The Climate Change Adaptation Program Area supports Federal agency climate adaptation planning. Please check in periodically for new information.
What is Climate Change Adaptation & Why is it Important?
Climate change adaptation means adjusting to a changing climate to minimize negative effects and take advantage of new opportunities. Climate change directly affects a wide range of Federal services, operations, programs, assets, and our national security. Through adaptation planning, an agency can identify how climate change is likely to impact its ability to achieve its mission, operate, or meet its policy and program objectives. By integrating climate change adaptation strategies into its planning, the Federal Government can ensure that resources are invested wisely and Federal services and operations remain effective in current and future climate conditions.
Background on the Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation
Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, establishes an integrated strategy for sustainability within the Federal Government. Under the Executive Order, each agency is required to evaluate their climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage the effects of climate change on the agency's mission and operations in both the short and long-term as part of the formal Strategic Sustainability Performance Planning process. In it's October 2010 Progress Report, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force recommended that CEQ issue climate change adaptation planning implementing instructions. The Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning identify how agencies should respond to the adaptation requirements under the Executive Order.
Federal Framework for Adaptation Planning, and Guiding Principles
CEQ based its adaptation planning requirements on a six-step, flexible planning framework and eight Guiding Principles, as recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The planning framework is not meant to be prescriptive or to provide detailed recommendations for project-level adaptation, those detailed options will be developed over time by each agency with the help of a growing set of planning tools, illustrative case studies, and lessons learned. In addition, climate change adaptation planning in an iterative process; our knowledge of climate change is evolving, as is our understanding of different types of adaptive actions.
Please click on the links below for more information on specific planning actions.
This EO, dated 30 January 2015, incorporates the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to ensure that agencies expand management from the current base flood level to a
higher vertical elevation and corresponding horizontal floodplain to address current and future flood risk and ensure that projects funded with taxpayer dollars last as long as intended. This EO also amends EO 11988.
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
19 March 2015
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
- Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
- Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
- Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
- Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
- Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
- Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).
Need help understanding Executive Order (EO) 13693? Want to know more about how to take action and turn your building into a high-performance building? The Sustainable Facilities Tool can walk you through EO 13693. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
This GSA-developed chart summarizes the major provisions of Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade, and how they differ from prior authorities.
These instructions, dated 10 June 2015, provide Federal Executive departments and agencies with clarifying instructions for implementing EO 13693.
Released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on 28 October 2011 this plan identifies steps that Federal agencies can take to improve management of freshwater resources in a changing climate.
This November 2016 report reaffirms the importance of continuing to improve the Nation's ability to respond to the impact of climate change on water resources.
The purpose of this July 2015 OMB Technical Support Document (TSD) is to update the schedule of social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates from the 2010 interagency technical support document (TSD) (Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon 2010).
This memorandum establishes a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.
This report was published 5 October 2010 by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The report outlines recommendations on how Federal Agency policies and programs can better prepare the United States to respond to the impacts of climate change.
This document, prepared by the Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup and adopted on 7 April 2015, highlights progress made in 2014 implementing the National Action Plan and describes the specific tasks that federal agencies are planning to undertake in 2015 to build resilience of water resources.
This December 2015 White House strategy document outlines the impact of climate change on already-strained water resources, actions by the Obama Administration to address water resource challenges, and an aggressive two-part water innovation strategy to accelerate ongoing progress with the goals of:
1) Boosting water sustainability through the greater utilization of water-efficient and water reuse technologies; and
2) Promoting and investing in breakthrough R&D that reduces the price and energy costs of new water supply technology.
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change's website for information on actions and policies at the state-level.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) provides information on the role of states in a federal climate program, and facilitates discussions between state officials and federal policymakers so that regional efforts support, inform, and influence the creation of federal policy.
This agreement, signed 12 December 2015, identifies global steps to be taken in order to improve the global air quality.
This website includes links to the current Climate Adaptation Plans for both Federal agencies subject to OMB's sustainability scorecard and those not subject to the scorecard.
