Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: Local Climate Change 2010

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The longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve. -John Kerry
The longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve. -John Kerry

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) (6 recommendations) They convene a broad range of conservation partners focused on strategies for biological adaptation to climate change.
Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO)
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http://www.prbo.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They convene a broad range of conservation partners focused on strategies for biological adaptation to climate change.
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They produce the highest quality science, based on field observations and complemented by models.
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They produce cutting edge projections and have senior scientists who present a synthesis of the data.
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PRBO is collecting and providing data on projected changes in geographic species range/distributions and helping to highlight the importance of ongoing ecological restoration and recommending paradigm shifts in restoration. For example, considering use of different species in riparian restoration that will have the greatest chance for survivorship in the future climate.
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The NBCAI is not a non-profit but a collaboration of a group of non-profits, agencies and private citizens focused on implementation of climate change adaptation focused research, technology, modeling, stewardship, restoration and management, and policy. PRBO Conservation Science scientists presented at and participated in a three-day Climate Adaptation conference in the North Bay in 2009 which ultimately resulted in the formation of NBCAI. The impact of the initiative so far is that the Regional Climate Authority in Sonoma County has adopted climate adaptation into their plan and is working with the NBCAI members (PRBO Conservation Science board member among them) to flesh out specific goals and objectives to be implemented in Sonoma County.
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Ellie, the ED has been instrumental in forming the Bay Area Ecological Climate Consortium working with USFWS, CADFG, and other agencies and nonprofits to coordinate regional science efforts to understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, with a particular focus on biodiversity, migration corridors, and species preservation priorities.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong dynamic leadership with vision and a depth of science knowledge.
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They have great leadership, breadth of expertise, smart people, a commitment to the field, and a vision which all combine into a well respected science-based organization.
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They have highly qualified staff and leadership.
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They have strong quantitative data collection/analysis, excellent leadership, and established trust.
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The strength of this NBCAI is that it has effective partners with great leadership skills like the PRBO Conservation Science staff and a capacity for on-the-ground project implementation and landowner relations. Most other climate change focused collaborations and organizations focus regionally, but do not effectively reach to the local level. NBCAI uses a focused "bottom-up" approach reaching out to land managers on public and private lands to educate them about what to do to prepare their lands for resiliency to changes from climate change. By directly working with researchers from USGS and UC NBCAI is able to utilize a truly science based approach in making recommendations for land management on the local level.
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PRBO is a leader in Pacific Flyway related research, has several high-impact, respected scientists on staff who have significantly advanced our understanding of the population dynamics of Flyway species, the issues challenging their persistence, and in some cases survival, and measures that can address these issues. They've undertaken important research on vegetation change, timing of food events, etc. that may affect Flyway species as a result of climate change.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to find ways to get relevant work into practitioners hands to develop solutions. They should provide scientific support for advocacy groups that are consistent with scientific standards.
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They could focus on more local collaboration.
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They need more funding, and better mechanisms for communicating scientific research to policy makers, land managers, and the public.
Urban Habitat (5 recommendations) The organization is a trusted member of the social justice and environmental groups, serving as a link form the former to the latter. This network continues to grow and UH is leading the shift from polemic to dynamic network.
Urban Habitat
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http://www.urbanhabitat.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The organization is a trusted member of the social justice and environmental groups, serving as a link form the former to the latter. This network continues to grow and UH is leading the shift from polemic to dynamic network.
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Urban Habitat has been actively engaging in the climate change debate through a number of their projects. They have had a major impact through their work building a Bus Riders Union for the Bay Area to make sure resources are invested in public transportation as opposed to heavy rail and through their work on SB375. They have been actively engaged with local organizations to participate in these larger policy issues that may not directly impact their work.
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Urban Habitat builds power in low-income communities and communities of color by combining education, advocacy, research, and coalition building to advance environmental, economic, and social justice in the Bay Area. As members of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Urban Habitat is contributing Transportation and Land Use Policy that will have lasting GHG and equity impacts throughout the Bay Area.
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Urban Habitat has impact by taking environmental and social justice issues and engaging a non traditional constituency in support of environmental change.
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Urban Habitat Program is one of the oldest environmental justice organizations in the country. The climate justice work of Urban Habitat is discussed regularly in its publication Race, Poverty and the Environment, the national journal for social and environmental justice. It aims to provide information and analysis that will strengthen efforts to win real solutions to the climate crisis—alternatives that will lead to social equity as well as equilibrium between humans and the natural world. If current proposals for market-based strategies such as market driven carbon trading take hold, poor countries and poor communities will continue to bear the heaviest burden of pollution.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leader is a well-connected, compelling and trusted speaker/messenger, and the staff is lean, passionate, and committed. The operations have largely improved over the years by hiring an assistant director.
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Urban Habitat has a knowledgeable and friendly staff and they are great at identifying and cultivating leadership.
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They have expertise in transportation and land use policy, organizing experience, knowledgeable staff, and a unique regional focus.
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Their Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute is a fascinating and very thoughtful approach and has probably had impact in many local jurisdictions.
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With an effective and motivated staff of 15 led by Julie Ellis, and the elder statesman of EJ, Carl Anthony as an advisor and past ED, they are the most articulate and effective advocates for EJ issues on the west coast. They have excellent working relationships with the research universities in the area, and leverage the work of top notch researchers to bolster their programs

