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OMB Adds ‘Climate-Smart’ Requirements to Federal Facility Investments

green earth, environmentThe Office of Management and Budget will require agencies to align funding requests for government facilities with the White House’s climate preparedness and resiliency efforts as part of this year’s Circular A-11 playbook.

Ali Zaidi, associate director for natural resources, energy and science at OMB, wrote in an entry posted Wednesday on the White House blog that the new requirement works to integrate climate action into government budgeting operations.

“[Making] our federal facility investments climate-smart reduces our fiscal exposure to the impacts of climate change,” he said.

“[We] can reduce future costs by making smarter investments upfront.”

The effort will cover federal agencies’ requests for funding the construction and maintenance of government real estate in fiscal year 2017, he added.

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