On October 29, 2018, Governor Cooper established the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council as part of Executive Order No. 80 North Carolina's Commitment To Address Climate Change And Transition To A Clean Energy Economy:
The Secretary or designee of each cabinet agency and a representative from the Governor's Office shall serve on the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council ("Council"), which is hereby established. The Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, or the Secretary's designee, shall serve as the Council Chair. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality shall lead the Council by providing strategic direction, scheduling and planning Council meetings, determining the prioritization of activities, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and assisting in the implementation of pathways to achieve the goals provided in Section 1 of this Executive Order.
The duties of the Council shall include the following:
a. Recommend new and updated goals and actions to meaningfully address climate change;
b. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and activities that support statewide climate mitigation and adaptation practices;
c. Establish workgroups, as appropriate, to assist the Council in its duties;
d. Consider stakeholder input when developing recommendations, programs, and other actions and activities;
e. Schedule, monitor, and provide input on the preparation and development of the plans and assessments required by this Executive Order;
f. Review and submit to the Governor the plans and assessments required by this Executive Order.
Annual EO80 Status Reports
As of October 2022, Cabinet agencies have combined the annual reporting on Executive Order 80, Executive Order 246, and the Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan actions into Climate Strategy Reports, submitted to the Climate Change Interagency Council.
11:00 am-1:00 pm, Friday, September 27, 2019
William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center
Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Inaugural Meeting, Dec. 19, 2018
"Each of us has a role to play and we've got to collaborate like never before to protect our communities." -Gov. Roy Cooper
Governor Cooper addressed the cabinet secretaries and their designees in the first meeting of the Climate Change Interagency Council on December 19, 2018, in the William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center in Raleigh. Each agency presented an overview of their plan to reach the goals set out by Executive Order 80. Council Chair, Secretary Michael S. Regan said, "North Carolina will only remain competitive in a global economy with innovation and investment in a more resilient state that rebuilds both stronger and smarter."
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