The U.S. is rejoining the Paris Agreement—what does it mean for you?

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By Robert Kay, Ph.D., Marian Van Pelt, Derina Man , and Julie Cerqueira
Senior Vice President, Climate and Clean Energy + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

On day one of his administration, President Joe Biden prioritized rejoining the Paris Agreement and signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to “immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis."

The administration’s priority to address climate change was confirmed on January 27th, only one week after inauguration. President Biden signed the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, which stresses that “domestic action must go hand in hand with United States international leadership, aimed at significantly enhancing global action.”

So what does this mean for government agencies, both at the federal and local level?

Hear from Julie Cerqueira, the Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, and Marian Van Pelt, a member of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Roster of Experts, as we discuss how government agencies can scale up action at the pace needed to address the urgency of climate change.

Topics will include:

  • Unpacking Biden’s executive order, including the ambitious mitigation and resiliency actions proposed.
  • Implications for federal and state agencies of U.S. reengagement.
  • The leadership role that U.S. state agencies play in increasing climate action.
  • Opportunities for federal action that can amplify and accelerate existing and future state-led actions.
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Meet the authors
  1. Robert Kay, Ph.D., Principal, Climate Change and Innovation + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    Robert is a climate change innovator, with over three decades of experience leading climate change impact assessments, climate change adaptation, and sustainable coastal zone management. View bio

  2. Marian Van Pelt, Senior Vice President, Climate and Clean Energy + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    With over 20 years of experience, Marian leads business relating to climate change and sustainability experience helping federal, municipal, and commercial clients to reduce emissions. View bio

  3. Derina Man , Senior Managing Consultant, Climate Change and Sustainability
  4. Julie Cerqueira, Executive Director, U.S. Climate Alliance