Sep. 17, 2014 EPA Climate Change News

Georgetown Climate Center Releases 100 Recommendations to Improve Federal Programs to Prepare for Climate Change

The report, "Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action", draws from a series of workshops with leading federal, state and local officials and builds upon lessons learned post-disaster in New Orleans (following Hurricane Katrina), New York (following Hurricane Sandy), and Vermont (after Hurricane Irene). The report will inform the White House, State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience on more than 30 federal programs, initiatives and laws that can be used to prepare for extreme events such as storms, floods and heat waves, as well as rising seas. The report recognizes that recent extreme weather events and the mounting economic losses from such events have shown how vulnerable many states and communities are to climate change. Although state and local governments will be the primary actors when it comes to preparing for climate change impacts, the federal government can boost - or impede - preparedness. The recommendations are based on extensive work in communities affected by sea-level rise, storms, and heat waves. These recommendations were further developed over the course of three workshops attended by senior federal, state and local officials, and experts from the non-governmental and academic communities. To learn more, visit: