Directing Agencies to Support Climate-Resilient Investment
(Climate Action Plan, pp. 12–13.)
- The President is to direct federal agencies to:
- identify and remove barriers to making climate resilient investments;
- identify and remove counterproductive policies that increase vulnerabilities; and
- encourage and support smarter, more resilient investments, through agency grants, technical assistance, and other programs.
- The President is to direct federal agencies to ensure that climate risk-management considerations are fully integrated into federal infrastructure and natural-resource management planning.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to integrate considerations of climate-change impacts and adaptive measures into major programs, including its Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and grants for brownfields cleanup.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to require grant recipients in the Sandy–affected region to take sea-level rise into account.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
November 1, 2013: President Obama issued an executive order that established an interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. (The online Sustainable Facilities Tool has a very helpful annotated version of the order.) The Council will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and will include senior officials from 30 departments, agencies, and offices. The Council will work with state, local, and tribal governments and the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, as well as with academic and research institutions and the private and nonprofit sectors. Its missions include leading and monitoring interagency efforts to advance climate preparedness and resilience; supporting state, local, and tribal efforts to assess climate-related vulnerabilities and increase preparedness and resilience; and facilitating the integration of climate science in policies and planning of both government agencies and the private sector. (Exec. Order No. 13,653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, 78 Fed. Reg. 66,819 (Nov. 6, 2013), § 6.)
In addition to working with the new Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, all agencies are to identify and work to reduce barriers to investment in resilience; to reform policies and programs that may increase vulnerability to climate change; to identify ways to promote climate-resilient investments at the state, local, and tribal levels; and to report on their progress in these endeavors. (Exec. Order No. 13,653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, 78 Fed. Reg. 66,819, 66,819–20 (Nov. 6, 2013), § 2(a).)
The November 1, 2013, executive order also assigns responsibility to ensure that risks related to climate change be accounted for in a variety of federal processes related to infrastructure, public health, social equity, conservation of natural resources, and other issues related to climate change. (Exec. Order No. 13,653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, 78 Fed. Reg. 66,819 (Nov. 6, 2013), § 2(c).)
This page was last updated on Feb. 6, 2014.