New Governors' Resilience Playbook
To minimize climate risk, maximize clean economic growth opportunities, and reduce future costs from extreme weather and climate variability – thereby facilitating additional investments in mitigation and critical infrastructure – the United States Climate Alliance (USCA) established the USCA Resilience Working Group. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the first and most critical risk management strategy, adaptation and resiliency efforts to address ongoing risks must be part of any comprehensive approach to respond to climate change.
The USCA Resilience Working Group, co-chaired by California and Massachusetts in collaboration with resilience leaders from eight other states, has worked to create a Resilience Playbook for new governors taking office in January 2019.
The Playbook draws on resilience innovations from USCA states and governors, covering everything from program launches to implementation. It also draws on expertise and best practices from organizations like The Nature Conservancy, the National Council for Science and the Environment, the Georgetown Climate Center, the Blue Green Alliance, and Columbia Earth Sciences Center, which are doing innovative work on natural infrastructure systems, adaptation policy, university training linkages, and data development.