Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership (CAMP)


The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) is a collaborative effort managed by Sierra Business Council. It serves as a dedicated partnership of organizations, businesses & local governments supporting vibrant communities, a resilient environment, and improved quality of life within the Sierra Nevada. Sierra CAMP activates our region on climate change, building connections with downstream stakeholders while promoting climate adaptation & mitigation strategies across the Sierra. Partnership priorities include:

  1. Educate on & engage in equitable climate solutions
  2. Provide climate policy analysis & education
  3. Convene region-wide collaborators to maximize funding
  4. Support & initiate projects
  5. Build stakeholder capacity to address climate change

In its breadth of work, Sierra CAMP has prioritized a number of issues to date, such as promoting restoration and investment in natural lands to protect the ecosystem services they provide like water supply, carbon sequestration, green infrastructure, recreation opportunities, etc. This emphasis on natural features and spaces facilitates both ecosystem health and clean air and water for all of California. Sierra CAMP understands the co-benefits that both urban regions and rural regions can plan for through economic development of rural regions, especially as it supports restoration of the Sierra Nevada headwaters and works with counties and towns to bolster their access and funding to economic and environmental opportunities. An important lesson of climate action work in rural regions is that often the co-benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation are more persuasive than the climate benefits - for instance, cost savings, access to state funding, and partnership regarding natural resource management are all extremely successful Sierra CAMP messages. Sierra CAMP has published a number of policy and research reports varying from green infrastructure to California's cap-and-trade program, all of which discuss impacts on the Sierra Region. 

Sierra CAMP is one of seven climate collaboratives across the state that together form the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA). Through ARCCA, adaptation practitioners connect to: exchange knowledge, engage in targeted problem-solving, implement joint campaigns, break down silos across sectors and jurisdictions, and sign shared comment letters on funding and policies.

Members of Sierra CAMP are an engaged group of individuals and organizations who understand that their well-being depends on the health and long-term resilience of communities and the natural systems around them. Membership entails:

  • Curated monthly grants email and regular funding guidance (example linked to archived edition)
  • In-person meetings to convene regional implementers
  • Education, including detailed policy and budget breakdowns
  • Problem-solving forums
  • Peer group and regional collaboration on adaptation
  • A niche, collaborative space for planners, elected officials, and community members to align on cross-sectoral climate action and adaptation to maximize available funding
  • A storytelling platform to elevate the profile of localized climate impacts on rural areas

To become a Sierra CAMP member or learn more about membership benefits, contact: [email protected]