Policy Options for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

Created: 4/10/2018 - Updated: 4/17/2018

Abstract

A new federal infrastructure package presents a critical opportunity to strengthen America’s infrastructure against the growing risks posed by extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. Enhancing the climate resilience of the nation’s infrastructure can substantially reduce future losses, benefiting public health, safety, quality of life, and prosperity. This policy brief outlines the benefits of climate-resilient infrastructure and criteria that should inform infrastructure planning and investment to enhance climate resilience. It identifies the types of infrastructure projects that can promote resilience while simultaneously achieving other climate and energy goals and recommends changes to existing federal policies and programs to ensure ongoing improvement to the climate resilience of America’s infrastructure.

Keywords

Region: 
Scale: 
National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Governance and Policy