Issued on January 14, 2016 by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, this document establishes policy and assigns responsibilities to provide the DoD with the resources necessary to assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change.
The Farm Credit Administration's policy statement on climate change adaptation planning, as required by Executive Order 13514, Section 8(i), and the Council on Environmental Quality's "Instructions for Implementing Federal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in accordance with Executive Order 13514."
This site provides access to NOAA's climate change and climate adaptation policies as well as outlining the strategies they are implementing to reduce their carbon footprint. Additional there are multiple publicly-available tools which can be used to track the progress of climate change.
The U.S Social Security Administration's policy statement on climate change adaptation planning, as required by Executive Order 13514, Section 8(i), and the Council on Environmental Quality's "Instructions for Implementing Federal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in accordance with Executive Order 13514."
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Created by the EPA National Water Program, this is a directory of regional climate change adaptation programs of federal natural resource agencies to be used as a tool to strengthen coordination to assist in preparing for a changing climate. The first section of this directory provides a short summary of the various federal natural resource agency programs that are deployed on a regional basis to support climate change adaptation, as well as a map of the region or area served by the program. The second section of this directory is organized by the eight regions described in the Third National Climate Assessment released May 6, 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
EPA's Heat Island Listserv keeps registrants informed with periodic announcements of funding opportunities, webcasts, publications, and events of interest to the urban heat island community.
This listserv issues news of important state and local developments in cost-effective climate and energy policies and technologies that can help address state and local concerns with air quality and greenhouse gases; energy prices, demand, and reliability; and economic development. Listserv messages announce new policy developments; highlight technology advances; share information on new studies, reports, and upcoming events; and note new funding opportunities.
Operated by the Georgetown Climate Center, the clearinghouse is focused on the resources that help policymakers at all levels of governments reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance.
This section of EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Toolkit provides information on climate change adaptation options and other resources that can help coastal managers develop adaptation strategies.
Materials management strategies reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with waste, materials, and products through a lifecycle and systems approach. This resources is a materials management toolkit of: Climate Protection Actions, example Climate Action Plans, new approaches to GHG Inventories, measurement tools, and links to additional resources.
A virtual library of guidebooks, adaptation plans and case studies, including a map search feature. The site also hosts a directory of organizations and climate change professionals, and climate change tools.
This website serves as a hub for recent climate-related work at the Academies. It highlights climate studies that have been produced by committees of leading scientists and other experts convened by the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and numerous other entities within the National Research Council. At this site, you will find brief summaries, booklets, videos, and other resources related to these reports. You will also find information about significant ongoing climate activities across the Academies.
Use this toolkit to lower the greenhouse gas emissions from the purchases of your public institution. The toolkit was developed to help government target their efforts on the most significant GHG emissions in their institution's supply chain, or the production of goods and services. You can learn from the efforts of other organizations to help identify high-leverage categories, or you can conduct your own survey. This toolkit also provides guidance on specific purchasing strategies on how to reduce an organization's carbon footprint.
The Toolbox provides access to more than 500 resources that support climate adaptation planning at water utilities including: reports and publications; information about funding programs that could support climate-related actions by utilities and municipalities; upcoming workshops and training sessions; models and tools; and climate response materials that focus on mitigation and adaptive strategies. The Toolbox is organized into two sections: a highlighted resources section provides a selection of resources from each category and a map to help users select resources by geographic region; and a second section that features a search function that helps users to select resources based on their location, the size and type of their utility, and resources of interest.
The FEMP site offers complete annual data sets of agency aggregated annual energy and water consumption and costs by end-use sector, efficiency investment information, and progress toward key goals outlined in the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended; Energy Policy Act of 2005; and Executive Order 13514. Historical data tables of agency energy use and costs by facility and mobility sectors by energy type are also available for FY 1975 through FY 2013. Detailed annual comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by federal agency are presented along with progress toward achieving scope 1 and 2 GHG and scope 3 GHG reduction targets. The data tables may also be filtered by numerous variables (agency, year, sector) and are exportable to Excel.
