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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Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

On April 10, 2024, NGA’s Economic Development and Revitalization Task Force and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) hosted a Congressional briefing to educate Congressional staff, Administration officials, and ...
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 ...

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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.

Governors’ Advisors’ Energy Policy Institute Pre-Institute Workshop: State Offshore Wind Opportunities

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) with the generous support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of ...

Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science – Comment Deadline Extension Request

Via regulations.gov: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 RE: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science – Comment Deadline Extension Request Dear. Mr. Sinks: On behalf of the states, we write to request a ...

Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee

Agenda Presentations The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first a Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee to explore improving integration of ...

State Lead-By-Example Policy Workshop

March 19-20, 2018 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a Lead-by-Example (LBE) workshop to help states better tap into the ample opportunities ...

What States Must Consider Before Assuming Clean Water Act §404 Authority to Regulate Alteration of Wetlands

Speakers will address the benefits to states for assuming Clean Water Act §404 authority and the challenges including the need for specific state authority, the need for permit standards and ...

States Work to Maximize Water, Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association today announced that Minnesota and Tennessee have been selected to participate in a project to advance water and energy efficiency. Approximately 13 percent of U.S. energy is used to pump, ...

Mid-Course Workshop of the Policy Academy on Power Sector Modernization

November 29–December 1, 2017 | Orlando, FL The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Mid-Course Workshop of the Power Sector Modernization Policy Academy was built ...

Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy

November 15–17, 2017 | San Antonio, TX The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the 16th annual Intergovernmental Meeting. This meeting brought together the Department of ...

Wildfire Suppression Funding

The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority ...