Climate Change Adaptation - What Federal Agencies are Doing

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, and formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) reviewed federal agency adaptation initiatives in this report in 2010, and released the updated version in February 2012. The intent of the report is to represent where a federal department or agency has implemented institutional mechanisms specifically for climate change adaptation, developed an agency-wide adaptation plan or set of policies, or provides adaptation resources or tools.

Federal actions on climate adaptation are still in their early stages (at the time of publication) and as such, this report attempts to capture and highlight these efforts to facilitate communication and collaboration across federal agencies as well as with numerous non-federal stakeholders focused on domestic adaptation policy.

For each Department, the report features specific adaptation initiatives (such as a program office or strategic plan) that are in place at the Department level. These are followed by an overview of each agency or bureau within that Department and relevant adaptation activities, which are typically divided into: (1) initiatives and strategies, (2) programs and institutional mechanisms, and (3) tools and resources. This 2012 update also includes several examples of federal projects that incorporate the impacts of climate change and adaptive actions into the planning, design, and implementation process.

The report first reviews the Executive Office of the President and Interagency Initiatives. The federal departments and agencies addressed thereafter include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) incorporating the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Dept. of Commerce (DOC) including NOAA, Dept. of Defense (DOD), Dept. of Education (ED), Dept. of Energy (DOE), Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dept. of Homeland Security inclusive of FEMA, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dept. of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Labor (DOL), Dept. of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

Publication Date: February 2012

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