Our work seeks to grow collective capacity while retaining optimism and rests on the principle of shared creativity to query: ‘how might we…?’

HOW is process

Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” We believe that a locally-based perspective, buttressed by deep empirical knowledge, allows the team to see with clarity and establish novel connections.

MIGHT is possibility

All stakeholders offer a perspective informed by their lived experiences and their professional dispositions. We believe that resilience and adaptation work require the ability to lead when called, to follow when necessary, and to be radically open to new ideas, perspectives, and possible outcomes.

WE is collective intent

We recognize that we simply can’t do this work alone. CAP exists to bring together technical and design experts, organizational and jurisdictional leaders, and other community voices for the purpose of advancing resilience in our policy and built environments. We nurture and capitalize on our innate desire to make a positive difference and to work together. Our approach allows individual talents to coalesce in a collective framework that supports novel thinking in developing dynamic, effective, and implementable strategies.


better mitigate and adapt to extreme heat; redefine our relationship to water while addressing flooding as well as sea level rise; create resilience financing strategies that move ideas to action; build ambassador capacity to strengthen dialogues; foster leadership to build long-term resilience?


Climate Adaptation Partners (CAP) is a certified woman-owned business with offices in New York, NY and Asheville, NC.

We collaborate in mitigation and adaptation programs with public and private sector organizations and provide service to the grand challenge of climate change in three ways: Climate Adaptation Planning, Advocacy and Partnership Building.

Climate Adaptation Planning includes strategic guidance, facilitation, and change management of teams whose formative questions need to address near, mid and long-term challenges related to climate change and its implications to social, economic and environmental systems.

Advocacy includes collaboration with leading organizations whose intentions are to support policy or programmatic evolutions in order to further integrate climate science and adaptation to climate change at multiple scales.

Partnership Building includes fostering an expanding network of collaborators whose professional expertise contributes to climate-inclusive solutions while mutually developing a shared practice of climate adaptation.

about us…

CAP’s message settles on a shared truth about the responsibility to act on climate change once its implications are understood.


One principle always holds true: you need good partners focused on collective outcomes to do this work well. And, if not well, why else do it? CAP seeks those good partners who share an interest and optimism toward our adaptive future.

Dr. Janice Barnes
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As Climate Adaptation Partners (CAP) Founder, Janice works with public and private clients to identify their risks and vulnerabilities and to meet their resilience goals. With technical training in architecture and a doctorate linking environment and organizational behavior, her 30+ years of design experience bridges practical applications with empirical research to enable organizations to critically evaluate their possible adaptation pathways and link these to appropriate design and financing or funding options. Janice’s recent work centers on the health impacts of climate change, specifically addressing extreme heat and flooding. She values bringing teams’ collective contributions together in order leverage overall talents. Known for her abilities in facilitating stakeholder dialogues on complex issues, she frequently works with organizations seeking ways to generate new thinking and build dynamic strategies. Her message settles on a shared truth about the responsibilities to act on climate change once its implications are understood.

Leo Temko

As a partner of Climate Adaptation Partners (CAP), Leo supports client understanding of climate-change risks, vulnerabilities, and adaptation options through spatial analysis and mapping with a strong background in implementation. With 30 years of senior project management experience on complex urban projects and a Master of Science focused on transdisciplinary collaborations, Leo is currently focused on the intersection of climate change and health with specific focus on urban heat islands and the social, physical, and environmental conditions impacting at-risk communities. He was also a senior leader of the implementation team responsible for the renovation, reconstruction, and restoration, including Post Sandy recovery, of the United Nations Headquarters under the UN Capital Master Plan. Leo’s background in geographic information systems enriches health-related risk analysis by visualizing the relationships between chronic conditions, long-standing environmental inequities, and climate-related risk factors. By seeing places through a data-driven analysis, Leo visually links investments and equitable distribution.