Georgetown Climate Center - Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation Plans: Federal Strategies for Promoting and Removing Barriers to State, Local, and Tribal Adaptation

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014. The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of plans released in 2013. For the first time, the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

Federal programs, policies, and decisions will be critical to ensuring the long-term resilience of states and communities. Federal agencies deliver billions of dollars in financial assistance; they develop the data, tools, and models that are critical to informed climate decision making; and federal regulatory programs, such as the Clean Water Act and National Flood Insurance Program, greatly affect state and local decision making.

Updated federal agency adaptation plans include important analysis of these downstream effects of federal programs on state and local decision makers. Plans discuss barriers and identify strategies for promoting resilience at the state, local and tribal level.

This report provides a summary of the adaptation plans of key federal agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of Commerce (DOC) including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Interior (DOI)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)



Publication Date: December 1, 2014

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