New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
On Friday, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announced the receipt of $424,000 in federal funding secured under the new FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.
These funds will support the development of a comprehensive climate change adaptation and resilience plan to mitigate risks from natural hazards exacerbated by climate change. The plan will incorporate input from state, local, and tribal governments, non-profit organizations, and the public.
“With all of the changes we’re experiencing across our diverse landscapes and watersheds, it’s time to advance the first comprehensive New Mexico Climate Change Adaptation Plan,” said Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst.
“In New Mexico, and across the greater southwest, climate change will have a greater impact on rural and minority communities,” said Louise Martinez, Energy Conservation and Management Division Director. “This grant presents a unique opportunity to collaborate and address long-standing inequities in environmental, public health, and economic burdens placed on the state’s population.”
New Mexico faces a complicated landscape as it moves to address its climate change challenges. Its sizable rural population has limited access to electricity, capital investment, and other resources.
Other projects under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities funding will develop the capacity to communicate climate science and engage local stakeholders, and local and Tribal governments in climate resilience and adaptation trainings.
Positive Movement to address Climate Change
The state Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience plan will further implement Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s Executive Order 2019-003 on Climate Change and Energy Waste Prevention. All state agencies are to evaluate the impacts of climate change on their programs and operations and integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation practices into their programs and operations.
About New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department provides resource protection and energy resource development services to the public and other state agencies.