Sponsored by the U.S. DOT, the clearinghouse is designed as a one-stop source of information on transportation and climate change issues. It includes information on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, analytic methods and tools, GHG reduction strategies, potential impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure, and approaches for integrating climate change considerations into transportation decision making.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has created this website featuring an easy-to-access collection of resources to help federal agencies with planning and implementation for climate change adaptation. Resources include relevant federal executive orders and strategic plans, selected technical reports on adaptation research, frameworks and other information to help agencies adapt their operations to changing climate conditions, and overview reports for higher-level decision makers.
The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States--policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. The Georgetown Climate Center is part of Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. The Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.
A library of all GAO publications related to climate change since 1990.
The Division of Earth and Life Sciences of the NAS publishes climate and weather related publications. Both finalized publication and in-progress studies are available.
This Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government. The site includes: case studies, a visualization tool, maps, pointers to training courses, catalog of freely available tools, and a five-step process you can follow to initiate, plan, and implement projects to become more resilient to climate-related hazards.
CICERO is an independent research center associated with the University of Oslo, Norway. CICERO conducts research on and provides information and expert advice about national and international issues related to climate change and climate policy.
EPA's Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes. Decision makers can create an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs. Once users select areas of interest, they will find information about: the risks posed by climate change to the issues of concern; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes; and EPA funding opportunities.
The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC), hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation. The CCRC addresses the manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" by providing information about basic climate sciences and compiling knowledge resources and support for adaptation and mitigation strategies. The site offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and toolkits.
This website summarizes DOI offices and programs in the area of climate change.
EROS Center is a remotely sensed data management, systems development, and research field center for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. Scientists, managers, and technical users from around the world, including the staff at EROS, use data from the archives for a variety of data applications and research programs. For information on how to search for and order data from EROS, click on the Find Data tab.
The GHG Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 to build the GHG management infrastructure of the future, with a focus on training and supporting a global community of qualified professionals to work on GHG measurement, accounting, auditing and management.
The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC doesn't conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
A network of organizations working with the National Climate Assessment (NCA) to engage producers and users of climate assessment information across the United States.
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research climate change program website.
The center provides analysis and resources on climate change science, technology, policy, markets, and initiatives through an extensive website.
EPA's SmartWay program provides information and tracking abilities for federal agencies sustainable transportation (freight and cargo). Agencies can download and review data on the carriers they are considering as part of their best value determination as well as obtain sustainable data information for their agencies transportation activities using SmartWay haulers. Data includes carbon accounting and reporting.
Website of US State Department global diplomatic efforts on climate change, including international efforts through the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
USGCRP coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Thirteen federal departments and agencies participate in the USGCRP. The site provides access to up-to-date research and publications concerning global warming as well as regional and sector climate information.
Website of the UN for activities under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, including the Conference of Parties (COP) meetings (Cancun 2010). The website contains introductory and in-depth publications on the science of climate change, adaptation, mitigation, and international cooperation and treaties.
A multi-agency research and development program for the development of climate change technology. The mission of the program is to accelerate the development and adoption of technologies that can reduce, avoid, or capture and store greenhouse gas emissions by strengthening the Federal research and development portfolio across more than a dozen participating agencies.
An EPA-led partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions.
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. AS one of their four programmatic goals, WRI seeks to " Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change."
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The purpose of this paper is to identify research needs for all aspects of the research-to-decision making pathway that will help us understand and mitigate the health effects of climate change, as well as ensure that we choose the healthiest and most efficient approaches to climate change adaptation. The paper is authored by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH) an ad hoc group formed by participating federal agencies and organizations at the invitation of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This May 2015 NPS report is focused on the challenge of rising sea levels on our national parks. To begin addressing these issues, the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) has partnered with NPS to begin an assessment of the level of exposure that park owned assets will face during a period of rising sea level. The first phase of this collaborative project between WCU and NPS has focused on identifying NPS assets that may be threatened by a future 1 m rise in sea level within 40 coastal units. A 1 m rise in sea level can be expected to occur in the next 100 to 150 years. With over $40 Billion in Assets exposed to sea level and associated storm impacts, this value will increase when the next round of 30 more parks in the National Capitol and Alaska regions are included.
