Executive Order Issued to Encourage Climate Resilience
Last Friday, the President signed an executive order that will strengthen and harmonize federal support for state, local, and tribal climate change preparedness and resilience efforts. This E.O. builds on The President’s Climate Action Plan released this past June. The order takes specific steps to involve local leaders in devising solutions and reforms for federal policies.
To modernize federal programs in ways that encourage investment in enhanced resilience, the order creates:
- State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, made up of governors, mayors, and tribal leaders, which will develop recommendations to inform programs and policy across the federal government
- Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, made up of 30 federal departments, agencies, and offices, which will use the recommendations of the task force to work across the federal government to partner with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to launch, coordinate, and track climate change preparedness and resilience efforts
The Executive Order directs agencies to identify and remove any federal hurdles to improving local climate resilience and reform both regulations and funding programs that may unintentionally increase vulnerability to climate-related risks. Agencies are also asked to review infrastructure funding and criteria to bolster resilience. Among the issues that could be addressed are policies that support rebuilding to past standards after disasters instead of incorporating higher mitigation standards.
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