Interactive Map Reveals State and Local Adaptation Plans for Climate Change

Georgetown Climate Center
Map version: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/adaptation/state-and-local-plans
Textual version: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/node/3324

[From site] States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway.  This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan.

Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation efforts. Click on a state to view a summary of its progress to date and to access its full profile page. State profile pages include a detailed breakdown of each state’s adaptation work and links to local adaptation plans and resources. Please move the map to view Alaska and Hawaii.

[From Press Release]  As of today, 14 states have finalized state-led adaptation plans (AK, CA, CO, CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, OR, PA, VA, WA).  Another 9 have some level of planning underway (DC, DE, HI, MI, MN, NJ, RI, VT, WI).

A number of innovative efforts are underway in states across the country to minimize and avoid the impacts of climate change.  For example:

  • Massachusetts is investing $50 million to prepare its communities and infrastructure for climate change impacts.  The Coordinated Climate Preparedness Initiative accelerated efforts to increase the resiliency of the state’s infrastructure.
  • In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (A06558/ S06617-B), on September 22, 2014. The Act requires state agencies to consider climate impacts in many permitting and funding decisions. The new requirements will affect the siting of bulk storage and hazardous waste facilities and the development of oil and gas drilling permits, as well as other projects. The law calls for the adoption of official projections of sea-level rise for the state. State agencies have also been tasked with preparing model laws to help communities incorporate climate risks into local ordinances.
  • California passed “cool pavements” legislation that will encourage the use of lighter colored paving and permeable paving materials that reduce the heat-island effect in urban areas.  Extreme heat events, particularly in urban areas, can kill vulnerable populations (such as the very young, the very ill and those suffering from respiratory illnesses such as asthma)…
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