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 tribal, federal and NGO climate change programs.

Title Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
Fire Science Online

At FireScience.org, we have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the fields of fire science and public service. First, we’ve compiled all the information you need to decide whether to pursue a career in fire science or public service and present it here in an easy-to-follow format. We’ve talked to experts about the kind of training you’ll need, and what you can expect form the different careers. We’ve researched where to get training and created comprehensive, searchable lists of schools and programs.Second, we update our data on a regular basis and keep you abreast of developments in the fields of fire science and public service through our blog and through topical articles and content in the Resources section. Look to us as your main source of the latest information regarding education and careers in fire science. Lastly, we wish to impart our enthusiasm for fire science and public service careers on all our site visitors and encourage people from all backgrounds to consider fulfilling careers in these fields.

Fire, fire science, jobs, career National Link
State Climate Summaries

These state summaries were produced to meet a demand for state-level information in the wake of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014. The summaries cover assessment topics directly related to NOAA’s mission, specifically historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding.

climate change, climate science, predictions, planning, adaptation, mitigation National Link
Fire Science and Forestry Scholarships and Financial Aid

At FireScience.org, we have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the fields of fire science and public service. First, we’ve compiled all the information you need to decide whether to pursue a career in fire science or public service and present it here in an easy-to-follow format. We’ve talked to experts about the kind of training you’ll need, and what you can expect form the different careers. We’ve researched where to get training and created comprehensive, searchable lists of schools and programs.

Grants, Scholarships, Fire Management, Educational Training, Firefighting National Link
America Adapts

A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. On the America Adapts podcast, we explore the challenges presented by adapting to climate change, the national movement that has begun to drive change, and the approaches that the field's best minds believe are already working. Join climate change adaptation expert Doug Parsons as he talks with scientists, activists, policymakers and journalists about the choices we face and the people who make them. The climate adaptation conversation, and the movement, starts here.

climate change, outreach, education, conversation, news, updates, adaptation, science, policy National Link
Washington Smoke Information

This site is an effort by county, state, and Federal agencies and Indian Tribes to coordinate and aggregate information for Washington communities affected by smoke from wildland fires. The information is posted here by the agencies themselves while volunteers built and maintain the page.

wildfire, air quality, human health, policy, planning, information, outreach, education, data, curriculum, collaboration, climate change, risk, hazard, Washington state, North America Link
USFWS Climate Change Planning Toolkit

A key part of the Service's climate change strategy is to inform FWS staff about the impacts of accelerating climate change and to engage partners and others in seeking collaborative solutions. Through shared knowledge and communication, we can work together to reduce the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The USFWS has compiled a list of resources to inform climate planning and conservation efforts.

Climate Planning, Climate Data National Link
National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Planning Resources

The National Drought Mitigation Center hosts a website which includes a wide variety of drought planning resources, including a page dedicated to tribal drought planning.

Drought, Planning, Tribal Planning Resources National Link
Fire Science Exchange Network

The goal of the Fire Science Exchange Network is to accelerate the awareness, understanding, adoption, and implementation of readily available wildland fire science information.

wildfire, wildland, fire science, education, outreach, information, data, prevention National, Untied States Link
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Resource Library

A wealth of publications, webinars, outreach materials, success stories, and other resources associated with the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program have been published in recent years. In addition to resources specific to the CFLRP, the Forest Service has also identified resources that may be of interest to the broader community of collaborative restoration practitioners. These resources have been compiled so that the stories, successes, and lessons learned regarding large-scale collaborative forest restoration can be shared.

forest, restoration, inter agency collaboration, management, planning, education, information United States, National Link
Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning for the Digital Age

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with bullshit of the second order. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.
Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.

science, transparency, student, research, framework, training, myth-bust, United States, International Link
Adaptation Equity Portal Adaptation Clearinghouse

Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States - and the world - are the growing inequalities that unfairly disadvantage large segments of the population, and climate change, which exacerbates existing risks in our communities. The effects of climate change including rising temperatures, more polluted air, and more frequent and intense extreme storms, will disproportionally affect already poor and disenfranchised people. Policymakers must find ways to focus not only on the physical impacts of climate change, but also on the ways that policies can have a differential impact on certain individuals and communities. In this portal we will refer to people facing disproportionate climate impacts as "frontline communities" since these are groups that are on the frontlines of impacts from climate change.

climate change, adaptation, policy, planning, management, social justice, community health, racial justice, activism United States, 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
Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group AI/AN CCWG, Tribal Entity

The American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group (AI/AN CCWP) was formed through a coalition of tribal colleges to prepare future generations of American Indian and Alaska Native earth science professionals, and to ensure that indigenous knowledge is valued and incorporated into research and education. The group is committed to seeing the linkages between tribes, Tribal Colleges and Universities, federal agencies and NGOs strengthened.

Education National Link
Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective American Meteorological Society

Using research and case studies from 2013, this report explores and attempt to determine the attribution of extreme climate effects to human influence. This research found that while events such as droughts and storms have been difficult to attribute to human-caused climate change, pattern heat waves can be connected to human-climate-influences.

Research National 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
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
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
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 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 (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 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
Coastal Hazard Wheel CAKE

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system to address all coastal challenges simultaneously. It can be used as a complete coastal language and aims to boost adaptation action and bridge the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public. It is based on a new coastal classification system and functions as a key for classifying a particular coastal location, determining its hazard profile, identifying relevant management options and communicating coastal information. The Coastal Hazard Wheel App currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.

coastal, marine, hazard, natural disaster, erosion, change, climate change, coastline, disaster National, United States 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 Central Climate Central

Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation, policy or bill. Climate Central is a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Climate Planning, Climate Science, Sea Level Rise, Drought, Climate Modeling, Communications National, International 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
Northwest Climate Science Center Climate Science Center

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) combines academic expertise with federal resources to advance climate science development and delivery for managers and policy makers in the Northwest region. In 2010 the NW CSC was established by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to help safeguard the region's natural and cultural resources by providing managers and policy-makers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana with timely, relevant, accessible climate science.

Climate change, scientific research, policy, Education Northwest, Coastal Link
Climigration Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

The sea is rising and will cover millions of acres of coastal land in the coming decades. Also, coastal storms are increasingly erratic and violent, threatening lives and property on the coasts. Communities are implementing a wide range of adaptation measures, including seawalls, wider canals, and raised buildings, but many of these are only temporary stop-gaps with challenging financial and ecological implications. In some places, managed retreat, or climigration, should be an option people are talking about, but very few communities dare to raise it as a possibility because of many different variables.
This effort is led by a diverse group of people who are committed to helping communities and policymakers think proactively about managed retreat along with all other options for adapting to climate change. This multi-faceted issue necessitates a multi-expert and multi-experience approach. Thus the network includes a diverse group of thinkers and doers from a wide variety of disciplines and experiences, including planners; residents of coastal communities; a post-disaster social worker; local, state, and federal government representatives; climate scientists; a change management consultant; artists who use expression to help people think about transformation; academics; adaptation finance administrators; and policy mediators.

climate change, sea level rise, storms, subsidence, relocation, adaptation, mitigation, planning, policy US coastlines, National, United States, International, Global 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
SolSmart Department of Energy (DOE)

Earn visibility as a solar leader from the U.S. Department of Energy. SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and help make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. The SolSmart designation program, coupled with robust and agile technical assistance, will spur communities across the country to earn recognition for achievements that distinguish them from their peers as they become more solar-friendly, and in doing so, ignite local solar markets while establishing consistency in solar practices across the country. SolSmart supports the goals of the SunShot Initiative to make it faster, cheaper, and easier to go solar.

Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Infrastructure National Link

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