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 SolutionsPublic 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 adaption 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. 

 
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Sector Adaptation Goals in Progress or Completed

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. 

Completed Goals from the Agriculture Plan

Completed Goals from the Biodiversity Plan

Completed Goals from the Coasts/Oceans Plan

Completed Goals from the Emergency Preparedness Plan

Completed Goals from the Forestry Plan

Completed Goals from the Infrastructure Plan

Completed Goals from the Public Health Plan

Completed Goals from the Water Plan

 

 

State Law and Policy

Resource Name Resource Type Date
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

State Agency Plans

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
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

Local and Regional Plans

Resource Name Date
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

More Featured Resources

Resource Name Resource Category Date
SAFR Connecticut Connections: Building-up a resilient development and transportation network to support vulnerable communities Solutions May 1, 2015
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
 

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