Federal Government Announces National Climate Resilience Framework

The document is designed to guide federal investment into community-driven solutions tailored to local conditions and needs.

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October 3, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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A newly released federal plan seeks to address climate resilience at the national level while focusing in on locally tailored solutions, reports Ysabelle Kempe in Smart Cities Dive.

“The ‘National Climate Resilience Framework’ identifies the federal government’s six overarching climate resilience goals and provides specific actions that could be taken to accomplish them.” The framework is intended to guide the investment of federal funding to go beyond “traditional disaster response” and build resilience for the future.

The document sets out goals such as “Embed climate resilience into planning and management,” “Increase resilience of the built environment to both acute climate shocks and chronic stressors,” and “Equip communities with information and resources needed to assess their climate risks and develop the climate resilience solutions most appropriate for them.”

The plan was announced along with a $500 million investment in climate resilience distributed to various federal agencies. “For example, the Energy Department will get nearly $168 million for electric grid modernization and the Labor Department will get $16 million to create climate resilience jobs in underserved communities.”

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