U.S. Climate Resilience Strategy: Prospects for Congressional Action
As extreme weather takes an increasing toll across the country, congressional interest in making communities more resilient is on the rise. Resilience funding was a prominent area of bipartisan climate cooperation in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. And bipartisan congressional proposals to improve U.S. climate resilience are being put forward in the House and Senate.
This virtual event brings together two members of Congress who are working across party lines to advance a national climate resilience strategy. Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA) and John Curtis (R-UT) will discuss prospects for further action on resilience in Congress and in cooperation with the Administration.
Peters and Curtis are working with Rep. María Salazar (R-FL) and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to craft and advance legislation for a whole-of-government national climate adaptation and resilience strategy. The legislation also aims to equitably support the most vulnerable frontline communities that are often under-resourced for adaptation efforts.
The event will be moderated by Jainey Bavishi, senior advisor, Office of the First Deputy Mayor, City of New York. Bavishi is a founding member of Resilience Roadmap and former associate director for climate preparedness in the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Participants will also get a preview of Resilience Roadmap's 2022 updated recommendations for strengthening America's federal resilience policies and programs.
This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Resilience Roadmap, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Prior events hosted by Resilience Roadmap and partners featured speakers from the Biden Administration and local communities.