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Climate Initiative

The Peace Corps has always been responsive to ensuring a healthy and sustainable environmental future for all. Now, the Peace Corps is adapting its approach for a rapidly changing global environment.

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Commitment to climate change and global resilience

Our Strategy to Secure a Resilient Global Future | 2024-2030 [PDF] builds on our previous efforts to improve the sustainability of our operations and shift our programming to respond to host country conditions and requests for more adaptation and resilience activities as part of a climate-resilient development approach.

Strategic objective 1: Sustainable and resilient infrastructure and operations

The agency seeks to lower risk to climate impacts and reduce emissions from our operational footprint by greening our facilities and vehicle fleet. The agency has a set of goals ranging from procurement updates and pollution free electricity to preferential selection of local sourcing. To learn more, see our goals below:

  • Goal 1: 100% carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) by 2030, including 50% on a 24/7 basis
  • Goal 2: 100% zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) acquisitions by 2035, including 100% light-duty ZEV acquisitions by 2027
  • Goal 3: Net-zero emissions buildings by 2045, including a 50% reduction by 2032
  • Goal 4: Net-zero emissions procurement by 2050
  • Goal 5: Net-zero emissions operations by 2050, including a 65% reduction by 2030

Strategic objective 2: Fostering a culture of sustainability

Fostering a culture of sustainability and resilience within our agency will be critical to achieving the agency's sustainability and resilience goals. Such a culture requires awareness, education, motivation, commitment, and accountability for each individual as they carry out their work at the Peace Corps. To learn more, see our goals below:

  • Goal 6: Establish permanent staff capacity to lead sustainability, adaptation, and resilience actions by 2025
  • Goal 7: Dedicate funding to support sustainable operations
  • Goal 8: Adopt policies to direct sustainable behaviors at the Peace Corps
  • Goal 9: Host events that celebrate sustainability at the Peace Corps
  • Goal 10: Issue annual agency progress reports on sustainability, from 2025 onward
  • Goal 11: 100% of Peace Corps staff trained in mitigation, adaptation, and resilience by 2025

Strategic objective 3: Programming that supports resilient and sustainable development

Adopting a climate-resilient development approach will improve the sustainability of development projects in an increasingly unpredictable world ecosystem. Volunteers are trained in how to be aware of rapidly changing social and environmental trends which will be considerations in activities they co-design and implement with community partners. Volunteers are trained to use a “climate lens” to assess and strengthen adaptive capacities and resilience in support of community-led climate-resilient development. To learn more, see goals below:

  • Goal 12: 100% of Peace Corps Volunteers trained in adaptation and resilience by 2025
  • Goal 13: Support 50+ countries to carry out programming in support of adaptation and resilience by 2025
  • Goal 14: Celebrate leadership in adaptation and resilience before, during, and after Peace Corps service and partnership
Learn more about our plan

Read the entire Strategy to Secure a Resilient Global Future | 2024-2030 to learn more about our climate context, principles, objectives, goals, and alignments.

National initiatives

Our efforts to support a resilient global future align with the following federal guidance:

  • Federal Sustainability Plan
  • President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation & Resilience (PREPARE)
  • The Long-Term Strategy of the United States
  • Executive Order 13990 (Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis)
  • Executive Order 14008 (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad)
  • Executive Order 14057 (Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability)
  • Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

We’ve also worked to align our strategic plan with the plans of our peer agencies in the United States government, including: