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Our ClimateWise® initiative provides communities with high quality climate adaptation plans that are ecologically responsible and socially equitable.

We are also national leaders working to raise the bar for community-based climate adaptation on a national scale. 


Since 2008 our ClimateWise team has developed and refined the Whole Community Resilience framework. This practical and proven framework automatically incorporates the needs of ecological systems, diverse community sectors, and disadvantaged populations. It marries the concepts of multi-stakeholder engagement, cross-sector solution development, and learning and improvement over time.

Whole Community Resilience has come to be considered best practice in the larger climate adaptation field over the past several years.

In 2019 the ClimateWise team launched a new initiative, Climate Ready Communities. This effort gives local leaders access to high-quality information and resources, utilizing an assisted "Do-It-Yourself" approach that won't strain a community's budget. This effort allows our ClimateWise team to focus on providing complete package consulting services to communities that request it. 

Current Need

Communities throughout the nation are already experiencing severe climate-related impacts. Natural systems and frontline communities are at especially high risk for impacts. Addressing these problems requires an integrated approach to build solutions that are based on the best climate change science, protect and restore ecosystems, and align with the values shared by the community. 

What we do

We work to ensure that communities across the country are responding to the threat of climate change by building resilience in ways that are effective and beneficial over the long-term for people and nature. Our ClimateWise team helps local leaders understand the likely future climate conditions and develop locally appropriate solutions. We do this by working directly with communities and facilitating their planning processes. See information about some of our recent projects below.  

We are also actively involved in field-wide efforts to ensure that federal programs and funding for adaptation follows best practices, and that the adaptation field itself continues to promote taking action that works for people and nature.


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