Build the systems
We are innovators who look for holistic solutions to the problems facing communities seeking to address climate change. From supporting individual projects, to helping local governments, to building a national program of climate support services, we build the systems that address the climate needs of all communities.
Our primary focus is to build the system for national climate support services called Climate Ready America. By coordinating information, curating resources, and providing technical support, communities will get the help they need when they need it. At the same time federal programs will effectively reach the communities they are designed to serve.
Under resourced communities are faced with increasing climate impacts on top of social vulnerability and limited resources. Therefore, they are most at risk if they cannot access help. Climate Ready America is the innovation these communities need to build local capacity and resilience.
We also developed a step-by-step program that local governments can use to develop a climate resilience plan without hiring a pricy consultant. Before Climate Ready Communities, local governments needed to either hire staff with expertise in climate resilience or pay a consultant. Addressing the causes and impacts of climate change was out of reach for many communities.
Climate Ready Communities breaks down the invisible barrier between climate adaptation practitioners and local government. As a result, it democratizes the knowledge from the climate adaptation field and makes it accessible to anyone who wants it.
Geos Institute is a founding partner of the Drinking Water Providers Partnership, an innovate approach to funding collaborative projects in Oregon and Washington. The Partnership manages an annual funding opportunity for watershed restoration projects that benefit drinking water and native fish habitat, helping protect both communities and native fish habitat as climate conditions change. Applicants submit one proposal for access to funding from 5 different sources. As a result, the funding process is easier, and agencies are able to coordinate.