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The Cape Cod Commission is collaborating with stakeholders to identify strategies and develop an action plan to address the critical challenges posed by climate change. 

Working with the Consensus Building Institute, the Commission developed a stakeholder process that ensures balanced representation of all interests. Stakeholders are contributing to problem definition, climate adaptation and mitigation actions, implementation strategies, and approaches to communication and education.

Four working groups have been established to provide feedback in the topic areas of transportation, housing and development, natural resources and working lands, and energy.

Four subregional municipal meetings were held to better understand local goals, capacity, and needs relative to climate action.



Stakeholder Working Groups

 

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Housing & Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Municipal

Transportation Working Group 

MEETING 1: October 19, 2020

MEETING 2: November 18, 2020

MEETING 3: December 18, 2020

 

Energy Working Group 

MEETING 1: October 22, 2020

MEETING 2: November 18, 2020

MEETING 3: December 16, 2020

 

Housing & Development Working Group 

MEETING 1: October 22, 2020

MEETING 2: November 19, 2020

MEETING 3: December 16, 2020

 

 

 

 

Natural Resources & Working Lands Working Group

MEETING 1: October 19, 2020

MEETING 2: November 17, 2020

MEETING 3: December 15, 2020

 

 

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Apr 23, 2021
CAP Portuguese Summary
A mudança climática está transformando o Cape Cod. Apesar da ascensão dos mares e mudanças na linha costeira serem evidência de mudança climática mais dramática, isto está impactando todos os aspectos da natureza, construções e sistemas comunitários do Cape Cod. No final do século somente os danos nas construções e perda para as inundações no Cape Cod poderiam somar um total acima de $30 bilhoes. Como região, nossa terra usa moldes e modo de viver ditado pela emissão do nosso gás de estufa (GHG), a maior causa da crise climática do globo. A ação climática é necessára para diminuir os efeitos da mudança climática e melhorar a resiliência da região sob estes impactos. Resumo do Plano de Ação Climática do Cape Cod CAPE COD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN SUMMARY 6 Resumo do PlAno de Ação ClimátiCA do CAPe Cod O Plano de Ação Climática (Plan) fornece um caminho certo para que a região atenue e adapte a nossa mudança climática. O plano é um componente importante da iniciativa do Clima do Cape Cod, comunidade focada, esforço baseado em informações para informar o quadro de estratégia e abordagem colaborativa para endereçar as contribuições da região para, e as ameaças das mudanças climáticas. Este plano é o resultado de um esforço intenso, coordenado pelo Cape Cod Commission, para engajar a comunidade do Cape Cod, identificar os caminhos em direçao à resiliência climática, e mais tarde desenvolver as parcerias necessárias para a implementação das ações. O Estado de Massachusetts está dando passos significantes em direção a mudança do estado a respeito do objetivo de zerar a emissão de carbono até o ano de 2050. O Plano de Ação Climática alinhado com o objetivo do Estado de zerar as emissões até o ano de 2050, mas com um foco mais imediato no que o Cape Cod pode fazer ao longo de um curto prazo, O objetivo do Plano de Ação Climática é identificar, estudar e monitorar as causas e consequências da mudança climática no Cape Cod como base para guiar e desenvolver diretrizes com base em ciência, estratégias e ações que os governos, empresas, organizações e indivíduos possam prosseguir para melhorar a resiliência da região para os perigos climáticos, e atenuar a mudança climática no Cape Cod através da redução das emissões de gases de estufa em apoio ao quadro, e das metas estabelecidas pelo Estado. O Plano caracteriza a necessidade para uma açāo climática e as crônicas do processo de toda região para engajar as partes interessadas e desenvolver tarefas acionáveis para a comunidade. Isto apresenta o caso ecológico e CAPE COD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN SUMMARY 7 Resumo do PlAno de Ação ClimátiCA do CAPe Cod econômico para tomada de medidas para endereçar a vunerabilidade da região e contribuição na mudança climática e emoldurar o contexto legal e politico dentro
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Jun 30, 2021
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Cape Cod-Executive Summary
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Cape Cod EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Submitted by: Eastern Research Group, Inc., and Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., to the Cape Cod Commission June 30, 2021 i Contents Contents ............................................................................................................................................... i List of Figures .................................................................................................................................... i List of Tables ...................................................................................................................................... i Background and Purpose .............................................................................................................. 1 Methods .............................................................................................................................................. 2 Key Findings ...................................................................................................................................... 3 Costs of Not Adapting to Climate Change .......................................................................................... 3 Cape Cod Emissions Analysis ............................................................................................................... 7 Adaptation Strategies ............................................................................................................................ 9 Mitigation Strategies ........................................................................................................................... 10 Conclusion ....................................................................................................................................... 12 List of Figures Figure ES-1. Cumulative private, public, and commercial building damage from coastal flooding. ...................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Figure ES-2. Locations of establishments affected by 1 to 6 feet of sea level rise. ............................ 5 Figure ES-3. Cape Cod cranberry bogs affected by sea level rise. ....................................................... 6 Figure ES-4. Economywide GHG emissions for sustained policy scenario in Barnstable County relative to Commonwealth Emissions Reduction Goals. ...................................................................... 