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Climate Action Funding and General Resources

This page provides information on potential funding sources and technical resources to help local governments in Washington State address climate change.

It is part of MRSC’s series on Climate Change.

Please contact us at climateresources@mrsc.org with questions or comments about the resources on this page.



Overview

The concern about climate change has been widely recognized on a global, national, and regional level. State and local governments are addressing climate change in their plans and policies and starting to take actions to reduce greenhouse gases.

In 2021, MRSC established the Local Climate Response Project to help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, center equity in climate planning efforts, and adapt to and become more resilient to the effects of climate change. Out of this project grew a series of webpages, blogs, and webinars. 

This page focuses on general external resources local governments may find helpful regarding climate change and local climate actions, as well as funding resources. 


Funding Resources for Climate Action

Below are funding resources for climate action planning and implementation from Washington State and elsewhere. 

Washington State Funding Resources

Additional Funding Resources


Climate Action Technical Resources

From the local to the international level, climate impacts like extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding have been the focus of considerable attention by governments in recent years. Below are links to reports, studies, peer networks, and other technical assistance from nonprofits and research institutes in Washington State and beyond. 

Regional: Washington, Oregon, and California

  • Association of Washington Cities: Center for Quality Communities — Features the AWC’s sustainability projects, including a scholarship project for Washington high school students. 
  • California State Natural Resources Agency: Building Climate Resilience — Includes resources on climate action, including California’s climate adaptation strategy and climate programs and partnerships.
  • Climate Solutions — Based in Oregon and Washington, this nonprofit organization spearheads a regional approach to clean energy solutions. Includes a web broadcast series, research, and reports. 
  • GEOS Institute — Based in Oregon, this organization uses its technical and process expertise to help local leaders build climate resilience in their communities. Its Climate Ready Communities program helps small to medium-sized communities create climate resilience plans with an assisted do-it-yourself approach. The website offers a free guide to building climate resilience. 
  • Northwest Clean Energy Atlas — Explores the region's energy data use and provides detailed, up-to-date, and transparent system data to help inform decisions and track the progress of the clean energy transition.
  • Oregon State Department of Land Conservation and Development: Climate Change Resources —Includes climate change resources such as climate action plans, natural hazard mitigation plans, and regional scenario planning.
  • Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative — A regional network of local and tribal governments, regional agencies, and organizations is focused on peer learning and exchange of information, ideas, and opportunities related to climate preparedness. 
  • University of Washington
    • Carbon Leadership Forum — Focused on eliminating embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure by inspiring innovation and spurring change through collective action.
    • Climate Impacts Group — This research group is widely recognized for scientific discovery, as an experienced developer of impartial and actionable science, and as a catalyst for building regional climate resilience. 
  • Washington State
    • Department of Commerce: Climate — Includes information on Commerce’s multi-year project to develop guidance for counties and cities to address mitigation, resilience, and disproportionately impacted communities within their comprehensive plans. This program is described within the 2021-23 operating budget, which appropriated more than $3 million over 2021-2023. 
    • Department of Ecology: Climate — Includes information on climate change, its causes, greenhouse gases, and other resources. 
    • Department of Health: Climate — Includes information on climate change impacts to health in terms of air quality, water, extreme heat, shellfish safety, and agriculture, as well as additional resources. 
    • Department of Natural Resources: Climate — Discusses accessing species vulnerability and assessing natural areas resiliency. 

National and International

Peer Networks for Climate Action

  • C40 Knowledge Hub — Provides a wealth of climate-related information from other climate experts. Registered users gain the ability to track topics of interest and receive personalized recommendations based on their interests.
  • CivicWell — Works to build livable communities and local leadership via innovative programs and networking opportunities. Its climate change resources include community engagement tools, case studies, and local climate change adaptation reports.
  • Climate Mayors — A bipartisan peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors demonstrating climate leadership through actions in their communities. Includes an electric vehicle collaborative and climate action compendium, a detailed inventory of municipal actions on climate change and other sustainability issues.
  • Global Covenant of Mayors — The largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 11,500 cities and local governments.
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability — A global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. 
  • Local Government Commission — Works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities. Its climate change resources include community climate engagement, case studies, and local climate change adaptation reports.
  • Mayors Climate Protection Center — Facilitates the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network — A network of local government professionals across the U.S. and Canada who share best practices focused on climate change mitigation, preparedness, and social equity.

Last Modified: May 05, 2022