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Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework 2021

January 19, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework was released by the Department of Land Conservation and Development in collaboration with multiple state agencies to provide an updated guide to ensuring Oregon’s people, ecosystems, and economy are able to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. The Framework is divided into five sections: Why We Must Adapt; Implementing Comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation; Climate Change Effects and Strategic Responses by Theme; Next Steps; and the Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint.

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California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan

January 2021

California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan, developed by Governor Newsom’s Forest Management Task Force in January 2021, provides a comprehensive framework of statewide strategies for forest management and community resilience. The Action Plan outlines four primary goals, which are buttressed by subsections and more specific “key actions. ” It not only presents mitigation approaches to reducing fire risk, but also embraces adaptation strategies that advance fire-resilient natural environments and bolster the infrastructure of threatened communities.

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S.3418 – Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020 (STORM Act)

January 1, 2021

The Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020 (STORM Act), enacted January 1st, 2021, amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U. S. C. 5131) to authorize grants to establish hazard mitigation revolving loan fund programs. The programs are intended to fund projects that mitigate natural hazards including wildfires, earthquakes, drought, severe storm events, erosion, storm surges, and high water levels. The goal of the funding is to support risk reduction for local governments by decreasing loss of life and property, insurance costs, and the necessity for future federal disaster relief.

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Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All: Phase I Report

January 2021

The Phase I report by the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) -- Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Climate Resilient Connecticut for All -- released January 2021, contains a wide array of recommendations for improving Connecticut’s resilience to climate change that can be implemented by early 2022. An Adaptation and Resilience plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 and will include recommendations on longer term policies. The report and forthcoming adaptation plan were called for in an executive order issued in September 2019.

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Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs: Energy Assistance

Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs: Energy Assistance: The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make energy costs more affordable and ensure the stability of home energy services through several programs. The OHEP houses four grants to contribute energy assistance: the Maryland Energy Assistance Program; the Electrical Universal Service Program; the Utility Service Protection Program; and Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Services.

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Retrofit Chicago

June 2012

Retrofit Chicago: Retrofit Chicago is a cross-sector effort led by the Mayor’s Office to drive energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings across the city, which works to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. The Residential Partnership unites non-profit groups and utility companies to better connect residents to energy retrofit contractors, free energy upgrades, and equipment rebates. Other customer benefits include free energy assessments with free energy-saving products and installation; rebates for energy-efficient appliances and other products; financing tools such as income qualifying grants for bungalow & vintage homeowners; energy savers loans; and on-bill financing and connection to qualified contractors.

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Extrema Paris Heat Map

Extrema Paris Heat Map: The EXTREMA Project—funded primarily by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid of the European Commission—is a mobile application that alerts its users if there is a high health risk in a certain area due to extreme heat, and directs the user to the nearest cooling facility or installation. To determine this health risk, the application uses real-time data regarding temperature, humidity, and discomfiture for every square kilometer, which is updated every five minutes, and evaluates the risk to an individual user based on their personalized health information.

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State of Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint

January 2021

Released in December 2020, the State of Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint is a living document which identifies best practices on how to prioritize equity in the formation of state policies, processes, and programs aimed at addressing climate change. Four “Climate Equity Blueprint Tools” are used to guide programmatic staff and officials across Oregon’s state agencies in the integration of equity into climate progress: best practices; guiding questions; case studies; and resources. These tools are employed to cover key areas for advancing climate and racial equity: building internal capacity; embedding equity and accountability into design; leading meaningful community engagement; and improving data collection and use.

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Honolulu, Hawaii Ordinance 20-47 - Office of Resilience

December 23, 2020

In December 2020, the Mayor of Honolulu signed Ordinance 20-47 (Ordinance), which formally codifies the responsibilities of the previously-established City of Honolulu Office of Resilience (Resilience Office), which include coordinating a coastal and water program, a climate resilience and equity program, and a food sustainability program. The Ordinance is meant to address climate change concerns by building on previous ordinances, and implements a ‘one water’ policy for the city. 

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New Jersey Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program

In 1971, New Jersey implemented the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program. Through this program, the state pays municipalities to protect and conserve open, undeveloped lands owned by the state and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. This program was created to benefit environmental quality, quality of life, and economic health in New Jersey by conserving open space for natural resources and recreational purposes. While this program has been amended throughout its tenure, it is a noteworthy example of a state program that creates incentives for local governments to create open space by mitigating the impacts of lost tax revenue and land maintenance costs. In a managed retreat context, a similar program could be coupled with hazard mitigation buyouts and open space acquisitions to encourage local governments to conserve vulnerable properties impacted by sea-level rise and flooding. 

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