As 20 new governors took office in January, a new report outlined actions they -- and incumbent governors -- can take to lead the way on climate solutions.

On Jan. 10, Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center released a report titled "Climate Solutions from Day One," which detailed 12 executive actions that governors can take immediately to help solve the climate crisis. These range from updating building codes to improve energy efficiency -- as Gov. Kate Brown has already done in Oregon -- to collaborating in regional climate initiatives like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

"With the stroke of a pen, governors can start cutting global warming pollution today by increasing renewable energy use, reducing transportation emissions and curbing energy waste," said Andrea McGimsey, senior director of our national network's Global Warming Solutions program.

In 2019, our national network will be urging governors around the country to adopt these recommendations.

Photo: The "Climate Solutions from Day One" report lays out 12 actions governors can take immediately to start tackling climate change. Credit: (clockwise from top left): Seattle Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Administration, Oregon Department of Transportation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.