Federal Climate Change Adaptation Plans

On February 7th, 2013, 35 federal agencies released their third annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans, which for the first time included Climate Change Adaptation Plans to help federal agencies reach sustainability and climate change resilience goals. Web links to all current Federal Adaptation Plans can be found on this site. 

On October 31, 2014, 38 agencies released updated Adaptation Plans detailing how climate change is expected to affect their missions and operations. These agency Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of the President’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, which set aggressive energy, climate and environmental targets for agencies, and detail how their actions have already reduced the Federal Government’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent since 2008.  

In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which set sustainability goals for federal agency operations and directed agencies to improve their environmental, energy and economic performance. Under this E.O., each federal agency is evaluating agency climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage both the short- and long-term effects of climate change on the agency’s mission, programs, and operations. 

On March 4, 2011, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a set of Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Adaptation Planning. The Instructions informed agencies on how to integrate climate change adaptation into their planning, operations, policies, and programs, as recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in its October 2010 Progress Report to the President. Agencies were to include initial adaptation plans as part of the Sustainability Plans submitted to the Office of Management and Budget in 2012.




Publication Date: February 7, 2013

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