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DHS Unveils Climate Change Professionals Program; Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security has launched a two-year program to provide federal employees and recent graduates opportunities to contribute to efforts that could help DHS adapt to climate change and enhance resilience.

The Climate Change Professionals Program “will develop the next generation of climate experts, improve climate literacy throughout the Department, and help us execute our Climate Action Plan to remain mission-resilient while reducing our own impacts on the environment,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement published Wednesday.

The DHS’ office of the chief readiness support officer will run the program, which is one of the initiatives under the department’s Climate Change Action Group that Mayorkas, a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, created in 2021.

Participants that completed the program will get accreditation from the Association of Climate Change Officers and will be eligible for full-time positions at DHS.

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