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
Plant Conservation Alliance

The Plant Conservation Alliance is a public-private partnership of organizations that share the same goal: to protect native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.

Native plants, plant restoration, plant development Link
PreparedBC: Household Preparedness Guide Government of British Columbia; PreparedBC

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and wildfires are just some of the potential hazards in British Columbia. During a disaster, phone, gas, electrical and water services may be disrupted. Roads could be blocked, stores closed and gas stations out-of-service. You and your family could be on your own for several days while emergency responders work to save lives and manage the aftermath. It may be weeks before infrastructure, utilities and essential services are restored. Are you prepared to cope? Completing the steps in this guide will help you to answer “yes”.

emergency preparedness, extreme weather events, natural disasters, community preparedness British Colombia Link
Public Health Working Group for the Climate Action Team State of California

The Public Health Working Group's task is to address cross-cutting issues related to climate change and health. The Working Group is responsible for providing public health input into the AB 32 implementation process, as well as other public health issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation California Link
Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers

For practitioners looking to develop, facilitate, or participate in a landscape conservation design (LCD) process, the new Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design guide leverages the knowledge, years of experience working on landscape-scale conservation issues, and the legacy of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The guide can serve as a reference and springboard for those seeking to implement broad-scale, multi-species conservation; collaborate and share data across regions and states; and incorporate human dimensions into the landscape

landscape conservation, species conservation, data sharing, collaboration National Link
Red Lodge Clearinghouse NGO

By tracking critical western resource issues through public hearing and comment processes, linking to relevant news and opinions, providing thorough but concise primers on applicable laws, and offering users a simple form by which to submit comments electronically to respective decision-making bodies, RLCH is a one-stop shop for interested citizens to learn, discuss, and participate in environmental policy decisions effecting western communities.

Environmental Law, Policy West Link
Rural Development (RD) American Indian and Alaska Native Local Coordinator Contact Information+A93 USDA

Lsiting of coordinators for RD programs across the country, listed by state.

Development National Link
Rural Development (RD) Business-Cooperative Service USDA

Through its Business Programs, USDA Rural Development provides for business credit needs in under-served rural areas, often in partnership with private-sector lenders, through both grants and loans.

Development, Business, Assistance National Link
Rural Development (RD) Energy Programs USDA

These programs have funds available to complete energy audits and feasibility studies, complete energy efficiency improvements, install renewable energy systems. Their programs help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install flexible fuel pumps, install solar panels, build biorefineries, and much more. USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing, with options including grants, guaranteed loans and payments.

Development, Assistance National Link
Rural Utilities Program USDA

USDA Rural Development provides funding opportunities in the form of payments, grants, loans, and loan guarantees, for the development and commercialization of vital utility services. These programs revitalize rural communities with a variety of infrastructure improvements, and create sustainable opportunities for wealth, new jobs, and increased economic activity in rural America.

Energy, Development, Assistance National Link
Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) CDC

SWPI helps health department programs strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Oversight for these systems vary, but core elements of successful, sustainable programs are similar. SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs.

Tribal Health, public health, sustainability, well water, safe drinking water National Link
San Francisco Climate and Health Program San Francisco Department of Public Health

Climate change is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. The health impacts of climate change will affect us all, but will have a greater impact on disadvantaged communities and threaten the systems on which human life depends – our air, water, food, shelter and security. In response to this pressing public health issue, in 2010 the San Francisco Department of Public Health created its Climate and Health Program. Our Climate and Health Program is working to develop solutions to support healthy and climate-ready communities.

Public Health, climate change, air, water, food, shelter security, adaptation San Francisco Link
Science Applications Online Learning Management System Science Applications

This website offers free online courses in landscape conservation, climate adaptation and energy forecast modeling.

Climate Adaptation, Scientific Data, Training, Education, Online Learning, National Link
Seedlot Selection Tool GIS

The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a GIS mapping program designed to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios.

climate change, conservation, development, adaptation, nursery, vegetation National Link
Seeds of Success (SOS) Bureau of Land Management

Seeds of Success (SOS) is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems provide the essential ecological services upon which all life depends, including our own. Native plant communities provide the foundation for fish and wildlife habitat such as the sage grouse.

research, development, germplasm conservation, ecosystem restoration National Link

SNAP produces downscaled, historical and projected climate data for sub-Arctic and Arctic regions of Alaska and Canada. We also share other types of project-specific data that cover much larger regions. Dataset categories include: Observed Historical, Modeled Historical, and Modeled Projected.

climate modeling, climate projection, information, database Alaska, Northwestern Canada 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
SoundToxins NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

SoundToxins, a diverse partnership of Washington state shellfish and finfish growers, environmental learning centers, Native American tribes, and Puget Sound volunteers, is a monitoring program designed to provide early warning of harmful algal bloom events in order to minimize both human health risks and economic losses to Puget Sound fisheries.

shellfish, Harmful Algal Bloooms (HABs), finfish, aquaculture Northwest Link
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a partnership of federal, state, nonprofit, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape
capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy East, Southeast, Coastal Link
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) is part of a network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and other entities within a geographic area. They are designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. The partnership will consider landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. The SALCC crosses six states, from southern Virginia to northern Florida.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

