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NOAA’s Climate-Ready Workforce for Coastal and Great Lakes States, Tribes and Territories Initiative

Climate-Ready Workforce, Climate-Ready Nation

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Climate Program Office, with support from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, are establishing programs that place people across the country into good jobs that advance climate resilience and assist employers in developing a 21st-century workforce that is climate-literate, informed by climate resilience and skilled at addressing consequent challenges.

Funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, NOAA’s Climate-Ready Workforce initiative invests $50 million in nationwide projects that train and place workers in existing and emerging good jobs that enhance climate resilience. As part of the Justice40 Initiative, Climate-Ready Workforce emphasizes supporting communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis—those that face disproportionate climate risks and inequities due to systemic and historical socioeconomic disparities and injustices.

What are Good Jobs Principles?

Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant

The Departments of Commerce and Labor have partnered to identify what comprises a good job. These eight principles create a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality:

  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Benefits
  • DEIA
  • Empowerment & Representation
  • Job Security & Working Conditions
  • Organizational Culture
  • Pay
  • Skills & Career Advancement

What kinds of jobs enhance climate resilience?

Jobs that perform one or more of the following climate-informed skills are considered to enhance climate resilience:

  • Apply equity-centered climate resilience principles
  • Reduce exposure, vulnerability, and risk to climate-related impacts
  • Design, build, operate, maintain, and/or improve the infrastructure and systems (including nature-based systems) needed to reduce climate-related vulnerability and/or risk to people, assets, services, resources, ecosystems, or other attributes valued by individuals, businesses, communities, and/or governments
Photo by Rebecca Irelan | New Hampshire Sea Grant

Selected Projects

Nine projects, from nine of the ten regions in the Fifth National Climate Assessment, were selected for funding. Common themes amongst selected projects include clean energy, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, water management, and diverse recruitment. Learn more about these projects below.

This map indicates the states and territories served by each of the nine Climate-Ready Workforce projects. Each project will focus on particular communities and not the entire state or territory. Click the map to download a copy. Credit: Ashlyn Shore, Nicole Rucker and Ned Gardiner | NOAA)

Climate-Ready Workforce Symposium

A virtual symposium featuring nine awardee teams from the National Climate Assessment ten regions. These projects were selected for funding through the 2023 Inflation Reduction Act Climate-Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes & Territories Competition.

Resources & Additional Information

Technical Assistance

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a historic, federal government-wide investment that furthers NOAA’s efforts to build a Climate-Ready Nation. It provides $3.3 billion for NOAA to build on its commitment to help Americans – including tribes and vulnerable populations – prepare, adapt, and build resilience to weather and climate events. 

This funding is organized into two main initiatives: Climate-Ready Coasts and Communities & Climate Data and Services.

Climate-Ready Coasts & Communities
Climate Data & Services

More information coming soon.

CRW Funding Factsheet
CRW Project Descriptions
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