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 Organization Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
Native Cultures and the Maritime Heritage Program NOAA

The Maritime Heritage Program seeks to support research into seafaring traditions and the preservation of maritime folklore and knowledge. Understanding the true human dimensions of our protected marine areas is incomplete without an awareness and recognition of the special cultural ties these areas have to indigenous seafaring cultures. Gaining an awareness of the great variety of human connections to the sea can help us all become better stewards of our ocean resources.

Cultural Preservation, Coastal 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
The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate-Connectivity Project NPLCC

The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate-Connectivity Project engaged science-practice partnerships to identify potential climate impacts on wildlife habitat connectivity in the transboundary region of Washington and British Columbia, and adaptation actions for addressing these impacts. This gallery includes data gathered or created as part of this project, as well as accompanying reports describing key findings for 13 case studies (including 11 species, a vegetation system, and a region).

A primary goal of this project was to increase practitioners' capacity to access, interpret, and apply existing climate and connectivity models to their decision-making. For this reason, many of the data layers included in this gallery have been reproduced with slight modification from existing sources; detailed information on original data sources can be found in the metadata provided with each layer.

Data-set, Climate Modeling, Landscape-level Climate Impacts, Scientific Data Washington, International (Canada), Northwest 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
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
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 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
Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists NFWF, USFS, BLM, BoR

Creating meaningful conservation employment opportunities this project contributes nearly $2,000,000 in funding to support partnerships which create meaningful conservation employment opportunities for young people across the nation. This initiative is led by the NFWF and several secondary supporters. The NFWF has aligned their efforts with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to supply jobs in the field of conservation to underserved youth.

Development, Education, Conservation National Link
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tribal Affairs FEMA

FEMA provides a number of resources for tribal communities. The FEMA Tribal Affairs team has included a list of grants related to disasters, hazards, and non-hazards that tribes are eligible for. FEMA also offers tribal training for increasing preparedness for disasters.

Disaster Planning National Link
Native Communities and Climate Change Internet Database- University of Colorado Law School University of Colorado

With funding from Western Water Assessment and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), this Project is developing an on-line database for Indian tribes and organizations working with tribal communities to obtain relevant climate change adaption information. The web-based database currently contains 300+ documents focused on climate change science and impacts, planning, policy, tools, and examples to help inform tribal adaptation and natural resource strategies. The website also contains an interactive map of relevant activities and links to individuals and organizations working on tribal adaptation efforts.

Drought, Adaptation National Link
Drought Response 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
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
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
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
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
Information Exchange for Marine Educators National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, National Marine Protected Areas Center

"Information Exchange for Marine Educators" is an e-newsletter that includes information about marine and environmental education programs and activities, professional development opportunities, funding resources and a section for educators to post requests for information.

education, curriculum, forum, climate change, accessibility 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
Wood Education and Resource Center USFS

The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), located in Princeton, WV, is a USDA Forest Service facility with offices, training facilities, and a rough mill. WERC's mission is to facilitate interaction and information exchange with the forest products industry, to enhance opportunities for sustained forest products production in the eastern hardwood forest region of the United States. WERC supports managerial and technical innovation to keep businesses competitive. It provides state-of-the-art training, technology transfer, networking opportunities, applied research, and information and sharing. WERC serves the primary and secondary hardwood manufacturing industries located in the 35 States of the eastern hardwood forest region.

education, forestry, industry, technology, hardwood forest National/varies Link
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (OIEPP) DOE, OIEPP

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, or the Office of Indian Energy, is charged by Congress to direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, and programs that assist tribes with energy development, capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

Education, Management, Energy, Infrastructure 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
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
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) USDA, FSA

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, such as losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

emergency assistance, disaster resources, extreme weather events National 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
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Four Corners Tribal Lands Project NIDIS

Up-to-date information and research on drought in the Four Corners area is available through NIDIS.

Emergency Response, Research, Education National Link
DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): Tribal Energy Program DOE, EERE

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Tribal Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to tribes to evaluate and develop their renewable energy resources and reduce their energy consumption through efficiency and weatherization. The program fosters government-to-government partnerships that empower tribal leaders to make informed decisions about energy choices and bring renewable energy and energy efficiency options to tribal lands.

Energy 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
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
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
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
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

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