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
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
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
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center NOAA, DOC

Established in 1983, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) is located in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. It serves the 12-state region that includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Major funding is provided through a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center's staff works cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center, the National Weather Service, state climate offices, and other interested scientists in the Northeast to acquire and disseminate accurate, up-to-date climate data and information.

Research, Climate Science Northeast 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
Lower Columbia and Outer Coast Landscape Conservation Design Project -- Blueprint for a Climate-Resilient Landscape NPLCC, USFWS, LCC

In response to this need, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative and US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1 has initiated a Landscape Conservation Design initiative for the Lower Columbia River and adjacent coastal shoreline - "Blueprint for a Climate-Resilient Landscape." This partner-driven, multi-stakeholder effort is an integrated, collaborative, and holistic process that is grounded in the interdisciplinary science of landscape ecology, the mission-oriented science of conservation biology, and the art of design. The process results in a science-based, spatially-explicit product that identifies targets of interest to partners, articulates measurable objectives; assesses current and projected landscape patterns and processes; and identifies a desired future condition, conservation and development trade-offs, and implementation strategies.

Conservation, Adaptation, Landscape-scale Conservation Northwest Link
Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy NPS

This report, published December 2016, sets out a vision and broad approach for managing impacts to and learning from cultural resources under modern climate change. This connects major directions for action from the NPS Climate Change Response Strategy (2010) and the NPS Director’s Policy Memo Climate Change and Stewardship of Cultural Resources (2014) to create four overarching Goals for cultural resources and climate change.

climate change, planning, policy, adaptation, mitigation, cultural resource, National Link
National Park Service Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program NPS

"This site is for anyone interested in working with Indigenous peoples and long-term (hundreds of years) local residents for stewardship of ecosystems. It provides information, resources and discussion for those interested in considering both traditional knowledge and western science. please contact us to submit information for the website for consideration. We honor and respect Mother Earth's caretakers and desire to learn time-tested ways of stewardship."

Traditional Ecological Knowledge, National Parks Management National Link
National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Historical Preservation Officers Program NPS, DOI

This program is dedicated to working with Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and national organizations, to preserve and protect resources and traditions that are of importance to Native Americans by strengthening their capabilities for operating sustainable preservation programs. The Historic Preservation Fund supports two grants programs: Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) and the Tribal Heritage Grants. These two grant programs provide much needed assistance to Native American communities interested in protecting their cultural heritage.

Cultural Preservation Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Response Program NPS, DOI

The Climate Change Response Program provides basic science information on the effects of climate change, and describes the approach the NPS plans to take to manage uncertainty and potential impacts to NPS parks. As part of this program, the NPS has released a Climate Change Action Plan, available here: http://www.nature.nps.gov/climatechange/docs/NPS_CCRS.pdf.

Research, Mitigation, Adaptation National Link
National Tribal Environmental Council NTEC, Tribal Entity

The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) is dedicated to working with and assisting tribes in the protection and preservation of the reservation environment. NTEC has programs that include training drinking water operators, advancing air quality management policies and programs, and providing tribal technical resources for addressing pesticide issues and concerns. NTEC's membership is open to any federally recognized tribe throughout the United States, and currently has 186 member tribes.

Environmental Protection, Reservations National Link
Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center NWCASC

The Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) was established to help safeguard the natural and cultural resources of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and surrounding river basins. We are a federal-university partnership that produces relevant and accessible science on climate change impacts and adaptation actions for Northwest natural resource managers and policy-makers. This University-Federal partnership allows access to a broad range of scientific expertise, production of high-quality science and the leveraging of funds, resources and facilities.

climate science, climate change, adaptation, mitigation, planning, vulnerability assessment, research, programs, map Northwest Link
NW Climate Science Digest NWCSC

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) combines academic expertise with federal resources to advance climate science development and delivery for managers and policy makers in the Northwest region. The NW Climate Science Digest is a monthly newsletter that compiles climate science journals and publications for wider access.

climate change, climate science, planning National Link
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) NWIFC, Tribal Entity

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is made up of 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington that manage fisheries and protect natural resources through cooperative management. Member tribes are working actively to preserve salmon habitat in the face of changing climate. NWIFC tribes recognize that climate change cannot be understood in isolation but must be examined from the mountains to the sea. Efforts include studying ocean acidification and the impact of climate change on land use, transportation, housing, and natural and cultural resources such as shellfish, salmon and forested areas.

Fisheries, Natural Resources Northwest Link
Village Power Technical Assistance Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

The Office of Indian Energy has created a hotline to provide Alaska Native villages with access to quick-response solutions for minor PCE filing challenges. This number is intended for questions that can be addressed relatively quickly; requestors who require more in-depth or longer-term assistance will be directed to complete the online technical assistance request form linked above.

