Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers. Most of their green infrastructure related work is housed under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

What is green infrastructure at DOC?

This agency does not specifically define green infrastructure, but uses it as a component of their water and climate adaptation programs.

What DOC departments are involved in green infrastructure? 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is tasked with managing coastal resources in the US. They are mostly involved with promoting and supporting green infrastructure projects and initiatives as they relate to coastal resources and the effects of sea level rise. For example, NOAA partners with states to take a comprehensive approach to planning for and managing coastal resources in the face of development. In particular the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) provides national leadership to state and territory coastal programs and estuarine research reserves to keep America’s coasts healthy and resilient.

Additional DOC green infrastructure resources:

  • The National Coastal Zone Management program works with states to protect, restore and responsibly develop our nation’s coastal communities and resources.
  • The Coastal Services Center provides technology, information and management strategies needed to address complex coastal issues. The Coastal Services Center partners with The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center to teach how GIS can be used to create a “green infrastructure” approach within strategic conservation planning.

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