Local governments across the United States are bearing increasing costs of extreme weather disasters while facing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
Equipped with more information on how these and other climate-related factors present financial risks and opportunities, local leaders can improve their decision-making, risk management, and project prioritization.
This C2ES primer is designed to help communities protect their fiscal health and position themselves for a thriving future by better identifying and assessing financial risks and opportunities related to climate change.
The primer is organized as follows:
- How local governments can benefit from understanding the impacts of climate-related financial risks and opportunities
- Potential financial impacts from climate-related risks and opportunities
- Science-based tools and other resources for local governments and public sector entities to assess climate risks and opportunities
- Climate risk assessment and disclosure and its evolution for local governments in the United States
- What’s needed to enable strong fiscal management at the local level as climate impacts and economic shifts accelerate
This primer’s resource tables are available here.