To access the PCE assistance hotline, call 907-707-7234. Hotline hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alaska Time.

technical assistance, evaluation, efficiency 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
Our Natural Resources (ONR) ONR, Tribal Entity

Our Natural Resources (ONR) is an alliance of intertribal organizations and tribes committed to develop and advance a national tribal natural resources strategy. ONR brings together a unique blend of expertise to support the capacity of tribes to use, protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources that are central to the well-being of all communities. ONR is open to all tribes, organizations, and individuals that support the mission, attainment of the goals, and work towards the vision.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Open Space Institute Open Space Institute

We work with landowners and local land trusts to acquire land to protect diverse landscapes; preserve habitat for rare or endangered species; ensure water quality; facilitate wildlife adaptation to climate change; and enhance recreational access. We also protect land from future development while it remains in private hands through conservation easements. The Conservation Capitol Program and Citizen Action Program offers loans and grants for land protection and projects that are aligned with our mission. 

climate change, community, social justice, conservation, sustainability. adaptation, mitigation Midwest, Southeast, Northeast Link
Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Adaptation International

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, along with Adaptation International, created the Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook, which provides a framework for climate change adaptation planning in the context of existing tribal priorities. The Guidebook builds on the on-going climate-related work in tribal communities, directly considers the unique issues facing Indigenous communities, and identifies opportunities and guidance for incorporating Traditional Knowledges based on the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup’s Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges (TKs) in Climate Change Initiatives. The Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook is designed to be useful for tribes at any stage of adaptation planning and with varying degrees of funding and staff capacity. The Guidebook is designed so that tribes can work through any applicable section and skip sections that are not applicable. The development of the guidebook was overseen by a group of advisors who supported the writing staff by refining the goals and objectives for the Guidebook and by providing regular reviews throughout the development process. The project was funded by a grant from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative and received supplemental funding from the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.

adaptation, planning, resource, climate change National, Northwest Link
Oregon Climate and Health Network Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon's Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls. 
The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise. If you are interested in participating in the Oregon Climate and Health Network, contact Emily York at: emily.a.york@state.or.us

Public Health, Climate Adaptation, Collaborative Projects, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease Prevention, Land Use, Transportation, Natural Resource Planning, Social Services Pacific Northwest, Oregon Link
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 Resilience Planning Toolkit Oregon Health Authority

This toolkit provides local health jurisdictions guidance on how to integrate climate change work into local public health practice. Health departments of all capacities can incorporate climate change considerations into existing planning and programming.​ For those with higher capacity, this toolkit can serve as a resource for developing a Climate and Health Resilience Plan (also called an "adaptation plan" or a "climate change preparedness plan.") This toolkit is adapted from CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework and modified based on the experience of five local health jurisdictions in Oregon. This toolkit builds on their lessons learned​​ through planning for climate change at the local level.

Tribal Health, Climate Change, resilience, planning Northwest Link
Oregon Climate and Health Network Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon's Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls. 
The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise.

Tribal Health, Climate Adaptation, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease, Social Services Pacific Northwest, Oregon Link
Climate Resilience Planning Toolkit Oregon Health Authority

This toolkit provides local health jurisdictions guidance on how to integrate climate change work into local public health practice. Health departments of all capacities can incorporate climate change considerations into existing planning and programming.​ For those with higher capacity, this toolkit can serve as a resource for developing a Climate and Health Resilience Plan (also called an "adaptation plan" or a "climate change preparedness plan.") This toolkit is adapted from CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework and modified based on the experience of five local health jurisdictions in Oregon. This toolkit builds on their lessons learned​​ through planning for climate change at the local level.

Climate change, health, resilience, planning Northwest
Oregon Climate and Health Network. Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon’s Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls. 
The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise. If you are interested in participating in the Oregon Climate and Health Network, contact Emily York at: emily.a.york@state.or.us

Northwest Link
Agriculture Climate Network OSU, Northwest Climate Hub, CIRC, RISA, WSU, UI

The AgClimate Network is a web-based hub for communication between regional scientists and stakeholders about climate change and agricultural and natural resources topics. A consortium of institutions including Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University, and the United States Department of Agriculture Northwest Climate Hub support individuals who contribute content to this site and share articles and analyses. Our editorial team and frequent contributors are listed on our Editorial Team page. To contact specific authors please send your comments via our Ask a Question page, or email us at info@agclimate.net.

agriculture, communication, scientists, stakeholders, climate change impacts, natural resources Pacific Northwest Link
Tribal Climate Health Pala Band of Mission Indians

In 2016, Pala Band of Mission Indians was awarded a grant from the U.S. EPA under a solicitation called “Building the Capacity of Tribes to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change.” The grant funds the development and distribution of online trainings, a resource clearinghouse, and other capacity-building tools that will help tribal health and environmental professionals across the nation prepare their communities for the public health impacts of climate change.

Tribal Health, capacity building, environmental health, public health, community 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
Climate resilience evaulation and awareness tool exercise with North Hudson Sewerage authority and New York-New Jersey Estuary Program Rutgers University Libraries

EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) and Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) initiatives are working to coordinate their efforts and support climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning. This report details a recent exercise that provided an opportunity for these parties to collaborate on assessment and planning with respect to potential climate change impacts on utility infrastructure and natural resources. The Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) was used to support the collaborative process of identifying climate change threats, assessing potential consequences, and evaluating adaptation options for both a utility and for the overall watershed.

climate change, risk assessment, adaptation planning, infrastructure, natural resources New Jersey 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

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