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.

At the South Pole. Sam Higuchi, Staff Engineer with “U.S. Antarctic Program” of the National Science Foundation.


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Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
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