OIA Policy Alert: Letter to Support Priorities in Build Back Better Act

December 6, 2021

The deadline to sign-on has been extended to Friday, December 10th!

Proposed Climate and Outdoor Investments in the Build Back Better Act are Pivotal to the Future of Business, People, and the Planet  

Congress will spend the next weeks finalizing the contents of a historic social spending bill. Key provisions in the Build Back Better Act will tackle climate and environmental justice issues head-on and will promote key policies for the outdoor industry’s success. The draft legislation has changed over the past months of negotiation, and as the process heads toward the finish line, we must ensure that those issues that matter to us are retained in the final bill language.  

These historic investments include dollars for the creation and funding for a Civilian Climate Corps; capital and incentives for the development and deployment of renewable energy across sectors; and, increased resources for underserved communities to have access to safe, clean, and accessible green spaces.  

As Congress moves forward on finalizing the legislation, considering amendments, and eventually handing it to President Biden for signature, it is important that our industry’s voice is heard and that these consequential programs are codified and implemented. The vitality of the outdoor industry, our outdoor participants, and our climate are dependent upon this generational opportunity for investment.   

NOW is the time to voice our industry’s priorities for the Build Back Better Act! Ensure your company’s support is heard and add your company’s name to our letter to Congress by close of business on Friday, December 10th.

Read the letter here.

It is pivotal that key provisions outlined below remain in the final text of the legislation for passage. OIA and our members support the following crucial components of the Build Back Better Act: 

  • The creation and funding for a Civilian Climate Corps to bring jobs to local communities, and to advance implementation of the Great American Outdoors Act; 
  • Robust funding for the Department of the Interior; 
  • Funding for pivotal investments in renewable energy, including expenditures in the power sector, as well as tax incentives for the development and application of clean energy solutions across sectors; 
  • Environmental and Climate Justice funding for disadvantaged communities to address disproportionate public health and environmental damage; and, 
  • Initiatives prioritizing the development of urban parks and other place-based programs supporting increased access to outdoor spaces in traditionally underserved communities. 
  • Combined with important investments committed in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Build Back Better Act will ensure that our nation’s lands and waters will get the attention needed to encourage resiliency, health, and sustainable access.
  • The Build Back Better Act will also prioritize catalytic investments in renewable energy, and in rural and urban communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.
  • Finally, the Build Back Better Act will include human-centered investments that will make it easier for people throughout the country to experience the wonder of the outdoors.

Now is the time to speak up about our values and priorities around the future of the planet, our industry and outdoor participants! Sign our letter to Congress before December 10th 

Current signatories (as of December 10th): 

BBB Signatories as of 4pm MT Dec 10  


22 Designs 

Akers Digital  

American Camp Association  

b4 Adventure 

Backcountry Access, Inc. 

Backpacker’s Pantry (American Outdoor Products) 

Backslope Tools 


Bearclub Outfitters 

Bell (Vista) 


Big Agnes 

Blackburn (Vista) 

Board Retailers Association  

Bridge City Kid 




caseSensitive Photos 

Clif Bar & Company 

Colorado High School Cycling League 

Collaborative Trails 


Conatus Counsel 

Confluence Sustainability 

Cross Current Insurance Group 


Darn Tough Vermont 

Darn Tough Vermont(R) 

Emerger Strategies 

Erem Desert Inc 


First Name LLC 


Giro (Vista) 


Honey Stinger 

Hyrdo Flask 

Industrial Revolution 

Industrial Revolution -UCO 

Island Explorer LLC dba Whidbey Island Kayaking 

Jones Snowboards 

K2 Sports 

Klean Kanteen 

Krimson Klover 


La Sportiva N.A., Inc. 

LightHeart Gear 

Linked Adventures 


Minneapolis Southwest KOA Holiday 

Minority Outdoor Alliance 

Mountain Khakis 

Myles Apparel 

NEMO Equipment 

New Balance 

Never Summer Mountain Products 

Oberalp North America 


Osprey Packs Inc. 

Outbound Collective 

OutdoorX4 Magazine & XPLORE Journal 

Outdoor Afro 

Outdoor Research 


Peak Design 


Playmakers, Inc. 

PolyCore Solutions 

Portland Design Works 

REI Co-op 


Rutabaga Paddlesports 

See More Birds Nature Tours 

Sierra South 

SIMBOL Communications 

Simms Fishing Products 


Snow Peak 

South Coast Tours LLC 

Stanley, a Brand of PMI Worldwide 

The Sporting Life Network 


Tools For Trails 

True North Gear 

Turtle Fur 

Vargo Outdoors 

VF Corp 

Verde Brand Communications  

WA Event Management 


Waterloo Bicycle Works 

Western Spirit Cycling 

Weston Backcountry 

YAMA Mountain Gear 

YMCA Camp Shady Brook