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
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 Wise

Climate Wise aims to help local leaders in developing Whole Community adaptation strategies to address the impacts of climate change. They offer a number of consulting services including local projections, vulnerability assessments, resilience planning, and GIS consulting.

climate change, consultation, planning, development, adaptation, GIS mapping 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
Conservation Technical Assistance USDA, NRCS

The CTA Program provides land users (including tribes) with proven conservation technology and the delivery system needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape. The primary purposes of the CTA Program are to:

Reduce soil loss from erosion
Solve soil, water quality, water conservation, air quality, and agricultural waste management problems
Reduce potential damage caused by excess water and sedimentation or drought
Enhance the quality of fish and wildlife habitat
Improve the long term sustainability of all lands, including cropland, forestland, grazing lands, coastal lands, and developed and/or developing lands
Assist others in facilitating changes in land use as needed for natural resource protection and sustainability

conservation, technical assistance, water quality, air quality, agricultural waste management, drought, fish and wildlife, habitat, sustainability National Link
Conversation Reserve Program (CRP) USDA, FSA

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is holding a continuous signup period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), running from June 4, 2018 to August 17, 2018.

agriculture, conservation, environmental health and quality, water quality, soil erosion, wildlife habitat 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
Current Research Information System USDA, NIFA

Welcome to the Current Research Information System (CRIS) web site. The Current Research Information System (CRIS) provides documentation and reporting for ongoing agricultural, food science, human nutrition, and forestry research, education and extension activities for the United States Department of Agriculture; with a focus on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant programs. Projects are conducted or sponsored by USDA research agencies, state agricultural experiment stations, land-grant universities, other cooperating state institutions, and participants in NIFA-administered grant programs, including Small Business Innovation Research and Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The Planning, Accountability, & Reporting Staff office of NIFA is responsible for maintaining CRIS.

research, agriculture, food science, human nutrition, forestry, education, NIFA 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
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
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
Economic Research Service; Climate Change USDA

The Earth's temperature is rising as a result of increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Agriculture is a source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions, two prominent greenhouse gases. Changes in agricultural practices can reduce emissions of these gases, and reduce atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide by sequestering carbon in soil.

Climate change will affect crop and livestock yields worldwide, which will lead to changes in food and fiber consumption, prices of agricultural commodities, and farm incomes.

ERS is uniquely positioned to analyze these changes through its expertise on the economics of:

Land use and management,
Technology adoption, and
Environmental program design.

land use management, technology adoption, greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture, carbon dioxide, carbon sequestration National Link
Economic Research Service; Environmental Quality USDA

ERS analyzes the use and efficacy of conservation practices and of Federal programs and policies in combating the harmful effects of agriculture as they relate to: Soil quality, as compromised by wind and water erosion; Water quality, as compromised by chemical/pesticide and nutrient runoff; Air quality, as compromised by soil particulates, farm chemicals, and odor from livestock; Wildlife habitat, as compromised by fragmentation, monoculture (which reduces landscape diversity), and diverting water for irrigation; and Wetlands, as compromised by conversion to cropland

conservation, agriculture, soil quality, wind and water erosion, water quality, air quality, wildlife habitat, wetlands 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
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
Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) USDA

he Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forests.

The local FSA County Committee implements EFRP for all disasters with the exceptions of drought and insect infestations. In the case of drought or an insect infestation, the national FSA office authorizes EFRP implementation.

forest restoration, forest management, private forests, non-industrial forests, natural disasters, forest health National 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
EPA Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) EPA

EPA's CRWU initiative provides drinking water, wastewater and storm water utilities with practical tools, training and technical assistance needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events. Through a comprehensive planning process, CRWU assists water utilities by promoting a clear understanding of potential long-term adaptation options for decision-making related to water utility infrastructure financing. This site includes resources to plan for extreme weather and tools to assess risks of extreme weather.

water management, training, technical assistance, extreme weather events, resilience National Link