Supporting Communities as They Prepare for Climate Impacts
(Climate Action Plan, p. 13.)
- Federal agencies are to continue providing targeted support and assistance to help communities prepare for climate-change impacts.
- The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration is to work with state and regional partners and other federal agencies to test approaches for assessing vulnerability of local transportation infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather and for improving resilience.
- The Administration, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is to continue assisting tribal communities to prepare, including through pilot projects and by supporting participation in federal preparedness initiatives to assess vulnerabilities and to develop regional solutions.
- The Administration, through annual federal agency “Environmental Justice Progress Reports,” is to continue identifying innovative ways to help the most vulnerable communities prepare and recover.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Energy (DOE) are to work with the private sector to address simultaneous restoration of electricity and fuels-supply in crises.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
October 25, 2013: EPA awarded $400,000 to six communities to fund greater use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change. The award recipients are Providence, RI; Detroit, MI; Lincoln, NE; Gary, IN; Pima County, AZ; and Spartanburg, SC. (News Release, EPA, EPA Awards $400,000 to Communities to Reduce Water Pollution, Build Resilience to Climate Change (Oct. 25, 2013).)
November 8, 2013: EPA’s New England Regional Office held a regional Climate Leaders Summit in Providence, RI, to support increased community resilience throughout New England. The 140 attendees included regulators, community planners, environmental and business leaders, and representatives of local, state, and federal government from throughout New England. The summit ended with an agreement by the participants to work on six specific actions:
- Piloting full vulnerability assessments and resiliency planning in one or two communities in each New England state to establish a regional foundation.
- Convening meetings in each state with a cross section of state and federal agencies to coordinate assessment resources.
- Integrating adaptation planning into local public health and public safety programs.
- Developing a common data platform for New England.
- Developing a multi-level communication initiative to make climate impacts and solutions local and personal.
- Convening a public-private workgroup to plan smarter spending on resilient infrastructure.
The Climate Leaders Summit Report, released in March 2014, is available on EPA’s website.
July 16, 2014: BIA launched a new $10 million Federal-Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program to help tribes prepare for climate change by developing and delivering adaptation training. The Interior Department (DOI) and EPA will establish an interagency group to provide information and data to tribes, to improve federal collaboration, and to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. (See Fact Sheet, White House, Taking Action to Support State, Local, and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change (July 16, 2014).)
This page was last updated on July 16, 2014.