Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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This report is a combined effort of the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Great Plains Institute.

In mid-summer 2015, EPA is expected to issue its final “Clean Power Plan” regulations, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The final rule will require states to develop and submit state plans as early as mid-summer 2016, to achieve the federally prescribed state emissions goals. Because EPA is expected to grant states broad flexibility in choosing a compliance pathway to achieve required emissions performance at existing power plants,... read more

This sign-on letter contains comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that support sustainable livestock farmers. If you or your organization have not submitted comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines already, contact Alexis Baden-­Mayer at alexis@organicconsumers.org or Lynne Pledger at pledgerlynne@gmail.com by May 8, 2015.

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Across the country, many communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years are looking for ways to rebuild that capitalize on their distinctive assets, increase housing and transportation choices, enhance quality of life, and strengthen long-term resilience and economic competitiveness.  Others are working to set the stage for sound recovery decisions when a disaster does occur.

On November 18-19, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted Lessons from the Storm: Building (and Rebuilding) Strong, Sustainable, and Disaster Resilient Communities in Little Rock, AR, a workshop that brought together regional and... read more

This case study series produced by the NADO Research Foundation highlights the efforts of EDDs that have received disaster recovery funding from EDA.  The case studies demonstrate how regions have effectively used federal funding to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase economic competitiveness and quality of life.  While every disaster and every region have unique characteristics, EDDs and other organizations can learn a lot from each other about planning for disasters during so-called “blue-sky” periods, building partnerships, pursuing non-traditional funding sources, encouraging... read more

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