Establishing a State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness
(Climate Action Plan, p. 13.)
The President is to establish a short-term task force of state, local, and tribal leaders to advise on key actions that federal government can take to support local preparedness and resilience-building. The Task Force is to provide recommendations on:
- removing barriers to resilient investments;
- modernizing grant and loan programs to better support local efforts; and
- developing information and tools to better serve communities.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
November 1, 2013: President Obama issued an executive order that established a State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. (The online Sustainable Facilities Tool has a very helpful annotated version of the order.) The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, who will invite elected state, local, and tribal officials to participate. The Task Force has one year to provide recommendations for how to facilitate increased resilience to climate impacts and how to support states, localities, and tribes with climate preparedness tools, actionable information, and other assistance. (See Exec. Order No. 13,653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, 78 Fed. Reg. 66,819 (Nov. 6, 2013), § 7.) Initial members of the Task Force include the governors of Hawai‘i, California, Guam, Washington, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, and Vermont; the mayors of 14 cities and executives of 2 counties; and two tribal officials: the chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota and the mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough in Alaska. (See Fact Sheet, White House, Executive Order on Climate Preparedness (Nov. 1, 2013) (listing members).)
CEQ’s Task Force website has information on ways in which stakeholders and members of the public can provide recommendations to the Task Force, stay up to date on its activities, and interact with the Task Force through social media.
December 10, 2013: The Task Force held its first meeting. (January 2014 Progress Report: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan 4.)
February 13, 2014: The Task Force held its second meeting in Los Angeles. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman attended. The meeting focused on built systems and infrastructure, and highlighted some of the work that mayors and governors around the country are already doing to adapt to climate change. (“Updates from CEQ” (Feb. 19, 2014) (distributed by e-mail).)
May 14, 2014: The Task Force held its third meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, were among the Administration officials at the meeting. This meeting focused on human health and community development and on resiliency in the face of climate impacts on natural resources and agriculture. The Task Force also discussed possible near-term actions that could be announced as early as July. (“Updates from CEQ” (May 29, 2014) (distributed by e-mail).)
July 16, 2014: The Task force held its fourth and final meeting at the White House. It will provide its recommendations to President Obama in the fall. (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.