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DOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program

2021

In April 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOT) rebooted its discretionary rail, transit, and port funding program as the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. The program was initially known as the TIGER grant program, and most recently administered as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The FY 2021 funds will be available for obligation through September 30, 2024. The 2021 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFO) prioritizes projects that contemplate and address climate-related concerns such as energy efficiency, resilience, and emissions, requiring that climate and environmental justice impacts be considered by planners. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on July 12, 2021. 

 

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Rhode Island 2021 Act on Climate

April 10, 2021

On April 10, 2021, Rhode Island’s Governor signed the Rhode Island 2021 Act on Climate into law, amending the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 by making mandatory GHG emissions targets more enforceable, adding a goal of net-zero by 2050, and requiring actions to promote equity and environmental justice. The new legislation requires the state Climate Council -established by the 2014 bill- to develop and periodically update a plan to reach these goals. New language also requires the state Council’s plan to include an equitable transition, and address environmental injustices.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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U.S. Department of Transportation Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant funding program exists to provide federal funding support to nationally or regionally significant highway and freight projects. In reviewing grant applications, the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) prioritizes projects that support economic vitality, promote or deploy innovation, allow federal funding to be leveraged in attracting private investment, and support accountability. For the first time, however, in 2021 USDOT also began prioritizing projects that promote racial equity, and those that address climate change and environmental justice.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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California “Sea the Future” Tool

The “Sea the Future” tool was developed by the State of California to help the state’s local planners and residents understand and be able to select from among a dozen different sea-level rise and flooding visualization tools that may be useful in efforts to plan for sea-level rise. Sea the Future provides summaries and information on tool features, similarities and differences across tools, and advantages and disadvantages of each tool so that end-users can make an informed decision about which tool(s) to use to support decisionmaking.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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California Local Climate Change Snapshot Tool

The California Local Climate Change Snapshot tool presents localized projections of changes in temperature, precipitation, and wildfire for all locations in California based on climate model output through the year 2100. The Snapshot is designed to be accessible for most or all users, and provides a brief overview of potential climate change impacts within a region.

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley, California Energy Commission, California Strategic Growth Council

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All-In Clark County: Clark County's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

February 16, 2021

On February 16, 2021, the Clark County, Nevada Board of Commissioners approved the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan under the initiative “All-In Clark County. ” This initiative works to build a more sustainable future through taking bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. The Plan is guided by four principles: resilience (social, economic, and built environment), transparency, equity, and greenhouse gas reductions.

Related Organizations: Clark County, Nevada

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New Jersey SB2607: Requiring land use plan element of municipal master plan to include climate change-related hazard vulnerability assessment

February 4, 2021

New Jersey enacted SB2607 on February 4, 2021, amending the required components for municipal master plans in New Jersey to incorporate climate change risks and adaptation strategies. Specifically, the land use element of any master plan adopted after the bill’s passage must include a climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessment as well as natural hazard mitigation strategies. 

Related Organizations: State of New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Cost of Climate: America’s Growing Flood Risk

February 2021

In February 2021, the First Street Foundation released a report -- The Cost of Climate -- that analyzes the financial risks and economic impacts of flooding across the country. As a whole, the report estimated losses from current and future flood risks to residential properties in the contiguous United States. Current annual flood losses are estimated to be around $20 billion. With sea-level rise and increased freshwater flooding from climate change, these annual flood losses are estimated to increase by 61% to $32 billion by 2051.

Related Organizations: First Street Foundation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Recovering Stronger: A Federal Policy Blueprint - US Water Alliance

January 2021

The U. S. Water Alliance’s report “Recovering Stronger: A Federal Policy Blueprint” was released in early 2021 and addresses the acute needs of the nation’s municipal water infrastructure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as long-term underfunding of water resources infrastructure and inequities in access to clean water. The report makes recommendations for how the federal government could make funding for municipal water resources more stable; make water supplies safer; improve access to safe drinking water and wastewater treatment in low-income communities, communities of color, and rural communities; modernize the water sector; improve resilience to climate change; and take a whole-of-government approach to managing the nation’s water resources.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

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Executive Order 14008 - Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

January 27, 2021

Executive Order 14008 (“order”), issued by U. S. President Joe Biden on January 27, 2021, establishes climate change as a priority across all aspects of federal government operations and policy.   The order sets policies and directs agency actions that promote environmental justice, green technology and job growth, economic development, and U. S. leadership in foreign climate policy. In addition to rejoining the Paris Agreement and committing to hosting a climate summit, the order creates two federal administrative bodies to coordinate climate action across the federal government and directs them to immediately create strategies for accomplishing these policy goals.

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