Contact: Melanie Rapp or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Climate Adaptation and Resilience Stakeholder Workshop
set for April 27 in Dover, registration open through April 20
Public comment period on Climate Framework open through May 30
DOVER (April 9, 2015) – The Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency (CCoCAR) will host a Climate Adaptation and Resilience Stakeholder Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the 700 Building’s Conference Center at Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19901. Local governments, stakeholder organizations, business leaders and the public are invited to the free workshop, but space is limited. Preregistration is required by April 20 or until all space is filled, by calling 302-735-3480.
The workshop will focus on recommendations presented in the Climate Framework for Delaware, which was announced last month by Governor Jack Markell. The Framework summarizes work completed under Gov. Markell’s Executive Order 41 to reduce the impacts of climate change and includes recommendations that outline Delaware’s future direction for climate action.
“Our efforts to address climate change not only impact Delawareans today, but will have lasting benefits for our quality of life and the lives of our children and grandchildren,” said Gov. Markell. “We are gathering public input on the recommendations outlined in the Climate Framework to help us continue to prepare for the impacts of climate change.”
The workshop includes breakout sessions to discuss key recommendations from each state agency. The 11 state agencies in CCoCAR will be represented at the event. Workshop participants will be able to provide feedback during these breakout sessions on how state agencies should implement the recommendations presented during the breakout sessions.
Workshop attendees and members of the public can provide feedback on the Framework and the actionable recommendations that:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Increase resilience to climate impacts; and
- Avoid and minimize flood risks due to sea level rise.
In addition, the Climate Framework for Delaware is posted online for public comments until May 30, 2015 at www.de.gov/climateframework.
“Under the leadership of Governor Markell, Delaware has made great progress in preparing for and responding to climate change,” said David Small, DNREC Secretary and chair of CCoCAR. “This public workshop and comment period are the next steps in our efforts to improve the state’s resilience, address statewide flooding caused by sea level rise, and responsibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”
The workshop agenda includes:
Overview of the Climate Framework for Delaware
- Welcome by DNREC Secretary David Small
- Adapting agriculture and forestry
- Energy efficiency and reliability
- Improving public health and safety
- Supporting local communities
- Protecting natural resources
- Energy efficiency and resilience in schools and housing
- Climate-ready emergency management
- Economic opportunities
- Climate mitigation/reducing greenhouse gases and reducing flood risk through avoidance and design
For more information about the workshop, please contact DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate at 302-735-3480.
For information on climate change, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/Pages/Climate.aspx; for more information on sea level rise, visit www.de.gov/sealevelrise.
About the Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency:
Delaware’s Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency (CCoCAR) is comprised of the secretaries and directors of 11 state agencies and departments, including the departments of: Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Agriculture; Education; Health and Social Services; Safety and Homeland Security; State; and Transportation. Other agencies are: the Delaware Economic Development Office; Delaware State Housing Authority; Office of Management and Budget; and Office of State Planning Coordination. DNREC Secretary, David Small, chairs the committee.
Vol. 45, No. 99