Monthly Climate Change Briefing: February 2021

February 8, 2021 4:00 pm — 4:30 pm

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Initial activity on climate change by the Biden administration
  • DC Circuit decision in American Lung Association v. EPA, striking down Affordable Clean Energy rule
  • Decision striking down EPA's "secret science" rule
  • CT’s Governor’s Council on Climate Change released its Phase 1 Report: Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All
  • Boston plans to require all new and retrofitted buildings in flood-prone areas to meet higher standards
  • California's governor proposed spending $4.1 billion on climate programs in his next budget, including electric vehicle charging stations and efforts to prevent catastrophic wildfires
  • CT's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released an integrated resources plan which lays out the State’s plan to zero-carbon electric supply by 2040
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the largest-ever award of offshore wind contracts by a U.S. state as part of a broader plan to scale up renewable power over the next decade
  • Colorado officials unveiled a plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% by 2050 in order to improve public health and reduce the effects of climate change
  • New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority approved a $16M program to replace diesel trucks with electric vehicles
  • FL Gov DeSantis unveils $96.6 billion fiscal year 2022 budget, which includes a $25 million request to seed $1 billion in bonds over the next four years as part of a newly created Resilient Florida program
  • MA lawmakers quickly approved a sweeping climate change bill for a second time this year, just weeks after Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed the measure
  • The rapidly increasing number of companies pledging to become carbon neutral/net zero

James Bradbury
, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown University Law Center
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs, IBM
Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Senior Research Scholar, Columbia Law School
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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