2020 CLIMATE STRATEGY

In November 2019, Governor Sisolak issued Executive Order 2019-22 calling for development of a State Climate Strategy by December 2020. In response to this directive, an inter-agency team created a framework for the Strategy that is focused on robust engagement, assessment, and action on climate change issues in Nevada.

The 2020 Climate Strategy will consist of eight core components including sections outlining climate impacts in Nevada, creative approaches to financing climate action, effective climate governance models, and the role of climate action in economic recovery. The Climate Strategy will provide a framework designed to evaluate the alignment of policies with the timelines and benchmarks necessary for Nevada to achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Led by the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Governor’s Office of Energy, the 2020 Climate Strategy is being drafted by a diverse team of state agencies.

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Getting involved and being part of the solution has never been easier. Right now, every Nevadan has an opportunity to take an active role in the development of the Climate Strategy that will be implemented by NCI.

To request a briefing for your group about the Climate Strategy, please email us.

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THE CLIMATE SURVEY HAS CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey to help guide development of the coming Nevada Climate Strategy. We appreciate your support in advancing Nevada-wide climate action.

This survey was conducted in partnership with UNLV.

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PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL
LISTENING SESSIONS

NCI is hosting a series of virtual listening sessions providing all Nevadans with opportunities to weigh in on a variety of topics that will help shape the future of climate action in Nevada. Moderated by a panel of state agency representatives, each session will run 90 minutes. Nevadans are invited to participate by video or telephone. Registration is limited, as are the number of comments that can be accommodated during the virtual events.

Reserve your spot today by registering below.

Those who cannot attend, or who are unable to contribute public comment during the session, are encouraged to send us your comments.
Registration is NOW OPEN and closes 24 hours prior to the date and time scheduled, or when full.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Monday, september 14/1-2:30pm

Nevada has among the most diverse energy portfolios in the country, with the potential for further development of both solar and geothermal generation from the utility to modular scale. The state has adopted an aggressive renewable portfolio standard of 50% by 2030, and although we are close, additional renewable investments will be needed to achieve this target and the emission reduction goals. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • Would expanding renewable options impact your community?

  • What renewable energy opportunities do you think should be pursued by the state? Your community?
  • Do you believe solar options are financially feasible for you and your community? Would it have a negative impact or positive impact on the individual and/or community?

View the Renewable Energy Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

LAND USE &
LAND CHANGE

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 15/2:30-4pm

Nevada’s diverse landscapes provides natural storage of carbon that would otherwise be in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Although forests hold much of the carbon, the sagebrush and high desert ecosystems across the majority of Nevada’s lands also store carbon. For this reason, how we use and alter land is critical to managing carbon and meeting our established emissions reduction targets. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • What are the tradeoffs between conserving lands and urban  development to support a growing population?

  • What climate related difficulties are you experiencing on the ground that you need help dealing with to stay Economically viable and resilient to future changes?

  • Using native plants on unused production areas like pivot corners, adding hedgerows, converting portions of fields to solar, are potential climate change mitigation strategies. Are there other potential solutions you’d like to put forth?

View the Land Use & Land Change Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

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TRANSPORTATION
TRANSFORMATION

thursday, SEPTEMBER 17/1-2:30pm

How we get from place to place matters. The transportation sector is the number one source of greenhouse gases, both in Nevada and across the United States, and therefore a top priority for addressing climate change. To move Nevada’s climate future forward and reduce emissions while meeting the needs of our communities, we have the opportunity to rethink, reinvent, and redesign transportation and mass transit. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • What are some opportunities to reduce the energy demand of the transportation sector?

  • What is the state’s role in reducing commute distances or providing non-single occupancy vehicle options?

  • How do you think transportation infrastructure might be impacted by climate change in your community?

  • What are the opportunities in rural communities?

View the Transportation Transformation Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

AIR QUALITY

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 22/2:30-4pm

Climate change and air quality are inextricably linked. Tailpipe emissions combined with high temperatures can amplify the production of ground level ozone, while escalating intensity and frequency of wildfires across the West increases the amounts of both particulate matter and ozone in the air. These changes to our air impact the health of our communities and quality of life. While Nevada has done great work to improve air quality across the state, climate change could undermine the progress we’ve made. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • How has air quality changed in your community? What do you see as the problem?

  • Would you purchase an electric vehicle to help reduce tailpipe  emissions? Why or why not?

  • What do you think is the role of forest management in reducing  particulate emissions and improving air quality?

