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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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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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Bay Area Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Nine County-level Snapshots - Projects, Plans, Structures and Needs

March 2014

This report provides “snapshots” or summaries of the climate adaptation and resilience initiatives and needs in each of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties in California. The Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Project (BACERP), a project of the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, produced this report with funding support from the Kresge Foundation.

Related Organizations: Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, Marin County, California

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rhode Island E.O. 14-01: Creates an Executive Climate Change Council

February 21, 2014

In February, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed Executive Order 14-01, creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (EC3). The Council was charged with taking a lead role in developing a comprehensive approach, including both emissions reductions and adaptation planning, to address the potential threats from climate change to the state’s environment, economy, and people. The Governor established the EC3 to advise him, the General Assembly and the public on how the State and its communities can best prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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RI Executive Climate Change Council Report - A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical About Climate Change

June 2014

‘A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical about Climate Change’ was prepared pursuant to Governor Chafee’s Executive Order 14-01, issued in February 2014, which establishes an Executive Climate Change Council for Rhode Island. The Council’s report outlines key objectives and strategies to help the state prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate

September 16, 2014

This study from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that governments and businesses can reduce their carbon emissions and improve economic growth. ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ describes how rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to mitigate climate change while improving economic performance.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change Symposium

April 2014

The purpose of the Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change event was to convene Great Lakes leaders and climate experts to assess the range of impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes, and to develop policy-based strategies to integrate climate variation into future restoration and stewardship practices. Jenny Kehl, the director of the Center for Water Policy at University of Wisconsin’s School of Freshwater Sciences, spearheaded the meeting and action plan.

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DOE: The Water-Energy Nexus - Challenges and Opportunities

June 2014

From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report describes the integrated challenges and opportunities around the water-energy nexus nationwide.  DOE acknowledges the increased urgency to address the water-energy nexus in an proactive way due to climate change impacts  - and details these impacts and related decision-making needs.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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President Obama's Climate Action Plan

June 25, 2013

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms." - President Obama, 2nd Inaugural Address, January 2013

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Minneapolis Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

May 2013

Created as part of a capstone project in Sustainability Planning at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Minneapolis Sustainability Office, this report depicts climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adaptation goals are presented with recommended strategies, best practices, and case studies of these strategies implemented in other localities.

Related Organizations: University of Minnesota

Resource Category: Planning

 

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