DRAFT DHS Section 106 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Climate Resilience and Sustainability Undertakings on DHS-Owned Assets
Greetings to all!
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is the third-largest agency in the Executive Branch and is comprised of 15 operational and support sub-agencies, or Components, each with a vital mission to secure the nation from the many threats it faces. As the Department responds to the growing risks on operations from sea level rise, extreme weather events, floods, higher ambient temperatures, utility disruptions, and other impacts arising from global climate change, we have established ambitious goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, expand our inventory of sustainable buildings, increase energy efficiency, and conserve water at DHS-owned federal facilities.
DHS has established a framework and tools to support strategic prioritization and execution of needed sustainability and resilience actions and we anticipate a continued increase in these projects over the next decade and beyond. As we work to implement these projects effectively and in a timely manner, a streamlined approach is necessary for environmental and cultural resource stewardship and compliance. We are proposing the development of a Program Alternative to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 800.14, for maintenance, repair, and upgrades to enhance DHS-owned federal facility climate resiliency and sustainability.
We have drafted a proposed Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) in coordination with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Additionally, we have had discussions over the last year with the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to understand concerns and garner input on our draft NPA.
Please find the Department’s Dear Tribal Leader Letter enclosed which provides additional information on this proposal and the dates and times of upcoming listening and information sessions. The NPA is attached to this message and can also be viewed online.
We request comments and requests for formal consultation by October 30, 2023, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.