The climate crisis poses a multi-level threat to the American people, the global community, and DHS operations at home and abroad. It is vital for the Department to provide leadership and act to minimize its own environmental impact, to promote resilience against the risks posed by climate change, and to facilitate adaptation, so as to reduce harms and threats to the American people and abroad.
Addressing the climate emergency is a priority for DHS as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, workforce health, and other direct and indirect impacts of climate change will affect the Nation’s preparedness and national security over the long term. To combat this ongoing threat, DHS will implement a new approach to climate change adaptation and resilience, and it will do so with the sense of urgency this problem demands.
In the following video, Secretary Mayorkas announces new Department commitments to address the climate emergency at the White House Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22, 2021.
Overview of DHS Actions
DHS recognizes the threats climate change poses to the Homeland and the American people. Sea-level rise, extreme weather events, drought, workforce health, and other direct and indirect impacts of climate change are already affecting the Homeland Security enterprise and the Nation’s preparedness and national security over the long term.
- Climate Action Plan (coming soon)
- DHS National Environmental Policy Compliance
Mitigation, Resilience and Adaptation
DHS leads the federal government in smart business solutions, approaches, and technology. The Department is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and generated waste as well as operating high-performance, sustainable buildings and fleets. DHS is committed to increasing resilience and adaptation through an assortment of measures designed to reduce the risks associated with climate change.
- Mission Sustainable Energy
- DHS Resilience Framework
- DHS Sustainability and Environmental Programs
- Sustainability Report and DHS Annual Energy Scorecard
- Nature-Based Solutions
Partnership constitute the foundation for securing the homeland. Preparedness for and resilience to catastrophic events requires the Department to collaborate with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and our brave local first responders. DHS work with the public must also:
- Address the disproportionately high and adverse climate-related impacts disasters have on disadvantaged communities;
- Reduce unnecessary barriers to participation and effectiveness;
- Increase equity; and
- Promote preparedness and resilience at the individual level.
Press Releases, Fact Sheets, and Notices
- May 28, 2021: Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
- May 27, 2021: Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to Collaborate on Climate Mitigation at Federal Facilities | Energy.gov
- May 20, 2021: FACT SHEET: President Biden Directs Agencies to Analyze and Mitigate the Risk Climate Change Poses to Homeowners and Consumers, Businesses and Workers, and the Financial System and Federal Government Itself | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 23, 2021: Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Session 5: The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 22, 2021: Secretary Mayorkas Announces New DHS Commitments to Address the Climate Crisis at Leaders Summit on Climate
- April 22, 2021: FACT SHEET: President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership on Clean Energy Technologies | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 22, 2021: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 21, 2021: Readout of the Third National Climate Task Force Meeting | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 14, 2021: President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Key Administration Leaders on Climate and Transportation | WhiteHouse.gov
- April 9, 2021: Secretary Mayorkas's Statement on FY22 Discretionary Funding Request
- April 1, 2021: DHS Statement on New National Flood Insurance Program Pricing Methodology
- March 18, 2021: Readout of the Second National Climate Task Force Meeting | WhiteHouse.gov
- February 11, 2021: Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Innovation Effort to Create Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis | WhiteHouse.gov
- February 11, 2021: Readout of the First National Climate Task Force Meeting | WhiteHouse.gov
- January 27, 2021: Remarks by President Biden Before Signing Executive Actions on Tackling Climate Change, Creating Jobs, and Restoring Scientific Integrity | WhiteHouse.gov
- January 27, 2021: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy | WhiteHouse.gov
Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
- May 20, 2021: Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk | FederalRegister.gov
- May 12, 2021: Executive Order on the Establishment of the Climate Change Support Office | FederalRegister.gov
- February 9, 2021: Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration | FederalRegister.gov
- February 1, 2021: Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad | FederalRegister.gov
- January 25, 2021: Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis | FederalRegister.gov
DHS Climate Change Action Group
The DHS Climate Change Action Group is a coordinating body comprised of the Department’s senior leadership that drives urgent action to address the climate crisis and reports directly to the Secretary.
- The Social Cost of Carbon | WhiteHouse.gov
- U.S International Finance Plan | WhiteHouse.gov
- Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad | WhiteHouse.gov
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Efforts | NOAA.gov
- Reports and Resources from the U.S Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) | GlobalChange.gov
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit | Climate.gov