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Delaware’s Climate Action Plan

November 4, 2021

In November 2021, Delaware released its statewide Climate Action Plan. Delaware has been affected by climate change in the form of increased temperatures, change in precipitation patterns, extreme weather, flooding, and sea-level rise. Delaware created the plan to strategically address future climate change impacts in the state. The plan was prepared by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. 

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Federal Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans Mandated by Executive Order 14008

October 2021

In January 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order (EO) 14008 — Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad — to take a whole-of-government approach to climate change, prioritize the climate crisis in U. S. foreign policy and national security, and require the federal government to lead by example. In pursuit of these goals, the EO requires each federal agency to develop a plan to increase the resilience of its facilities and operations. Certain departments and agencies, like the U.

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New Jersey Climate Change Resilience Strategy and Coastal Resilience Strategy

October 12, 2021

In October 2021, New Jersey released its statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy (Strategy), which also includes a Coastal Resilience Strategy. It is the state’s first example of both a statewide climate adaptation plan and a comprehensive coastal resilience plan. Both were required by Executive Order No. 89 in 2019. New Jersey has been affected by climate change-driven impacts, such as flooding events, storms, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures. The state developed the Strategy to address these impacts.

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City of Charleston, South Carolina Comprehensive Plan 2021

October 12, 2021

In the Charleston City Plan 2021 (the Plan), the City of Charleston, South Carolina presents a roadmap to guide land-use planning, policy, and investment through 2030 with a focus on creating a more resilient and equitable future. This state-mandated comprehensive plan can serve as a resource and tool for a variety of users including city staff, residents, and community organizations. In the Plan, the city focuses its recommendations on areas within Charleston’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and more specifically, addresses the unique characteristics of the five areas of the city that are separated by waterways.

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New York City Intro. 1600-2019: A Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in Relation to the Creation of a Citywide Climate Adaptation Plan

October 7, 2021

In October 2021, the City of New York passed a new law that requires the city to prepare a citywide adaptation plan by September 30, 2022 that covers all five of the city's boroughs. The plan must evaluate climate hazards, including extreme storms, sea-level rise, tidal flooding, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme wind, wildfires, and "flooding surge events associated with a storm." In addition, the city must include recommendations to help increase local resilience and adapt development and infrastructure to climate hazards. Notably, Intro. 1600-2019 has a specific focus on equity. Specifically, in the plan, the city is required to "identify areas that are highly vulnerable to climate hazards to help determine where resiliency and adaptation measures should first be implemented" and "consider the potential impact on environmental justice areas."

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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework

October 2021

In October 2021, the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners and the Movement Strategy Center, in collaboration with various other nongovernmental organizations, released the Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework. The Framework’s authors advocate that communities on the frontlines and most exposed to the impacts of climate change be involved in developing any plan that helps build their resilience to these impacts. The more these communities participate in the planning process, any resulting plans will be more effective.

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California Dedicates $15 Billion for Climate Action and Protecting Frontline Communities

September 23, 2021

On September 23, 2021, California signed a $15-billion climate-investment package that includes 24 bills dedicated to tackling the climate crisis and protecting frontline communities in California. The bills address clean energy, wildfires, droughts, community climate resilience, sustainable agriculture, extreme heat, and sea-level rise, among other topics. As Governor Gavin Newsom explained, the bills aim to address “the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities” in California.

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Critical Infrastructure at Risk: Sea Level Rise Planning Guidance for California’s Coastal Zone

August 2021

In August 2021, the California Coastal Commission (CCC), one of California’s three coastal management agencies, issued the Critical Infrastructure at Risk: Sea Level Rise Planning Guidance for California’s Coastal Zone. The guidance serves as an advisory document for the state and local governments, asset managers, and stakeholders in California to update plans and policies for critical transportation and water infrastructure to adapt to sea-level rise and flooding.  The guidance is based on different studies held to be the best available science on sea-level rise in California, which includes a projection of a 6-10 feet of sea-level rise by 2100.

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Lead with Listening: A Guidebook for Community Conversations on Climate Migration

In 2021, the Climigration Network, in partnership with a diverse team of researchers, released Lead with Listening: A Guidebook for Community Conversations on Climate Migration. The guidebook is a resource on climate migration and how to have effective dialogue about it. It addresses how various factors (e. g. , cultural, financial, and location) make conversations surrounding the topic of climate migration (also called “managed retreat” or “relocation,” among other terms) challenging.

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Connecticut Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation

July 6, 2021

On July 6, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation to increase local resilience planning options, legal authorities, and financing for adaptation and resilience projects. The main components of this law authorize the creation of municipal stormwater authorities, and increase the authority of municipal flood prevention and climate resilience boards and their ability to collect and raise funds for climate resilience projects. In addition, the law expands the scope of the state’s "green bank," the Connecticut Green Bank, beyond clean energy to adaptation- and resilience-related projects, with an emphasis on prioritizing financing for frontline communities.  

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