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Tackling the Climate Crisis

The planet's changing climate has a significant effect on Defense Department missions, plans and installations. DOD is elevating climate change as a national security priority, integrating climate considerations into policies, strategies and partner engagements.

DOD Climate Resilience Portal

Climate Action Climate Action


Challenges Challenges

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DOD bases impacted by natural disasters and extreme weather events from 2017-2021; more than $13B in damages

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100 %

Geographic combatant commands affected by climate-related impacts in 2019

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1,700 +

DOD sites that could be affected by sea-level rise

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Goals Goals


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Conservation of at least 30% of U.S. lands, oceans


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Carbon pollution-free power sector in U.S.


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U.S. achieves a net-zero economy

DOD Climate Adaptation PlanClimate Adaptation

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DoD Sustainability By the Numbers By the Numbers


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Consumed 6% of its electricity from renewable sources such as sunlight & wind in FY19

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Reduced facility energy energy consumption icon consumption by 20.9% since 2003


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Reduced vehicle fuel car icon use by 25 since 2005

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Since 2005, alternative fuel consumption gas pump icon has increased 188%


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Reduced waterwater drop icon use intensity by 28% since 2007

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DoD continues to use high-efficiency plumbing,water pipe icon leak detection and water conservation in landscaping to reduce water use


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Diverted 86% of construction and demolition debris

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Diverted 39% of municipal waste

DOD SustainabilitySustainability

Sustaining DOD’s built and natural infrastructure and systems is necessary to improve readiness. This allows our military to fight, train and provide humanitarian support anywhere in the world. DOD’s vision for military sustainability is to maintain or advance these capabilities in the future.

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DOD seeks to protect the mission from natural and human-made threats while maintaining a strategic advantage by effectively managing built and natural infrastructure and systems.

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Increase Resiliency

By strategically planning and investing to protect built and natural infrastructure and systems today, DOD ensures readiness when natural or human-made threats arise tomorrow.

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Support The Mission

Built and natural infrastructure and systems are critical to every aspect of DOD’s mission. DOD ensures infrastructure and systems to fight, train and uphold the nation’s global presence through sustainability-informed decision-making.

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Save Money

DOD advocates for full life-cycle cost effectiveness encompassing mission, performance, cost and availability.


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