For more than 40 years, SEACC has brought local voices together to defend the last great salmon strongholds on our planet, protecting the foundation of a $1 billion fishing industry that powers our local communities and supplies wild salmon to the world. Our members are the fishermen, hunters, scientists, small saw millers, Alaska Natives, hikers, paddlers, and business owners who live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska. We're united by our love of this place, and our unique, salmon-based way of life. With wealth inequality at a record high, and climate change connecting social and environmental problems, the time is now to band together for justice across every line that has ever divided us.

fishing industry, salmon, community health, wealth inequality, climate change, environmental justice Alaska (Southeast) Link
Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research

SEATOR is a partnership committed to monitoring and communicating our findings about shellfish toxins, harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification.

monitoring, shellfish, shellfish toxins, algal blooms, ocean acidification Alaska (Southeast) Link
Southern California Climate Adaptation Project EcoAdapt

The Southern California Climate Adaptation Project was initiated to improve understanding about the vulnerability of important southern California habitats to climate change and to develop adaptation strategies designed to reduce vulnerabilities and/or increase resilience of habitats. This project used a collaborative, stakeholder-driven process that involved soliciting input from land and resource managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and others from federal and state agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations. Input was provided through participation on the project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a series of workshops focused on vulnerability and adaptation, and peer reviews of draft products. Project products include climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies and actions for 12 regionally important habitats. In addition, four case studies were developed to demonstrate how climate vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into on-the-ground projects. The diverse range of products are intended to inform federal agency management plan revisions and projects as well as other regional management and conservation planning efforts.

adaptation, resilience, habitat, conservation, assessment, climate change Southern California Link
Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The SRLCC is made up of federal, state, tribal and private agencies or organizations involved in the management of key natural resources such as water, animals and plants. The diverse makeup of the group promotes collaboration among members by developing shared conservation goals. The partnership works together to identify where and how to achieve larger and lasting conservation with a landscape scale impact.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy West, Southwest 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
State of Alaska's Salmon and People (SASAP) National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) project is a collaboration of researchers, cultural leaders, and others working to bring together integrated, accurate, and up-to-date information that will help to support better salmon decision-making. SASAP’s mission is to create an equitable decision-making platform for all stakeholders by addressing data gaps in Alaska’s salmon system through information synthesis, collaboration and stakeholder engagement. This project is led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Nautilus Impact Investing (NII) in Anchorage, Alaska. SASAP is collaborating with and engaging leading experts at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and Anchorage, indigenous leaders, and specialists across resource sectors.

salmon health, decision-making, information synthesis, data, stakeholder engagement, collaboration Alaska Link
Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) EPA

SWMM-CAT allows users to evaluate climate change impacts on stormwater runoff volume and quality, and to explore how the application of various low-impact development (LID) options can be used to alter these hydrological parameters. SWMM provides a spatial and temporal analysis of runoff quality and quantity by dividing basins into multiple sub-catchment areas and analyzing runoff at different time steps. It covers a variety of different drivers that can cause runoff in urban areas, including rainfall, snowmelt, and groundwater percolation, among others, and also allows for mapping and modeling of different sub-catchment drainage system components, including pipes, channels, diversion structures, storage and treatment facilities, and natural channels.

climate change, storm water management, hydrology, spatial analysis, temporal analysis, runoff National Link
STORMTOOLS Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

STORMTOOLS shows coastal inundation projections from storm surge inundation and sea level rise. STORMTOOLS is a method to map storm inundation, with and without sea level rise, for varying return period storms that covers all of Rhode Island’s coastal waters.

climate change, resources, prediction, projection, model, education, preparation United States Link
Stream Temperature Monitoring Network, Cook Inletkeeper

Cook Inletkeeper developed the Stream Temperature Monitoring Network to build the science-based knowledge needed to identify thermal impacts in Alaska’s coastal salmon habitat. We are 1) collecting consistent, comparable temperature data for Cook Inlet’s salmon streams; 2) increasing our understanding of the rate of rising stream temperatures and areas of maximum exceedances throughout the basin; and 3) providing the knowledge and data needed to prioritize sites for future research, protection and restoration actions. Click here for site locations and links for site-specific factsheets.

Cook Inlet Watershed, salmon, climate change, warming temperatures, stream temperatures, adaptation, data collection, restoration Alaska, Cook Inlet Watershed Link
StreamCat: Stream Catchment Dataset Tool EPA

EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) has developed the Stream-Catchment (StreamCat) dataset, an extensive collection of landscape metrics for 2.6 million streams and associated catchments within the conterminous U.S. StreamCat includes both natural and human-related landscape features. The data are summarized both for individual stream catchments and for cumulative upstream watersheds, based on the National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 geospatial framework.

Freshwater, Climate Projections, Stream Catchment, Scientific Data National Link
Sustainable Southeast Partnership

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is a diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity for Southeast Alaskan communities and the region.

culture, economic health, food security, energy independence, fisheries, forestry Alaska (Southeast) Link