Adaptation and Resilience
Other Federal Agencies/Programs
Databases and Tools
Localities around the world are facing the
impacts of climate change today. Experts predict that continued shifts in the
global climate will result in widespread adverse effects, including sea level
rise, flooding, coastal erosion, drought, heat waves, wildfires and more
frequent and severe extreme weather events. Adaptation and resilience
refer to the adjustments that decision-makers can implement to stave off or
minimize the damages of these impacts.
Local governments can actively assess their
communities' vulnerability to climate change and begin to develop programs,
policies and strategies accounting for anticipated impacts on community
infrastructure, economy, health, safety and welfare.
For information and resources on climate mitigation,
please visit our Climate Change Mitigation
president issued executive orders addressing national climate change
adaptation actions. Some of these call for implementation through local
Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center. Online compendium of EPA climate
adaptation resources. Provides links to financing resources, technical
training, case studies and state programs. Includes a regionally-tailored
search tool so users can find the resources most relevant to their locality.
Library for Climate Change Adaptation. Repository of EPA publications on climate
adaptation. Organized to include resources related to air quality, water
management, emergency response, public health and adaptation planning.
EPA Local Government
Climate Adaptation Training. Online, self-paced module discussing the basics of
climate change and vulnerabilities unique to local governments. Provides
strategies and resources for addressing these impacts through drought, fire and
flood management planning.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and
Health Program. Agency program focused on
helping state, tribal and local government health departments identify and
prepare for climate-related health impacts in their communities. Provides
grants, training and guidance materials for capacity-building.
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Climate Portal. Compilation of
online tools, databases and guidance documents to increase knowledge and
capacity for climate-sensitive disaster preparedness and emergency management.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Climate Preparedness and Resilience Program.
Summary of USACE climate adaptation strategy with links to reports and
publications from USACE adaptation-focused projects and assessments.
Climate Center. An initiative of Georgetown Law School dedicated to creating and
accumulating resources for local, state and federal climate action. Includes
links to climate change databases, guidance documents, policy briefs and
toolkits for both mitigation and adaptation.
Clearinghouse. Repository of adaptation focused resources for policymakers.
Content focal areas include water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and
public health sectors, concentrating on adaptation planning, policies, laws and
for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Global network of local governments
and related stakeholders. Provides publications, webinars, toolkits and other
guidance documents focused on local climate action. Offers member cities
opportunities for peer-to-peer learning exchange.
Databases and Tools
Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU). EPA initiative to provide drinking
water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with technical training, resources,
assessment tools, case studies and historical and projection data to help
improve the water sector's climate resilience.
Climate Adaptation Tools. Repository of online tools to help with adaptation
efforts related to air quality, water management, waste management, emergency
response and public health.
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Killer Heat Interactive
Tool. Interactive web tool to help local governments and
communities make future projections for the incidence of extreme heat days in
cities and counties across the U.S.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Comprehensive
online toolkit created by the federal government to provide cities with
step-by-step guidance, comprehensive data, regionally-tailored advice and case
studies to improve America's collective climate resilience.
Changing Land Use
and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for
Climate Change. EPA guidance document providing strategies
for overcoming common barriers to adaptation planning and discussion of local
government actions for adaptation to flooding, extreme precipitation, sea level
rise, extreme heat, droughts and wildfires.
Floodplain Buyouts: An Action
Guide for Local Governments on How
to Maximize Community Benefits, Habitat Connectivity and Resilience.
Offers practical recommendations for communities on how to optimize use and
management of buyout properties to provide habitat and improve community
resilience. Includes an action guide to help local governments maximize the
benefits of their floodplain acquisition programs. (Environmental Law
Killer Heat. UCS report including
for projected increases in extreme heat across the U.S. Includes discussion of
key adaptation measures including investment in heat-smart infrastructure and
climate-smart power systems.
National Climate Assessment. Interactive online
publication assessing the science of climate change and highlighting its
importance to the U.S. Provides regional climate outlooks and a comprehensive
review of important actions for American climate adaptation.
Cities, Thriving Cities: The Evolution of Urban
Resilience. ICLEI publication tracing the evolution of urban
resilience over the last decade. Explores a variety of resilience approaches
including nature-based solutions and includes successful examples from around
Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report. Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) report on how Indigenous peoples across the U.S. are impacted by climate change and the innovative solutions they are implementing. Provides holistic, in-depth review of the unique experiences of and threats to Tribes, reviews resilience strategies spanning environmental media (air, water, soil, ecosystems and more), health and wellbeing, energy, economic development, cultural resources, emergency management and relocation; and provides recommendations for decision-makers and others supporting Tribal efforts.
Toward Climate Resilience. UCS report
framework of 15 key principles to help decision-makers prioritize investments
in climate adaptation efforts, emphasizing science, sustainability, social
equity and financial feasibility.
Cool Cities Podcast.
Podcast episode featuring a climate
scientist, a legal expert and a local elected official's discussion on local governments' use of air
conditioning mandates to
address extreme heat, along with this
strategy's associated advantages, disadvantages and
alternatives. (Environmental Law Institute)
Cool Cities Webinar. An expert
panel of municipal officials, public health experts and legal scholars discuss
innovative strategies localities can take to address the increasing
temperatures and more frequent heat waves associated with climate change.
(Environmental Law Institute)
For more information on financing for
climate adaptation and resilience, visit our Financing page.