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Organizations Working with Rural and Small Communities

Organizations supporting adaptation efforts in rural and small communities are listed below.

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Local Government Commission (LGC)

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit organization with a 35-year long history of connecting cutting-edge leaders from across the nation to advance transformative policies and implement innovative solutions for sustainable communities. With roots in California and a national reputation, LGC works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions.




Northeast Regional Climate Center

The Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) is one of six regional climate centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Established in 1983, the 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. The mission of the NRCC is to facilitate and enhance the collection, dissemination and use of climate data and information, as well as to monitor and assess climatic conditions and impacts in the twelve-state, northeastern region of the U.




Rural Climate Network

The Rural Climate Network is focused on resolving the social and ecological inequities of rural communities, while also empowering these communities to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Members of this network collaborate and share best practices for managing climate change impacts - between agriculture, forestry, and other natural resource dependent communities. This work then connects rural leaders in order to build local climate policy, and work with state and national policy development in order to create ecological and economic resilience.




Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP)

The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) is a collaborative effort managed by Sierra Business Council. It serves as a dedicated partnership of organizations, businesses and local governments supporting vibrant communities, a resilient environment, and improved quality of life within the Sierra Nevada. Sierra CAMP activates the region on climate change, building connections with downstream stakeholders while promoting climate adaptation and mitigation strategies across the Sierra.




Southern Regional Climate Center

The Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC) is one of six regional climate centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The mission of the SRCC is to increase the use and availability of climate information in the southern region of the U. S. that comprises the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. SRCC personnel work closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers to enhance climate services and programs that provide a regional structure for climate applications.




Southeast Regional Climate Center

The Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) is one of six regional centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The SERCC is housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was created in response to an assessment that identified various user needs for regional climate services in the Southeast. The SERCC serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The mission of the SERCC is to provide timely, high quality, and pertinent climate data and information to public and private users in the region.




Sierra Nevada Alliance

Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Their mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. The organization is an alliance of over one hundred conservation groups that are based or work in the Sierra Nevada region, spanning the entire 400 mile mountain range. The Sierra Nevada Alliance is working with conservation representatives, resource managers and community leaders to ensure they have cutting-edge tools to adapt resource plans and projects and address change in ways that protect and restore Sierra waters, lands, wildlife and rural communities.




University of Connecticut: Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

The mission of the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is to “provide information and assistance to land use decision makers and other audiences in support of better land use decisions, healthier natural resources, and more resilient communities.”




USDA Regional Climate Hubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partner agencies established regional Climate Hubs across the U.S. in 2014. The Hubs offer regionally focused tools, strategies management options, and technical support to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to help them adapt to climate change. The Hubs also direct land managers to agencies that can provide program support to help implement adaptive management practices. 




Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities to develop sustainability programs.