Over the coming years, the New Jersey Interagency Council on Climate Resilience (Interagency Council) will release a series of topic-specific Resilience Action Plans that outline how state agencies will incorporate climate resilience into their policies, programs, and regulations to address critical climate threats to New Jersey.
The Interagency Council hosted two webinars in early 2023 to present the Resilience Action Plan’s intended purpose, development process, and content and to discuss potential state agency actions to build New Jersey’s resilience to extreme heat.
The Resilience Action Plans will build on the Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy (2021), a policy framework for state agencies. The Resilience Action Plans will provide more detail on how the recommendations of the Resilience Strategy are being implemented. The Action Plans will identify new, existing, and expanded policy, programmatic, and regulatory actions that address climate impacts.
Each of the Resilience Action Plans will focus on a specific climate threat to New Jersey, the first being extreme heat. The first Resilience Action Plan, to focus on extreme heat, will be released later this year. Based on the research summarized in the New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change (2020) and the Human Health & Communities addendum (2022), New Jersey is warming faster than the rest of the Northeast region and the world. Summer temperatures in New Jersey in 2022 were the third hottest on record since 1895. High temperatures are associated with immediate and long-term health concerns, diminished air quality, and increased pressures on our food and water supply.
For more information about Resilience Action Plans and the development process, the Interagency Council has compiled a Scoping Document for the public to review. Additionally, a webinar will be held in February to discuss the initiative and offer an opportunity for public input. Public comment can be made using the form below through March 17, 2023.
The State is seeking the public’s feedback on the Scoping Document and development process for the Resilience Action Plans, as well as the public’s priority actions for state agencies to take in building New Jersey’s resilience to extreme heat.
You may also submit additional comments and questions to email@example.com or by calling 609-292-9236.
The Climate Resilience for NJ email list creates an opportunity for interested stakeholders to stay informed throughout the development and progression of State actions as directed in EO 89.