The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a climate action plan to ensure that “federally supported transportation infrastructure—as well as USDOT programs, policies and operations—both consider climate change impacts and incorporate adaptation and resilience solutions whenever possible.”
The move follows President Joe Biden’s Jan. 28, 2021, Executive Order 14008, requiring major federal agencies to “develop an adaptation and resilience plan to address their most significant climate risks and vulnerabilities.”
Among the priorities included in the USDOT plan:
• “Incorporate resilience into USDOT grant-making programs.
• “Enhance resilience through the project planning and development process.
• “Ensure resiliency of USDOT facilities and thousands of operational assets.
• “Ensure climate-ready services and supplies.
• “Improve climate education and research on resilience.”
“The climate crisis is here today, threatening Americans’ lives and livelihoods, our homes and businesses, and even the way we travel and operate our federal agencies,” Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “The good news is that we know what to do about it, and America is fully capable of rising to the occasion. While we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the worst outcomes of climate change, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s plan will help ensure that our transportation infrastructure, policies and programs will be more resilient to the climate impacts already facing our country.”
Download the plan here: