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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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State of California Executive Order N-19-19

September 20, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-19-19 on September 20, 2019 to require the redoubling of the state’s “efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while building a sustainable, inclusive economy.” The Executive Order (EO) includes four main directives:

Related Organizations: California Office of the Governor, State of California

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Public-Private Partnership (P3) Model State Legislation

December 2015

The Bipartisan Policy Center created this model legislation to help states pass public-private partnership (P3) enabling laws to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure (wastewater, transportation, stormwater, and green infrastructure). P3s could be an important tool for helping state and local governments finance the investments they need to make to adapt infrastructure systems.  P3s allow the government to contract with a private sector partner to fulfill one or more traditional government functions, including financing, delivery, operations, and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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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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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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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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A Tribal Planning Framework: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Sector

April 2013

This framework is designed to support American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in developing tribal climate change adaptation plans or incorporating climate change adaptation strategies into existing tribal plans and initiatives, including strategic plans or natural resource management plans. The report discusses climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the sectors of natural and cultural resources, building standards, housing, infrastructure, energy, health, telecommunications, economic development, emergency response, and climate law.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Author or Affiliated User: Kathy Lynn

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. Strategic Interests in the Arctic: An Assessment of Current Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation

April 2010

The effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle have the potential to transform the region into a commercial hub, raising environmental concerns and other complex challenges having direct implications for U.S. national security.

Related Organizations: Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather A. Conley, Jamie Kraut

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: Fostering Progress Through Law and Regulation

2010

Using New York City as an example, and drawing on work done by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), this article discusses additional measures the city can take to prepare for climate change impacts.  According to the authors, this article focuses on "the use of law to foster and to remove impediments to adaptation," and provides suggestions that are intended to further the City’s planning process, as well as represent areas of possible consideration for other municipalities.

Related Organizations: SussmanADR LLC

Authors or Affiliated Users: Edna Sussman, David C. Major, Rachel Deming, Pamela R. Esterman, Adeeb Fadil, Amy Fisher, Fred Fucci, Roberta Gordon, Caroline Harris, J. Kevin Healy, Cullen Howe, Kathy Robb, Jeff Smith

Resource Category: Planning

 

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