This April 2012 guide provides federal, state, tribal and other natural resource managers with tools to more effectively address the complexities and uncertainties involved in natural resource management, especially under challenging conditions such as climate change. The Applications Guide includes case studies ranging from river flow management and protecting migratory birds to siting renewable energy projects. These are drawn from four areas important to Interior and its partners: climate change, water resources, energy, and human impacts on the landscape. The examples show the breadth of adaptive management applications at different scales and different levels of complexity.
This December 2012 report is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Stream Systems Technology Center. The report summarizes findings of a collaborative effort between land managers and researchers in which at least one national forest from each of the Forest Service's nine regions participated. Eleven National Forests from throughout the United States conducted assessments of potential hydrologic change due to ongoing and expected rapid climate warming. Each National Forest identified water resources important in their area, assessed climate change exposure and watershed sensitivity, and evaluated the relative vulnerabilities of watersheds and water resources to climate change. The report provides an overview of core assessment components and highlights similarities and differences of the eleven pilot assessments. Important concepts that emerged during the pilot assessments are emphasized.
The EPA workbook provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds or coastal environments.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of Chicago case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of Keene case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A King County, WA case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Miami-Dade County, FL case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of New York City, NY case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A state of Maryland case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A state of Oregon case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
This report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector at the regional level. It provides illustrative examples of climate resilience actions that have been taken, and identifies potential opportunities and challenges to develop and deploy climate-resilient energy technologies. This report also supports the Obama Administration's efforts to support communities in their climate change preparedness and resilience planning -- and to advance the Energy Department's goal of promoting energy security.
From EPA, this December 2016 manual is resource for communities that want to consider climate change as they assess, clean up, or redevelop brownfield sites. It provides guidance on best practices for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience at all stages of Brownfields work, from planning to redevelopment. In addition, the manual contains case studies and links to additional resources that communities can use as they develop Brownfields project plans.
This guide examines how climate change is already affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats and addresses how natural resource managers will need to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes. Developed by a collaboration of experts from federal, state, and non-governmental institutions, the guide offers practical steps for crafting conservation actions to enhance the resilience of the natural ecosystems on which wildlife and people depend. This publication was developed by a workgroup convened by the National Wildlife Federation and included individuals from: Desert Research Institute, EcoAdapt, U.S. EPA, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Geos Institute, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, National Park Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
This September 2015 NPS report includes 24 case studies of how NPS is guiding adaptation to climate change in coastal environments. Faced with rising sea levels, the National Park Service is moving forward with strategies and taking action in parks so that, as the climate changes and affects parks, we can continue to serve visitors and provide stewardship and protection of natural and cultural resources. The case studies in this report illustrate some examples of NPS's strategies and actions.
Dated February 2014, this report for the U.S. Department of Energy summarizes the lessons learned from 16 government, educational and nonprofit groups that received grants to advance the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Participants in projects across 24 states and the District of Columbia assessed the barriers to and opportunities for PEV deployment in their regions and prepared and executed readiness plans. The report is designed to be an accessible primer to the key issues in PEV deployment and a roadmap to the detailed research, toolkits, and sample language for local policies contained in the readiness plans.
This document outlines the necessary steps for cost-effective creation of a bicycle-friendly environment for employees at and visitors to Federal facilities.
This analysis reviews the current major monitoring and evaluation frameworks, identifying key strengths, gaps, and the most suitable audiences for each resource. Their analysis highlights the opportunities and challenges facing the implementation of climate change adaptation programs, and most importantly, enables busy professionals and practitioners to identify which materials will help them most.