Areas for Improvement

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They need to get the most seasoned staff and some more technically trained staff. Now, most staff have organizing backgrounds and this limits the organization's credibility with the powers that be.
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They should try to build the capacity of their staff.
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They could improve their engagement in Sacramento.
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They need to more effectively engage the business community, and government agencies that can integrate and advance the policy objectives they promote.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) (4 recommendations) Along with Communities for a Better Environment, APEN has filed litigation against Chevron and obtained a court decision to compel further environmental review, including review of climate change impacts of the expansion of the Richmond facility. In addition to this work, APEN recently trained numerous community leaders on climate change and climate policy, as well as sharing work plans for its local and state work for the next year. The training was conducted in 4-5 languages.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

http://www.apen4ej.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Along with Communities for a Better Environment, APEN has filed litigation against Chevron and obtained a court decision to compel further environmental review, including review of climate change impacts of the expansion of the Richmond facility. In addition to this work, APEN recently trained numerous community leaders on climate change and climate policy, as well as sharing work plans for its local and state work for the next year. The training was conducted in 4-5 languages.
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APEN currently works on three levels: direct organizing in local communities, building a network of API organizations, and working in multiracial alliances to affect regional and national social change. The direct organizing is at the center of their vision of environmental and social justice. Two local San Francisco Bay Area projects are the 11-year-old Laotian Organizing Project (LOP) in Richmond and the 6-year-old Power in Asians Organizing (PAO) that works with a pan-Asian immigrant community in Oakland.
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They produce impact in areas of policy change and community organizing around transit oriented development.
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APEN organizes low-income Asian Pacific Islander communities as part of a multiracial movement for environmental, social, and economic justice. We believe that all people have the right to a clean and healthy environment, where we live, work, and play. Our current work moves to implement transformative solutions to address climate change and build healthy, green, and just communities. As a member of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, APEN is bringing a grassroots base to the climate justice movement in Oakland.

Organizational Strengths

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Like CRPE and other environmental justice organizations, APEN seeks to do outreach and represent those who will be most heavily impacted by climate change: minorities and low-income communities.
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They provide incredible community education and engagement tools.
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Their strengths are in leadership development and community education.
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They have an engaged grassroots base that is multi-lingual.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to improve their fundraising, media, and communications.
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The need to improve their finances and operations.
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They need to improve their training on climate change and how to deliver information to APEN members.
Center On Race Poverty & Environment (4 recommendations) They have spearheaded litigation in the climate change arena using novel theories defending both a village in Alaska and challenging AB 32.
Center On Race Poverty & Environment
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http://www.crpe-ej.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have spearheaded litigation in the climate change arena using novel theories defending both a village in Alaska and challenging AB 32.
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The Center is focused on ensuring that communities of color and low-income communities are not left out of government decisions on climate change prevention and dealing with climate impact changes. The Center is also engaged in innovative ways to publicize the problem, such as filing a nuisance suit against large sources of GHGs.
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This group has very successfully challenged mainstream environmental organizations to ensure that the interests of low income and minority populations/communities are considered in the overall climate agenda (e.g. don't sacrifice locals for the greater good).
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They are good at representing indigenous communities around climate impacts.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership and staff of this organization, from what I have seen, are excellent.
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The leadership and staff are extremely energetic, and the staff brings diversity that is not found in too many environmental organizations, especially traditional and large NGOs.
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The group has tremendous technical and legal depth, while maintaining good relations with scores of community groups. They have highly-esteemed standing with the mainstream and environmental justice world.
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They have a strong dedication to their constituency.

Areas for Improvement

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It is reorganizing after the death of its longtime executive director. The transition, however, appears to be going smoothly.
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Sometimes this group can be a bit adversarial or difficult to work with.
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They need to have more involvement in federal climate policy.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (4 recommendations) Like NRDC, EDF was instrumental to the passage of AB 32, and its connections to the business community have given it a unique platform to message the economic benefits of climate policy.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
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http://www.edf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Like NRDC, EDF was instrumental to the passage of AB 32, and its connections to the business community have given it a unique platform to message the economic benefits of climate policy.
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They have played a big advocacy role regarding AB32 implementation.
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They are very active on a wide range of climate-related issues, both in California and nationally.
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Impact is evident in the key role they played in passing California's Global Warming Solutions Act AB 32 and the key role they are playing in guiding that new law's implementation.

Organizational Strengths

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Unlike some of the other national groups, EDF has a significant operation in Sacramento, which gives it a higher level of access to legislators. EDF's connections with the business community are also unparalleled.
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This organization has consistently fielded extremely intelligent and articulate staff at the AB32 hearings. They have also worked hard to coordinate with other environmental organizations that are interested in this process.
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They have deep expertise and strong collaboration.
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They have a strong staff and strong marketing around their approach.

Areas for Improvement

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EDF's pro-business proclivity often places it at odds with other environmental groups in the Bay Area on certain policy questions. It has been less flexible than other groups in recognizing that different policy solutions for climate change may make sense in California than those that it is supporting at the national level.
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They need more true collaboration with other environmental nonprofits.
Pacific Environment and Resources Center (4 recommendations) They are spearheading policy changes and working on litigation to stop the development of fossil fuel facilities and promote renewable energy development.
Pacific Environment and Resources Center
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http://www.pacificenvironment.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are spearheading policy changes and working on litigation to stop the development of fossil fuel facilities and promote renewable energy development.
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Pacific Environment has engaged in a unique combination of policy advocacy through the publication of reports about energy needs and administrative litigation before the PUC to increase renewable energy generation and to stop fossil fuel power generation.
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They are working to stop power plants in Hayward, Oakley, and Antioch, and to stop LNG.
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Pacific Environment is a very smart, skilled group that does excellent work on energy and fossil fuels in the U.S. and Russia.

Organizational Strengths

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The staff and leadership of the organization are excellent.
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Its staff is dedicated and works well with other groups. It is a collaborative organization with expertise on energy issues.
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They do great analysis, have expert testimony, and a strong staff.
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They have a very strong, solid staff. Also, they seem to do a good job of sticking to their focus; they don't do everything, but what they do, they do very well.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their outreach and community building.
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Security (4 recommendations) Quite simply, this is the most authoritative think-tank in California on water issues and they have developed excellently researched reports with thorough analysis and recommendations dealing with climate change.
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Security
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http://www.pacinst.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Quite simply, this is the most authoritative think-tank in California on water issues and they have developed excellently researched reports with thorough analysis and recommendations dealing with climate change.
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Superb work on the impact of sea level rise on the Bay Area. Their work is the basis of planning on this issue.
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I recommend the Pacific Institute based on their groundbreaking work on the nexus between climate change and water. The Pacific Institute blends top notch research with real world solutions, and works hand-in-hand with communities to implement solutions that address local needs. Their research and advocacy is sensitive to environmental justice issues while also addressing the needs of farmers and landowners.
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Its analysis of sea level rise impacts on the Bay Area was well researched, well written, and the presentation was highly effective. It resulted in them being asked to provide a briefing for state legislators. I see them cited in multiple forums.

