Taking Climate Action in Delaware
Throughout 2020, the state engaged residents and businesses to develop Delaware’s Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan will outline strategies to address the causes of climate change: Ways the state can minimize greenhouse gas emissions in partnership with federal agencies, local governments and businesses. It will also include strategies to address the consequences of climate change: Ways the state can maximize our resilience to the impacts we are seeing today, and which are expected to get worse.
The warming climate impacts our daily lives and economy, and it affects us all: our coastal towns, our urban areas, our vibrant farms. With all that’s at stake, it’s time for us to act together.
Learn More About Delaware’s Climate Action Plan
Delaware’s Climate Action Plan will address the causes and consequences of climate change. Check out the Plan Overview for a summary of the planning process. You can also view our About page to learn more or visit the Get Involved page to find out how you can provide input to the Plan.
How does Climate Change Affect Delaware?
Climate change looks different depending on where you are in the world. In Delaware, climate change primarily takes the form of increasing temperatures, more frequent intense storms (including heavy precipitation), and sea level rise. Check out the Causes and Consequences Overview for a look at some of the ways climate change affects our state. More information is available in the Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment at de.gov/climatechange.
What do Delawareans Think of Climate Change?
Based on a 2019 survey supervised by the University of Delaware, most Delawareans support taking action to address both the causes and consequences of climate change. Check out the 2019 Survey Infographic for a summary of the survey results. You can also visit de.gov/climatesurvey for a full report of results.
What Can Delaware Do About Climate Change?
Delaware can prepare for climate change by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and maximizing resilience to climate change impacts.
Spring workshops: The state hosted an initial round of public workshops and technical advisory workshops on Delaware’s Climate Action Plan in early March 2020. See below to view the workshop summary reports and the presentation slides used at the public workshops.
Technical Advisory Workshop Summary ReportDownload Report
Fall workshops: The state hosted a series of virtual public workshops between September 15 and October 1 to solicit feedback on specific actions Delaware can take to address climate change. The first workshop, held on September 15 and repeated on September 17, looked at actions the state can take to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The other workshops considered actions the state can take to maximize Delaware’s resilience to climate change impacts, including workshops on sea level rise (September 24), increased temperatures (September 29) and heavy precipitation and flooding (October 1).
WORKSHOP RECORDINGS, PRESENTATIONS and PARTICIPANT QUESTIONS
Public Questions and Answers
These documents provide a list of questions that were submitted during the Climate Action Plan virtual public workshop sessions held between September 15 and October 1, 2020. Answers to all questions are included and come from DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, in consultation with technical experts from within DNREC and other state agencies. These documents will be integrated into the forthcoming public workshop summary reports.
Workshop #1 – Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Workshops #2, 3, 4 – Maximizing Resilience to Climate Change Impacts
Public participation has been essential to developing Delaware’s Climate Action Plan.
In addition to public workshops, online surveys and comment forms soliciting public input, DNREC sought insight from Delaware-based technical stakeholders in the buildings, electric power, industrial transportation and waste sectors — along with staff from 10 state agencies — on potential actions to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and maximize resilience to climate change impacts.
Input received from all these engagement activities will help inform Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which is set for release in winter 2021. Summaries of these activities, and the input received, are included below.
Public Participation Highlights
- More than 250 people participated in an initial round of public workshops, held in each county in March
- A follow-up series of virtual workshops held in September and October attracted nearly 390 attendees across five sessions.
- Online surveys hosted on this website in the spring and fall — aimed at gathering input from those unable to attend a public workshop — garnered more than 520 responses.
- Residents, businesses and organizations submitted more than 50 additional written comments and questions on the plan.
Residents, businesses and organizations submitted more than 50 written comments and questions on the plan.