In 2007, Governor Tim Kaine issued Executive Order 59, establishing a Climate Change Commission. The Virginia Climate Change Commission was created to evaluate expected impacts of climate change on Virginia’s natural resources, the health of its citizens, and the economy, including the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance and also to identify what Virginia needs to do to prepare for the likely consequences of climate change.
The Commission devised an action plan to do the following:
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
Smart Trees Pacific (Friends of Hawaii’s Urban Forest) is an environmental non-profit organization that provides technical and material resources to best use urban trees as a dynamic resource that will enhance and manage sustainable communities.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and on the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change in the Caribbean.