Organizational Strengths

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The Executive Director was awarded the MacArthur Genius Award and is a driving force in ensuring his researchers are top-notch and ensure the integrity of the research.
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They have very dedicated leadership. Peter Gleick is a scientist and environmental leader of the highest caliber.
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Peter Gleick is an extraordinary leader and spokesperson for the issues PI works on. In addition, their staff is excellent and highly qualified.
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They take a long-term approach. This is actually their second major work on sea level rise. Their publications are top-notch.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to improve their advocacy.
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Their oral presentations could be more compelling; they come off sounding a bit academic.
The Vote Solar Initiative (4 recommendations) Vote Solar's leadership has led to the passage of solar energy policies that have enabled the solar industry to grow at exponential rates. For instance, Vote Solar has been instrumental to the successful effort to raise California's net metering cap and to pass legislation to enable PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing in multiple states across the country. These policies are critical to increasing solar energy in the U.S. and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.
The Vote Solar Initiative
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http://www.votesolar.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Vote Solar's leadership has led to the passage of solar energy policies that have enabled the solar industry to grow at exponential rates. For instance, Vote Solar has been instrumental to the successful effort to raise California's net metering cap and to pass legislation to enable PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing in multiple states across the country. These policies are critical to increasing solar energy in the U.S. and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.
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They were the lead advocate for the San Francisco Solar Bond measure, and have replicated this model in cities throughout the nation. These bonds play an important role in further commercializing solar and driving the price down its cost curve.
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VS is an incredible resource for all things solar - not just here, but nationally as well. They are a great advocacy group and are well respected at all levels of government. VS also does a nice job of keeping us informed on the development of legislation or policy that will either help or hinder the installation of more solar.
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They are a small and nimble group that has been able to establish contacts with legislative groups across the county. They are a respected organization that works to improve solar legislation for the benefit of all, not just one sector (i.e. contractors vs. consumers).

Organizational Strengths

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Vote Solar's staff is almost without exception very sharp, strategically-oriented, and adept at building relationships and networks that enhance the organization's capacity. Its use of online media (blogging, Twitter, etc.) is a model for other nonprofits to follow.
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They have great leadership in Adam Browning. Their marketing is very fresh and new, they raise money from a now, must-attend event, and get good participation from civic leaders and others.
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Adam Browning, the ED at VS, is a great spokesperson for renewable energy and works with a smart, supportive group of people. Adam is always responsive and provides good insight into how potential policies and legislation will affect the solar market.
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Vote Solar has an excellent knowledgeable staff and great leadership. They have also done a great job of recruiting and leveraging industry experts from all sectors (solar companies, politicians, celebrities, etc) to aid in their efforts. They also have a great grassroots network, which aides in their campaigns.

Areas for Improvement

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Vote Solar's biggest weakness is that almost all of their staff is based in San Francisco. As its work expands across the country, it would benefit from having on-the-ground staff in other regions to improve its credibility and impact with local decision makers.
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They could use some other major donors, outside of foundations.
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They don't always have the latest information published in an easy to find way on their website.
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) (3 recommendations) The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) educates and empowers high school students throughout the Bay Area and across the nation on climate change science and solutions. Based in Oakland, they have been operating in Bay Area schools since 2008 and are now operating in about a dozen cities and regions across the country. They have brought an informative, inspiring, and age/audience appropriate (designed for high schools students) interactive presentation to tens of thousands of Bay Area students in that time. Presentations provide the core basics of climate science and impacts, often the first time students are exposed to this critical information. A good chunk of the presentation focuses on solutions and presents an inspiring vision of the ability of young people, working in tandem across the nation, to avert climate impacts and build a more sustainable and prosperous future. After presentations, ACE supports the formation of student action teams, providing materials, ideas for projects and ongoing support for student leaders, including project grants for school action team climate solutions projects and several dozen scholarships for higher education students pursing fields related to climate solutions. In the long-run fight to avert climate disaster, prepare for the impacts already locked-in, and build a more sustainable and prosperous society, today's high school students are ready to be informed and eager to act today.
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
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http://www.acespace.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) educates and empowers high school students throughout the Bay Area and across the nation on climate change science and solutions. Based in Oakland, they have been operating in Bay Area schools since 2008 and are now operating in about a dozen cities and regions across the country. They have brought an informative, inspiring, and age/audience appropriate (designed for high schools students) interactive presentation to tens of thousands of Bay Area students in that time. Presentations provide the core basics of climate science and impacts, often the first time students are exposed to this critical information. A good chunk of the presentation focuses on solutions and presents an inspiring vision of the ability of young people, working in tandem across the nation, to avert climate impacts and build a more sustainable and prosperous future. After presentations, ACE supports the formation of student action teams, providing materials, ideas for projects and ongoing support for student leaders, including project grants for school action team climate solutions projects and several dozen scholarships for higher education students pursing fields related to climate solutions. In the long-run fight to avert climate disaster, prepare for the impacts already locked-in, and build a more sustainable and prosperous society, today's high school students are ready to be informed and eager to act today.
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In little more than a year, ACE has helped educate thousands of US high school students about climate change. They offer a free presentation that any school can make use of, and thereby lessen teachers' course loads while exposing many students to the issue. So many within the sector identify the lack of broad public education on climate as one of our core weaknesses, and ACE, by working creatively in this area, is bringing about this change.
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Alliance for Climate Education inspires high school students to get involved in climate change.

Organizational Strengths

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ACE has a passionate and effective staff of educators and draws staff from backgrounds in for-profit, non-profit, activism, and education roles to combine an effective team. They also benefit from a primary "angel investor" that has funded ACE's launch and fairly rapid scale-up, so they are already operating "full-steam" despite being less than two-years-old. This gives them a powerful foundation for future expansion and the ability to approach funders with an established operation, rather than a speculative plan for future build-out.
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ACE employs 'educators' rather than campaigners, and their educators have diverse skills and backgrounds. They have done an admirable job of hiring women and people of color for these positions.
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The organization is hip and current, as well as organized.

Areas for Improvement

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ACE is still a young organization, and has grown quickly. Hiring management with more extensive experience with medium-size non-profit administration would strengthen their team. Long-term funding must be secured from more diverse sources to continue to scale to greater levels of impact.
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ACE is new; they could benefit from a communications strategy and broader notoriety within the sector.
Build It Green (3 recommendations) Their Green Point Rated homes have become the standard for residential green building in the Bay Area, and they have developed new tools to increase the utility of the program.
Build It Green

http://www.builditgreen.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their Green Point Rated homes have become the standard for residential green building in the Bay Area, and they have developed new tools to increase the utility of the program.
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They have developed a residential green home rating system that is sufficiently robust for local governments to be confident in adopting above-code green building requirements because there is a robust standard on which we can base our requirements. This is helping to raise the green performance of new construction throughout the Bay Area - a very tangible impact.
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They have worked effectively with both contractors (training, marketing assistance, and technical resources) and local governments (ordinances, trainings, and collaborations on program development) to future green building practices for new construction and remodels and retrofits. Recently, they successfully helped assist eight of the nine Bay Area counties in an application for federal stimulus funds to develop and launch a Bay Area wise energy retrofit program.

Organizational Strengths

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They have an extremely knowledgeable and professional staff.
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Their staff is very knowledgeable and well organized. The resources they provide on their website and in trainings are extensive, well organized, and easily accessible. They are also a credible third party resource that homeowners and local governments can access and trust.
Climate Central (3 recommendations) Impact is evident in combining research with communications, getting accurate messages out to public.
Climate Central

http://www.climatecentral.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Impact is evident in combining research with communications, getting accurate messages out to public.
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The have the highest quality website and public education materials.
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They provide detailed and scientific data on climate change. Their scientist has provided us with expert advice.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a highly qualified staff.
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They have excellent staff.

Areas for Improvement

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They need more representation on local efforts in the Bay Area.
Ecology Center (3 recommendations) The Ecology Center runs successful programs that address climate issues on several levels. They operate Berkeley's recycling program and are working hard to achieve the City's zero waste target, EC runs our city's farmers markets and have recently managed to eliminate plastic bags on al markets. The EC's Farm Fresh program also supports local growers and brings fresh fruits and vegetables to many low income members of the community. Over the past year, the EC has been running workshops on the Low Carbon Diet, that helps residents make greater reductions in their carbon emissions. This is an organization that is actually putting "best practices" into play.
Ecology Center

http://ecologycenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Ecology Center runs successful programs that address climate issues on several levels. They operate Berkeley's recycling program and are working hard to achieve the City's zero waste target, EC runs our city's farmers markets and have recently managed to eliminate plastic bags on al markets. The EC's Farm Fresh program also supports local growers and brings fresh fruits and vegetables to many low income members of the community. Over the past year, the EC has been running workshops on the Low Carbon Diet, that helps residents make greater reductions in their carbon emissions. This is an organization that is actually putting "best practices" into play.
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They have had high quality programs for 40 years that have influenced the nation. They developed one of the first (or the first) curbside recycling programs in the country and have great farmer's markets etc.
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For 40 years now the Berkeley Ecology Center has served as a central environmental resource for the Berkeley community and as an innovative institution affecting action throughout the country. Locally, the Ecology Center is the go-to place for anyone looking to play a role in building community, protecting the environment, or promoting social justice. It provides the public with concrete and reliable information, tools, hands-on training, referrals, strategies, and models for sustainable living. The Ecology Center runs Berkeley's residential curbside recycling program, the Berkeley Farmers' Markets, Farm Fresh Choice food justice program, Terrain magazine, EcoHouse demonstration home and garden, the Ecology Center Store, and a variety of Information and Climate Change Action programs. Through Ecology Center’s leadership, Berkeley was the first city in the U.S. to benefit from curbside recycling, a service that is now copied throughout the nation. Its three weekly farmers’ markets are also a model for the region and beyond and of huge value to the local community.

Organizational Strengths

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EC will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Earth Day 2010, so it has obvious staying power. It's community-based and has a strong grassroots orientation, while still delivering everyday on activities that demonstrate that the organization "walks the talk."
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They continue to improve and challenge the region with their highest and best use strategies for materials recovery and high standards for their organic markets.
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Some of the Ecology Center’s several strengths include the clear commitment to the organization’s mission demonstrated by management and staff and reflected in the low staff turnover rate; the diversity of the services it provides while still maintaining continuity; and its high level of community/member support and dedication. For these reasons, the Ecology Center is a sought after partner for many organizations. The organization benefits from the experience gained in its four decades of existence and can be depended upon to provide a range of expertise, creative solutions, actionable resources, and basic services upon which the community relies.

