinance 17270 required the King County executive to develop a strategic climate action plan by June 29, 2012, and subsequent plans thereafter, that establish both mitigation and adaptation actions for the county.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

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Virginia HJ 50: Flooding; Virginia Institute of Marine Science to study strategies to prevent in Tidewater localities

March 9, 2012

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore localities, and to identify adaptation strategies for recurrent flooding.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

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Connecticut Public Act 12-148: An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response

July 1, 2012

Connecticut’s Public Act 12-148, ‘An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response,’ was signed into law by Governor Malloy in July 2012 to improve the ability of the state, municipalities, and utility companies to better prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. The legislation is designed to strengthen infrastructure, bolster local preparedness training, improve communication between state and local leaders, and to hold utilities accountable for preparedness planning. Public Act 12-148 will help improve emergency preparedness for natural disasters and intense weather events by: - Establishing standards for the utility, telecommunication, and cable companies during emergency events and establishing penalties in the event the companies do not meet these standards; - Requiring utility companies, telecommunication companies, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Service Providers to submit emergency plans for restoring service; - Creating a microgrid pilot program to be administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; - Studying the feasibility of requiring backup power for telecommunications towers and antennas; - Encouraging the coordination of underground infrastructure projects; and - Requiring the development of procedures to expedite the process of road-clearing following an emergency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: The Impact of Law on Adaptation in the Private Sector

July 2012

This resource summarizes a workshop from March 2012 among academics, non-profit and business representatives, and government officials addressing private sector adaptation to climate change that is influenced by law and public policy. The subset of private sector adaptation measures that are motivated, influenced, prevented, or constrained by government are the focus of the discussion.

Related Organizations: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Progressive Reform, University of North Carolina

Authors or Affiliated Users: Victor B. Flatt, Yee Huang

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Hawaii Act 286 - Climate Change Adaptation Priority Guidelines (HI SB 2745/HB 2483)

July 9, 2012

This Hawaii legislation integrates climate change adaptation priority guidelines into the current statewide planning system. The guidelines were developed through a collaboration between county, state and federal agencies, as well as businesses, community and native Hawaiian organizations. The policy identifies the challenges associated with rising temperatures, flooding, and coastal erosion - endorsing the 1998 Hawai'i Climate Change Action Plan.  

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

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Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

July 2012

This article published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal examines two sea-level rise adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-level approach modeled after cutting-edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant Law Center, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Julia Wyman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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