Karen Heymann, Legislative Director
Mass Audubon
kheymann@massaudubon.org
Massachusetts Association Planning Directors
Ann...
Temperature
v  Warm weather energy demand stresses energy systems
v  Vulnerable populations
Precipitation
v  Flooding, ...
v Energy infrastructure
v Transportation infrastructure
v Drinking water supply, wastewater)
v Safety and flood contro...
Preparing our Communities
Global Warming Solutions Act
- Mandatory GHG reductions
- GWSA Sub-Committee on Adaptation
Sub-C...
Advocacy Strategy
Administration Legislature
Coalition
Education &
Outreach
Advocacy Strategy
Administration Legislature
Coalition
Education &
Outreach
v Governor Patrick announced $50 million
investment for statewide plan to address
climate impacts
v Includes $40 million...
Advocacy Strategy
Administration Legislature
Coalition
Education &
Outreach
Senate bill 2028.
An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation
management plan in response to clim...
v Commit state to considering climate change in
all planning moving forward
v Data collection and compilation
v Produce...
v  2 year timeline
v  Establish goals, priorities
v  Focus on resiliency, protection, restoration
v  Inventory and vul...
v  Transportation and built infrastructure
v  Commercial, industrial and manufacturing activities;
commercial property m...
Report will outline regional planning agency guidance
(i)  step-by-step process for regional climate vulnerability
assessm...
v  Advance regional and local efforts to adapt land
use, zoning, infrastructure, policies and programs
v  Reduce vulnera...
Coastal Buyback
v Voluntary; land acquired for protection of the
people
v Land abutting or adjacent to areas subject to
...
Mass Audubon
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
The Environmental League of Massachusetts
The Trust for Public Land
C...
Thank You!
Karen Heymann, Legislative Director
Mass Audubon
kheymann@massaudubon.org
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Climate Adaptation Policy Update for MA

  1. 1. Karen Heymann, Legislative Director Mass Audubon kheymann@massaudubon.org Massachusetts Association Planning Directors Annual Meeting 2014
  2. 2. Temperature v  Warm weather energy demand stresses energy systems v  Vulnerable populations Precipitation v  Flooding, storm surge v  Combined sewer overflows >> water supply v  Loss of life due to drowning Extreme weather events v  Energy supply v  Reduced emergency response capacity v  Public safety hazards Preparing our Communities
  3. 3. v Energy infrastructure v Transportation infrastructure v Drinking water supply, wastewater) v Safety and flood control v Solid and hazardous waste v Buildings and structures v Emergency preparedness Preparing our Communities
  4. 4. Preparing our Communities Global Warming Solutions Act - Mandatory GHG reductions - GWSA Sub-Committee on Adaptation Sub-Committee report issued findings - Few specifics - No priorities, course of action Statewide efforts are scattered and not well coordinated Legislation required for climate adaptation
  5. 5. Advocacy Strategy Administration Legislature Coalition Education & Outreach
  6. 6. Advocacy Strategy Administration Legislature Coalition Education & Outreach
  7. 7. v Governor Patrick announced $50 million investment for statewide plan to address climate impacts v Includes $40 million municipal resilience grant program (DOER) to harden energy services using clean energy v MassDOT statewide vulnerability assessment and adopt plans by 2015 v MEMA planners will advise on emergency management v Dept. Public Health Administration Update
  8. 8. Advocacy Strategy Administration Legislature Coalition Education & Outreach
  9. 9. Senate bill 2028. An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change Sponsor: Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) Co-sponsors: House Senate Frank Smizik (Brookline) Stanley Rosenberg (Amherst) Lori Erlich (Marblehead) Michael Barrett ( Lexington) Stephen Kulik (Worthington) William N. Brownsberger (Belmont) Denise Provost (Somerville) Benjamin B. Downing (Pittsfield) Robert M. Koczera (New Bedford) James B. Eldridge (Acton) Brian A. Joyce (Milton) Daniel A. Wolf (Cape and Islands) Jason Lewis (Winchester) Kenneth Donnelly (Arlington) Legislative Update
  10. 10. v Commit state to considering climate change in all planning moving forward v Data collection and compilation v Produce report, 2 years v Establish committee to carry out plan v Regional technical assistance grants v Establish coastal buyback program Legislative Update
  11. 11. v  2 year timeline v  Establish goals, priorities v  Focus on resiliency, protection, restoration v  Inventory and vulnerability assessment of human populations, and natural and built assets of the commonwealth subject to the threat of climate change v  Existing and projected impacts of climate change v  Emergency response related to energy, transportation, communications, health and other systems v  Economic vulnerability to local businesses in high risk communities Technical Report
  12. 12. v  Transportation and built infrastructure v  Commercial, industrial and manufacturing activities; commercial property management and real estate v  Low income consumers v  Energy generation and distribution v  Land conservation v  Water supply and quality v  Recreation v  Ecosystems dynamics v  Coastal zone and oceans v  Rivers and wetlands v  Local government Multi-stakeholder process
  13. 13. Report will outline regional planning agency guidance (i)  step-by-step process for regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development; (ii)  a definition of regional impacts by supporting communities conducting climate vulnerability assessments; and (iii)  an understanding of regional characteristics, including regional environmental and socioeconomic characteristics. Regional Technical Assistance
  14. 14. v  Advance regional and local efforts to adapt land use, zoning, infrastructure, policies and programs v  Reduce vulnerability of the built and natural environment Regional Technical Assistance
  15. 15. Coastal Buyback v Voluntary; land acquired for protection of the people v Land abutting or adjacent to areas subject to the ebb and flow of the tide or on barrier beaches or in velocity zones of flood plain areas – structures repeatedly damaged v Conservation and recreation management plan – agreement between agency and municipality v Public hearing required
  16. 16. Mass Audubon The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts The Environmental League of Massachusetts The Trust for Public Land Conservation Law Foundation Sierra Club Massachusetts chapter Appalachian Mountain Club The Trustees of Reservations Charles River Watershed Association Mass Rivers Alliance The Boston Harbor Association The Association to Preserve Cape Cod Great Marsh Coalition Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Metropolitan Area Planning Council Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, Umass, Boston Cape & Islands Self Reliance Corporation Climate Action Liaison Coalition Coalition
  17. 17. Thank You! Karen Heymann, Legislative Director Mass Audubon kheymann@massaudubon.org Sign up for our Weekly Roundup! www.massaudubon.org/get-involved/take-action

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