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
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
Science Applications Online Learning Management System Science Applications

This website offers free online courses in landscape conservation, climate adaptation and energy forecast modeling.

Climate Adaptation, Scientific Data, Training, Education, Online Learning, National Link
The Roots of Wisdom Exhibition: Native Knowledge Shared Science

This exhibition explores four inspiring stories of environmental and cultural restoration, and is a 5-year cross-cultural collaboration involving OMSI, IEI, Smithsonian NMAI and four Native Community partners.

TEK, cultural revitalization, sovereignty, self determination, social justice, restoration National Link
SNAP Data SNAP Data

SNAP produces downscaled, historical and projected climate data for sub-Arctic and Arctic regions of Alaska and Canada. We also share other types of project-specific data that cover much larger regions. Dataset categories include: Observed Historical, Modeled Historical, and Modeled Projected.

climate modeling, climate projection, information, database Alaska, Northwestern Canada Link
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

For more than 40 years, SEACC has brought local voices together to defend the last great salmon strongholds on our planet, protecting the foundation of a $1 billion fishing industry that powers our local communities and supplies wild salmon to the world. Our members are the fishermen, hunters, scientists, small saw millers, Alaska Natives, hikers, paddlers, and business owners who live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska. We're united by our love of this place, and our unique, salmon-based way of life. With wealth inequality at a record high, and climate change connecting social and environmental problems, the time is now to band together for justice across every line that has ever divided us.

fishing industry, salmon, community health, wealth inequality, climate change, environmental justice Alaska (Southeast) Link
Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research

SEATOR is a partnership committed to monitoring and communicating our findings about shellfish toxins, harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification.

monitoring, shellfish, shellfish toxins, algal blooms, ocean acidification Alaska (Southeast) Link
Public Health Working Group for the Climate Action Team State of California

The Public Health Working Group's task is to address cross-cutting issues related to climate change and health. The Working Group is responsible for providing public health input into the AB 32 implementation process, as well as other public health issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation California Link
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership Sustainable Southeast Partnership

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation. The overall goal of the HNFP is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health. The HNFP is one of southeast Alaska’s premiere all-lands, all-hands initiatives and our hopes is that this effort can be used as a model for other areas in the region.

science, community forest, watershed planning, implementation, natural resources, wildlife conservation, watershed health Alaska Link
Climate Change: Native Voices from the Pacific Northwest Coast Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

This short film depicts Indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast views on impacts from projected changes due to sea level rise and storm surge.

Tribal Health, health, climate change impacts, environmental healht, food safety, natural resources, cultural resources Washington Link
Indigenous Health Indicators Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

The overarching aims of the project are to create and test a set of community-based indicators of indigenous health specific to Native American tribal communities in the Puget Sound/ Salish Sea region of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are necessary because current U.S. government public health regulations and policies are based on a position that views risks and impacts as objective measures of dose-response assessments and physiological morbidity or mortality outcomes but does not otherwise connect them to social or cultural beliefs and values integral to Native American definitions of health.

Public health, Tribal Health, TK, Environmental Health, Climate Change, data Washington, Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest 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
Advanced Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer The Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer is designed to increase wildfire awareness, give a comprehensive view of wildfire risk and local fire history, and educate users about wildfire prevention and mitigation resources. The site provides decision support for homeowners, communities, and professionals to identify and prioritize local fire prevention and mitigation efforts.

wildfire, prevention, planning, mitigation, natural hazard Oregon Link
Tribal Healthy Homes Network THHN

The Tribal Healthy Homes Network is a tribally-led coalition that strives to find and share solutions for healthy, sustainable, and safe housing. We search for and help develop effective programs, and share our results with tribes. We also serve as a clearinghouse for technical support, program guidance, resources, and funding.

Tribal Health, healthy housing, technical support, funding National Link
Alaska Native Science Commission Tribal Entity

The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners.

research, clearinghouse, ethics Alaska, Arctic Link
Climate Change and Human Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers climate change to be one of the top public health challenges of our time. Our mission to protect the health and well-being of people in the United States depends on healthy and sustainable environments.

Public Health, climate change, resources, information National Link
Hot-Dry-Windy Index (HDW) U.S. Forest Service, St. Cloud University

The Hot-Dry-Windy Index (HDW) was designed to help users determine which days are more likely to have adverse atmospheric conditions that make it more difficult to manage a wildland fire. It combines weather data from the surface and low levels of the atmosphere into a first-look product.

wildfire management, weather conditions, prevention National Link
US Coastal Property at Risk from Rising Seas Union of Concerned Scientists

This national analysis identifies the number of US homes at risk from chronic flooding over the coming decades due to sea level rise. It also shows the current property value, estimated population, and portion of the property tax base at risk. Information is available by state, community, and zip code. For this analysis, chronic flooding is defined to be flooding that occurs 26 times or more per year, a level of disruption also referred to as chronic inundation. Two time frames are featured. The first falls within the lifespan of a 30-year mortgage issued today. The second extends out to 2100, when more than 2.4 million of today's homes could be at risk. The challenges and choices that come with rising seas are profound and have significant implications for coastal residents, communities, and the broader economy. We explore these implications in the closing section.

chronic flooding, rising sea level, coastal communities, relocation, infrastructure, US coastlines 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
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) University of Washington

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) studies the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change, focusing mostly on the Pacific Northwest. The CIG has partnerships with tribes in the Pacific Northwest, engages in outreach efforts that include meetings, workshops, and webinars, presentations, consultations, and technical assistance, and is a source of scientific projections, impacts assessments, and tools and resources for climate change adaptation planning and vulnerability assessment.

Adaptation, Vulnerability Assessment Northwest, National Link
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Obama Administration Archive) US Executive Office of the President

Through interagency working groups and coordination with other EOP components, CEQ works to advance the President’s agenda. It also balances competing positions, and encourages government-wide coordination, bringing Federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders together on matters relating to the environment, natural resources and energy. In addition, CEQ oversees the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. The role of the Federal Environmental Executive is to promote sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal government. In addition, CEQ oversees Federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments.

Coordination, Advisory, Regulatory National Link
Arctic Science Portal USARC

To facilitate access to the broad array of data available on the Arctic, this portal can be thought of as a library of links (URLs) to websites where Arctic data are made publicly available. The portal directs users to appropriate websites based on topic and short description (e.g., Arctic weather, sea ice conditions, fisheries information, Arctic oceanography, oil spill response research). It's a tool that directs users to available information on the Arctic sorted in the main categories of Society, Environment, Economics, Reference, and Organizations.

Arctic, Climate Database Arctic, International, Alaska 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
USDA Climate Change Program Office: USDA

The Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) coordinates USDA’s responses to climate change, focusing on implications of climate change on agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. CCPO ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed response strategies both within USDA and for our partners.

Natural Resources, Coordination National Link

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