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This tab includes laws and policies for avoiding or reducing climate change impacts in the energy sector, including best practices and legal and policy analysis.

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Related Organizations: Sustainable South Bronx

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008

July 9, 2008

The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70) established a Climate Change Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on implementation of the Act. These activities include, but are not limited to, the designation of a voluntary greenhouse gas registry, the delivery of a greenhouse gas inventory report, the creation of an impacts assessment and the development of a climate change action plan.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee Final Report

July 2008

The Final Report of South Carolina's Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals for South Carolina by 2020, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change. The report includes a comprehensive set of 51 specific policies to reduce GHG emissions and address climate-, energy-, and commerce-related issues in South Carolina. One of these recommendations advocates that the state establish a "Blue Ribbon" Commission to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee, Center for Climate Strategies

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Wisconsin's Strategy for Reducing Global Warming

July 2008

Wisconsin's Global Warming Task Force was created by Governor Jim Doyle, pursuant to Executive Order 191, on April 5, 2007. The Task Force was assigned to develop this strategy to assess and inventory Wisconsin's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set emission reduction goals. The Report proposes over 50 actionable policy recommendations in the utility, transportation, agriculture and forestry, and industry sectors, including a proposed federal or regional GHG Cap and Trade Program, to achieve these goals.

Related Organizations: Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Global Warming

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Corporate Risk Case Study: City of Chicago Climate Change Task Force

July 2008

This 2008 report, commissioned by the City of Chicago, models potential economic impacts of climate change for the city.  The study focused on city infrastructure, key departments, and budgets of the city of Chicago.  The analysis was designed to assist city leadership in adaptation and mitigation planning.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Author or Affiliated User: Oliver Wyman

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

June 2008

This report, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2010 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and of water supply and water management strategies in general.

Related Organizations: Western States Water Council (WSWC), Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group Final Report

April 2008

The Final Report of Minnesota's Climate Change Advisory Group provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast and policy recommendations for emissions reduction developed by the Force.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group, Center for Climate Strategies

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Great Lakes Water Resources

November 2007

This report, by the National Wildlife Federation, explores impacts to the Great Lakes from climate change, including possible lowering of lake levels, impacts on fisheries and wildlife, changes in Great Lakes shorelines, and reduction of groundwater supplies. The report also focuses on policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to unavoidable impacts on water resources. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah D. Hall, Bret B. Stuntz

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Mitigating New York City's Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs, and Light Surfaces

January 30, 2006

This study uses a regional climate model (MM5) in combination with observed meteorological, satellite, and GIS data to determine the impact of mitigation strategies including urban forestry, living/green roofs, and light surfaces on surface and near-surface air temperature in the New York Metropolitan Region over space and time. The effects of localized changes in landsurface cover in six case study areas are evaluated in the context of regional atmospheric mixing. .

Related Organizations: Columbia University, Hunter College, City of New York, New York

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cynthia Rosenzweig, William Solecki, Lily Parshall, Stuart Gaffin, Barry Lynn, Richard Goldberg, Jennifer Cox, Sara Hodges

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Cool Surfaces and Shade Trees to Reduce Energy Use and Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

2001

This article, published in Elsevier in 2002, outlines how cool surfaces (cool roofs and cool pavements) and urban trees can have a substantial effect on urban air temperature and, hence, can reduce cooling-energy use and smog. Using a dozen metropolitan cities as case studies, this paper demonstrates an estimate of about 20% of the national cooling demand can be avoided through a large-scale implementation of heat-island mitigation measures. This amounts to 40 TWh/ year savings, worth over $4B per year by 2015, in cooling-electricity savings alone.

Related Organizations: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Authors or Affiliated Users: H. Akbari, M. Pomerantz, H. Taha

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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