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
Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Great Northern LCC is partnership that is dedicated to maintaining landscapes that sustain diverse natural systems to support healthy and connected populations of fish, wildlife, and plants; sustain traditional land uses and cultural history; and support robust communities. The LCC pursues this mission by aligning and enacting a regional response to landscape conservation, sharing data, science, and capacity and by working across boundaries and jurisdictions.

Conservation, Natural Resources Northwest, Canada, International 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
Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GPLCC) is a partnership that provides applied science and decision support tools to assist natural resource managers to conserve plant, fish and wildlife in the mid- and short-grass prairie of the southern Great Plains. It is part of a national network of public-private partnerships—known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)—that work collaboratively across jurisdictions and political boundaries to leverage resources and share science capacity. The Great Plains LCC identifies science priorities for the region and helps foster science that addresses these priorities, thus supporting wildlife conservation efforts throughout the Great Plains. It also assists partners in building their own capacity to address scientific challenges associated with our rapidly changing environment.

Conservation, Natural Resources Midwest Link
Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC consists of partnerships based on science, and brings information to on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts. The Gulf Coast Prairie LCC offers leadership to strengthen the effectiveness of conservation of wildlife populations and their habitats throughout the region by providing the best available scientific information to inform management decisions. It will achieve this collaborative vision through shared access to science, data, expertise, and resources.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC): 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
Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives bring together conservation and resource managers to identify shared interests and pool resources to address landscape-scale stressors, such as climate change. The NWB LCC boundary closely follows that of the Northwestern Interior Forest Bird Conservation Region. The LCC falls within the boreal forest biome and includes Southcentral and Interior Alaska, most of the Yukon Territory, the northern portion of British Columbia, and a small part of Northwest Territories. The area includes over 330 million acres, and encompasses large portions of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Susitna, and Copper River Basins.

Conservation, Natural Resources Alaska, Canada, International Link
Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative DOI, LCC

The PICCC provides a range of services and tools to help managers in Hawai‘i, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and other Pacific Island groups make informed decisions for conservation of natural and cultural resources including climate models at the archipelagic and island scales, ecological response models, and implementation and monitoring strategies for island species, resources, and communities. Our goal is to help managers reach explicit biocultural conservation objectives in the face of climate change and ongoing threats such as fire, land conservation, and invasive species.

Conservation, Natural Resources Pacific Islands, International Link
Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) is part of a national network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives(LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, private stakeholders, 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.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) is a management-science partnership created to inform and promote integrated science, natural resource management and conservation to address impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southwest, Northwest Link
Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC) essentially works to develop and provide sound science-based information, to support diverse conservation initiatives by providing funding, and to provide a platform for partners by facilitating the exchange of information and supporting other research and conservation-related activities.

Conservation, Natural Resources Caribbean, International 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
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Resources of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests EcoAdapt

This report summarizes the results of a two-day adaptation planning workshop for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests as part of their forest plan revision process. The workshop focused on identifying adaptation options for eight key resource areas, including forested vegetation, non-forested vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, fisheries, recreation, cultural/heritage values, and ecosystem services. The report includes a general overview of the workshop methodology and provides a suite of possible adaptation strategies and actions for each key resource area. Adaptation actions were linked with the climate-related vulnerabilities they help to ameliorate as well as the direct/indirect effects they may have on other resource areas.

adaptation planning, forested vegetation, non-forested vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, fisheries, recreation, cultural/heritage values, ecosystem services Idaho 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
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
Climate Showcase Communities Program EPA

EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities Program helps local governments and tribal nations pilot innovative, cost-effective and replicable community-based greenhouse gas reduction projects. Fifty Climate Showcase Communities across the United States are leading projects in energy production, residential and commercial energy efficiency, waste management, transportation and land use that reduce energy use and save money.

GHG Reduction, Mitigation, 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
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
EPA Climate Change Portal EPA

The EPA hosts a website dedicated to providing information about climate impacts and resources across the United States. This website features current news and information about climate change in the US.

climate change, energy, environment 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
Tribal Air and Climate Resources EPA

Tribes have historically played an important role in environmental issues including air quality and climate change. Tribal citizens are often disproportionately affected by air pollution, while their governments play an increasingly valuable role in controlling and reducing pollution and its adverse health effects. Tribes are also particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and are taking steps to prepare for and become more resilient to these changes. Learn about the environmental programs and technical assistance regarding air quality on tribal lands.

air quality, climate change, air pollution, health, technical assistance 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
EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) EPA

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative assists the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, in addressing climate change impacts. Through the development of practical and easy-to-use tools, EPA promotes a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options by translating complex climate projections into accessible formats. This information helps utility owners and operators better prepare their systems for the impacts of climate change.

Natural Resources, Water, Infrastructure National Link
EPA Directory of Regional Climate Change Adaptation Programs of Federal Agencies EPA

This directory includes contact information for the Climate Science Centers (CSCs), Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), EPA regional offices, US Army Corps of Engineers regional contact information, NOAA RISA regional program contacts and others.

Conservation, Adaptation National Link
EPA Tribal Contact List EPA

EPA listing of regional and national agency contacts regarding tribes. Page also includes supplemental contact information, e.g. a listing of federally recognized tribes. EPA regional offices and contacts are included in a map on the bottom of the web page.

Contacts, Listing National Link
EPA Tribal Air Quality Program EPA

Tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule to manage air quality in Indian country. EPA provides technical assistance and resources to help tribes build their program capacity. It is important to note that air quality monitoring serves a different purpose than an emission inventory. Air quality monitoring samples the air to measure which pollutants are present and in what amounts, but does not tell where the pollutants are coming from. An emission inventory tells a tribe what sources are emitting which pollutants into the air. These documents provide guidance to tribes and EPA Regional Offices on how to develop and implement tribal air monitoring programs on tribal lands.

Air Quality, clean air act, tribal authority rule, technical assistance, monitoring National 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
Environmental Protection in Indian Country EPA

The EPA hosts a website detailing different resources, programs and support available to Tribes.

Environmental Restoration, Pollution, Climate Grants National 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
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
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