U.S. Climate Alliance State Leadership
Highlights from recent Alliance state climate leadership announcements
- Carbon pricing
- Climate justice
- Energy efficiency
- GHG targets
- Green bank
- Natural & working lands
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order that aims to accelerate widespread electrification of cars, buses, trucks, and other vehicles through actions like developing a rule to establish a Colorado Zero Emission Vehicle program, focusing all remaining eligible investments from the Volkswagen settlement on supporting transport electrification, and developing a plan that aligns transportation investments and programs with strategies that support widespread deployment of ZEVs and mobility options.
As part of the State of the State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the most aggressive clean energy targets in the nation under New York's Green New Deal – a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda.
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. announced their intent to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels, and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the final set of recommendationsfrom the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), which will establish a sustainable path for achieving Connecticut’s long-term vision for decarbonizing our economy in order to address the problem of human-induced climate change. The policy recommendations are focused on three broad objectives: zero-carbon electricity generation; clean transportation; and clean, efficient, and resilient buildings.
Fulfilling his pledge to restore New Jersey to a national leadership role in the fight against climate change and sea-level rise, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection has formally proposed two rules that will steer New Jersey’s re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his "2019 Justice Agenda," urging the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next legislative session, including to Launch the Green New Deal so that New York will be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. The Green New Deal will make New York's electricity 100% carbon neutral by 2040 and put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint.
The California Air Resources Board approved a first-of-its-kind regulation in the United States that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.
Massachusetts’ Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth released its two-part report on transportation needs and challenges facing the Commonwealth between 2020 and 2040. The Commission was established by Executive Order No. 579, signed by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2018, to provide recommendations to the Baker-Polito Administration on how to best account for potential changes in transportation in the future.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, along with Democratic legislators and climate action supporters, unveiled a plan that would launch a dramatic reduction of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.
Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Coalition for Green Capital to launch the Colorado Clean Energy Fund. This fund is part of the implementation of the Colorado Climate Plan, which was updated in 2018. The nonprofit Colorado Clean Energy Fund will bring the “green bank” model to Colorado, drawing on the success of institutions in other states such as NY Green Bank and Connecticut Green Bank. Green banks use mission-driven financing to leverage private investment in clean energy projects like community solar and energy efficiency.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced funding for six pilot projects in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys designed to demonstrate the collection of biomethane from dairy digesters and its injection into natural gas pipelines. The production of biomethane from organic waste products, including animal manure, eliminates significant emissions of methane to the atmosphere.
Hawaii’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission recognized that ground transportation contributes significantly to Hawai‘i’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission supports mechanisms to reduce overall vehicle miles traveled as well as converting all remaining vehicle-based ground transportation to renewable, zero-emission fuels and technologies. The Commission believes that putting a price on carbon is the most effective single action that will achieve Hawaii’s ambitious and necessary emissions reduction goals.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced the Puerto Rico Pledge for Climate Change, a historic initiative that aims to combat climate change and create a more environmentally sustainable island. Among the measures being undertaken by the Puerto Rico government, Governor Rosselló emphasized the urgent need to transform the antiquated power grid into a modern, resilient energy network, with a long-term goal of depending only on renewable sources by year 2050.
Colorado’s Colorado Air Quality Control Commission approved new low emission vehicle (LEV) standards for new light-duty and medium-duty motor vehicles sold in Colorado beginning in the 2022 model year. The new standards are estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2 million tons annually by 2030.
Governor Ralph Northam signed a sweeping executive order to bolster Virginia’s resilience to sea level rise and natural hazards. The Executive Order lays out steps Virginia’s government will undertake to lead by example and ensure its facilities and holdings are resilient. In addition, it creates a series of reviews and planning efforts that will benefit the citizens, local governments, regions, public, and private property.
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia will invest $14 million, or 15 percent, of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund the deployment of all-electric transit buses across Virginia.
Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 80 highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to fight climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. The order affirms North Carolina’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2025. Additionally, the order calls for an increase in registered, zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”) in North Carolina to at least 80,000 and a 40% reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings. The order creates the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council, which includes a representative from every state cabinet agency, to make changes happen.
To demonstrate their commitment to lead, Connecticut, Maryland and New York announced their intention to propose regulations in 2019 to prohibit the use of high-warming HFCs, consistent with the 2015 and 2016 EPA SNAP Rules. These proposed regulations will be substantially consistent across these states and with the regulations recently adopted in California.
Governor Ralph Northam announced a series of actions to help Virginia better address the impacts of carbon pollution from fossil fuels, including the development of a framework to limit methane leakage from natural gas infrastructure and landfills. To this end, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will establish a workgroup of environmental, academic and business stakeholders within the next 120 days to support DEQ in its collection and evaluation of data to inform the regulation development process.
Reaffirming California’s global climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senate Bill 100, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality – both by 2045.
The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) at its regular quarterly meeting yesterday adopted a series of recommendations and finalized a mission statement to help guide Hawai‘i’s response to the impacts of climate change.
Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation to authorize over $2.4 billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and improving recreational opportunities. This Act enables critical environmental investments at the state and local levels and will put into law essential components of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 establishing an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth, including the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program and the Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan.