The White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Holds Meetings

The White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force is holding a series of meetings to “hear local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change impacts and to describe Federal planning efforts already underway.” Three (in Florida, Oregon and Hawaii) have occurred. On Thursday July 15, 2010, the Chicago meeting will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building from 1-5 PM. CNT President Scott Bernstein will participate in the “Great Lakes Urban Infrastructure Panel” at 3:30 PM.

This session, organized and co-hosted by the EPA and HUD, will focus on local and regional ideas and concerns about climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region, including impacts to urban infrastructure and the Great Lakes ecosystem.

There will be a live webcasts of the events available online.

Background

The White House Council on Environmental Quality provides the following background:

In 2009, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initiated the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which includes representatives from more than 20 Federal Agencies. When the President signed the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, on October 5, 2009, he called on the Task Force to develop, within one year, Federal recommendations for adapting to climate change impacts both domestically and internationally.

On March 16, 2010, the Task Force released an interim report which outlines progress to date and recommends key components to include in a national strategy on climate change adaptation.

Meetings that already have been held include…

Oregon Regional Meeting: June 6, 2010 – Portland

* View the media advisory
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* Watch the video

Florida Regional Meeting: June 23, 2010 – Miami

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Hawaii Regional Meeting: July 9, 2010 – Honolulu

* View the media advisory
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* Watch the video

The next two upcoming meetings…

Chicago, Illinois:

When:
Thursday, July 15
Media availability at 12:30 p.m. and public outreach meeting at 1 p.m.
Note: Please allow up to 30 minutes to get through security at the Metcalfe Federal Building.

Where:
Room 325, Metcalf Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Who:

** Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

** Ronald Sims, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

** Robert Verchick, Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;

** Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

** John Balbus, Senior Adviser for Public Health at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Denver, Colorado:

Organized by the United States Department of Agriculture and co-hosted by the American Farmland Trust and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Go here for more information, agenda updates, and to RSVP.

When:
Monday, July 19, 2010; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:
Doubletree Hotel Denver
Grand Ballroom
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80207
More Information

Online Resources:

Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Led by White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and including more than 20 Federal Agencies.

Integrating Valuation Methods to Recognize Green Infrastructure’s Multiple Benefits. Reviews current methods, tools and case studies of valuation of the economic and social benefits produced by green infrastructure practices, particularly as they are applied in urban settings.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Chicago: Emissions Inventories and Reduction Strategies for Chicago and its Metropolitan Region. A summary of the research methods and results CNT used to develop Chicago’s greenhouse gas inventory for the Chicago Climate Action Plan. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Chicago’s Guide to Completing an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy. The purpose of Chicago’s Guide is to help cities and counties to develop a long-term and sustainable energy efficiency and conservation plan and maximize the opportunity for cost savings, environmental benefits, financial leverage and economic development.

Summary Report: Chicago’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions: An Inventory, Forecast and Mitigation Analysis for Chicago and the Metropolitan Region. This research was part of a broader effort by the City to determine the local ramifications of climate change, for its citizens and for City operations. In addition to CNT’s work on emissions and mitigation strategies, the City engaged researchers to examine climate-change adaptation, economic impacts, and the effects of climate change on City departments.

Chicago’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions: An Inventory, Forecast and Mitigation Analysis for Chicago and the Metropolitan Region. Commissioned by the city to help create its recently released Climate Action Plan, CNT conducted the emissions and mitigation-strategies research to reach the city’s emission reduction target of 25% below 1990 levels by the year 2020.

The Presidential Climate Action Plan. Developed by a broad group of leaders from around the nation, the PCAP is the most comprehensive and detailed plan for national climate action yet presented to the presidential candidates and the American people. It consists of more than 100 proposed policies and programs covering more than a dozen critical areas of endeavor. More broadly, PCAP identifies how the 44th President and the Congress can help America find its path to a 21st Century economy that achieves three critical objectives: security, opportunity and stewardship.

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