Environment

States serve as environmental stewards through their roles in managing state parks and forests, outdoor recreation facilities, energy production and distribution, water resources, waste management, and the elimination of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other forever chemicals. States also directly affect natural resources through their preservation and conservation strategies. To be effective environmental stewards, states must seek to balance efforts to maintain a healthy environment with efforts to develop and utilize natural resources.

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Leveraging Outdoor Assets in the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

Leveraging Outdoor Assets in the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

On Wednesday, December 13th NGA hosted its fourth and final webinar in a four-part series highlighting innovative and replicable projects that are funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Travel, ...
Advancing Equity in the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

Advancing Equity in the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

On Wednesday, September 27th NGA hosted its third webinar in a four-part series highlighting innovative and replicable projects that are funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism and ...
Governors Urge Congress to Address Water Infrastructure Funding Cuts

Governors Urge Congress to Address Water Infrastructure Funding Cuts

The Co-Chairs of the National Governors Association's Economic Development and Revitalization Task Force wrote a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to mitigate further funding cuts to water infrastructure projects ...
Innovative Workforce Development Programs for the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

Innovative Workforce Development Programs for the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices held a webinar on Thursday, June 22, 1:00-2:00 EST for members of our Economic Development and Outdoor Recreation Networks to learn about ...
Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2023 Update for Governors

Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2023 Update for Governors

Since the 1992 enactment of the Federal Facilities Compliance Act, the U.S. Department of Energy Office and states have worked together to clean up the nuclear weapons complex. (Download) Executive ...
Increasing Economic Resiliency of the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

Increasing Economic Resiliency of the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Sectors

On March 22, 2023, NGA hosted the first webinar, in a series of four, highlighting innovative and replicable projects funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Travel Tourism and Outdoor ...

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Outdoor Recreation Learning Network

The NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network and Economic Policy teams are working with state recreation and economic policy networks and the Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE) to gather and analyze data in order to study the effectiveness of Economic Development Administration Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation (TTOR) grants.


Travel, Tourism And Outdoor Recreation

The NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network and Economic Policy teams are working with state recreation and economic policy networks and the Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE) to gather and analyze data in order to study the effectiveness of Economic Development Administration Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation (TTOR) grants.


State Energy Toolkit

The toolkit offers ideas to help governors respond to trends as they take action in their states in four areas — energy efficiency, clean energy, transportation electrification, and cyber and physical protection.


Federal Facilities Task Force

The mission of the FFTF is to bring together governor-designated representatives with U.S. Department of Energy officials to examine critical technical, policy and budget issues and improve coordination of major program decisions on a range of issues related to radioactive material and waste.


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States serve as environmental stewards through their roles in managing state parks and forests, energy production and distribution, wildlife protection, land use and waste management. States also directly affect natural resources through their preservation and conservation strategies. To be effective environmental stewards, states must seek to balance efforts to maintain a healthy environment with efforts to develop and utilize natural resources.

Planning For The Future Workshop: Strategies To Meet Governor's Clean Energy Goals

Planning For The Future Workshop: Strategies To Meet Governor’s Clean Energy Goals

This Workshop provided governors’ staff with policy and regulatory solutions to help meet their state energy goals, address areas for regional collaboration, and allow time for small group discussions among ...
New Jersey Stormwater Utility  Virtual In-State Retreat

New Jersey Stormwater Utility Virtual In-State Retreat

This virtual in-state retreat provided assistance for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in their final development of guidance and resources for local jurisdictions considering developing a stormwater ...
Water-Energy Nexus Learning Lab

Water-Energy Nexus Learning Lab

This peer-to-peer Learning Lab examined cross-cutting water and energy policy approaches to generate resource use efficiencies, cost savings and water affordability, with special emphasis on rural areas. Virtual Event: 1-3 ...
2020 Governors Advisors Energy Policy Institute

2020 Governors Advisors Energy Policy Institute

The NGA Governors’ Advisors Energy Policy Institute is a unique event that brings together governors’ energy policy staff to share energy policy solutions, learn from national experts, and participate in ...
EPA PFAS Standard Setting Process

EPA PFAS Standard Setting Process

As communities across the nation discover PFAS in their drinking water, surface waters, groundwater and soils, states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have embarked on parallel paths to set ...
Source Water Protection for Safe Drinking and Recreation: State Partnerships and Funding Opportunities with USDA

Source Water Protection for Safe Drinking and Recreation: State Partnerships and Funding Opportunities with USDA

Communities in every state depend on clean water for drinking and for outdoor recreation but state and local budgets normally used for water quality protection have been hard hit by ...

Cleanup of the Nuclear Weapons Complex

State agencies and officials play an important role in the design and enforcement of site cleanup across the nuclear weapons complex. The nuclear weapons complex involves 23 sites in 14 ...

Environment

States serve as environmental stewards through their roles in managing state parks and forests, energy production and distribution, wildlife protection, land use and waste management. States also directly affect natural ...
Creating Water Resilience: State Regulations for Water Reuse and Recycling

Creating Water Resilience: State Regulations for Water Reuse and Recycling

As water resources continue to be stressed even in traditionally water rich states by climate change, population growth, pollution and other issues, water reuse and recycling can offer one solution to ...