Public Health & Safety Adaptation and Financing & Funding Resilience and Adaptation Public Forum - Shared screen with speaker view
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You can find all of the Working Group draft reports here: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/GC3-Working-group-reports
It's great you have identified extremeheat and other areas of health threat. I do not see anything about the public health threats related to flooding. Inland and coastal flooding due to increased extreme rain downbursts and coastal flooding are identified as major physical threats facing CT and NE according to the most recent national climate assessment. Vulnerable communities are often in these flood prone areas. Nature based solutions are important. Please include.
I'll second that, Curt, particularly in areas where overflows of combined storm and sewer systems are becoming more likely as heavy rain events become more likely due to climate change. These overflows dump huge amounts of raw sewage and other pollutants into waterways used for recreation, fishing, and/or water supplies.
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Healthy homes should include combo of energy efficiency (included) AND split system heat pump system installation. These split systems save electricity and incoude built in AC at its most cost-effective. Indoor air quality/ventilation can also be improved with split systems. Focusing this effort on low/mod income is critical. Mold abatement and asbestors/lead cost effective abatement needs to be part of healthy homes.
If you have not selected a break out room via the survey earlier sent to your email address, please send a private chat to Mary-beth Hart with your selection. PHS Extreme Heat/Air QualityPHS Vector-borne DiseasesPHS Extreme Events/Water-borne IllnessesPHS Mental Health and Well-being/Nutrition, Food Security, and Food SafetyFinancing & Funding Recommendations
Air Quality - What about the huge amounts of pesticides being sprayed all over us by lawn companies?
Five Options for break out sessions: 1) PHS Extreme Heat/Air Quality2) PHS Vector-borne Diseases3) PHS Extreme Events/Water-borne Illnesses4) PHS Mental Health and Well-being/Nutrition, Food Security, and Food Safety5) Financing & Funding
Unfortunately pesticides are not a climate change issue.
Thanks, Anthony. Agreed. Actually enforcing DEEP's municipal stormwater permit (MS4) would decrease flooding by seveal billion gallons per year over the nextfive years, along every flood prone river in the State. Let's enforce our existing DEEP regs!
You could argue that they are related, Amy, given that new insects and plant diseases are coming to the Northeast due in part to climate change. The short-term response to these invasive species and threats to native plants and crops is almost always pesticides and/or other chemicals. It's not the most direct connection, but I think it is connected!
we're going to talk about flooding now, I think....
Healthy wetland ecosystems decrease the prevalence vector borne diseases especially related to mosquitoes. The wetland subgroup report discusses this as a cross-over issue.
Good point Anthony.
Although pesticides themselves may not be a climate change issue, the increased stormwater is, and it can bring those pesticides into water bodies and other locations that have no pesticide notices posted. This stormwater/pesticide connection does become a climate/health issue that should be addressed
The highlighted issue on extreme events is critical. I worked in our local Emergency Operation Center and this needs to be addressed.
Nature-based solutions have been a cross-cutting theme across multiple GC3 working groups, both the Public Health and Financing reports include nature-based solutions and they were also recommendations in the Working and Natural Lands Working Group reports.
Great to have much better natural disaster communications,especially for vulnerable neighbohoods. But how about preventing flooding to vulnerable, flood exposed areas using nature based solutions and enforcing existing regualtions to capture and get back in the ground stormwater? Again, enforce MS4 regulations.
building a new fracked gas plant in Killingly would make inequality and water quality worse
Thanks Rebecca, looking forward to reviewing all reports!
DEEP & GC3 has the power to stop that plant
Hey everyone, The Low Income Energy Advisory Board met today. THey have a carryover surplus around $14M for weatherization. Now's the time to invest in contractors that are doing this work to scale up hiring and do more remediation & efficiency measures in more low income homes more quickly.
Assuming WBI also includes HAB in public water supplies.
Thank you Anthony for making those points, so important
there is also left over money for energy assistance, through federal LIHEAP $, that we can be spending on weatherization/ efficiency. DSS currently allocates that money.
