State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
President Obama signed the Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change" on November 1st, 2013 establishing the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force is directed to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.
The Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience provided recommendations to the President on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures.
At the fourth and final Task Force meeting in July 16, 2014, President Obama announced a series of new climate change initiatives to help communities develop resilience strategies against climate change, based on the initial recommendations from the Task Force. The initiatives will focus on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide already dealing with the impacts of climate change by investing in local and state level infrastructure, and are expected to boost the U.S. economy and create jobs.
- Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks
- Federal Action to Support State, Local and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change
- President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President