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State and Local Adaptation Plans

States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway.  This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan.  

Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation planning and a detailed table of adaptation plans found in the Georgetown Climate Center's Adaptation Clearinghouse.  Please move the map to view Alaska and Hawaii.

State-Local Adaptation Plans Menu

Statesort icon Adaptation Plan Information
Alaska Alaska's Climate Change Strategy: Addressing Impacts in Alaska
January 2010

The Alaska Climate Change Advisory Group created this adaptation response plan as part of Alaska's overall climate change strategy, which also addressed mitigation and research needs, and included a special Immediate Action Workgroup report...

Alaska Alaska Wildlife Action Plan
December 2005

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known technically...

Alaska Alaska's IAWG 2009 Final Report: Recommendations to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change
March 2009

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address threats to the state's communities from climate change. The Workgroup released its first report in 2008, examining...

Alaska City of Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan
December 2007

The Climate Action Plan for the City of Homer, Alaska explains the measures the city has adopted to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The adaptation section focuses on strengthening the local economy, encouraging sustainable businesses,...

Alaska Alaska Department of Fish and Game Climate Change Strategy
November 2010

Recognizing the impacts of climate change, a Climate Change Sub-Cabinet was formed in 2007 to inform the Office of the Governor of Alaska, and to prepare a comprehensive climate change strategy for the state. As part of this effort, each state...

Alaska Alaska's IAWG 2008 Final Report: Recommendations Report to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change
2008

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address climate change threats to the State's communities. The IAWG examined the needs and priorities of a sub-set of...

Arizona Arizona Wildlife Action Plan 2005-2015
May 24, 2006

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan - in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as...

Arizona City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan 2009
2009

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one...

Arizona City of Tucson 2008 Update to Water Plan: 2000-2050
2008

This is the first update to Water Plan: 2000-2050 since it was issued by the City of Tucson's Water Department (Tucson Water) in 2004. The substantive issues and challenges to ensuring a secure water future remain largely the same...

Arizona City of Phoenix Water Resources Plan Update 2005
2005

The 2005 update of the Water Resources Plan for Phoenix, Arizona provides guidance for water acquisition, water management and infrastructure actions necessary to ensure an adequate water supply for both the current population and the...

California Marin Countywide Plan
November 6, 2007

This comprehensive, long-range sustainability plan for Marin County includes a section on adapting to climate change (Air and Climate). The plan adopts policies to further the goal of climate change adaptation including determining county...

California ABAG San Francisco Bay Area Local Hazard Mitigation Planning
2010

This website hosts information regarding local hazard mitigation planning and provides a means for local governments to utilize the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) 2010 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, and updated version to the 2005...

California ClimateLA
2008

ClimateLA is an implementation program for action items discussed in the GreenLA plan released by the City of Los Angeles in May 2007.  While ClimateLA does not include a separate adaptation section, many of the adaptation pieces listed in...

California GreenLA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming
May 2007

The City of Los Angeles released its climate action plan, GreenLA, in May 2007. This plan contains a short adaptation section that addresses disaster preparedness, water security, fire preparedness, reducing the heat island effect, and...

California California Water Plan Update 2009 - Integrated Water Management
2009

This 2009 update of the California Water Plan includes 4 primary reports which comprehensively incorporate the consideration of climate change: Volume 1- Strategic Plan, Volume 2 - Resource Management Strategies, Volume 3 - Regional Reports,...

California California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report
November 15, 2010

The 2009 Adaptation Strategy organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified preliminary adaptation strategies that could be implemented in the short term (by December 2010) and the longer...

California California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2009)
December 2, 2009

The state of California released this cross-agency, multi-sector strategy in late 2009, to help guide California's efforts in adapting to climate change impacts. The California Climate Adaptation Strategy, directed by Executive Order S-13-...

California City of Berkeley Climate Action Plan 2009
June 2009

The City of Berkeley California's Climate Action Plan presents recommendations for the city to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Chapter 6 is devoted to adaptation in response to executive order S-13-08, and includes policy...

California City of San Rafael Climate Change Action Plan (April 2009)
April 1, 2009

The City of San Rafael's Climate Change Action Plan describes the city's current efforts and recommendations to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Mayor Al Boro was one of the initial signers of the U.S....

California Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California
November 2010

California's 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy called for an independent, non-partisan group of private citizens to act as an adaptation advisory panel to the state. On December 2, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California...

California Integrated Strategies for a Vibrant and Sustainable Fresno County
March 2011

This report provides climate change adaptation strategies that were developed by local leaders and experts in Fresno County, California, during a series of workshops in 2009-2010. Workshop participants considered both climate change impacts and...

California Living with a Rising Bay: Vulnerability and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay and on its Shoreline
September 23, 2011

This report focuses on the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area and how local governments can respond. Chapter five of the report focuses on adaptation strategies. Specifically the report addresses the impacts of sea level...

California City of Chula Vista Climate Adaptation Plan
May 2011

In 2010, the City of Chula Vista's Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) evaluated the potential impacts from climate change on municipal infrastructure and services, and recommended strategies to "adapt" to these potential impacts...

California Santa Clara Valley Water District - Urban Water Management Plan
2010

The 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) includes a general discussion on the history of Santa Clara Valley Water District as well as information on climate, demographics, and the economy of Santa Clara County. Water supply sources including...

California Ocean Beach Master Plan
May 2012

The San Francisco Planning and Research Association (SPUR) facilitated a coordinated effort among multiple agencies to create this long-range plan for San Francisco's Ocean Beach, 3.5 miles of beach and rugged coastline from the Cliff House...