This GAO report, dated 29 July 2014, found that climate change and related extreme weather impacts on infrastructure and federal lands increase fiscal exposures that the federal budget does not fully reflect. Investing in resilience--actions to reduce potential future losses rather than waiting for an event to occur and paying for recovery afterward--can reduce the potential impacts of climate-related events. Implementing resilience measures creates additional up-front costs but could also confer benefits, such as a reduction in future damages from climate-related events.
This December 2014 document is a Guide and Toolkit designed to assist healthcare providers, design professionals, policymakers, and others with roles and responsibilities in assuring the continuity of quality health and human care before, during, and after extreme weather events. The guidelines are focused on healthcare infrastructure resilience to climate change impacts as manifested primarily by extreme weather events. This document also provides key tools and insights to improve the climate resilience of the full spectrum of healthcare delivery settings at the institution (campus or facility) level. Hazard vulnerabilities addressed in the Guide and Toolkit include: planning (service locations, stormwater, site and transportation access issues); structural (fixed structural element, such as roofs and walls); nonstructural (utilities, electro-mechanical systems, communications systems); and organizational (supply chain and staff accommodation). The document was developed by Department of Health and Human Services.
This December 2014 guide is intended to address a wide range of health care facility vulnerabilities. It spans risks related to buildings, utilities and infrastructure, including IT infrastructure, supply chain issues, the needs of staff, and the role of the healthcare facility in the broader community. It is intended to be helpful to a broad spectrum of facilities from complex university hospitals to outpatient service providers and nursing facilities. This guide was developed as part of the President's Climate Action Plan by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This report to Congress was prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation and is dated April 2011. This report was prepared to fulfill the requirements of section 9503 of the SECURE Water Act and addresses the elements of section 9503 part (c): 1. each effect of, and risk resulting from, global climate change with respect to the quantity of water resources located in each major Reclamation river basin; 2. the impact of global climate change with respect to the operations of the Secretary in each major Reclamation river basin; each mitigation and adaptation strategy considered and implemented by the Secretary of the Interior to address each effect of global climate change; and 4. each coordination activity conducted by the Secretary with the USGS, NOAA, USDA, or any appropriate State water resource agency.
Developed by The Nature Conservancy's California Program, this report evaluates nine green infrastructure case studies in California and makes a case for conservation as an effective tool to reduce risks of a changing climate. Each case study improves flood or coastal protection, provides habitat and preserves or restores the natural dynamics between water and land. The report reviews the available data on the costs and benefits of each case and, where possible, compares this information with the costs and benefits of a gray alternative at the same site.
This EPA report, issued May 2011, identifies the top ten materials in California, Oregon, and Washington with the greatest potential for reducing GHG emissions if diverted from landfill disposal through recycling and composting. The report was produced by the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and is EPA Report Number 910-R-11-003.
The purpose of this report is to provide the transportation community (including highway engineers, planners, NEPA practitioners) with digestible, transparent, regional information on projected climate change effects that are most relevant to the U.S. highway system. This information is designed to inform assessments of the risks and vulnerabilities facing the current transportation system, and can inform planning and project development activities. The report is dated May 2010 and is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT.
This report provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change.
This handbook summarizes the current state of National Park Service (NPS) climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks. The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education. The handbook highlights processes, tools and examples that are applicable to many types of NPS plans and decisions. One chapter includes a case study of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information including cost per unit length of constructed features (including seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based features). The level of detail varies by topic depending on the state of research and practice in that field.
Produced February 2011 by The Center for Clean Air Policy the goals of the project were exploring and catalyzing adaptation to climate change at the local level, spreading adaptation best practices from partners to other local and professional communities, and influencing national and state climate adaptation policies. This report provides an assessment of general lessons learned over the course of the project and thoughts about future directions for local climate adaptation.
Produced February 2011 by The Center for Clean Air Policy this paper provides information on the costs and benefits of "green" infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change. This report will evaluate the performance and benefits of a selection of green infrastructure solutions, using their range of technological, managerial, institutional, and financial innovations as a proxy for their value for climate adaptation.
