RI Executive Office
Executive Climate Change Council Report (June 2014)
Mandate and Mission
In February, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed Executive Order 14-01, creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (EC3), in recognition of the strong evidence and scientific consensus that manmade greenhouse gases are causing an overall rise in global temperatures that are predicted to have profound effects on global climate, weather patterns, ocean conditions as well as terrestrial environments. The Governor’s charge to the Council was to take a lead role in developing a comprehensive approach to address the potential threats from climate change the State’s environment, economy and its people. That approach includes both reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preparation for (and adapting to) impacts that can no longer be avoided. Agencies are asked to “lead by example” and to optimize effectiveness and efficiency through coordination, among themselves and with others.
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In July, 2014, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Chafee signed, legislation that codifies the executive order, establishing the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4). It also sets specific greenhouse gas reduction targets; establishes an advisory board and a science and technical advisory board to assist the Council; and incorporates consideration of climate change impacts into the powers and duties of all state agencies.
Both the executive order and the legislation emphasize the concept of resilience, building on our collective strength to develop practical solutions that allow us to “weather the storm.”
Specific duties of the Council include: