Business Resources for Private Sector Climate Service Providers

 

Between 2016 and 2018, ASAP members from for-profit companies increased from 15% to over 30%.

Climate Change Business Journal estimates the United States climate adaptation and resilience services market at $650 million in 2018. Growth has been in the double digits and the forecast is for that rate to continue in the short term at 12-15% per year to at least 2022.

These shifting demographics, along with increased demand for climate services, signal that now is a critically important time to strengthen the support ASAP provides to for-profit climate service providers.

Source: Environmental Business International (EBI) Report 4800: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Markets. Part of the EBI Report 4000 Series on The Climate Change Industry. June 2019.

Source: EBI Inc., CCBJ climate change consulting & engineering industry model; units in $ million

Pilot Project: Connecting Public Climate Data & Private Climate Service Providers in the Great Lakes Region

Jeff Schmaltz / Public domain
Jeff Schmaltz / Public domain

From December 2019-November 2020 ASAP engaged members and stakeholders from across the climate data, information, and service marketplace to:

  • Assess for profit climate service providers’ practices and needs regarding climate data and information.
  • Design and host the Great Lakes Climate Service Providers Academy to strengthen for-profit service providers’ competencies for using and building upon the climate data, information, services, and strategies that have been developed primarily by the public and social profit sectors.
  • Cultivate relationships between for profit climate service providers and GLISA, a trusted resource for useful and usable climate information in the Great Lakes region.

Through this work we: 

  • Supported development of high-quality, competitive adaptation services and enhanced new business viability.
  • Fostered innovation and cooperation across sectors and functions in the climate data, information, and service marketplaces.
  • Advanced definition and maturation of the climate service marketplace.
  • Made progress on standardizing the future climate information used in projects across the region and centering justice and equity as core values for adaptation and resilience services. 

Explore what we learned about the practices and needs of private sector climate service providers and the state of the marketplace & connect with us as we transfer this work to additional regions in 2021 and design a plan to scale nationally.

This project was funded by a 2019 Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) small grant to the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.

Program Goals

This program is engaging ASAP members and other stakeholders from across the climate data, information, and service marketplace to support development of high-quality adaptation products and services by:

  • Building relationships between for profit climate service providers and GLISA, a trusted resource for useful and usable climate information in the Great Lakes region.
  • Standardizing the future climate information used in projects across the region and center justice and equity as core values for adaptation and resilience services. 
  • Fostering innovation and cooperation across sectors and functions in the climate data, information, and service marketplaces.

In addition to improving product and service quality, these efforts will support definition and maturation of the climate service marketplace and improve new business viability.

 

 

 

Program Partners

ASAP is thrilled to work with the following partners on this program:

Great Lakes Private Sector Project Advisory Group: 

  • Laura Briley, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
  • Jessica Cahail, Azavea
  • Ann Ellingson
  • Jim Fox, NEMAC+FernLeaf
  • Ned Gardiner, NOAA CPO
  • Erica Heller, The Brendle Group
  • Jeffrey Meek, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International
  • Ted Redmond, paleBLUEdot LLC
  • Daniel Schoonmaker, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • Justine Shapiro-Kline, One Architecture and Urbanism
  • Brian Smoliak, Two Degrees Adapt

Great Lakes Private Sector Project Partners:

Adaptation International
Adaptation International helps communities look to the future and build resilience to the challenges of a changing climate. We believe that now is the time to take action to build resilience.  We believe that working collaboratively and including all voices gets the most meaningful results. We believe that this engagement process is critical to developing effective adaptation strategies and equitable solutions. By working together, we empower communities to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.

 

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, a NOAA RISA Team
GLISA is one of eleven RISAs, which comprise a national network of centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA integrates information from a wide array of scientific fields, develops collaborations between entities with similar goals, and helps inform decision makers throughout the region with sound science. GLISA offers a unique approach to building climate literacy, long-term sustainability, and facilitating smart decision making across the eight Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario.