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Oregon EO 15-09: Directing State Agencies to Plan for Resiliency to Drought, To Meet the Challenge that a Changing Climate Brings

July 27, 2015

Oregon Governor Brown's 2015 Executive Order on drought and climate change sets a goal to reduce water consumption by 15 percent or more on average across all state-owned facilities on or before December 31, 2020. The EO also directs agencies to update the state's overall planning for drought, including potential new tools to help communities deal with the impacts of water shortages.

Related Organizations: State of Oregon

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Hawaii HB 444 - An Act Relating to Beach Protection: Transient Accommodations Tax; Special Land and Development Fun; Appropriation”

July 1, 2015

Hawaii HB 444, passed June 16, 2015, authorizes the use of transient accommodations tax revenues for a beach restoration and conservation special fund. The bill was enacted to effectively develop and implement plans to slow the degradation of Hawaii’s beaches; as well as to restore beaches through the coordination of activities involving the counties and the formation of public-private partnerships.  The legislation expands the uses of the beach restoration fund to allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to include studies about the effect of sea level rise when developing beach conservation plans.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Department

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RI H 5478: Creating the Rhode Island House Commission on Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Rise

June 17, 2015

In June 2015, Rhode Island House Resolution 5478 created an 11 member special legislative commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to and resulting from sea rise and flooding in the state. The Commission expired and disbanded on February 6, 2016 after reporting back their findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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U.S. Clean Water Rule

June 1, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Clean Water Rule, designed to protect and restore water sources nationwide. The rule will redevelop clear safeguards against unregulated pollution and destruction for nearly two million miles of streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands in the continental U.S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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HB0514/SB0258 Maryland Commission on Climate Change

June 1, 2015

In May 2015, the Maryland legislature passed legislation (HB0514/SB0258) codifying the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.  The Commission is charged with advising the Governor and General Assembly on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The measure requires the Commission to establish specified working groups and for the Commission members and working group members to be appointed and the Commission to be convened on or before July 1, 2016.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, University of Maryland

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Florida SB 1094: “An act relating to the peril of flood”

May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Florida Senate Bill 1094, “An Act relating to the peril of flood. ”  SB 1094 requires consideration of future flood risk from storm surge and sea level rise in certain portions of local government comprehensive plans.  In accordance with SB 1094, Florida Statute section 163. 3178(2)(f)1 now includes sea-level rise as one of the causes of flood risk that must be addressed in the “redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions” to reduce flood risk.

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Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment

May 13, 2015

Mayors from fourteen cities in the metropolitan Boston region adopted the “Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment” on May 13, 2015, agreeing to collaborate to prepare the region for the impacts of climate change. The fourteen municipalities will work together to coordinate actions necessary for adapting trans-boundary critical infrastructure systems, to develop best practices for local governments and policy recommendations for state and federal partners, and to identify funding and investment solutions to take regional action.

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New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 23: Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening

May 2015

In 2015, the New Orleans City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Article 23 of the CZO addresses landscaping and stormwater management with the intended purpose of reducing the urban heat island effect, decreasing flooding and strains on the existing drainage system, improving water conservation, and protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Article 23 of the CZO does not directly mention climate change or climate adaptation, but does specify regulations that can improve the cities ability to manage stormwater in the face of increased precipitation and mitigate heat in the face of rising temperatures though green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

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Legal Tools for Climate Adaptation Advocacy: Securities Law

May 2015

This report from Nina Hart of Columbia Law School focuses on how governments and investors can use financial disclosure as a tool to incentivize or pressure publicly traded companies to undertake climate change adaptation measures. The chapter explains why financial disclosure is a powerful tool, describes the relevant regulatory schemes, and outlines both regulatory or enforcement and market-based strategies for improving corporate responses to climate change.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Hart

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California EO B-30-15: Establishing 2030 CA emissions target, Adaptation initiatives

April 29, 2015

In April 2015, Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown signed Executive Order B-30-15 (EO) establishing a new interim greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels and directing state agencies to take additional actions to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The EO requires consideration of climate change impacts in the State's Infrastructure Investment Plan and in all state planning and investment decisions. The EO also sets principles for the states action to address climate impacts and calls for monitoring of state progress.

Related Organizations: State of California

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