The Geos Institute is taking the first steps in the development of the Climate Ready America system. These steps are to select five states or statewide organizations to pilot Climate Innovation Centers and to develop a single, nationwide Support Team to assist those pilots. This phase will show proof of concept and provide the learning necessary to determine how states with different circumstances can be served by the same system.
We are planning rapid nationwide expansion of the Climate Ready America system, which involves immediately applying what is learned in this pilot phase to the next round of pilots and then to building out to the remaining states (and possibly territories) over the next five years. It is an ambitious plan because the challenge of climate change requires that level of ambition.
The primary service delivery element of the Climate Ready America system is the Climate Innovation Center (CIC), a one-stop shop for local governments to act on climate – both mitigation and adaptation. While the CICs will have standard functions, each will be customized to meet the specific needs of the communities within their state. Each state needs its own as CICs will incorporate and strengthen existing programs, while filling gaps in climate services.
Where possible, the CIC will be embedded within the state government. However, our Landscape Analysis made it clear that this will not be possible in some states. In those circumstances, existing civic or academic organizations could host the CIC. Existing climate actors in each state will come together to lead the development of their CIC – choosing where and how to set it up, how to invest funding, and how to maintain and grow the offerings of the CIC over time.
Each CIC will receive science, technical, equity, and management support from Regional Support Teams which, in turn, will be connected to federal agencies and academic institutions. This will allow the CICs to most effectively direct expertise, resources, and funding to communities.
Climate Innovation Centers will:
Climate Innovation Centers are envisioned to have several structures to support effective operation and collaboration.
Several funding pathways have been identified and will be pursued aggressively once the pilots have been identified. Additionally, pilot states will be asked to assist with funding requests for philanthropic and congressional funding. There is no expectation that they would move forward with the development of a Climate Innovation Center until resources are secured.
The goal is to have a Climate Innovation Center in every state, so states that are not selected in this first round of pilots will remain part of the system. Learnings, tools, and best practices from the pilots will be shared with these states as they prepare for future opportunities to be funded through the Climate Ready America system.
The Geos Institute is no longer accepting pilot proposals from state governments and state-wide organizations across the US that are interested in developing pilot Climate Innovation Centers. Click the links at the top of this page to read about our Selection Criteria and Instructions for Submitting a Proposal.
All submissions were due by April 15, 2022.
Climate Ready America will engage with entities in 5 states to develop pilot Climate Innovation Centers. The pilot phase is designed to help us discover what is necessary for the Climate Ready America concept to work under diverse circumstances. Therefore, we will select a diverse set of initial states that differ from each other based on the following characteristics:
In addition, we require that participating states adopt, and adhere to, the 10 Principles identified in the Call for a Nationwide System of Climate Services. Before submitting your Proposal form, please ensure that your organization can actively embrace these principles for a system of climate support services:
To have your organization considered as a possible Climate Ready America pilot, please submit a proposal.
The Geos Institute’s Climate Ready America team invites organizations to submit a proposal to be selected as a pilot for a state-level Climate Innovation Center. The pilot Climate Innovation Centers will help us learn what works in different circumstances, so we can support climate services across all 50 states through the Climate Ready America program over time.
The purpose of this proposal is to help us understand your interest in developing a Climate Innovation Center for your state and what tools, resources, and support you would need to do so.
We are accepting proposals from state governments and state-wide organizations across the US to develop Climate Innovation Centers. To learn more about Climate Innovation Centers, please review the information about the Pilot Program.
In this proposal, we invite you to describe the current status of climate services in your state and how you would organize a Climate Innovation Center. We expect each Climate Innovation Center to be unique to its state and are open to different ideas about how the Center in your state could be organized. In the proposal, tell us what you think would work best, given your state’s circumstances.
Please submit a maximum 2-page proposal that describes your vision for a Climate Innovation Center designed to meet the needs of communities in your state.
In your proposal, please address the following:
We are ready to help if you want to discuss ideas and proposal content. We suggest you organize a meeting of interested individuals or groups in your state, and we can brainstorm with that group about what might be the best arrangement in your circumstances. Contact Kim Adams to set up a meeting (email@example.com).
All submissions were due by April 15, 2022.
Announcements of the pilot program cohort will be made soon.