Category: State government

Governors’ Climate Resilience U.S. Climate Alliance Playbook 2021

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The 2021 Governors’ Climate Resilience Playbook outlines 12 foundational steps to set and achieve an effective state-level climate resilience agenda. This Playbook updates the 2018 U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA) New Governors’ Climate Resilience Playbook based on U.S. Climate Alliance member feedback and seeks to account for changing climate and political developments and conditions and capture some of the momentum around climate resilience action over the past few years. While the 2018 Playbook outlined what states should do to further the climate resilience agenda across states, the 2021 Playbook is focused on how to make it reality.

State Strategies for Expanding Economic Opportunity in Clean Energy

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The energy transition presents a big economic opportunity, and states are putting forth well-articulated and robust strategies for developing low-carbon industries. Some states, motivated by ambitious climate goals, envision lower emissions and economic co-benefits to go hand in hand. But almost every state has some focus on developing new industries—even those without strong internal commitments to climate action. Often, state strategies to promote economic opportunity build upon existing industrial strengths and resource endowments and aim to protect existing industries as the energy transition takes hold. Many initiatives are also linked to broader socio-economic objectives, targeting disadvantaged communities or those affected by energy transitions. This paper highlights a selection of representative states to illustrate various strategies and tools states are deploying to seize upon clean energy opportunities.

Virginia Democrats aim to block Trump’s EPA chief from state agency

Read the full story in the New York Times.

A rare confirmation battle is brewing around the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald J. Trump, to take a similar role in an incoming Republican state administration in Virginia.

Democratic leaders said they would try to block Mr. Wheeler from taking charge of conservation programs, environmental cleanups and climate change initiatives like the ones he opposed as E.P.A. administrator.

Study shows critical need to reduce use of road salt in winter, suggests best practices

Read the full story from the University of Toledo.

Overuse of road salts to melt away snow and ice is threatening human health and the environment as they wash into drinking water sources. New research from The University of Toledo spotlights the urgent need for policy makers and environmental managers to adopt a variety of solutions.

White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

The White House on Monday unveiled an EV Charging Action Plan that sketches out how federal agencies will coordinate on the development of a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.

The action plan establishes a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, coordinated by the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation, aiming to provide stakeholders with a harmonized approach and single point of contact for charging resources.

The new joint office will be critical to facilitating a smooth and equitable rollout of taxpayer funded infrastructure, said EV advocates. “Too often, localities and other stakeholders can’t easily access federal funding because of difficult grant application processes,” Zero Emission Transportation Association spokesman Daniel Zotos said in an email.

Michigan Governor Whitmer cracks down on state purchases of PFAS

Read the full story from NRDC.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed a directive limiting state purchases of products containing PFAS, known as “forever chemicals.”

‘This is our moment to be bold’: Wisconsin Democrats unveil 22 bills to combat climate change

Read the full story from Wisconsin Public Radio.

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers unveiled a sweeping package of nearly two dozen bills that seek to reduce the effects of climate change and support the clean energy transition.

The package of 22 bills unveiled Monday by Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, and other lawmakers calls for funding programs and policy changes to support energy efficiency, sustainable farming practices, training for clean energy jobs and a just transition to renewable energy.  

National Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program – Basic Training

This training module, developed by U.S. EPA, is designed to provide a high-level overview of the Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) program for State and Territory NPS Programs.

The Section 319 program is an essential source of support for state, territorial and tribal efforts to control NPS pollution, the prevailing cause of the nation’s water quality problems. The course contains four sections and will take about two hours to complete. This module is recommended for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program

Waste not? Some states are sending less food to landfills

Read the full story at Stateline.

At least eight states, all in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic except California, have laws requiring some reprocessing of food waste, to keep it out of landfills and cut down on greenhouse gases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

NC takes steps on carbon cap, multi-state pollution effort

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

A state regulatory panel agreed Tuesday to develop rules for North Carolina to meet proposed overall reductions of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and to join a multi-state effort to accomplish it.

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