Areas for Improvement

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It would be great if the EC were able to help other communities become more self-reliant. It's my impression that the EC doesn't have the capacity to extend its model much beyond the communities of the East Bay.
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They could better work with sustainability efforts outside of Berkeley.
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As an organization committed to community engagement and education, the Ecology Center would benefit from additional investment in its web-based tools and information. Such an investment would help the Ecology Center to enhance navigation through the extensive information on its website and to potentially add or enhance interactive dashboards and other community engagement tools.
Environment California (3 recommendations) On December 11, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially adopted a plan for achieving California’s global warming goals per AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The so-called Scoping Plan unanimously approved by the Board is the nation’s first comprehensive plan to reduce global warming pollution on an economy-wide basis. The plan charts a course toward a future in which California gets more of its energy from renewable resources, uses energy more efficiently, and ultimately requires polluters to pay for the right to pollute the air. This organization is monitoring legislation for CA that is a model for the rest of the country and can lead the way to solutions to global warming.
Environment California

http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/donate

Evidence of Impact

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On December 11, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially adopted a plan for achieving California’s global warming goals per AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The so-called Scoping Plan unanimously approved by the Board is the nation’s first comprehensive plan to reduce global warming pollution on an economy-wide basis. The plan charts a course toward a future in which California gets more of its energy from renewable resources, uses energy more efficiently, and ultimately requires polluters to pay for the right to pollute the air. This organization is monitoring legislation for CA that is a model for the rest of the country and can lead the way to solutions to global warming.
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They are highly successful in passing legislation supporting renewable energy in Sacramento.
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Environment California does a great job with policy advocacy.

Organizational Strengths

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They have great staff, leadership and connections in Sacramento. They are working to fix the broken system.
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Their staff is highly intelligent and talented.
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This organization has strong staff people and good communication skills.

Areas for Improvement

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They need money.
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They could do a much better job of collaborating with other advocates and industry. Their policy positions sometimes are not as good as they could be.
Green For All (3 recommendations) Green for All has emerged quickly as a strong advocate for climate change policies that are inclusive of low-income communities. They were instrumental in getting funding for green jobs into the ACES bill that passed the House in 2009.
Green For All
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http://www.greenforall.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Green for All has emerged quickly as a strong advocate for climate change policies that are inclusive of low-income communities. They were instrumental in getting funding for green jobs into the ACES bill that passed the House in 2009.
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Green For All has established and new critical space and direction on the benefits of the clean energy economy, reaching essential new constituencies.
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Green for All has done an amazing job of shifting the debate around climate change to a broader message of economic stability and opportunity, which is critical to success in the climate change arena.

Organizational Strengths

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In addition to strong advocacy work at the federal level, Green For All has achieved strong results at the local level by organizing energy-efficiency projects in cities, such as their Clean Energy Works Portland initiative. Their staff is knowledgeable, passionate, and extremely results-oriented.
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GFA's collaborative model has created innovative new partnerships.
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Van Jones' leadership was a huge strength of the organization. Again, their communications and messaging skills are excellent.

Areas for Improvement

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GFA's scale and reach are not as visible as they might be and the economic context has likely made it challenging to make real the promise they articulate.
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Green for All could benefit from achieving one or two very concrete, local victories as examples of what they are pushing for.
Rising Sun Energy Center (3 recommendations) RSE runs great energy-efficiency programs using high school students and young adults that are having difficulty finding work. This is another organization that is implementing energy-efficiency improvements for local residents, helping them to reduce their carbon emissions and saving them money.
Rising Sun Energy Center
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http://www.risingsunenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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RSE runs great energy-efficiency programs using high school students and young adults that are having difficulty finding work. This is another organization that is implementing energy-efficiency improvements for local residents, helping them to reduce their carbon emissions and saving them money.
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RESC provides youth and adult green job training and subsidized residential energy efficiency services in the East Bay and North Bay. They provide a range of services from simple energy retrofits and homeowner education by high school students, to comprehensive home energy performance upgrades with professionals and adult trainees. The measures installed over the past ten years are projected to reduce GHG emissions by over 40 metric tons of CO2e over the measure lifetimes. They have provided training for over 500 young adults. They serve markets that are underserved by traditional home weatherization programs, i.e., moderate income households that are not eligible for federal and PG&E free programs. About a third of their clients are tenants.
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Rising Sun provides hands-on green jobs training for youth and at-risk adults by training them to audit and install residential energy efficiency measures. Their programs not only instill a resource conservation ethic in kids who don't normally grow up with that ethic, but also serve thousands of households every year by installing low-cost energy measures.

Organizational Strengths

N
RSE partners with cities, assisting cities to achieve their carbon reduction targets.
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RSEC's two greatest strengths are their ability to create lifelong commitments to energy-efficiency and their broad range of partners. Unlike traditional energy-efficiency programs, which focus almost exclusively on installing technology, RSEC emphasizes behavioral change and personal commitment for its clients and trainees. By introducing youth to energy-efficiency, they are potentially affecting a lifetime of actions and possibly career decisions. Personal commitment is expected from clients as well. For example, they provide “solar clothes dryers” (clotheslines), a measure not recognized by statewide energy programs, and encourage clients to use them instead of mechanical dryers (which account for 2% of the State’s peak electric load). RSEC has a broad set of partners including seven public utilities, eight local governments, and many job training centers, schools, and civic organizations. This provides a diverse set of funding sources as well as deep and sustainable connections to the communities they serve.
O
They are great at mobilizing youth.

Areas for Improvement

O
Although RSEC has excellent staff and board members, management is spread a bit thin. Additional professional support would be helpful. Furthermore, the management is young and could benefit from formal training.
O
They do need help with capacity building, operations, and diversifying their funding base.
Bay Localize (2 recommendations) They have had an impact through policy changes and by implementing local solutions to problems whereby communities can take ownership and control over their resources, even in the absence of strong policy leadership.
Bay Localize
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http://www.baylocalize.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have had an impact through policy changes and by implementing local solutions to problems whereby communities can take ownership and control over their resources, even in the absence of strong policy leadership.
N
They are still a new group, but I liked what I saw at a recent local clean energy conference. Permaculture, grassroots sustainability, and resilience, connecting global problems to local solutions.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong volunteer base and committed individual donors.
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Hopefully, they will continue some of Van Jones' work in building bridges between diverse Bay Area communities.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by integrating diverse communities into all levels of their organization.
California Academy of Science (2 recommendations) They actively engage by taking best current research and modeling, and apply it to conservation community needs.
California Academy of Science
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http://www.calacademy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They actively engage by taking best current research and modeling, and apply it to conservation community needs.
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They produce high visibility science visualizations for global and local resources.

Organizational Strengths

F
Academy has a strong interest in educating the public.
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They are strong in the areas of science visualization and communication.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization could engage more of its specialists on the topic.
Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) (2 recommendations) This nonprofit provides highly effective energy-efficiency and renewable energy services to sectors that are underserved by for-profit contractors. They have programs that perform comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits for about 1,000 small businesses per year and several hundred low-income and elderly households per year.
Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC)

http://www.ebenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This nonprofit provides highly effective energy-efficiency and renewable energy services to sectors that are underserved by for-profit contractors. They have programs that perform comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits for about 1,000 small businesses per year and several hundred low-income and elderly households per year.
O
CESC has over 24 years of experience providing energy-efficiency and home improvement services for residential and commercial clients in the East Bay. Now serving the North Bay, current services include free low-income weatherization and home repair, small commercial energy retrofits (SmartLights), comprehensive solar and energy efficiency audits, cost-benefit analysis and project management assistance (Smart Solar), and remediation of asthma triggers in homes of low-income asthma sufferers’ homes (Healthy Homes). The SmartLights program has been particularly successful at reducing GHG emissions. Focused on the small commercial market, the program has served 3,700 businesses and reduced GHG emissions from electricity and natural gas consumption by over 6,800 metric tons annually.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have several well-established, highly trusted programs that have strong relationships with underserved populations. These programs always exceed their goals.
O
CESC’s main strengths are its emphasis on innovative program delivery strategies, direct services, markets that are largely underserved by the private sector, and long-term relationships with its clients and partners. In order to ensure that their clients are committed to continuous improvement in terms of energy-efficiency, and to engage as much of the community as possible, customer satisfaction is one of CESC’s highest priorities.

Areas for Improvement

O
CESC's Board of Directors has traditionally been unengaged and is just recently trying to develop better governance skills. CESC also needs to invest in better strategic planning and organization development. They also need to invest in growing the depth and breadths of their programs.
O
CESC and its clients could benefit from more diverse funding sources that emphasize long-term strategic goals, as opposed to the more immediate, but less comprehensive measures that are covered by some of its current revenue sources. CESC could do more sharing of its methods and experiences with other non-profits and local governments, through papers, conferences, and workshops.
EcoEquity (2 recommendations) Believe it or not, this small activist think tank has changed the international climate equity debate, and for the better.
EcoEquity
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http://www.ecoequity.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Believe it or not, this small activist think tank has changed the international climate equity debate, and for the better.
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EcoEquity developed and deployed a policy framework called "Greenhouse Development Rights" (GDRs), which has been adopted by a broad selection of countries, NGOs, and thought leaders in the context of the international climate negotiations. This has led to significantly higher levels of sophistication among the international climate advocacy community about precisely what is financially and scientifically required to bring about "climate justice." It is both a radical and reasonable approach, and as such, has helped build capacity and power among the negotiators for developing countries with the UN climate talks.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is in their leadership. EcoEquity (working together with the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute) has, with its "Greenhouse Development Rights" framework, put a sophisticated analysis of the climate crisis as a development crisis into actual play. To be sure, much (though not all) of the "research" behind their approach has been around. But they have put it together in a way that made it politically relevant.
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This nonprofit does a lot with very little by creating a network of scientists and policy experts, the GDRs group, which contributes research and expertise to the advocacy community. However, EcoEquity itself has only three staff, and barely full-time at that. Its staff members are widely respected in the field for their integrity and intelligence.

Areas for Improvement

R
EcoEquity could get more sophisticated about the obstacles posed by US political culture to the "emergency mobilization" that they are calling for. Also, they need to make some post-Copenhagen revisions to their analysis. I believe that these are both active areas for them, however.
N
EcoEquity would be wise to invest more energy into public relations, and perhaps campaigning. GDR is quite a wonky concept that has very little wide public knowledge.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) (2 recommendations) Their outstanding impact on policy and legislation (backed AB32 and many other climate bills) has given political leaders support from the business sector, in an effort to counteract oil interests.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
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http://www.e2.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their outstanding impact on policy and legislation (backed AB32 and many other climate bills) has given political leaders support from the business sector, in an effort to counteract oil interests.
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They are focused on public policy engagement, which is critical for shaping rules, incentives, and institutions to lead to reduced-carbon investments.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have focused and talented leadership, and amazing body of partners who are involved in delegations to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., works closely with NRDC. They brought in new donors and used their reputations, as well as funding, to make a difference and to educate the partners, as well.
O
They have a strong connection with national networks.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve coordination with local governments on implementation of climate action plans could be a useful accompaniment to their state and national focus. They also need to encourage people to carpool to events, etc.
Gordon E And Betty I Moore Foundation (2 recommendations) They have similar strengths as the Hewlett and Packard foundations. They had better ecology knowledge when Nepsted was there but it is still a very good organization.
Gordon E And Betty I Moore Foundation

http://www.moore.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have similar strengths as the Hewlett and Packard foundations. They had better ecology knowledge when Nepsted was there but it is still a very good organization.
O
They have funded applied research and planning for habitat restoration.

Organizational Strengths

R
Barry Gold brings a broad management viewpoint, national parks perspective, and congressional experience, of which the others have a bit less.
O
They have good environmental awareness and capacity to bring funds to bare.