Great idea on beach inventory. Check out Sound Health Explorer: for lots and lots of great data on pathogens data and opportunities to improve beach health. Also need to look at EQUITABLE ACCESS.
HAB = harmful algal bloom
Nature-based solutions are mimicking nature to address climate impacts such as flooding or heat. They can include rain gardens, planting trees, or restoring natural shorelines.
If you are just joining us please select one of the five break out session options where there will be an opportunity to have a more in-depth discussion in the following areas: 1) PHS Extreme Heat/Air Quality2) PHS Vector-borne Diseases3) PHS Extreme Events/Water-borne Illnesses4) PHS Mental Health and Well-being/Nutrition, Food Security, and Food Safety5) Financing & Funding
has consideration been given to applying brownfields to healthfields as a means to address food insecurity?
All food-related concerns tie into the cross-cutting theme of localization. There needs to be a real conversation about food apartheid and the systems that uphold it. Look to existing leaders in food sovereignty movements for guidance here.
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Thank you so much for the link to the draft reports - I see them. It's not clear to me how we provide input, can you clarify again? Apologies I think I may have missed a note on this earlier. Thanks.
To the health team: the Save the Sound team would be happy to present a 10 minute overview of the deep data set on beach and beach access through the Sound Health Explorer. No need to re-invent the wheel. It won't get you everything, but it is a super important data foundation that exists. soundhealthexplorer.com
Hi Suzi, brownfields were not discussed in great detail in the Public Health & Safety report; however, they are included in a recommendation in the Infrastructure and Land Use working group report. I was a member of both groups.
Food Safety - NPR report this afternoon on pesticides on food: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/10/07/epa-trump-pesticides
Was research regarding access to nature for urban residents included in the draft report?
Following up on the comments on Nature-based solutions -- here is a vided that Audubon pulled together. Worth a watch:
Thanks, Joanna. There are great examples where B2H captures both the remediation and redevelopment objectives, addressing essential needs and services.
PHS Extreme Events/Water-borne Illnesses, please
Research by Yale and others on how the mind works too fast on decisions about climate risks and the need to let fast thinking hack your mind
Can you put the comment web site in the chat pls
I had horrible asthma, during summer in W. CT. Terrible air quality in Sherman.
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Here's the portal https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/Public-Forums
5 miles from CRICKET VALLEY
correction NOT letting fast thinking hack your mind by thinking slower
Stop funding building of these power plants, INSURANCE AGENCIES.
Stop insuring the new power plants, too!
I have written to the State Treasurer saying that he needs to stop investing state funds in fossil fuel companies. They will be increasingly risky as we proceed, as we should, in replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.
What about investments in fossil fuel projects by CT based Insurance companies . It promotes climate destruction.
Bryan just referred to a break out group on funding, but i didn't see a reference to one earlier.
Also CT insurance companies insuring fossil fuel projects!
Agree that Connecticut is where insurance could take on the climate crisis. Yet our insurance companies are investing $247 billion in fossil fuels and insuring fossil fuel projects. https://www.insureourfuture.us/ct-insurance-report
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Agree that insuring fossil fuel projects s must be addressed. This cannot be overstated.
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food security and mental health
Lots that CT insurers can and should be doing including:
Require that insurance companies:Immediately cease insuring new coal projects and coal companies, unless they are engaged in a rapid transition process away from coal to clean energy of no more than two years.Immediately cease insuring new oil or gas expansion projects.Commit to phasing out insurance for oil and gas companies in line with a 1.5ºC pathway.Divest all assets from coal companies and oil and gas companies that are not in line with a 1.5ºC pathway, including assets managed for third parties.Bring stewardship activities, membership of trade associations and public positions as a shareholder and corporate citizen more broadly in line with a 1.5ºC pathway in a transparent way. This must include forceful advocacy for a green and just recovery from COVID-19.
Funding and Financing
I tried to find Mary Beth to send a request, but she is now buried somewhere in the list of attendees. Please send us a link to her
Here is presentation on nature based solutions to finance group: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/climatechange/GC3/GC3-2020-agendas-and-minutes/GC3_Financing_slides_061920.pdf
On-going prioritization funding climate resilience research and preparedness on coastal communities - rather than recognizing the need to invest in preparing inland communities for population shifts is fundamentally problematic.
