HONOLULU – During remarks at the Department of the Interior’s Territorial Climate and Infrastructure Workshop in Hawaii today, Assistant Secretary for International and Insular Affairs Carmen G. Cantor and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory announced $12 million in key investments from the Inflation Reduction Act for climate change planning, mitigation, adaptation and resilience for the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Territorial Climate and Infrastructure Workshop convened local, federal and territorial representatives to discuss how the President’s Investing in America agenda is providing once-in-a-generation climate and infrastructure resources to the U.S. territories, including investments in ecosystem restoration and climate resilience.
“The Investing in America agenda presents an important opportunity for the territories in their efforts to plan for, mitigate the effects of, and build resiliency against climate change,” said Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Carmen G. Cantor. “These investments will support our work to foster stable and sustainable island communities, as we partner with territorial governments to build climate resilient communities.”
“President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda is turbocharging our efforts to protect all communities from the impacts of the climate crisis, including island communities that face unique climate challenges,” said Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory. “This funding will increase coastal resilience across the U.S. territories through new infrastructure that will mitigate flooding, prevent erosion, improve stormwater drainage, and build stronger and more sustainable communities.”
Today’s announcement follows the release of the Department’s restoration and resilience framework, a plan to leverage historic investments in climate and conservation to achieve landscape-level outcomes across the nation – including through a commitment to building resilient Islands. Through the Investing in America agenda, the Department is implementing more than $2 billion to restore our nation’s lands and waters and build climate resilience. The framework lays out an initial set of keystone initiatives to guide historic investments from both laws, which are focused on addressing the climate and biodiversity crises, advancing co-stewardship and equity, furthering locally led, collaborative strategies and focusing landscape-scale restoration work on areas where the Department has an opportunity have a transformational impact at scale.
The funding awards announced today are as follows:
Link to press release on DOI website: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/biden-harris-administration-awards-12-million-through-investing-america-agenda-combat