On July 16, the White House released plans for several initiatives funded by federal agencies that will support state, local, and tribal governments’ efforts to become resilient against the effects of climate change. These initiatives include:
- National Disaster Resilience Competition that rewards up $1 billion to communities affected by natural disasters in recent years
- The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs $10 million Federal-Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program that will help tribes prepare for climate change by developing and delivering adaptation training
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $236.3 million in funding for eight states to support improved rural electric infrastructure
- FEMA’s new Mitigation Integration Task Force that works with state, tribal, local, and eligible private non-profit partners, to identify pilot projects in current and emerging disasters where investments will make the areas more resilient.
- EPA’s Green Infrastructure Collaborative that advances green infrastructure, and
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) new $1.5 million program to investigate how climate change will affect coastal areas and improve how local government coastal management programs
To learn more about the new federal initiatives for climate change resiliency, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/16/fact-sheet-taking-action-support-state-local-and-tribal-leaders-they-pre