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The Nature Conservancy Responds to the Biden Administration's American Jobs Plan

Today, the Biden administration unveiled its American Jobs Plan, a wide-ranging set of legislative recommendations aimed at addressing long-needed improvements and repairs to America’s infrastructure.

It also includes significant proposals for modernizing and enhancing the resiliency of various sectors of the American economy, including the electric utility industry, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure and water quality and more. 

What’s especially important is the focus on job creation as well as investing in a new Civilian Climate Corps.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

Some of the plan’s proposed investments include:

  • Repairing and improving physical infrastructure through investment in natural infrastructure, where applicable, to enhance both connectivity and resiliency;
  • Supporting a clean energy economy through investments in energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, grid modernization and innovation; and
  • Upgrading aging water treatment and supply systems to improve access to safe, clean water and strengthen communities nationwide.

The plan focuses on job creation and equity for communities that have been either on the frontline of pollution impacts or historically left out of the equation of economic progress.

The following is a statement by Lynn Scarlett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy.

“It’s encouraging to see a concrete proposal take shape. Both sides of the aisle have long recognized that infrastructure improvements will deliver tremendous benefits for the American people.

“But what’s especially important is the focus on job creation as well as investing in a new Civilian Climate Corps. We strongly embrace the focus on equity, on empowering communities that haven’t always had access to good infrastructure or the ability to guide how that infrastructure happens.

“We applaud the plan’s aim to address inequities in terms of risk exposure and on proposed investments in disaster resilience for frontline communities and rural broadband infrastructure. The Nature Conservancy looks forward to working with a wide range of stakeholders as these ideas advance over the coming months.” 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.