Areas for Improvement

R
They have spent way too much time and money on CI, but they seem to have moved past that now into broader activities over a community more deserving of funding.
O
Like all foundations locally, GBMF does not have a climate change specific focus, and as such, are challenged in allocating resources that do not fall under existing Quasimodo overlapping focus areas. I have turned down studies on climate change adaptation, etc., because of this.
Green Cities California (2 recommendations) Green Cities California is organizing the 10 "greenest" municipalities in California to share legislation best practices to advance environmental issues at the local level. For example, they pooled resources to fund a Master Environmental Assessment that compiles the environmental impacts of single-use bags. All cities can now use the Assessment, which provides up to 80% of the content for an Environmental Impact Report, to fend off challenges from plastic bag lobby.
Green Cities California

http://www.greencitiescalifornia.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Green Cities California is organizing the 10 "greenest" municipalities in California to share legislation best practices to advance environmental issues at the local level. For example, they pooled resources to fund a Master Environmental Assessment that compiles the environmental impacts of single-use bags. All cities can now use the Assessment, which provides up to 80% of the content for an Environmental Impact Report, to fend off challenges from plastic bag lobby.
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Green Cities has successfully brought together sustainability directors from 12 major California Cities to enact a host of environmental initiatives, including banning bottled water purchases from their organizations, increasing communication on issues of climate planning, ghg inventories, and adaptation. This increased communicated has resulted in a united approach to climate planning, prioritizing cities sustainability agendas and an essential peer-to-peer support network.

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization is staffed and run by city employees, so they really understand the pressing needs of who they serve. Their website shares actual legislation documents, providing valuable time savings for other cities in trying to advance policy.
O
The lead staff of this organization are particularly strong. Marketing, in terms of sharing best practices of real policies that members have implemented, and exactly how to do it, and what you'll need in your city, are all very well executed through their website.

Areas for Improvement

F
Green Cities California needs better marketing to make its tools available across the state and country.
O
This nonprofit needs more funding for another staff person, to ensure regular updates can be made the website and to increase its awareness of its presence at the state level.
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) (2 recommendations) They were instrumental in the low-carbon fuel standard in CA and in creating a model for greenhouse gas standards for heavy duty vehicles.
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
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http://www.theicct.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They were instrumental in the low-carbon fuel standard in CA and in creating a model for greenhouse gas standards for heavy duty vehicles.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are in their leadership and staff.
N
They have local and global presence, so they take lessons learned from local laws and standards and use them when influencing other countries. They also have a lean staff that work very hard and are experts in the field.
Nature Conservancy (2 recommendations) Though their impact is global in scope, they do quite a lot to preserve necessary habitat in CA. They directly work on motivating new opinion leaders to take leading roles in the climate change debate in CA - a great need in this field.
Nature Conservancy
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http://www.nature.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Though their impact is global in scope, they do quite a lot to preserve necessary habitat in CA. They directly work on motivating new opinion leaders to take leading roles in the climate change debate in CA - a great need in this field.
N
Protecting habitat at a large scale is necessary to provide adaptability. TNC is the leader in on-the-ground conservation.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Nature Conservancy's greatest strength is its membership rolls, which is the largest in the environmental NGO world. In their role of motivating new opinion leaders, this membership is essential. They also have a great team of staff in CA.

Areas for Improvement

N
Occasionally, they can be rather bureaucratic, which can slow progress.
SPUR (2 recommendations) SPUR is working hard to make San Francisco a model for others to point to, learn from, and emulate. Both their written materials and thought provoking lecture series contribute greatly to the movement.
SPUR
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http://www.spur.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SPUR is working hard to make San Francisco a model for others to point to, learn from, and emulate. Both their written materials and thought provoking lecture series contribute greatly to the movement.
O
The work SPUR is doing to produce original research and guidance on how to estimate the benefits of transportation/land use policies and programs is filling a huge void that often hinders progress at the local government level. We need to be able to cite good information regarding how big a benefit we get from any given policy (e.g., change parking pricing, reduce parking minimum requirements with new development, install more bike lanes, and increase bus frequency). City staff and policy makers need to be able to back up our new policy ideas with data, not just gut instincts and hopes, and there is very little data available nationally in this area. By targeting efforts in this area, SPUR is helping us advance new policies much more quickly.

Organizational Strengths

N
SPUR is clearly a thought leader in the field and is very influential with decision makers and voters. Their ballot analyses are invaluable.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could possibly do a better job promoting their path-breaking work to other parts of the Bay Area and the state. They can be very San Francisco-focused. This is an important mission, but they may miss an opportunity.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) (2 recommendations) They fought for bicycling in San Francisco and for getting bicycle facilities established immediately following partial lifting of local injunction against them. They are effective at keeping elected officials and staff primed to move as soon as legal obstacles are removed.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC)
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http://www.sfbike.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They fought for bicycling in San Francisco and for getting bicycle facilities established immediately following partial lifting of local injunction against them. They are effective at keeping elected officials and staff primed to move as soon as legal obstacles are removed.
O
SFBC worked tirelessly to get its constituents to public meetings and to other avenues of democratic voice. They played an essential role in the passage of the San Francisco Bike Plan.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths include collaboration with local partners, new member cultivation, and communication with members (weekly email is terrific).
O
SFBC has excellent outreach techniques, is continually relevant in its public class and event offerings, and in addition to its advocacy role, works to educate the populous on bicyclist safety.

Areas for Improvement

O
SFBC could benefit from funding for specific program staff and could greatly increase its impact on the San Francisco community by expanding its outreach from the individual biker to businesses interested in offering bicycling programs.
Solar Richmond (2 recommendations) SR trains very low income youth to become qualified solar installers. The organization works in conjunction with Richmond Works, another Richmond based organization that trains local residents in the construction trades.
Solar Richmond
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http://www.solarrichmond.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SR trains very low income youth to become qualified solar installers. The organization works in conjunction with Richmond Works, another Richmond based organization that trains local residents in the construction trades.
O
Solar Richmond is a nonprofit organization that provides solar installation training, job placement services, and supports consumers who want to go solar in a way that creates jobs for underemployed local residents.

Organizational Strengths

N
SR has a good relationship with its community and with the City Council. As a result, both city and local school districts try to assure that SR trainees are included in any local city or school district funded projects.
O
Solar Richmond's leadership is highly organized and has demonstrated significant progress at creating green collar jobs and increasing renewable energy capacity in the City of Richmond. The organization has already surpassed their original goal of 5 megawatts of solar capacity in the City.

