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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.

Related Organizations: State of 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.

Related Organizations: City of Sacramento, California

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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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New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program

June 2016

In June 2016, New York City updated its local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to require development and redevelopment projects to consider and mitigate against the risks posed by climate change and sea level rise.   The LWRP is the city’s policies for management, use, and development of waterfront properties and coastal resources pursuant to the state's Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterway Act (NY Executive Law § 910 et seq. (McKinney)) and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

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New Hampshire SB 452: State agencies required to prepare for coastal flooding

June 13, 2016

New Hampshire SB 452 entitled: “Requiring certain state agencies to conduct an audit of laws governing coastal regions to enable authorities to take appropriate actions” is designed to help the state identify needs for improving resilience to climate impacts in coastal communities and Great Bay regions.  

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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New Hampshire SB 376-FN: An Act relative to wildlife corridors

June 10, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 376-FN requires the Fish and Game Department to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors connecting wildlife habitats in the state, and to make recommendations for legislative changes. SB 376 is designed to help improve wildlife corridors and thereby support wildlife resilience in light of climate change and development pressures.

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San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure

June 7, 2016

The San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure (Measure AA) is a $12-per-year parcel tax for the San Francisco Bay area of California - which passed with over 70% support in all nine Bay Area counties on the June 7, 2016.   The measure is anticipated to generate $500 million over 20 years - approximately $25 million annually for critical tidal marsh restoration projects around San Francisco Bay. Measure AA was the first parcel tax in the history of the state to be levied throughout an entire region encompassing multiple counties.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

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New Hampshire SB 374: Requiring the Department of Environmental Services to update coastal flooding trends

May 20, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 374, effective July 19, 2016, requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (DES) to convene a multi-agency group to update and summarize coastal flooding trends every five years, based on sea-level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge projections.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, State of New Hampshire

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Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance

May 11, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a suite of tools and guidance for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) aimed at bolstering local efforts to leverage federal hazard-mitigation funding to reduce the impacts of climate change.  Eligible activities include:

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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