Email: eao4@psu.edu
Position: Director and Associate Professor
Position: MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Central Regional Coordinator

From Planning to Action: Implementation of State Climate Change Adaptation Plans

States are using climate change adaptation plans to prepare for the impacts of climate change. As of October 2014, 14 states had finalized state-led adaptation plans. An additional eight states and the District of Columbia had some adaptation planning underway. The Georgetown Climate Center is tracking implementation of these plans and making these data available to scholars, practitioners, and the public through an interactive tool in the Climate Center’s Adaptation Clearinghouse.

The State of Climate Adaptation in the Marine and Coastal United States, Territories, and Commonwealths

In the 2011 report, The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas, we documented over 150 adaptation projects and initiatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The report concluded that the majority of activities underway were primarily focused on building awareness of how climate change may affect marine and coastal environments and adaptation planning, with some projects that had advanced into implementation.

Guidance for NEPA and SEPA Project-Level Climate change Evaluations

This guidance addresses whether the effects of a proposed project on environmental resources and on vulnerable populations will be exacerbated by climate change related vulnerability. This is consistent with the 2016 CEQ guidance and with the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) emphasis on inclusive community engagement and environmental justice in project delivery.