Climate Programs

There are a growing number of tribal programs, government and non-government agencies and programs addressing climate change across the United States. This page includes key tribal and U.S. government programs addressing climate change.

Titlesort descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Pacific Northwest Coast Landscape Conservation Design NGO

A blueprint for a climate resilient landscapes in the Lower Columbia and outer coasts of Oregon and Washington.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, management, planning Northwest, Pacific Northwest Coast, Oregon, Washignton State Link
Adaptation Clearinghouse Georgetown Cliamte Center

The Adaptation Clearinghouse seeks to assist policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.Content in the Adaptation Clearinghouse is focused on the resources that help policymakers at all levels of governments reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance. Resources that fall within these areas receive priority and are the most likely to be published in the Adaptation Clearinghouse.

climate change, adaptation, policy, infrastructure, resiliency, planning, database National Link
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

In 1953 farsighted tribal leaders in the Northwest formed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and dedicated it to tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Today, ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve — the Indian peoples.

Northwest Link
Alaska Native Science Commission Tribal Entity

The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners.

research, clearinghouse, ethics Alaska, Arctic Link
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health ANTHC, Tribal Entity

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health performs assessments, develop community-appropriate strategies, and develops resources that describe climate-health connections.

assessment, Community Empowerment, public health Alaska Link
Alaskan Voices on Climate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

We're seeking your videos on the impact of climate on Alaska today and the work you are doing to ensure a healthy environment for future generations. We’d like to know:
How changes in climate have affected you, your community, or tribe.
What you are doing to adapt or respond to a changing climate.
What lessons you can share to help other communities become more resilient.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about the changes you are experiencing and actions you are taking.
We'll share our favorite videos on Facebook, Twitter, EPA's website, our Alaska InfoBox, and other Alaska channels. We can’t wait to see what you submit!

Alaska, video, communication Alaska Link
Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative DOI, LCC

The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI) promotes coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform conservation of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Alaska, Coastal Link
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC): http://applcc.org/ DOI, LCC

The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a science and management partnership to protect the valued resources and biological diversity of the Appalachian region, sustain the benefits provided by healthy and resilient ecosystems to human communities, and help natural systems adapt to large landscape-level stressors and those stressors that may be magnified by the changing climate.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ALCC) supports conservation in the arctic by providing applied science and tools to land managers and policy makers. It is a self-directed partnership that functions through a structure of at-large partners, a core staff, and a steering committee of cooperating agencies and organizations. Its geographic scope ranges across North America from Alaska to Labrador.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Alaska, Coastal Link
Arctic Science Portal USARC

To facilitate access to the broad array of data available on the Arctic, this portal can be thought of as a library of links (URLs) to websites where Arctic data are made publicly available. The portal directs users to appropriate websites based on topic and short description (e.g., Arctic weather, sea ice conditions, fisheries information, Arctic oceanography, oil spill response research). It's a tool that directs users to available information on the Arctic sorted in the main categories of Society, Environment, Economics, Reference, and Organizations.

Arctic, Climate Database Arctic, International, Alaska Link
Arctic Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability EPA

ArcSEES is a multi-year, interdisciplinary program which seeks both fundamental research that improves our ability to evaluate the sustainability of the Arctic human-environmental system as well as integrated efforts which will provide community-relevant sustainability pathways and engineering solutions. For this competition, interdisciplinary research will be focused in four thematic areas: the natural and living environment, the built environment, natural resource development, and governance.

Research, Education, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Mitigation, Land, Coastal, Water, Conservation Arctic, Alaska, International Link
Biomass Crop Assistance Program USDA, FSA

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks. BCAP provides two categories of assistance: matching payments, and annual payments.

Biomass, Energy National Link
Bonneville Power Administration Tribal Affairs BPA

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a federal agency that supplies power to the Pacific Northwest. The BPA’s Tribal Affairs Office was established in order to ensure BPA understanding and respect for tribal values and resources. The Tribal Affairs Office’s main program is to support tribal youth education in the forms of student-internships and scholarships. The BPA has also released a publication detailing climate change, available at: http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/GeneralPublications/rpt-whitepaper-Climate%...

Education, Energy National Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Climate Change Program BIA, DOI

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is responsible for maintaining the trust obligation of the Federal government to recognized tribes. Mainstreaming climate change considerations into all Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) activities, and supporting tribal goals to do the same, is a high priority for the administration and the Department of the Interior (DOI).

policy National Link
Bureau of Reclamation (BR) Basin Studies Program BR, DOI

Basin Studies addresses basin-wide efforts to evaluate and address the impacts of climate change. Funding is available for comprehensive water studies that define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected.

Water Resources National, Southwest, Southeast, Western US Link
Bureau of Reclamation (BR) Native American Affairs BR, DOI

The BR’s Native American Affairs Office and Program is the BR's policy lead for all Native American issues.

policy, Water Resources National, Southeast, Southwest Western US Link
Bureau of Reclamation Drought Program Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation's new Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought. It will provide assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including consideration of climate change information and to take actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Program areas include: Contingency Planning, Resiliency Projects and Emergency Response Actions.

