US Climate Initiatives Empower State Legislators, Citizens
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The University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators have created a searchable database of environmental laws.

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved a pilot programme proposed by a local utility to make renewable energy available for low-income customers.

Hawaii started the construction of its first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles.

7 August 2017: The wave of climate action by US non-state actors, spurred by President Trump’s announcement of the US’ intended withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, continues with the launch of an online source seeking to help federal state legislators to create their own climate change laws.

Other recent initiatives include New York State approving a pilot programme to make renewable energy available for low-income customers, and Hawaii launching the construction of its first public hydrogen vehicle fuelling station.

The University of Southern California’s (USC) Schwarzenegger Institute and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) have created a searchable database of environmental laws titled, ‘Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook.’ The database is designed to help legislators throughout the US to advance smart environmental policies by sharing legislation and best practices. [Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook Webpage] [USC Schwarzenegger Institute Website] [NCEL Website]

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a pilot programme proposed by a local utility to make renewable energy available for low-income customers. The utility plans to install solar arrays on company-owned rooftops and properties. [Climate Action Press Release]

In addition, Hawaii has started the construction of its first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles in Mapunapuna. The project is expected to enable the state to start hydrogen-fueled car sales by 2018. [Climate Action Press Release] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on Cities Spearheading Climate Action, Petitioning G20 Leaders to Deliver on Paris Agreement] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on Local Governments Boosting Climate Action] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on International, US Non-state Actors Advancing Climate Action] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on US Federal States, Cities Committing to Upholding Paris Agreement] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on US Cities Announcing 100% Renewables Targets] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Mobilizing Governments, Stakeholders]

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