ECC Supports Climate Resilience Through PREPARE Act
The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) Board of Directors has voted to endorse the bipartisan PREPARE Act (Preparedness & Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience) co-sponsored by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.). This follows the GAO’s first-ever inclusion last year of climate change – blamed for increasing instances of extreme weather – on its list of top threats to the U.S.
The act would require federal agencies to submit plans for dealing with climate change to Congress every two years that integrate “consideration of extreme weather into such agency’s operations and overall mission objectives.”
“The PREPARE Act supports the President's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and further nurtures ways for governors, mayors, county executives and tribal leaders to promote local climate resilience,” commented ECC Senior Policy Advisor Felipe Floresca. “The legislation also lines up with the insights shared at ECC’s June forum on climate resilience in low-income communities.”
ECC joins the American Sustainability Business Council, Natural Resources Defense Fund, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, and U.S. Green Building Council in supporting of the bill.