October 7, 2015
— the memo directs all Federal agencies to incorporate the value of natural, or “green,” infrastructure and ecosystem services into Federal planning and decision making. This builds on previous efforts such as guidance for GHG and climate change impacts when developing NEPA reviews; and Executive Orders governing federal agency actions and obligations to reduce environmental and GHG footprints.
“We are excited to announce that today President Obama
released new policy guidance directing Federal agencies to begin incorporating ecosystem services in Federal planning and decision-making. As mentioned in a
new White House blog piece posted this afternoon, today’s actions, and future actions and events, will enhance our ability to recognize and leverage the benefits of natural systems, protect against natural hazards, and support social and economic development while keeping our communities and our world healthy and livable. Thank you for your continued support in advancing the field and application of ecosystem services — and please let us know if you have any questions about today’s announcement.”
White House Council on Environmental Quality
Executive Office of the President