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California AB 2800: Climate change: infrastructure planning

September 26, 2016

The California legislature passed legislation (AB 2800) to ensure that the planning and design of state infrastructure projects consider future climate change impacts -- citing prolonged heat waves, extreme precipitation events, severe drought, increasing wildfires, and other potentially dangerous climate impacts on critical infrastructure.  Assembly Bill 2800 requires the California Natural Resources Agency to create a Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and for state agencies to take into account the current and future impacts of climate change when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in state infrastructure.

Related Organizations: State of California

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California SB 1000 -  Land use: general plans: safety and environmental justice

September 24, 2016

Senate Bill 1000 requires cities and counties of California to include an Environmental Justice element in their General Plans. The intent of the bill is to ensure that local governments proactively plan for and address environmental justice when developing their long-term goals, policies, and objectives for land use and any future growth. With this legislation, all cities and counties need to identify their “disadvantaged communities” and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce environment-related health risks.

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Presidential Memorandum - Climate Change and National Security

September 21, 2016

President Obama issued a memorandum in 2016 that requires the federal government to fully consider the impacts of climate change in the development and implementation of all national security policies and plans.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Massachusetts EO 569: Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth

September 16, 2016

Massachusetts Executive Order 569, "Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth," directs executive agencies to develop and implement a statewide Climate Adaptation Plan, and to build a framework for each state agency and municipality in Massachusetts to assess their vulnerability to climate change. Section 3 of the Order states that the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Secretary of Public Safety are to coordinate efforts across the Commonwealth to strengthen the resilience of communities, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to prepare for and mitigate damage from extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts

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California AB-2139 Ocean Protection Council: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia

September 14, 2016

Signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016, Assembly Bill 2139 created a task force to study the effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia, and to make recommendations to policymakers. The task force is designated to ensure that the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) decisions are supported by the best available science on ocean acidification and hypoxia, and to provide the Council strategies to address these impacts. Beginning January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, at its first meeting of the year, the OPC is to adopt recommendations for further actions to address ocean acidification and hypoxia.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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California AB 2722: Transformative Climate Communities Program

September 14, 2016

California AB 2722 creates the Transformative Climate Communities Program, and requires the CA Strategic Growth Council to award competitive grants to specified eligible entities for the development of “transformative” climate community plans. Priority is to be given to projects that implement the community plans, improve air and water quality, contribute to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases and demonstrate potential climate, economic, workforce, health, and environmental benefits in disadvantaged communities.

Related Organizations: State of California

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California AB 1550: Climate Investments for California Communities Act

September 14, 2016

AB 1550 requires a minimum of 25% of proceeds from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF, established by SB 535) to be invested in projects located directly within disadvantaged communities, with an additional 20% designated for projects that benefit low income households regardless of where they are located within California.

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City of Sacramento, California Tree Ordinance

August 4, 2016

On August 4, 2016, Sacramento’s City Council unanimously approved a revised tree ordinance that provides additional clarity on how the city manages trees on both public and private property. The ordinance describes trees as an essential part of the city - providing scenic beauty, increasing oxygen levels, promoting ecological balance, providing natural ventilation and air quality improvements, preventing erosion, increasing property values, and improving quality of life. The ordinance combines three prior ordinances into a single ordinance, and updates policies to more stringently protect Sacramento’s tree canopy.

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CEQ Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

August 1, 2016

 UPDATE: On April 5, 2017, the Council on Environmental Quality published a notice in the Federal Register to withdraw the Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews. CEQ withdrew the guidance pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. 

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

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