This 2015 guide introduces climate change and adaptation planning to water sector utilities by outlining climate challenges based on type and geographic region. The Guide provides suggested adaptation strategies for system impacts associated with climate change challenges such as drought, water quality degradation, ecosystem changes, and changes in service demand and use. New features of the 2015 edition include: information based on updated models data from the U.S. Global Change Research Program 2014 Report, sustainability briefs addressing green infrastructure, energy management, and water demand management, and updated water utility climate adaptation case studies.
This conference brings together federal, state and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; and businesses to share information and attend technical training concerning pollution prevention, resource conservation and the appropriate management of used oil, household hazardous waste, and other toxins. The conference is co-sponsored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN). All sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2012, and are 90 minutes in length. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 30, 2012.
This report, "Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise with North Hudson Sewerage Authority and New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program", is a product of an EPA-facilitated exercise, joined by EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative and Climate Ready Estuaries program to support watershed partners, such as the National Estuary Programs, by using the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to help collaboratively identify climate change threats, assess potential consequences, and evaluate adaptation options at the utility and in the estuary. The report documents the methodology used and the outcomes of the exercise so that other water utilities and National Estuary Programs could conduct a similar exercise of their own as drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities fulfill their public health and environmental missions.
This EPA website provides short descriptions have been developed of innovative practices that state water agencies are currently implementing to reduce their vulnerability to climate-related impacts and to build resilience to climate change. These select state practices can serve as useful models for other state agencies seeking to make water programs more resilient to climate change. In addition, water resource planners and decision-makers from local and tribal governments and other entities may find these practices to be helpful. The practices described are the result of a collaborative effort by the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), and the EPA Office of Water.
Released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Center in April 2011, this guidebook describes adaptation strategies in the categories of water conservation; storm water control and capture; resilience to water quality degradation; preparation for extreme weather events; diversification of water supply; and mitigation. The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provided technical and methodological expertise.
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Offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), this course will provide participants with an understanding of the value proposition for GHG management, fundamental accounting principles, disclosure, verification and reporting frameworks, and common practices for leveraging GHG data.
Offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), this course will provide a basic overview of sea level rise in the context of climate change, including the basics of temporal and regional changes, the forcing mechanisms for sea level rise in the past and projections for the future. Attendees will gain a fundamental understanding of the observing systems used to measure sea level change, and how various government agencies are planning for the impacts of sea level rise. Learners will also get an overview of the concept of risk management in the face of sea level rise, looking at various adaptation strategies, and discussing the concept of how to build resilience. Attendees will participate in an instructor-led discussion on what steps they might take to help mitigate impacts of sea level rise in their communities.
This is the first education module in a series of three developed by the USDA's Climate Change Resources Center. It gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed. The expected time commitment for this module is about 20 minutes, plus the activity. Time spent exploring the many outward links and interactive features within the module will be at the user's discretion.
The U.S. FWS is offering this course designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners through two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans and provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes. Vulnerability assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.
The U.S. EPA, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), developed this toolkit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become "climate stewards." This kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc. The new case studies and activities have been reviewed by scientists and educators in all 7 agencies involved in the creation of the kit.
Presentation given by Gary Clow, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies to enable attendees to complete all required training CCO Training Bootcamps (including electives) for the Climate Governance Certificate. These academies will provide curriculum on topics including understanding climate science and variability, identifying climate hazards and conducting vulnerability assessments, basics of greenhouse gas accounting, the food-water-energy nexus, and fundamental governance and stakeholder engagement strategies.
Climate Insights 101 is a short course series designed to provide users with an in-depth understanding of climate science and related issues. 101 is produced as a series of modules, each with several animated lessons. The course is offered by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
This training series consists of three modules designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is "climate ready." Toward this end, these modules provide stakeholders and decision makers with clear information about Great Lakes climate, as well as what we need to adapt to, why, and how. This project was sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team.
