Rhode Island released an 85-page climate-preparedness strategy – Resilient Rhody – which responds to changing weather and environmental conditions in Rhode Island caused by climate change. The report offers recommendations and implementable actions to better prepare the state for these impacts. Key areas include critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience.
An Executive Order signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on September 15, 2017 put into motion nine months of collaborative work among expert stakeholders on climate resilience and included state agency staff and statewide organization leaders. The recommended climate resilience actions introduced throughout the Strategy are designed to protect the state against sudden and unexpected severe weather events and address underlying chronic stresses, such as rising sea levels, aging infrastructure, and competing development priorities. Read complete report.