U.S. Department of Transportation releases climate adaptation and resilience plan

Pete Buttigieg

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its climate adaptation and resilience plan focused on ensuring that federally-supported transportation infrastructure— as well as USDOT programs, policies, and operations —  consider climate change impacts and incorporate adaptation and resilience solutions whenever possible. 

Among the priorities included in the plan:

  • Incorporate resilience into USDOT grantmaking 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,” said Pete Buttigieg, transportation secretary. “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. ”

In addition, President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal includes ways to strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, including the first-ever formula and competitive grant program to help states improve the resilience of transportation infrastructure.