Connecticut’s Climate Action Plan

Why an Action Plan? Why Now?

Climate change is an ever-growing, existential crisis that requires urgent attention and a clear plan of action. If you’ve ever wondered what the Connecticut state government can do right now to fight climate change, this is the guide you need.

“Climate Action Plan 2022: Cut Emissions & Build a Healthy Connecticut” examines the electricity, transportation, and buildings sectors in Connecticut—as well as cross-sector considerations and social factors—to identify a short list of critical policies that our legislature should pass to ensure the state meets its greenhouse gas reduction targets in an equitable way.

The release of this Plan comes at a crucial time, as Connecticut is not currently on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Global Warming Solutions Act. Should the state move on these recommendations, its residents will enjoy cleaner air, a healthier climate, and a more equitable economy.

The Climate Action Plan was made possible by a collaboration between Save the Sound and The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, with participation by other allies and advisors, and through the generosity of key funders. The consulting firm Synapse Energy Economics provided its expertise in economic impact modeling and analysis.

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Download Action Plan as a PDF

Appendices

https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-A-Transportation-Vehicles-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-B-Transportation-Public-Transportation-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-C-Transportation-Roads-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-D-Transportation-Fuel-Type-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-E-Electricity-Renewable-Energy-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-F-Electricity-Energy-Efficiency-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-G-Electricity-Community-Energy-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-H-Electricity-State-Utilities-Rubric-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-I-Buildings-Residential-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-J-Buildings-Commercial-Final.pdf
https://www.savethesound.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Climate-Action-Plan_Appendix-K-Buildings-Government-Final.pdf
Equity Principles
Public Health Principles

Take Action!

Bold climate action requires political will, and it won’t happen without demand from the public. The Action Plan identifies four key ways Connecticut residents can help advance policy action:

  1. Fortify yourself with facts about climate science and government processes;
  2. Advocate for concrete action at every level of government by writing letters, testifying, voting, and getting involved in local development proposals;
  3. Mobilize others to learn more and speak up; and
  4. Reward leadership by thanking lawmakers who take the bold climate action Connecticut needs.

One place to start? Joining Save the Sound’s email action network. As legislation advances and policies evolve, we’ll keep you in the loop so you know exactly when and how to speak up.

Some of the New Haven residents who took action and got a local Climate Emergency Resolution passed in 2021

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