The Fifth National Climate Assessment was launched in Q4 of 2023 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and highlights the ways in which all regions in the United States are currently experiencing harmful impacts of climate change. 

There are a number of key themes from the assessment as a whole that help set the stage for where the U.S. currently stands on climate change and how it relates to the built environment.

This whitepaper will cover topics including:
  • The Fifth National Climate Assessment’s report on “Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities.”
  • How urban areas are drivers of climate change and represent an opportunity for adaption and mitigation.
  • Key attributes of the built environment that exacerbate climate impacts.
  • Equitable outcomes from a community-led approach to climate change. 
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