View the Air Quality Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

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URBAN PLANNING

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 24/2:30-4pm

Las Vegas and Reno rank among the fastest warming cities in the entire United States. With a rapidly warming future comes more intense and long heat waves, less water, and increasing energy demands. Therefore, it is critical to advance integrated planning that considers the compounding challenges of climate change in addition to the already complex needs of urban communities. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • What unique urban issues do you think will be exacerbated by climate change and ought to be considered in planning?

  • How might urban forestry and green space benefit Reno? Las Vegas?

  • What do you believe is the state’s role in supporting healthy/sustainable urban growth?

  • Historic development patterns in Nevada are more energy intensive than mixed use, dense, connected development. Given the state’s broad responsibility for water, sewer and energy, to name a few, what part should the state have in developing policies around Urban Planning?

View the Urban Planning Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Tuesday, September 29/2:30-4pm

Economies around the world have been decimated by the COVID-19 epidemic. But the impact here in Nevada has been particularly devastating. As we recover and rebuild our economy, the state is looking at opportunities to diversify our economy, build capacity, and create new good paying jobs in new and emerging corners of the market. Given the rise of climate action across the world, demand to fill jobs in clean tech, renewable construction and maintenance, outdoor recreation, and environmental stewardship is growing. Nevada can leverage and lead in these growing sectors of the economy.

  • What “green collar” jobs would interest you? Are the training and  retraining opportunities available?

  • Are there climate-friendly industries we should work to attract to Nevada?
  • How can the state diversify the economy and build on the  sustainability component of our state?

View the Economic Recovery Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

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GREEN BUILDINGS

THURSday, October 1/1-2:30PM

The fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Nevada is from air conditioning and refrigeration. Nevada’s growing population and increasing temperatures in our major cities could drive these emissions even higher. Enhancing the efficiency of our homes and the places we work can help us change that trend and save dollars on energy bills. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • How can the State support efforts to improve energy efficiency in
    your home?

  • What would it require for you to shift from natural gas to electric appliances?
  • What are options to improve energy efficiency at both old and
    new commercial properties?

  • How can the state support local adoption of the most recently published energy conservation codes and relevant sister codes? Is this a priority to you? 

View the Green Buildings Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

CLIMATE JUSTICE

Tuesday, October 6/2:30-4pm

Low income households, communities of color, and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Whether it is lack of air conditioning on the hottest days, deficient mass transit in locations with affordable housing, or insufficient services for climate-related conditions like drought, vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Opportunities to address underlying issues while also enhancing community resilience to climate must be identified to ensure all Nevadans can cope with climate change. During this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your feedback and perspectives on the following:

  • What do you see as the disproportionate impacts of climate on Nevada’s vulnerable populations?
  • What climate actions can benefit and protect underserved communities?

View the Climate Justice Virtual Listening Session video posted below. Thank you to all who attended and provided public comment. We are still accepting public comments. Share your input by emailing climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Thank you for supporting climate action in Nevada.

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PARTICIPE EN SESIONES VIRTUALES

Martes 13 de octubre

**EL REGISTRO A ESTA SESIÓN HA CONCLUIDO. EL VIDEO DE ESTE EVENTO ESTARÁ DISPONIBLE MÁS TARDE ESTA SEMANA.**

Ser parte de la solución nunca ha sido tan fácil. Cada residente de Nevada tiene la oportunidad de participar en el desarrollo de la estrategia para combatir los efectos del Cambio Climático en el medio ambiente que se implementará.

El NCI está organizando una sesión virtual en español que brinda a todos los habitantes de Nevada la oportunidad de opinar sobre una variedad de temas que ayudarán a dar forma al futuro de la acción climática en Nevada. Moderado por representantes de agencias estatales, cada sesión durará 90 minutos. Cada participante podrá proveer comentarios sobre temas como: energía renovable, transporte, calidad del aire, planificación urbana, recuperación económica, edificios ecológicos y justicia ambiental. Se invita a los habitantes de Nevada a participar por video o por teléfono. El registro es limitado, al igual que el número de comentarios que se pueden incluir durante los eventos virtuales.

Regístrese Hoy

Se anima a aquellos que no puedan asistir, o que no puedan contribuir con comentarios públicos durante la sesión, a enviarnos sus comentarios.

Vea el video de la sesión virtual a continuación. Gracias a todos los que asistieron y proporcionaron comentarios públicos. Aún estamos aceptando comentarios. Comparta sus comentarios enviando un correo electrónico a climate@dcnr.nv.gov. Gracias por apoyar la acción climática en Nevada.