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President Biden's Executive Order 14057 on catalyzing American clean energy industries and jobs through Federal sustainability and accompanying Federal Sustainability Plan (collectively referred to as "The Federal Sustainability Plan") outlines an ambitious path to prepare Federal agency policy, programs, operations, and infrastructure to adopt adaptive and resilient strategies for future climate impacts. Federal agencies will develop climate adaptation and resilience plans that evaluate the most significant climate-related risks and vulnerabilities for agency operations and missions, and identify action to manage those risks and vulnerabilities. The President's Federal Sustainability Plan also establishes the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Federal Leaders Working Group, which will advance agency coordination, continual learning, and implementation in areas such as climate data and tools, infrastructure adaptation, and adaptation metrics and evaluation. This approach will minimize disruptions and destruction of Federal infrastructure, programs, and services.

Key Actions

+ Routinely assess climate vulnerabilities and risks.

Agencies will develop climate adaptation and resilience plans that evaluate the most significant climate change related risks and vulnerabilities in agency missions and operations, and identify actions to manage and mitigate those risks and vulnerabilities. Agencies will provide annual updates to these plans. At a minimum, major updates will occur after every National Climate Assessment and every four years. Agencies also will assess and report on implementation activities and progress annually. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget will review, evaluate, and monitor these reports, in coordination with agency officials, as part of a robust process to continually improve the effectiveness of agency planning and implementation.

+ Modernize Federal policy, programs, operations, and infrastructure to support climate resilient investment.

Federal agencies will advance climate operations by:

  • Developing or revising polices, programs, and processes to promote climate resilient investment that advances adaptation to climate change and protects public health and the environment.
  • Conducting climate adaptation analysis and planning for climate-informed financial and management decisions and program implementation.
  • Reforming agency policies and funding programs that are maladaptive to climate change and increase the vulnerability of communities, natural or built systems, economic sectors, natural resources, or related risks.
  • Developing and enhancing tools that assess climate change impacts, and support climate adaptation planning and implementation.
  • Maintaining awareness of best available science as new climate research, projections, and scenarios better constrain likely future climate risks.
+ Establish the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Federal Leaders Working Group.

The Chair of CEQ will charter and designate the chair or co-chairs for this Working Group to advance agency coordination, continual learning, and implementation in areas such as climate data and tools, equity metrics and evaluation, financial analysis, and supply chains.

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