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New York State Executive Order 24: Establishing a Goal to Reduce GHG Emissions 80% by 2050 and Preparing a Climate Action Plan

August 6, 2009

In August 2009, Governor Patterson signed Executive Order 24 to address climate change in the State of New York.  EO 24 established a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, as well as requiring a Climate Action Plan to address both mitigation and adaptation for key economic sectors.

Related Organizations: State of New York Executive Chamber

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Washington State Agency Climate Leadership - WA SB 5560

July 26, 2009

The Washington State Agency Climate Leadership bill was signed into law in July of 2009 by then Governor Gregoire. The legislation mandates an integrated climate change response strategy from multiple state agencies, to enable Washington's agencies, businesses, NGOs and individuals to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

Related Organizations: State of Washington

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An Architecture for Government Action on Adaptation to Climate Change, an Editorial Comment

June 2009

This article recommends an architecture for U. S. government adaptation programs. Components include leadership, institutional organization, stakeholder involvement, climate change information, appropriate use of decision analysis techniques, explicit consideration of barriers to adaptation, funding for adaptation, technology development and diffusion, and adaptation research. This architecture is a useful heuristic for identifying, evaluating, and reevaluating the needs of decision makers as they improve management of climate-sensitive resources in a changing environment.

Related Organizations: Journal of Climatic Change, Stratus Consulting

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel, John E. Cromwell III

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"Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SP0163 / LD 460

April 23, 2009

In this resolution, passed April 23, 2009, the Maine legislature directed its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a stakeholder group with the purpose of evaluating the measures available to non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the business community to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The DEP is directed to plan for the issues raised in the 2009 climate impact assessment, including considering ways to create a hospitable landscape for the development of greenhouse gas offset projects and emission technologies.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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California Department of Water Resources Sustainability Policy and Guidelines

April 22, 2009

On Earth Day 2009, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) adopted its first Sustainability Policy, forming the foundation of DWR’s many “greening” activities. This policy outlines the business objectives and actions of making sustainability a criterion in decision-making processes. The policy articulates the goals and directions being taken to be a sustainability leader within State government and the California water community, better stewards of the environment, and to provide cost savings to the State taxpayers through reduced operating costs.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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DOI Secretarial Order 3226, Amendment No. 1 (Jan 2009)

January 16, 2009

In 2007, a Climate Change Task Force was created within the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study climate change and its effects on the responsibilities of the Department.   The Task Force included three subcommittees that developed options for actions DOI should consider with respect to legal and policy issues, land and water management issues, and climate change scientific issues.  This Amendment to the Order provides guidance to bureaus and offices within the DOI on how to provide leadership by developing timely responses to these emerging climate change issues.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change

2009

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Policy Resolution 09-3 describes the WGA's position on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It makes recommendations for federal, state, and local policies to support the reduction of both GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on states and localities.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA)

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City of Seattle, Washington Stormwater Code

2009

The City of Seattle, Washington’s stormwater regulations are implemented in order to improve stormwater management for new development in Seattle, including on-site stormwater management. Seattle’s Stormwater Code imposes retention requirements on residential properties.   These requirements vary according to several factors, including the type of sewer system or water body to which the site discharges and the size of the land disturbance or impervious surface on that site.   For example, if a parcel discharges into small lake basins and its total new-plus-replaced impervious surface is 2000 square feet or more, it must manage stormwater from a 25-year rainfall event (a storm that has a 4% chance of occurring in any given year).

Related Organizations: City of Seattle, Washington

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Conservation and Management of Ecological Systems in a Changing California

November 2008

Developed by the Public Policy Institute of California as part of the Preparing California for a Changing Climate project, this report addresses conservation and resource management challenges, given current regulatory and governance structures, for protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change. The focus is on land-based conservation of natural habitat near developing urban areas and in more remote forested areas.

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elisa Barbour, Lara Kueppers

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California SB 732 - Strategic Growth Council

September 2008

In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 732 which created the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The SGC is a cabinet‐level committee that is tasked with coordinating the activities of state agencies to:

Related Organizations: State of California

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