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CA Executive Order B-37-16: Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

May 9, 2016

B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” is an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions set forth by Governor Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board in 2015, to establish longer-term water conservation measures for California. In response to the extreme and persistent drought conditions along with warmer weather and reduced snowpack expected for the state, the 2016 executive order directs permanent changes to: use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resistance, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Department of Water Resources

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Memorandum for Executive Departments and Agencies: Strengthening Climate Adaptation Planning in Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

April 29, 2016

This memorandum was administered by Shaun Donovan, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Christy Goldfuss, the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the process for strategically strengthening Federal agency climate adaptation planning through annual, in-person progress reviews, which began in 2016. The progress reviews established by this memorandum aim to “maintain the Federal Government's focus on planning for the effects of climate change on agency missions, programs, and responsibilities, and continually improving Agency Climate Adaptation Plans as new information, data, tools, and policies are developed.

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

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 53 - Building code standards for extreme weather

April 22, 2016

Connecticut EO 53 directs state agencies to develop new building code standards that will  strengthen building codes to better protect residential and commercial structures from damage caused by flooding and high winds that accompany extreme weather. 

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund

April 20, 2016

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia established the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund (Virginia Code § 10.1-603.25), a revolving loan fund for local governments to "help residents and businesses that are subject to recurrent flooding as confirmed by a locality-certified floodplain manager." The fund is administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Regional Governance for Climate Action

February 5, 2016

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is producing a guidance series on building regional climate resilience. This document explores strategies from 12 regional collaboratives to build or expand governance structures for regional climate action. The report details the benefits of regional governance; “promising practices” for building good governance; the various forms a regional collaborative can take; and how the goals, strategy, and stakeholders can determine the collaborative’s structure and membership.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

Author or Affiliated User: Michael McCormick

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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U.S. Department of Defense Directive 4715.21: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

January 14, 2016

The U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 4715. 21 establishes a new policy to assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change and ensures that climate change is incorporated into all aspects of military planning. The policy states that DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U. S. military. It assigns certain roles and responsibilities to the different offices within the DoD, and names the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment as the department’s primary climate change adaptation official.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

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2015 California Climate and Energy Legislative Update

The Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) released this fact sheet summarizing Climate and Energy related legislation in California passed in 2015.  The fact sheet provides a brief summary of each climate related law, including a brief description of the goals, key dates, and requirements. 

Related Organizations: Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), Local Government Commission (LGC)

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Design Guidelines and Funding for Elevating Historic Homes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region

This guidance document was prepared by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to ensure that recipients of MDA financial assistance programs are able to rebuild structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina in compliance with historic preservation laws and safety considerations. In addition, the guidelines were developed in accordance with a Programmatic Agreement between MDA and the federal government in order to streamline project reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act and expedite federally-funded retrofits.

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Public-Private Partnership (P3) Model State Legislation

December 2015

The Bipartisan Policy Center created this model legislation to help states pass public-private partnership (P3) enabling laws to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure (wastewater, transportation, stormwater, and green infrastructure). P3s could be an important tool for helping state and local governments finance the investments they need to make to adapt infrastructure systems.  P3s allow the government to contract with a private sector partner to fulfill one or more traditional government functions, including financing, delivery, operations, and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center

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