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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

NOAA’s Role in the Whole-of-Government Effort to Address the Climate Crisis

by Katie Poser on 2022-06-15T12:00:32-04:00 | 0 Comments

Date: June 14, 2022

Speaker: ​Wayne Higgins, Ph.D.; Director of NOAA's Office of Oceanic Research, Climate Program Office

Abstract:  Since its inception in 1970, NOAA has built a strong, foundational climate service driven by state-of-the-art research using essential global observations to deliver the information the nation needs to understand and respond to climate change. The agency is poised to receive a once in a generation infusion of investments over the next decade through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the disaster supplemental, the Build Back Better Act (pending passage) as well as the FY22 and proposed FY23 budget. Through these investments, NOAA will support a whole-of-government effort to address the climate crisis and promote economic development by building a Climate Ready Nation by 2030. NOAA recognizes that the impacts of climate change fall disproportionately on underserved communities, which requires a renewed commitment to equity and environmental justice. The agency is committed to delivering products and services in a way that is effective, equitable, and advances environmental justice, supportive of Executive Order 14058: Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government. As the Director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office, Dr. Higgins is responsible for advancing the agency’s top climate priorities, which include establishing the agency as the U.S. Federal government’s authoritative source for climate products and services. This environmental leadership seminar will examine the actions that NOAA and the Department of Commerce (DOC) are taking to address the climate crisis. From this discussion, participants will learn how the White House, DOC, and NOAA’s activities (intra-agency, interagency and international) are accelerating the whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis with targeted investments aimed at building resilience in the face of climate hazards.


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