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.

Titlesort ascending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Wisdom of the Elders Wisdom of the Elders

Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions. Wisdom of the Elders especially seeks to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich our worlds.

journalism, climate documentation National, Northwest Link
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Obama Administration Archive) US Executive Office of the President

Through interagency working groups and coordination with other EOP components, CEQ works to advance the President’s agenda. It also balances competing positions, and encourages government-wide coordination, bringing Federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders together on matters relating to the environment, natural resources and energy. In addition, CEQ oversees the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. The role of the Federal Environmental Executive is to promote sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal government. In addition, CEQ oversees Federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments.

Coordination, Advisory, Regulatory National Link
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative promotes coordination, dissemination, and developme​nt of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages, in the face of landscape scale stressors, focusing on climate change. ​

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Alaska, Coastal Link
Village Safe Water Program/Alaska Native Village and Rural Communities Program EPA, State-funded

The Village Safe Water Program provides technical and financial support to communities to design and construct water and wastewater systems. It is meant to assist Alaska Native Villages and Alaska rural communities with the construction of new or improved drinking water and wastewater systems. This funding can also be used to provide training and technical assistance in the operations and maintenance of these systems.

Water, Natural Resources, Education Northwest, Alaska 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
USFS Regional Tribal Program Management USFS

Tribal Relations personnel facilitate work on research projects, forest and project planning, wildlife management, watershed restoration, cultural resource management, Tribal access and use, subsistence, biomass utilization, renewable energy, and many more topics and issues.

Research, Planning National Link
USFS Office of the Climate Change Advisor USFS

The many benefits we receive from forests and grasslands - provisioning services such as water, wood, and wild foods; regulating services such as erosion, flood, and climate control; and cultural services such as outdoor recreation, spiritual renewal, and aesthetic enjoyment - are threatened by climate change. The Climate Change Advisor is the primary spokesperson for the Forest Service on climate change and leads the implementation of the nationwide strategy for weaving climate change response into policies, processes, and partnerships.

Strategy implementation National Link
USFS Climate Change Resource Center USFS

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and
project implementation.

Education, Planning National Link
USFS Climate Change Reference USFS

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has been developed as a reference for US Forest Service resource managers and decision makers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation on national forests.

Education National Link
USDA Rural Housing Service USDA

Rural Development (RD) provides funding for single family homes, apartments for low-income persons or the elderly, housing for farm laborers, childcare centers, fire and police stations, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, schools, and much more.
In partnership with non-profits, Indian tribes, state and federal government agencies, and local communities, HCFP creates packages of technical assistance and loan and grant funds to assist more rural communities and individuals.

Development, Assistance National Link
USDA Regional Climate Hubs USDA

USDA’s regional hubs will deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to provide information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales.

Adaptation Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Forest Service

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is one of seven research centers that are part of the USDA Forest Service. The PNW Reserach Station is engaged in a variety of climate-change related research activities, including co-partnering with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program on this website.

Northwest Link
USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center USDA Forest Service

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decisionmakers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. Current and expected climate changes have serious implications for ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

climate change, forest, wildfire, management National Link
USDA Energy Web USDA

USDA Energy Web includes interactive map, graphing analysis tools, and the USDA Energy Matrix. These instruments allow you to view past USDA investments, navigate in a friendly environment USDA energy programs and compare and analyze biofuels and bioenergy data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Energy National Link
USDA Climate Change Program Office: USDA

The Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) coordinates USDA’s responses to climate change, focusing on implications of climate change on agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. CCPO ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed response strategies both within USDA and for our partners.

Natural Resources, Coordination National Link
USACE Tribal Policy Principles DOD, USACE

The USACE has worked with tribes on many projects, and its guiding principles for working with tribes are accessible at this link.

policy National Link
US Global Change Research Program Interagency US Federal

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Thirteen federal government Departments and Agencies participate in the USGCRP, which was known as the U.S. Climate Change Science Program from 2002 through 2008. The mission of the USCRP is to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support.

Research, Education National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) Office of Tribal Relations USGS

Combining traditional ecological knowledge with empirical studies allows the USGS and Native American governments, organizations, and people to increase their mutual understanding and respect for this land. USGS provides information to tribes as part of our basic mission of providing unbiased scientific information to the Nation, and as part of the Federal Trust Responsibility to tribes.

policy National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) USGS

NCCWSC is a partnership-oriented institution who works closely with natural resource agencies and scientists inside and outside government to gather the information and build the tools managers need to help fish and wildlife and their habitats and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

Conservation, Research National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) Climate and Land Use Change Research Program USGS

The USGS undertakes scientific research to address the effects of climate and land use change on the Nation’s resources. The resulting research and products are provided as the scientific foundation upon which policymakers, natural resource managers, and the public make informed decisions about the management of natural resources on which they and others depend.

Research National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Climate Change Strategy FWS

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Climate Change Strategy establishes a basic framework within which the Service will work as part of the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change.

Conservation National Link
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC is a partnership of more than 30 agencies and organizations that are working to connect science and natural resources management across this important region. Through a collaborative approach among natural resources agencies and organizations, the LCC is paving the way to effectively respond to and prepare for the social, environmental and economic challenges of this dynamically changing landscape.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Midwest, Great Lakes, International, Canada Link
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) University of Washington

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) studies the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change, focusing mostly on the Pacific Northwest. The CIG has partnerships with tribes in the Pacific Northwest, engages in outreach efforts that include meetings, workshops, and webinars, presentations, consultations, and technical assistance, and is a source of scientific projections, impacts assessments, and tools and resources for climate change adaptation planning and vulnerability assessment.

Adaptation, Vulnerability Assessment Northwest, National Link
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit NOAA, CEQ, DOI, USGS

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Climate change, tribal programs, Adaptation, Mitigation National, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Alaska Link
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit NOAA, CEQ, DOI, USGS

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Climate change, tribal programs, Adaptation, Mitigation National, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Alaska Link
Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC) OIEED

The Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC) is an activity funded by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIEED) to Argonne National Laboratory. TEEIC provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands. The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

Energy Development, Impact Assessment, Legal National Link
Tribal Eco-Ambassadors Program EPA

Applications accepted continuously. EPA conducts research in partnership with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Selected professors from eight different TCUs will receive funding and technical support from EPA to work with a group of students to solve environmental and public health issues most important to their tribal communities, ranging from sustainable building materials to monitoring of local drinking water wells.

Health, Research, Water, Natural Resources Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Tribal Communities and Climate Change EPA

The Tribal Communities page contains links to EPA resources as well as sites outside of EPA with information that can help tribes reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, land use planning, renewable energy, transportation, water/wastewater, and waste management. This page also provides information on collaborating with state and local governments, organizations, and Tribal Colleges and Universities for funding and partnering opportunities.

Education National Link

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