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
Chinook Salmon Projects and Climate Change Adaptation International, EcoAdapt

Changing climate conditions, along with land-use and other ecological changes, are affecting the health, vitality, and resilience of Chinook salmon populations in watersheds throughout Puget Sound. Restoration and protection projects are designed to address the most critical factors affecting salmon populations. However, with climate change, these factors may change: the medium- and long-term success of the projects and expected benefits to salmon may be compromised and/or current investments may not achieve expected results.

The goal of this guidance document is to provide Lead Entities with a framework for reviewing and evaluating sponsored project proposals in light of changing climate conditions.

climate change, salmon health, watersheds, restoration, protection Puget Sound Link
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchang NGO

EcoAdapt runs the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), which is a joint project with Island Press aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Climate Central Climate Central

Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation, policy or bill. Climate Central is a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Climate Planning, Climate Science, Sea Level Rise, Drought, Climate Modeling, Communications National, International 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
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
Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

The Climate Impacts Research Consortium as a climate knowledge network established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information and tools for adapting to a changing climate in the northwest.

Northwest, National 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
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
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
Climigration Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

The sea is rising and will cover millions of acres of coastal land in the coming decades. Also, coastal storms are increasingly erratic and violent, threatening lives and property on the coasts. Communities are implementing a wide range of adaptation measures, including seawalls, wider canals, and raised buildings, but many of these are only temporary stop-gaps with challenging financial and ecological implications. In some places, managed retreat, or climigration, should be an option people are talking about, but very few communities dare to raise it as a possibility because of many different variables.
This effort is led by a diverse group of people who are committed to helping communities and policymakers think proactively about managed retreat along with all other options for adapting to climate change. This multi-faceted issue necessitates a multi-expert and multi-experience approach. Thus the network includes a diverse group of thinkers and doers from a wide variety of disciplines and experiences, including planners; residents of coastal communities; a post-disaster social worker; local, state, and federal government representatives; climate scientists; a change management consultant; artists who use expression to help people think about transformation; academics; adaptation finance administrators; and policy mediators.

climate change, sea level rise, storms, subsidence, relocation, adaptation, mitigation, planning, policy US coastlines, National, United States, International, Global Link
Coastal Hazard Wheel CAKE

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system to address all coastal challenges simultaneously. It can be used as a complete coastal language and aims to boost adaptation action and bridge the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public. It is based on a new coastal classification system and functions as a key for classifying a particular coastal location, determining its hazard profile, identifying relevant management options and communicating coastal information. The Coastal Hazard Wheel App currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.

coastal, marine, hazard, natural disaster, erosion, change, climate change, coastline, disaster National, United States Link
Coastal Resilience Network The Nature Conservancy and Others

Coastal Resilience supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying spatial planning innovations to coastal hazard risk, resilience and adaptation issues. This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions.

National, International Link
Coastal Zone Enhancement Program NOAA

Improvements to state and territory coastal management programs are encouraged through this program. The focus is on nine enhancement areas: wetlands, coastal hazards, public access, marine debris, cumulative and secondary impacts, special area management plans, ocean and Great Lakes resources, energy and government facility siting, and aquaculture. The program was established in 1990 under Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Every five years, states and territories review their programs to identify priority needs and opportunities for improvement. The programs then work with NOAA to develop multi-year improvement strategies that focus on one or more of the priority enhancement goals.

Land, Coastal Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Resource Library

A wealth of publications, webinars, outreach materials, success stories, and other resources associated with the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program have been published in recent years. In addition to resources specific to the CFLRP, the Forest Service has also identified resources that may be of interest to the broader community of collaborative restoration practitioners. These resources have been compiled so that the stories, successes, and lessons learned regarding large-scale collaborative forest restoration can be shared.

forest, restoration, inter agency collaboration, management, planning, education, information United States, National Link
Columbia River Intertribal Fishing Commission (CRITFC) CRITFC, Tribal Entity

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its member tribes are aggressively addressing climate change and its effects on tribal fisheries and water resources, as well as other natural and cultural resources. There is an important need for the tribes to prepare for, mitigate and adapt natural resource programs and policies to manage the effects of climate change. CRITFC is supporting these efforts through collaboration, coordination and development of science and technology (i.e. conducting technical research on climate change impacts on tribal lands), and development and coordination of tribal mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions in state, federal and other venues.

Research, Adaptation, Mitigation, Fisheries Northwest, Columbia River Link
Community Resilience Toolkit: A Workshop Guide for Community Resilience Planning Bay Area 2020

If your neighborhood association, church organization, city planning office, or community-based organization is interested in building a more resilient community, this toolkit is for you.
The Bay Localize Community Resilience Toolkit guides groups in leading workshops to plan for resilience in their communities while decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. It is designed for community groups that would like to get involved in making a difference in their neighborhood, city, or county. The Toolkit offers Bay Area-specific resources and action ideas in six key sectors: food, water, energy, transportation and housing, jobs and economy, and civic services.

climate change, planning policy, infrastructure, emissions, energy, community building, social justice National, California, Urban Link
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) USDA, FSA

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary land retirement program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water.

Natural Resources National 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
Department of Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) DOI

The Climate Science Centers (CSCs) synthesize and integrate climate change impact data and develop tools that the Department's managers and partners can use when managing the Department's land, water, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources as part of the DOI's Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives (CCAI).

Research, Conservation, Natural Resources National Link
Department of Interior (DOI) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives DOI

As part of the larger DOI Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives (CCAI), Land Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) will work interactively with their relevant Regional Climate Science Centers and help coordinate land management adaptation efforts in their regions. LCCs are collaborative organizations that seek holistic approaches to climate and conservation issues.

Conservation, Natural Resources National Link
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered to develop the Desert LCC. The Desert LCC is a bi-national, self-directed, non-regulatory regional partnership formed and directed by resource management entities as well as interested public and private entities in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Through collaborative partnerships, the Desert LCC seeks to provide scientific and technical support, coordination, and communication to resource managers and the broader Desert LCC community to address climate change and other landscape-scale ecosystem stressors.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Southwest, Coastal, International, Mexico 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
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
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC is dedicated to addressing the conservation challenges of a heavily agricultural landscape that stretches across the nation’s heartland from southwest Ohio westward across to parts of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and northward into segments of Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Midwest Link
EcoAdapt NGO

EcoAdapt’s mission is to create a robust future in the face of climate change. EcoAdapt brings together diverse players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and resource management in response to rapid climate change.

Conservation, policy, Science, Development National Link

Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Program focus areas include climate change and indigenous communities.

Indigenous Communities, Forests, Oceans and Fisheries, Water and Watersheds, Built Environment, Climate Northwest Link
Environmental Justice Strategy USDE

In 2016, the Department is pleased to update and implement its newly revised Environmental Justice Strategy (EJ Strategy), which seeks to demonstrate the Department’s commitment to comply with Executive Order (EO) 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low‐Income Populations.

climate change, water quality, biodiversity, human health, social justice, environmental justice, planning, policy National 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
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