Washington's Climate Resilience Strategy
Thank you to everyone who attended one of our online listening sessions about Washington's Climate Resilience Strategy.
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As Washington’s lead agency on climate change, we’re working to update the state's current Climate Response Strategy by Sept. 30, 2024, as directed by the Legislature under the Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy (Chapter 70A.05 RCW). Learn how we intend to lessen the impacts of climate change on the people of Washington — especially those most vulnerable and facing systemic inequities.
What will a statewide climate change resilience strategy do?
Our updated Climate Resilience Strategy will:
- Prioritize environmental justice and continue our focus on equity and reducing impacts of climate change on overburdened communities.
- Identify ways the state can aid climate-response activities by local and tribal governments and others.
- Bring together current climate change response work across multiple agencies and improve the efficiency and coordination of state efforts, including federal funding opportunities.
- Identify outcomes and actions that address the highest climate change risks and vulnerabilities, including identifying clear agency leads and metrics that enable reporting and transparency on our progress.
How will we develop the strategy?
To update the strategy, we'll:
- Convene an interagency team of 10 state agencies to assist in developing the strategy.
- Seek technical and scientific advice from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. This group will also serve as a clearinghouse for state agencies on climate impact data and information, including making scientific information available online in a central resource.
- Engage a wide array of interested groups in the process.
- Incorporate criteria for prioritizing actions and meet other requirements for the strategy.