ABSTRACT

Department of Veterans Affairs 2021 Climate Adaptation Plan   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary: "The United States (U.S.) Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Climate Action Plan (CAP) outlines VA's response to the projected impacts of climate change to the department with the goal of ensuring sustained operations to support the uninterrupted delivery of benefits and services and VA's 'Fourth Mission.' VA is generating this plan in response to the requirements in section 211 of Executive Order (EO) 14008, signed January 27, 2021, which places greater emphasis on taking a government wide approach to the climate crisis. VA will continue its effort to identify mission critical functions at risk from the impacts of a changing climate. As impacts are further identified by the best available science, VA will incorporate climate change adaptation and resilience across agency programs and the management of federal procurement, real property, public lands and waters and financial programs. Mitigation of known risks are incorporated into the agency's normal business operations to the extent practicable. This plan draws on VA's ongoing efforts and establishes a pathway for expanding climate adaptation and resilience opportunities across all agency missions and roles. Efforts described in this plan will also be incorporated into the VA governance process. The plan identifies five vulnerabilities tied to management function and decision points, five priority adaptation actions, efforts to enhance climate literacy and actions to enhance climate resilience of facilities, supplies and services. It focuses on VA's physical infrastructure, resources, supply chain and the effects of climate change on the health of VA employees and the Veterans its serves."

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2021-08
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Public Domain
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United States Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.va.gov/
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pdf
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