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Wisconsin Executive Order No. 38: Creation of the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy

August 16, 2019

On August 16, 2019, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order (EO) No. 38 to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy at the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), whose main task is developing a Clean Energy Plan to assist the state in adapting to and mitigating the harm from climate change by using clean energy resources and technology.  

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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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WHEJAC Recommendations

May 21, 2021

Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, established the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) in order to advise the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on “how to increase the Federal Government’s effort to address current and historic environmental injustice. ” WHEJAC’s final report gives a series of charge questions and recommendations relating to Justice40, the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, and Executive Order 12898 revisions.

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Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

May 2021

The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) was created pursuant to Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. EO 14008 required the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to create a “geospatial Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool… and interactive maps highlighting disadvantaged communities. ” A beta version of the CEJST was published along with the WHEJAC Recommendations to identify disadvantaged communities for the Justice40 Initiative.

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BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program

2014

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) launched the Tribal Climate Resilience Program in 2014 to help tribes prepare for climate change. Direct funding from the now BIA's Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience (TCR) supports federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native villages in climate resilience planning through competitive awards for climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and ocean and coastal management planning. 

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Toward a Rainproof NYC

July 2022

During Hurricane Ida, New York City was caught off guard in its inability to handle intense and prolonged rainfall. Media and elected officials could not understand how NYC could deal with these issues. Against this backdrop, in July 2022, Rebuild by Design and One Architecture released a report, “Toward a Rainproof NYC. ” It demonstrates how systematically-implemented green solutions and infrastructure strategies can be less expensive and still beneficial in dealing with significant weather events.

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Montgomery County Council Bill 3-22

July 2022

On July 12, 2022, the Montgomery County Council passed Council Bill 3-22, requiring climate assessments for future legislation. The aim is to provide decisionmakers with information on climate implications (emissions and resilience) of decisions they may make. The legislation responded to the Council’s Resolution 18-974 in 2017, which declared a climate emergency and set emissions goals.

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Planning for Urban Heat Resilience

April 2022

Planning Advisory Service Report 600 (PAS Report 600) of the American Planning Association, Planning for Urban Heat Resilience, was published in April 2022 to shed light on the growing and inequitable threat of heat and provide a plan for cities worldwide to increase urban heat resilience. It recommends that planners use existing regulatory tools and plans to manage and prepare for heat. The report also provides planners with background knowledge, frameworks, and a catalog of approaches to dealing with heat.

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