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Climate Change

Federal Partner Collaboration

EPA works with federal, state, tribal, local, and international partners to respond to a changing climate.

Federal Agency Activities

Federal agencies have taken important steps to lead the nation in preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change. These activities are guided by:

  • The president's Climate Action Plan, which calls for the United States to cut carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts.
  • Executive Order: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change (November 1, 2013), which requires federal agencies to develop policies, modernization efforts, land and water management strategies, and data and tools on preparedness and resilience. It calls for agencies to develop plans to integrate climate change into their missions and operations. The Executive Order established:
    • The Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, replacing the previous Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force
    • The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
  • The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Climate Change Resilience website, which provides information on how CEQ is coordinating federal environmental efforts to enact the President’s Climate Action Plan and support local and federal climate adaptation efforts.

Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

The Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience comprises representatives from across the federal government and works to integrate climate resiliency into federal programs and support state, local, and tribal climate action.

The Council addresses key cross-cutting issues related to climate change preparedness and resilience, including the following national strategies developed by the previous Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force:

States, Local Government, and Tribal Initiatives

Governments at the state, local, and tribal levels are taking important steps to prepare now for the impacts of climate change:

International Efforts

Countries around the world are beginning to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Some of their efforts are supported by:

  • EPA's Role in International Climate Adaptation is to facilitate information-sharing on climate adaptation with communities and city planners in the developing world, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
  • OECD's Environment Policy Committee provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and information, help countries prepare for a changing climate, and seek mitigation solutions.
  • 100 Resilient Cities helps cities around the world become more resilient when faced with physical, social, and economic challenges associated with climate change.