The National Capital Section (NCS) Sustainability Committee welcomes Mr. I. Sam Higuchi who will be discussing the federal policies and programs for climate change adaptation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) programs for observing and understanding climate change phenomena and adapting its facilities. The Federal Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations is an informal forum cohosted by NASA, the Department of Interior, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Many agencies attend the forum while it provides a venue for presentations and discussions on issues relating to the impacts of climate change on agency resources and operations, and adaptations of agency activities, facilities, or lands to respond to these impacts. Climate change adaptation means adjusting to a changing climate to minimize negative effects and take advantage of new opportunities. Projected variations in future climate conditions have the potential to affect a range of federal services, operations, programs, infrastructure, and national security. Through adaptation planning, federal agencies can identify potential supply disruptions from extreme weather events, risk management, adaptation, and resiliency. By integrating adaptation strategies into its planning, the federal government can ensure that its services and operations shall withstand the damaging effects of a changing climate.
Mr. I. Sam Higuchi, Jr., J.D., NASA Engineer, and Co-Chair of the Federal Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations. About the speaker: Sam Higuchi has been a civil servant in the federal government since 1984. His experience spans working at remote Antarctic facilities and a U.S. Navy installation implementing environmental programs to headquarters experience managing agency-wide programs. Mr. Higuchi has worked as a research scientist, regulatory engineer, facility environmental coordinator, civil engineer, environmental engineer, policy & program analyst, and program manager. He holds academic degrees in engineering, science, law, and public administration.