Yesterday, the Murphy Administration released a draft of the state’s first Climate Change Resilience Strategy for public review and comment. The strategy was developed in response to Executive Order 89, issued by Governor Phil Murphy in October 2019. The strategy outlines six state priorities, each of which includes recommendations to guide state and local government efforts to protect vulnerable communities, infrastructure, business, and the environment from the effects of climate change.
The strategy includes over 100 recommendations designed to help strengthen New Jersey against climate impacts, including sea-level rise, chronic flooding, rising temperatures, and more frequent and intense storms. Some of the key outcomes sought by these recommendations include a statewide technical assistance program to support local climate resilience actions and the inclusion of local government and community leaders and their expertise in state resilience decisions.
The draft strategy is available for public review and comment, and the Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) will host two public webinars, on Tuesday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m., and on Wednesday, May 5, at 6 p.m. Those wishing to attend these webinars must pre-register at the DEP website. To comment on the draft strategy please visit the special DEP webpage.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x137.