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 descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Climate and Health Perspectives: Voices of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Oregon health Authority

This series of short videos was developed during a three-day digital storytelling workshop with members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The pilot project explored digital storytelling as a method for building partnerships, understanding local climate impacts and raising awareness about community concerns. Each story touches on different cultural traditions and resources already threatened by climate change and the impacts on individual and community identity and wellbeing.
Each participant developed their own narrative and chose their own visuals to portray their story. The videos represent multigenerational tribal voices.

climate change, TEK, tribal narratives, oral history, observation, cultural resources, community health Oregon, Pacific Northwest, NPLCC Link
Climate Change and Human Health Program National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is a member of the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWCGGH). The IWCGGH is an effort to develop a strategic plan for basic and applied research on the human health of effects of climate change for use by federal agencies and institutes with a human and environmental health mission. The aim of this project is to look at all aspects of the health implications of climate change.

Tribal Health, research National, International Link
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
Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources EPA

This training module is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. The course contains three parts which will take about 45 minutes to complete. Optional supplementary information on climate change impacts in the United States is included at the end of the course if you are interested in more details.

Training Module, Climate Education, Water Resources Impacts 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
"Grassroots" Source Water Protection Program USDA, FSA

The Source Water Protection Program (SWPP) is a joint project with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA), a non-profit water and wastewater utility membership organization. The SWPP is designed to help prevent pollution of surface and ground water used as the primary source of drinking water by rural residents. Through NRWA, full-time rural source water technicians with practical experience are hired. The technicians work with specialists from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and state and county FSA staff, to identify areas where pollution prevention is most needed. Once areas for pollution prevention are identified, technicians work with state rural water associations to create local teams made up of citizens and individuals from federal, state, local, and private organizations. These teams collaborate to create a Rural Source Water Protection plan to promote clean source water. The plan identifies voluntary actions that farmers and ranchers can install to prevent source water pollution.

source water, water protection, water quality, pollution prevention, agricultural runoff National Link
ADAPTAlaska ADAPTAlaska

ADAPTAlaska provides resources and tools for people and communities in Alaska to develop climate change adaptation strategies and plans. Their website also includes stories on climate change adaptation stories and sustainability success in Alaskan communities.

climate change adaptation, planning, resources, sustainability, stories Alaska Link
Adaptation Clearinghouse Georgetown Climate 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
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
Advanced Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer The Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer is designed to increase wildfire awareness, give a comprehensive view of wildfire risk and local fire history, and educate users about wildfire prevention and mitigation resources. The site provides decision support for homeowners, communities, and professionals to identify and prioritize local fire prevention and mitigation efforts.

wildfire, prevention, planning, mitigation, natural hazard Oregon 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
Agricultural Analytics Division (AAD) USDA, AMS

The Agricultural Analytics Division (AAD) provides economic, statistical, analytic, and scientific expertise in support of both Agency and industry stakeholders functions consistent with USDA’s scientific integrity policy. AAD services help recipients to identify and drive business efficiencies, make informed policy and marketing decisions, develop innovative solutions to complex marketing and production issues, gain a better understanding of the present day commodity market environment, evaluate new marketing opportunities, improve logistics and science based operations, and manage risk.

analytics, economy, research, business development, innovative solutions, commodity food programs National 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
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health ANTHC

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.

Tribal Health, community Alaska Link
Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) Inter-Agency

This organization is works to 1) Increase access to existing coastal and ocean data;
2) Package information and data in useful ways to meet the needs of stakeholders; and 3) Increase observing and forecasting capacity in all regions of the state, with a priority on the Arctic and Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska, Arctic 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
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
Animal Production and Protection; ARS USDA, ARS

The mission of animal production and protection national programs is to improve the health, well-being, and efficiency of livestock, poultry, and aquatic food animals to ensure a productive and safe food supply. Emphasis is placed on germplasm characterization, improvement, and conservation; understanding the mechanisms of disease resistance, and the development of tools to prevent, control, or eradicate diseases that threaten our food supply or public health; and identifying and developing sustainable systems for production of high quality meat, milk, and eggs.

animal health, marine health, food production, food safety, research, public health National 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

This Program Has Been Archived. 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
BIA Tribal Resilience Program BIA

Deadline Passed 2016. Deadline for 2018 Unknown. The BIA Tribal Resilience Program (TRP) provides federal-wide resources to Tribes to build capacity and resilience through leadership engagement, delivery of data and tools, training and tribal capacity building. Direct funding supports tribes, tribal consortia, and authorized tribal organizations to build resilience through competitive awards for tribally designed resilience training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and youth engagement. The resilient ocean and coastal management effort supports planning, science and tools, and capacity for coastal tribe's ocean management, including the Great Lakes.

training, tribal capacity building, resilience, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, youth engagement National
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

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