Climate Resilience

From decarbonization to climate adaptation, Keystone advances public and private sector solutions to mitigate and respond to climate change. Our recent work includes:

  • Developing comprehensive, multisector policy recommendations from agriculture, power and transportation leaders to phase out carbon emissions throughout our economy.

  • Connecting local and national efforts to advance principles and actions at the intersection of people, public lands and climate change.

  • Incorporating societal considerations into research on and application of genetic innovation for climate change.

Featured Projects

Decarbonization Dialogue

Keystone partnered with Great Plains Institute to convene leaders from the power, transportation, and agriculture sectors to develop comprehensive policy recommendations to phase out carbon emissions throughout the economy. The recommendations were developed by stakeholders with diverse interests and reflect months of dialogue between and among sector-specific working groups. They have bipartisan, cross-sectoral support, priming them to be advanced by lawmakers in Congress. Learn More


In CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies, the scientific community has handed the world a powerful tool: The ability to make precise edits to the DNA in living cells. These technologies could transform our food, health, and ecological systems. They also raise important questions about risks, benefits, ethics, equity, and more.

Together with key partners in the scientific community, Keystone has brought together leading voices from diverse sectors to discuss the future of gene editing technologies across a variety of applications. Learn more

People, Public Lands and Climate Collaborative

The People, Public Lands, and Climate Collaborative is an informal network of about two dozen U.S.-based NGOs who believe in the importance of a climate plan for public lands. Initially explored in a retreat in December 2019, the Collaborative launched publicly in January 2021 and is organized around a shared framework that outlines values, guiding principles, and high-level goals.

NGO Roundtable on Gene Editing in Food, Ag & Environment

The NGO Gene Editing Roundtable is an informal network of U.S.-based food-, agriculture-, and/or conservation-focused NGOs concerned with the responsible governance gene editing and other biotechnologies recognizes the potential societal benefits of gene editing technologies, while acknowledging their potential risks. The roundtable provides a forum for peer-to-peer engagement on gene editing policy and science to enhance organizational knowledge and capacity as well as identify and advance shared interests. Learn more

Innovative Genomic Institute Climate Resilience and Genomic Innovation Workshop

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) hosted an online two-day workshop of international stakeholders to inform IGI’s agenda for genomic innovation to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The workshop convened approximately 70 stakeholders from the public, private, and governmental sectors with knowledge in genomics, climate change, agriculture, natural resources, biomanufacturing, conservation, social sciences, Indigenous rights, environmental justice, economics, public policy, and other subject areas. The Keystone Policy Center provided third party facilitation services, and assisted IGI throughout the organization of the workshop and agenda. Each session covered a different topic related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, although many themes carried over between sessions

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