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Cities Advancing Climate Action: Leveraging Federal Funds for Local Impact A Resource Guide

January 2022

In January 2022, the U. S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) released Cities Advancing Climate Action: Leveraging Funds for Local Impact, a resource guide of municipal case studies. Following the passing of the American Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in 2021, USCM and C2ES compiled these case studies that provide guidance to cities on how they can utilize funding from these laws to promote resilience. USCM and C2ES assert that “cities have been at the center of advancing climate and resilience priorities for communities for decades” and the influx of funding is an opportunity for cities to make “impactful action against climate change and structural inequality.

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Maryland Coastal Adaptation Report Card 2021

January 21, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change’s Adaptation and Resiliency Work Group in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network (UMCES-IAN) released the 2021 Maryland Coastal Adaptation Report Card. Informed by stakeholder engagement, the Coastal Adaptation Report Card “gives a snapshot of the current adaptation status in Maryland’s coastal zone, and establishes a framework for measuring future progress.

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North Carolina Executive Order No. 246: North Carolina’s Transformation to a Clean, Equitable Economy

January 7, 2022

On January 7, 2022, North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order (EO) No. 246 entitled, "North Carolina’s Transformation to a Clean, Equitable Economy. " EO 246 calls for the state to take several actions related to climate change to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina's residents, prioritize and advance environmental justice and equity, engage with stakeholders and incorporate public input into decisionmaking processes, increase awareness about the health impacts of climate change including the disproportionate effects on underserved communities, and build a diverse workforce that is prepared to address climate change.

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City of New York, New York: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

December 19, 2021

In December 2021, the New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) released its third Comprehensive Waterfront Plan (the Plan) that outlines a ten-year vision for the creation of a more equitable, more resilient, and healthier waterfront. The NYCDP developed the Plan in accordance with its climate justice principle to equitably distribute climate resources and construct resilient and sustainable environments for all across the city. Among other parts of the Plan, it presents opportunities for the city to proactively incorporate climate resiliency and adaptation into its processes for everyday decisionmaking and long-term planning.

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City of San Diego, California: Climate Resilience SD

December 14, 2021

On December 14, 2021, the City Council of San Diego, California adopted the city’s first comprehensive resilience and climate adaptation plan entitled Climate Resilient SD. The plan lays out a framework to address climate change impacts by identifying the four primary climate change-related hazards affecting the city — extreme heat, extreme rainfall or drought, wildfires and sea-level — and providing a set of goals, policies, and strategies to offset these hazards. The plan, which focuses on adaptation, is a new addition to previous city plans that only dealt with climate mitigation.

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Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan: Phase One

December 7, 2021

In December 2021, the Commonwealth of Virginia published Phase One of the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan, which presents the Commonwealth's strategy for implementing coastal protection and adaptation measures to increase the flood resilience of coastal communities and economies. The Plan builds on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework, which was released in October 2020 and outlined the core principles of the Commonwealth's approach to coastal adaptation and protection.

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Boise, Idaho - Boise's Climate Action Roadmap

2021

In 2021, the City of Boise, Idaho published Boise's Climate Action Roadmap, a plan to help the city and its communities become carbon neutral and build resilience and ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The plan includes seven categories for action that will help reach both emissions reduction and resilience goals: Buildings and Energy, Transportation, Consumption and Waste, Food Systems, Natural Environment, Water, and Innovation and Engagement. In advancing strategies within these climate action priorities, Boise will be operating under three guiding principles to advance equity, improve health and wellness, and grow a climate economy.

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Executive Order 14057 (Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability)

December 2021

In December 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14057 (Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability) to address, among other things, climate change mitigation as well as several key points related to adaptation, resilience, equity, and environmental justice. EO 14057 deals with these issues through establishing several new positions and groups. It then calls on these new groups, as well as existing ones within the federal government, to put a greater emphasis on resilience and environmental justice in the infrastructure and operations spheres.

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Federal Sustainability Plan

December 2021

Accompanying the issuance of Executive Order 14057 was the release of the Federal Sustainability Plan. The Federal Sustainability Plan includes goals related to both “Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Operations” and goals intended to “Advance Environmental Justice and Equity. ” As far as building climate resilient infrastructure and operations, the plan intends to “routinely assess climate vulnerabilities and risks;”  “modernize Federal policy, programs, operations, and infrastructure to support climate resilient investment;” and “establish the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Federal Leaders Working Group.

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 15, 2021

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (H. R. 3684, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) was signed into law on November 15, 2021. It includes historic levels of investment for infrastructure — $550 billion in new spending over five years and $650 billion for existing programs, totaling $1. 2 trillion. IIJA includes numerous standalone acts, including the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Act of 2021, the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees (REPLANT) Act, and the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Appropriations Act.

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