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Welcome to the SFTool Blog. The Sustainable Facilities Tool (sftool.gov) helps you do more than learn about high-performance buildings and purchasing. SFTool helps you put this knowledge into practice, and assemble the people you need to help you get stuff done.

We’ve decided to share some of our experiences while developing SFTool. We’ll talk about interactions with the building community, challenges we’ve overcome designing the site, and other stories about putting high-performance ideas into practice.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

New SFTool Framework on Managing Climate-Related Risks to Federal Supply Chains

Weather-related events, such as heat waves, hurricanes, and flooding events, have disrupted the movement and provision of goods and services throughout the United States and abroad, increasing operational costs for Federal agencies. To avoid future disruptions and associated costs, Executive Order 13653 calls on Federal agencies to mitigate risks to their supply chains posed by climate change.

To help Federal agencies meet the requirements of this EO and manage climate-related supply chain risks, we've partnered with GSA's Office of Acquisition Management to develop a new set of pages, Managing Climate Change Risks to Federal Agency Supply Chains. They provide a framework for assessing climate- and weather-related risks to supply chains and developing plans to minimize those risks.

The framework, outlined in the figure to the right, offers information for approaching risk management in the context of climate change through four common risk management steps. Each step provides flexible guidance to meet the needs of different agencies, as well as background information on the fundamentals of climate change. By working through the framework, agency staff can determine whether new risk management strategies or changes to existing risk management practices may be necessary to accommodate climate change-related risks.

An Excel-based companion workbook allows you to document findings as you work through the framework. This workbook, as well as a PDF version of the framework for offline use, is available for download from the new pages.

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