7 Figure ES-5. Economywide GHG emissions for SER1 scenario. ......................................................... 9 List of Tables Table ES-1. Sea Level Rise Projections for Cape Cod ............................................................................ 2 Table ES-2. Storm Probability Associated with Storm Tides and Probabilities ................................ 2 1 Background and Purpose Cape Cod (Barnstable County) is experiencing impacts from climate change today that are anticipated to worsen in the coming decades. Climate change and continued reliance on fossil fuels will affect all sectors of Cape Cod’s economy. Sea level rise will increase instances of flooding and damage to coastal property and infrastructure. Warming ocean temperatures will alter fisheries and encourage harmful algal blooms. Burning of fossil fuels will continue to emit pollutants with adverse effects on public health. The Cape Cod Commission engaged Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), and Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. (Synapse), to put climate risks—and options to address those risks—into a monetary context to inform policy decisions. ERG and Synapse assessed the impacts climate change may have on the region’s economy, revenues, and investment decisions and evaluated costs and benefits of key strategies that the Cape Cod Commission and stakeholders identified to address climate change. The results of this assessment will inform the Cape Cod Climate Action Plan and potential amendments to its Regional Policy Plan. The assessment consists of three parts: • Costs of not adapting to climate change: This analysis estimates the losses that Cape Cod and its residents will face without taking action to mitigate climate change impacts and minimize their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. • Cape Cod emissions analysis: This analysis establishes a sustained policy baseline for energy use and emissions baseline given current state and regional policies. It also assesses four primary scenarios for meeting the Cape’s GHG reduction goals (and key sectors for targeted mitigation) while continuing to meet energy needs. In addition, this analysis identifies key metrics for tracking the mitigation scenarios. • Economic analyses of adaptation and mitigation strategies: These analyses provide context for key adaptation and mitigation strategies identified through its Climate Action Plan stakeholder engagement and planning process. To the extent possible, these analyses provide costs and benefits or
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Oct 19, 2020
Stakeholder Working Group Mtg 1 - Natural Resources
STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP NATURAL RESOURCES AND WORKING LANDS - 10/19/2020 Climate Action Plan MEETING AGENDA 9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introductions 9:10-9:20 Introduction to the Cape Cod Climate Action Plan Process 9:20-10:00 Adaptation – What We Know Today About Hazards and Vulnerabilities Small Group Reports 10:00-10:45 Mitigation – What We Know Today About Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Small Group Reports 10:45-11:00 Break 11:00-11:30 Developing and Prioritizing Criteria for Climate Action Strategies 11:30-12:00 Public Comment & Next Steps Objectives  Orient the working group to the task and each other  Discuss what is known today about this sector’s contributions to greenhouse gases and vulnerabilities to future climate impacts  Develop criteria for use in selecting among potential strategies and actions Welcome and Introductions Cape Cod Climate Action Plan Process A community-focused, information-based effort to inform a strategic framework and collaborative approach to address the region’s contributions to and threats from climate change. COMMUNITY MEETING SERIES Feedback obtained helped to better understand actions taken to date, structure a stakeholder process, and identify priorities for development of the climate action plan. Community Climate Meetings OCTOBER 2019 Chatham  Wellfleet  Yarmouth  Mashpee Climate Initiative Focus Groups JANUARY 2020 Young Professionals and Educators  Municipal Staff  Environmental Groups  Town Energy Committees  Sustainable Economic Development Pillar 2018 Regional Policy Plan Climate Change Actions GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY Regional baseline of greenhouse gas emissions EV CHARGING STATION SITING ANALYSIS Potential electric vehicle charging station locations SOLAR SCREENING TOOL Sites for utility scale solar or energy storage City/Town Atlanta, GA Boston, MA Burlington, VT Chicago, IL Orlando, FL San Antonio, TX San Diego, CA Regional Metropolitan Washington (DC) Monroe Co., FL Pioneer Valley, MA Sonoma Co., CA Southeast FL Volusia Co., FL State Connecticut Massachusetts Michigan New Hampshire CLIMATE ACTION PLAN LITERATURE REVIEW Total Plans Collected (46) Plans Selected for Review (17) Plans Reviewed Additional Plans Collected City/Town - 11 Regional - 3 State - 10 Other - 5 | CAPE COD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Planning for Climate Action Cape-wide Survey Legal and Jurisdictional Analysis Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies Stakeholder Engagement Student Climate Ambassador Program GHG Emissions Inventory Participating Organizations to host two professionally facilitated focus groups and contribute their expertise and perspective throughout the process to develop the climate action plan Cape Cod Climate Action Plan Subregional Municipal Working Groups Stakeholder Working Groups #1 and #2 Focus Group #1 Stakeholder Working Group #3 Focus Group #2 WINTER FALL Stakeholder Working Groups to participate in a region-wide effort to identify strategies and contribute to the Cape Cod Climate Action Plan Working Group Topic Areas: Transportation, Energy, Housing and Development, Natural Resources and Working Lands Subregional Municipal Working Groups to better understand local goals, capacity, and needs relative to climate action MEETING 1 OCTOBER Understanding Problems MEETING 2 NOVEMBER Identifying Solutions MEETING 3 DECEMBER Taking Action Working Group Meeting Series ADAPTATION Adjustments in human and natural systems that moderate harm or take advantage of beneficial opportunities | RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE INVOLVES TWO APPROACHES MITIGATION Limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove these gases from the atmosphere QUESTIONS DISCUSSION Adaptation What We Know Today About Hazards and Vulnerabilities CHANGES IN PRECIPITATION SEA LEVEL RISE RISING TEMPERATURES EXTREME WEATHER MA Climate Projections Source: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Source: Climate Science Special Report, 2017; NOAA NCEI nClimDiv; NOAA Ocean Service | MASSACHUSETTS CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTIONS MARCH 2018 Massachusetts Observed Climate Changes Temperature Growing Season Sea Level Rise Heavy Precipitation 2.9°F Since 1895 (state-wide) 15 days Since 1950 11 inches Since 1992 (Boston) 55
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