Drought, climate change Western United States Link
California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) is a management-science partnership created to inform and promote integrated science, natural resource management and conservation to address impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southwest, Northwest Link
Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) essentially works to develop and provide sound science-based information, to support diverse conservation initiatives by providing funding, and to provide a platform for partners by facilitating the exchange of information and supporting other research and conservation-related activities.

Conservation, Natural Resources Caribbean, International Link
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program CDC

The Center for Disease Control’s Climate Change Program leads efforts to prevent and adapt to the anticipated health impacts associated with climate change. The Program seeks to identify populations most vulnerable to these impacts, anticipate future trends, assures that systems are in place to detect and respond to emerging health threats, and takes steps to assure that these health risks can be managed now and in the future. The program has 3 core functions: 1) To translate climate change science to inform states, local health departments and communities; 2) To create decision support tools to build capacity to prepare for climate change; and 3) To serve as a credible leader in planning for the public health impacts of climate change.

Education, Adaptation, public health National Link
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

At CIER, we work with First Nations to build environmental capacity. We educate, conduct research and build skills to assist First Nations in taking action to solve the environmental problems that affect their lands and waters. This work is important because healthy lands and waters are critical to meet basic needs and are a part of First Nation culture and identity. By sharing knowledge, skills and abilities, we assist First Nations in creating solutions that are relevant and that can be used by and passed on to others. We learn with, teach and connect First Nations with the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Canada, International Link
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchang NGO

EcoAdapt runs the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), which is a joint project with Island Press aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center EPA

EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes. Decision makers can create an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs. Once users select areas of interest, they will find information about: the risks posed by climate change to the issues of concern; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes; and EPA funding opportunities.

education, tool, climate change, adaptation, planning, outcomes United Sates Link
Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

The Climate Impacts Research Consortium as a climate knowledge network established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information and tools for adapting to a changing climate in the northwest.

Northwest, National Link
Climate Resilience Planning Toolkit Oregon Health Authority

This toolkit provides local health jurisdictions guidance on how to integrate climate change work into local public health practice. Health departments of all capacities can incorporate climate change considerations into existing planning and programming.​ For those with higher capacity, this toolkit can serve as a resource for developing a Climate and Health Resilience Plan (also called an "adaptation plan" or a "climate change preparedness plan.") This toolkit is adapted from CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework and modified based on the experience of five local health jurisdictions in Oregon. This toolkit builds on their lessons learned​​ through planning for climate change at the local level.

Climate change, health, resilience, planning Northwest
Climate Showcase Communities Program EPA

EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities Program helps local governments and tribal nations pilot innovative, cost-effective and replicable community-based greenhouse gas reduction projects. Fifty Climate Showcase Communities across the United States are leading projects in energy production, residential and commercial energy efficiency, waste management, transportation and land use that reduce energy use and save money.

GHG Reduction, Mitigation, Energy National Link
Climate Showcase Communities Program EPA

The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities program is to create replicable models of cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions that will catalyze broader local and tribal government actions to stabilize the climate and improve environmental, economic, health, and social conditions.

Energy Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National Link
Coastal Zone Enhancement Program NOAA

Improvements to state and territory coastal management programs are encouraged through this program. The focus is on nine enhancement areas: wetlands, coastal hazards, public access, marine debris, cumulative and secondary impacts, special area management plans, ocean and Great Lakes resources, energy and government facility siting, and aquaculture. The program was established in 1990 under Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Every five years, states and territories review their programs to identify priority needs and opportunities for improvement. The programs then work with NOAA to develop multi-year improvement strategies that focus on one or more of the priority enhancement goals.

Land, Coastal Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Columbia River Intertribal Fishing Commission (CRITFC) CRITFC, Tribal Entity

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its member tribes are aggressively addressing climate change and its effects on tribal fisheries and water resources, as well as other natural and cultural resources. There is an important need for the tribes to prepare for, mitigate and adapt natural resource programs and policies to manage the effects of climate change. CRITFC is supporting these efforts through collaboration, coordination and development of science and technology (i.e. conducting technical research on climate change impacts on tribal lands), and development and coordination of tribal mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions in state, federal and other venues.

Research, Adaptation, Mitigation, Fisheries Northwest, Columbia River Link
Community Resilience Toolkit: A Workshop Guide for Community Resilience Planning Bay Area 2020

If your neighborhood association, church organization, city planning office, or community-based organization is interested in building a more resilient community, this toolkit is for you.
The Bay Localize Community Resilience Toolkit guides groups in leading workshops to plan for resilience in their communities while decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. It is designed for community groups that would like to get involved in making a difference in their neighborhood, city, or county. The Toolkit offers Bay Area-specific resources and action ideas in six key sectors: food, water, energy, transportation and housing, jobs and economy, and civic services.

climate change, planning policy, infrastructure, emissions, energy, community building, social justice National, California, Urban Link

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