Training to Cope With Climate Change

Washington: As part of United States President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resiliency to a changing climate.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16:  U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks during a meeting with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience at the State Dining Room of the White House July 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama held the meeting to discuss with task force members on preparing for the impacts of climate change.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Obama held the meeting to discuss with task force members on preparing for the impacts of climate change. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The virtual training, developed with advice from EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee, is the latest addition to the US Climate Resilience Toolkit announced in November 2014.

It includes successful examples of effective resilience strategies that have been implemented in cities and towns across the country.

“Across the country, communities are being challenged by the impacts of a changing climate,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities make smart decisions in the face of those challenges. EPA’s new training offers tools that can help local governments to improve their ability to deliver reliable, cost-effective services even as the climate changes.”

The training explains how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, such as providing safe drinking water and managing the effects of drought, fires and floods. It also describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges. For example, the module describes how the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) designed its Deer Island sewage treatment plant in Boston to account for the risks posed by sea level rise over the lifetime of the facility.

The training provides links to a number of federal and state resources that can help communities assess their unique climate-related risks and opportunities to become more resilient to climate change. For example, information is provided on EPA’s Climate Resiliency Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), which helps drinking water and wastewater system operators to understand, assess, and evaluate alternative strategies for
delivering services even as the climate changes.

Users are also directed to the wide range of data and tools available from the federal government through the US Climate Data Portal and the US Climate Resilience Toolkit•

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