FEMA's model relies on municipalities and/or nonprofits to be the applicants and bear the risk if the subappliant (homeowner) fails in the project. This needs to be addressed.
CT Insurance companies should stop underwriting the very fossil fuel projects that are contributing to Climate Change
thanks Bryan for pointing out importance to hold a separate public forum on nature based solutions during this public input phase.
Lynn, in the chat box, there is a drop-down near "To:". You can click the drop-down and select Mary-beth from the list.
Did you explore the application of NEPA to consider equity and environmental justice in federal projects, programming and funding?
We encourage you to check out the new FEMA BRIC program. $500 million available to implement resilience projects. https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities
Bryan's slides not advancing on my laptop...anyone else having this problem?
How about a fee on insurance companies that insure climate destroying fossil fuel projects?
Tying resilience fees to resilience projects is noble and logically unassailable, but the legislature has routinely plundered special funds.
Thanks Curt for a list of nature Based Solutions. i downloaded it!
What about investing state pension funds in resilience!
Bryan thank you for this excellent presentation. Hope to see you in the breakout room.
I agree with this comments "On-going prioritization funding climate resilience research and preparedness on coastal communities - rather than recognizing the need to invest in preparing inland communities for population shifts is fundamentally problematic." coastl communities
coastal communities also often have additional resources of their own
Why is their no recommendation to increase the gas tax to generate local matches or improve resources for public transportation and bicycling facilities in our cities. The state of PA collects 58 cents per gallon. we only charge 38 cents. If we redirerct all the proceeds to low income communities it will be progressive not regressive.
Mary Beth, please put me in the Finance Group.
Note that thee is an addendum to the finance/funding committee report that identifies the large funding need; importance for evaluating petroleum based taxes coodinaed with the TCI effot and considering Maryland's "flush tax" for water resilience projects There is a large built up need. While Bryan is right, there are over 400 nature based/flood adaptation efforts identified, these projects ARE ALMOST ALLNOT FUNIDED, EVEN TO THE ENGINEERING EFFORT.
Was there an assessment of the potential of environmental impact bonds as a funding opportunity for nature-based resilience projects?
given that there is a lot in today’s documentation about water quality sis GC3 recommending DEEP reject the wastewater perm it for NTE
need state to authorize stormwater utilities and user fees at local level
YES Aaron, great point
did you address the issue of access to resources distinct from the availability of resources? vulnerable communities often lack the capacity to apply for existing funding.
How will you prioritize funding in a way the benefit low-income communities and communities of color that have suffered from decades of intentional structural racism, disinvestment, red lining, discrimination, segregation, and many other injustices.
Standard and Poor's issues an annual report on municipal green bonds and resiliencey
NY's landmark climate law requires at least 35% of benefit go to vulnerable communities. Funding and financing in CT should follow suit.
Are there innovative ways to engage healthcare systems to engage and work on these issues and incentivize them to do so?
Greenlining as directing resilience and sustainability projects towards low resource communities is a great term
Thanks Joanna, I found Mary Beths link!
I can't join the break out due to a schedule conflict but a carbon tax hasn't gotten traction nationally because it's complicated to understand but people already know what a gas tax is. It's already in place. If the Governor takes a lead in explaining that gas is like cigarettes. It's in everyone's interest that we discourage it's use and that the proceeds will go to climate vulnerable communities.
Only problem with the gas tax is it already has a history of being hijacked from its original intent.
David is referencing CT DEEP Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program and the Urban Green and Community Garden Grant Program. You can google both and readily access the information.
Please note there needs to be funding for revitalization of ecosystem resilience along urban riparian corridors, and public parkland,
Also the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities offers funding models.
There are two definitions of green infrastructure: One definition is focused on the natural landscape and planning for the ecosystem services that our "green infrastructure" such as forests provide.This is also used, primarily in the stormwater sector, to describe bioengineering such as rain gardens and living shorelines. We need both. Important to treat our natural and working lands as important "green infrastructure". https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/Definitions.html