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

With funding from a 2019 Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) small grant, ASAP is running a pilot program in the Great Lakes region to strengthen for-profit climate service providers’ competencies for using and building upon the climate data, information, services, and strategies that have been developed primarily by the public and non-profit sectors. This project includes: 

  • assessing for profit climate service providers’ practices and needs regarding climate data and information
  • hosting a workshop with stakeholders from across the climate data, information, and service marketplace
  • developing a plan to scale this work nationally and transfer the model to specific additional regions

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

 

Get Involved

Join our Workshop: ASAP and GLISA hosted a virtual workshop from  September 22 - October 1, 2020, to help climate service providers access the very best climate data, information, and principles of practice for the Great Lakes region and enhance their knowledge and skills for applying them to their business.

The workshop goals included:

  • strengthening 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 to support development of high-quality, competitive adaptation services
  • building relationships among entities from across sectors and functions in the climate data, information, and service marketplaces to support innovation and cooperation
  • developing a better understanding of the climate data, information, and service marketplaces to support market maturation and new business viability

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
  • Erica Heller, The Brendle Group
  • Jeffrey Meek, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Glenn Milner, Savanta
  • Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International
  • Ted Redmond, paleBLUEdot llc
  • Daniel Schoonmaker, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • Justine Shapiro-Kline
  • Brian Smoliak, Two Degrees Adapt
  • Amanda Stevens, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Elizabeth Tomlinson, TKDA

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.