Our Mission

We support and connect climate adaptation professionals to advance innovation in the field of practice. ASAP is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.

Our History

American Society for Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) began in 2011 with the vision of building a home for people working on climate change adaptation, where they could connect with each other, share information, and build on successes while moving away from approaches that aren’t working. ASAP was formed as a professional society that could help bridge the geographic and sectoral gaps that naturally develop in any field—and especially in the diverse, dynamic, and emerging field of climate adaptation. No longer would individuals be isolated working on their own to make a difference. No longer would the sectors be so fragmented in their approaches to building resilience. No longer would communities, regions, or states need to start from scratch to build and prioritize their strategies to increase climate resilience.

Our Values and Beliefs

ASAP has adopted the following member created Guidelines for Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice (“Guidelines”) to enhance the benefits of the climate adaptation and related professional fields to humanity and the living systems upon which we all depend, to uphold the dignity and honor of the adaptation profession, and to provide guidance for individual members, institutional members, or for members in association with other professions.

The following represent the foundational values and beliefs that the members of American Society of Adaptation Professionals hold:

  • Climate change is a real and serious danger to all sectors and systems.  
  • Adaptation and resilience build stronger, more prepared regions, ecosystems, communities, neighborhoods, and households.
  • Equity and environmental justice should be major considerations in all work done by adaptation professionals.
  • The natural world renders countless essential services and intrinsic value, many of which are threatened by climate change.
  • Creativity, innovation and transformative problem solving are essential tenets of work that aims to address new and changing climate conditions.
  • Adaptation is and will continue to be a critical tool for ensuring that communities, infrastructure, the environment, cultural assets, our national security, and the economy continue to function and have the opportunity to thrive.
  • Adaptive decision-making is essential
  • Integrating consideration of future conditions and the full range of possible climate outcomes is essential for smart planning and in assessments of prospective risk and vulnerability.
  • Adaptation research, policies, practices, and actions are most effective when contextualized.
  • Adaptation strategies should be evaluated as to their impacts (positive and negative) to other systems, scales, and sectors.
  • Climate adaptation strategies and processes should recognize the economic and social determinants that compound vulnerability to climate risks.
  • Science is the basis for our knowledge of climate change vulnerability and risk.
  • Adaptation professionals are responsible to act on the basis of values as well as on what they know.

Board Minutes

Nov 2017 | Jan 2018 | Spring 2018

ASAP members at conference