Learn more about the Climate Ready Estuaries' "Being Prepared for Climate Change" workbook and the San Juan Bay Estuary Program's vulnerability assessment project. The Workbook is a tool that can be used by any place-based organization to identify and prioritize actions needed to address climate change vulnerabilities. This webinar was originally broadcast 29 October 2014.
Offered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center and based on the new guide, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice", this course is designed to clarify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance on how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. Course participants will learn to become knowledgeable consumers of climate information, tools, and models. The target audience includes conservation practitioners and natural resource managers working at multiple scales to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of their work in an era of climate change.
This course was designed to provide land managers with a range of presentations by experts on carbon science, management, and policy. The three themes of the course are "The Carbon Cycle and the Role of Experts," "Carbon and Wildland Management," "Carbon Assessments and Markets." Fifteen presentations are included here, accompanied by references and links, and a set of quizzes on the material.
Energy, water and food/agriculture systems are inextricably linked. Understanding the intersection of these three systems is important since a disruption can present serious risks to an organization and lead to cascading impacts. This session will cover the linkages of these systems as well as the impacts, risks, and opportunities associated with the energy, water and agriculture/food nexus, and how it relates to greenhouse gases. Bootcamp instructors will provide examples of how these interdependencies can play out in a warming world. This course is offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).
Offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), in this bootcamp participants will receive an introduction to available community-relevant information sources and tools, climate data sets, and a template to help assess an organization's (or region's) climate risks and current resilience. Attendees will learn how to define climate-related hazards, recognize differential impacts of those hazards, identify existing and future risks, fully understand their current vulnerabilities and strengths, identify and utilize stakeholder partnerships to inform the decision making process, and evaluate the most critical vulnerabilities for their organization.
The NWS Climate Services Division Seminar Series was created to build capacity in NWS field offices on climate-related topics. Speakers are chosen based on suggestions from NWS field offices for topics of interest. Topics previously addressed included: sea level rise, global warming issues, new tools/software, and communicating climate change to the public.
This is an online course focused on the preparation of hydro-climate inputs for incorporating climate change in water resources planning.
This training module is intended to increase water resource professionals' understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges that water resource professionals face. The module also describes how federal, state, tribal, and local governments and communities are working to make the United States more resilient to the impacts of climate. The 45-minute training is part of the EPA Watershed Academy Web certificate program.
Offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), this boot camp will provide participants with an overview of the current state of knowledge about Earth's climate system, how climate is projected to change this century, practical implications of these projections for different socioeconomic sectors, and the basics how effective communication and engagement can help mobilize your organization for action. Attendees will learn how to use climate projections to identify climate related risks and vulnerabilities, and understand how science-based information and tools are being used for strategic planning. Participants will go through an interactive demonstration to apply what they have learned throughout the course.
Achieving organizational climate strategies requires a broad understanding of the legal/policy landscape of and related to climate change and energy. This bootcamp will help attendees think through how the current legal/policy landscape and stakeholder perspectives relate to an organization's interests and to inform its practices. This course is offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).
The Pew Center convened a workshop addressing the use of cost-benefit analysis in determining climate change costs. A major focus of the workshop was the inadequacy of traditional analytical tools, such as CBA, for guiding policy decisions about non-incremental changes in economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Many participants recommended a risk-management approach that views climate stabilization as insurance against uncertain but intolerable outcomes. The workshop report contains an extended summary of 17 presentations and the full text of nine background papers by experts in climate science and economics.
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The purpose of this forum is the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state's strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.
This annual conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. The 2017 Program Agenda is now available
Topics expected to be addressed range from cultural resources and natural resources to climate change and sustainable development.
Topics addressed in the program include agriculture and food security, architecture and design, city resilience planning, coalition building, community based adaptation, critical infrastructure, cultural heritage resources, disaster risk management, economic development, education and outreach, financing adaptation, international readiness, land use planning, marine and coastal impacts, monitoring and evaluation, natural resources, policy, public health, transportation, Tribal, and water resources.
The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.