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FY 2012 Climate Change Adaptation Plan

FY 2012 Climate Change Adaptation Plan Statement of Policy

As stated in Section 16 of President Obama's EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Energy, Environment and Economic Performance, the Federal Government has a critical obligation to carry out climate adaptation planning because climate change directly affects a wide range of Federal services, operations, programs, and assets, and clearly has broad national security implications. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to supporting the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force's recommendations to identify aspects of climate change that will affect SBA operations and to instituting climate adaptation planning, starting with its disaster assistance operations. SBA is also reviewing its lending, procurement, and business development programs to determine if changes are needed to facilitate climate change adaptation.

Furthermore, SBA is committed to increasing its understanding of climate change variables and minimizing the impact of SBA operations on the environment. In addition, we will adopt the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force's guiding principles and framework for adaptation planning and incorporate this planning into the agency’s annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Furthermore, the Climate Change Adaptation Plan will be developed by the Sustainable Performance at SBA Working Group and coordinated among the major impacted programs. Finally, SBA will identify programs and resources to support the climate change adaptation planning process and update SBA’s Plan as necessary.