This page provides an overview of the steps Connecticut is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Connecticut established a Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change in 2002. On June 2, 2008, the Connecticut legislature set greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals for the state (An Act Concerning Connecticut Global Warming Solutions; Public Act No. 08-98). The legislature also called for the development of an Adaptation Subcommittee to identify climate impacts anticipated for the state and recommend actions to adapt to those impacts. The Adaptation Subcommittee completed an initial report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health, in 2010. In early 2011, the subcommittee released a draft Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan. That plan was finalized in July 2013.
Connecticut’s focus on climate impacts was catalyzed by impacts caused by two major storms: Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a major snowstorm in October 2011. In response, Governor Dannel Malloy convened a Two Storm Panel. In January 2012, the Panel released the Report of the Two Storm Panel detailing recommendations to reduce the state’s vulnerability to extreme weather events. In addition, the Connecticut legislature convened a Shoreline Preservation Task Force to study the effects of sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and extreme weather events on the state’s shoreline. That Task Force released The Report of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force in January 2013 including recommendations to rebuild and recover from the 2011 storms and better plan and prepare for future storms. The state is also home to one of the projects selected as a finalist in the Rebuild by Design competition.
In May 2012, the Connecticut legislature amended the state’s Coastal Management Act which sets a general policy that updated local plans “take into consideration (1) risks associated with increased coastal erosion, depending on site topography, caused by a rise in sea level… (2) identify the impacts of such increased erosion on infrastructure and natural resources, and (3) make recommendations for the siting of future infrastructure and property development to minimize the use of areas prone to such erosion.”
In July 2013, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identified 11 resilience and adaptation goals to guide its work preparing the state for climate impacts. On June 6, 2014, the state released a progress report titled Taking Action on Climate Change 2014 Progress Report. That report highlights progress made implementing the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.
Connecticut is in the process of implementing the goals set forth in the 2013 plan and these other initiatives.
(Research last updated June 30, 2014; Click here for a description of our methodology.)
The Georgetown Climate Center’s State Adaptation Progress Tracker, which tracks the progress of states in implementing their adaptation plans, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
Get a quick view of the progress Connecticut is making to prepare for climate change in different areas below. The first number includes goals in progress or completed in Connecticut's state adaptation plan. The second number reflects the total number of goals in each area. For a more detailed look at progress click here or click on one of the sector buttons below.
Below is a list of all completed goals from the state's adaptation plan(s) in the water sector. Click the plus sign to learn more about each stated goal. Click here to view a detailed breakdown of the state's progress in implementing its adaptation plan(s).
|Resource Name||Resource Type||Date|
|Connecticut Executive Order No. 66: State Water Plan (and State Water supply as Public Trust)||Law and Governance||June 14, 2018|
|Connecticut Executive Order No. 53 - Building code standards for extreme weather||Law and Governance||April 22, 2016|
|Connecticut Executive Order No. 50 - State Agencies Fostering Resilience Council||Law and Governance||October 26,2015|
|Connecticut Public Act 14-163: An Act Concerning the Responsibilities of the Water Planning Council||Law and Governance||July 1, 2014|
|Shore Up Connecticut Loan Program||Funding||October 29, 2013|
|Connecticut Public Act 13-179: An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection||Law and Governance||October 1, 2013|
|Connecticut SB 1010 - An Act Concerning Sea Level Rise and the Funding of Projects by the Clean Water Fund (Public Act No. 13-15)||Law and Governance||October 1, 2013|
|Connecticut Special Act 13-9: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection||Law and Governance||June 6, 2013|
|Connecticut Public Act 12-148: An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response||Law and Governance||July 1, 2012|
|Connecticut Coastal Omnibus Bill (2012 CT SB 376, Public Act 12-101)||Law and Governance||2012|
|Connecticut Public Act No. 08-98, Substitute House Bill No 5600||Law and Governance||June 2, 2008|
|Resource Name||Sector(s) Covered||Date|
|Taking Action on Climate Change: Connecticut DEEP 2014 Progress Report||Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Energy, Land management and conservation||June 6, 2014|
|Connecticut Climate Change Preparedness Plan||Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Cultural resources, Land use and built environment, Public health, Transportation, Water resources||2013|
|Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut 2013-2018||Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Transportation||June 5, 2013|
|Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force Report||Coastal, Land use and built environment||Janaury 14, 2013|
|Connecticut's 2010 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update||Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Land use and built environment, Public health, Transportation||December 2010|
|State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2007-2010||Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Forestry, Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Public health, Transportation, Water resources||December 2007|
|Town of Guilford, Connecticut Community Coastal Resilience Plan||May 30, 2014|
|Bridgeport, Connecticut Climate Preparedness Workshops - Summary of Findings||August 2012|
|Preparing for Climate Change in Groton, Connecticut: A Model Process for Communities in the Northeast||April 2011|
|Resource Name||Resource Category||Date|
|SAFR Connecticut Connections: Building-up a resilient development and transportation network to support vulnerable communities||Solutions||May 1, 2015|
|Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut||Solutions||August 2, 2012|
|Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART)||Adaptation Websites||2012|
|The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health||Assessments||April 2010|