Areas for Improvement

N
SR can have a difficult time placing its trainees. The program would benefit from learning how to do better outreach to employers and those agencies that are likely to need the services that SR trainees can provide.
O
Solar Richmond is seeking investors and financing opportunities to provide solar energy to non-profits in Richmond. With more financial support, the organization could expand its operations to the non-profit sector.
Solar Sonoma County (2 recommendations) This organization is impacting local governments and the community on the issue of implementing solar technology and energy-efficiency in Sonoma County, and as a model regionally and state-wide.
Solar Sonoma County

http://solarsonomacounty.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization is impacting local governments and the community on the issue of implementing solar technology and energy-efficiency in Sonoma County, and as a model regionally and state-wide.
O
The solar vendor and installation community has grown exponentially due to a number of solar power programs initiated by SSC. Since 2007 SSC has been the key to Santa Rosa receiving two Solar America Cities grants totaling nearly $1M for solar program development.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are strong due to great leadership, strong board make-up, broad coalition of labor, business, non-profits, environmentalists, students, and government making things happen. They have aggressive targets and a strong educational slant for potential consumers. They also have a great annual Sola Fair event.
O
The support from the solar community has been growing and key supporters include labor unions, large solar company installers, large manufactures, and PG&E, etc. The Board is in the process of hiring a new full time Executive Director with a greater emphasis on building local financial support to reduce dependency on grant funding.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need better fundraising efforts and a more effective use of their volunteer base.
O
They need to focus on more effective broad-based fund raising and need more staffing to accomplish the goals and objectives, but that is due to limited funding.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SLVG) (2 recommendations) They are known for their organizing efforts with mayors, other elected, and business leaders, to address specific topics and goals for addressing climate change.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SLVG)

http://svlg.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are known for their organizing efforts with mayors, other elected, and business leaders, to address specific topics and goals for addressing climate change.
R
They use peer support and public commitments to get major solar vendor corporations to move forward to reduce GHG footprints.

Organizational Strengths

N
Only one year old, this organization has terrific fundraising and focusing ability. Recently hired an outstanding director and has great cooperation and participation across the Bay Area.
R
They have strong leadership and convening power; use of various techniques to leverage change, including awards, recognition, visibility; and savvy selection of speakers at meetings and conferences based on great behind the scenes legwork.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more breakthrough thinking and action.
Tomales Bay Institute (2 recommendations) Peter Barnes has almost singlehandedly moved cap-and-dividend into the mainstream.
Tomales Bay Institute

http://www.earthisland.org/tbi/

Evidence of Impact

F
Peter Barnes has almost singlehandedly moved cap-and-dividend into the mainstream.
N
The most important missing element for reducing GHG emissions is a price on carbon - a true game-changer. Peter Barnes' Cap and Dividend concept is the best policy to achieve this outcome for a number of reasons, e.g., fair, simple, and durable.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have great ideas.
N
The strength of this organization is the genius, credibility, and connections of Peter Barnes.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to build a broader support from other stakeholders.
N
Peter Barnes needs a much bigger posse.
Alliance for Climate Protection (1 recommendation) Scores of people volunteered over the past 3+ years to do public speaking on climate change at schools and in communities and organizations. Hundreds of presentations have been given.
Alliance for Climate Protection
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http://www.climateprotect.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Scores of people volunteered over the past 3+ years to do public speaking on climate change at schools and in communities and organizations. Hundreds of presentations have been given.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong network.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are based out of Tennessee, with local leader, but could be more strategic and proactive in Bay Area; they need to move to next stage.
Amazon Watch (1 recommendation) I feel that by saving the rainforest in the Amazon we are saving the Earth's lungs.
Amazon Watch

http://www.amazonwatch.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
I feel that by saving the rainforest in the Amazon we are saving the Earth's lungs.

Organizational Strengths

F
They also collaborate and together, these nonprofits are making a difference in how they fight the major corporations, like Chevron, that are destroying habitat, poisoning the waters and earth, and killing the indigenous people in the Amazon Basin. They too are lean and mean. They can use all the help that they can get to fight the multinational corporations.

Areas for Improvement

F
Again, they need money to expand their reach.
American Lung Association of California (1 recommendation) Impact is evident in their lobbying and advocacy. This group doesn't always have depth - they rely on others for that, but they know which issues are a priority and get right to the heart of them with opinion leaders, elected officials, and others in a position to implement important changes.
American Lung Association of California

http://www.lungusa.org/associations/states/california/

Evidence of Impact

R
Impact is evident in their lobbying and advocacy. This group doesn't always have depth - they rely on others for that, but they know which issues are a priority and get right to the heart of them with opinion leaders, elected officials, and others in a position to implement important changes.

Organizational Strengths

R
This group is extremely well connected with people that matter; they do behind the scenes work well. They also collaborate with others; functioning effectively within coalitions.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve their depth in climate issues more, offering more staff/time to developing climate campaign materials and resources (vs. relying on others for that).
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) (1 recommendation) They connect reproductive justice with climate issues.
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ)
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http://reproductivejustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They connect reproductive justice with climate issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong national leadership in reproductive rights arena, youth organizing, and worker organizing.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) (1 recommendation) As the council of governments for the nine-bay area counties (and cities), ABAG is uniquely positioned and qualified to assist cities and counties in developing regional sustainability plans, climate change actions, and to collaborate with other Bay Area partners.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

http://www.abag.ca.gov/

Evidence of Impact

N
As the council of governments for the nine-bay area counties (and cities), ABAG is uniquely positioned and qualified to assist cities and counties in developing regional sustainability plans, climate change actions, and to collaborate with other Bay Area partners.

Organizational Strengths

N
ABAG' staff is outstanding. Its executive director and assistant director serve on my organization's board. They are leading thinkers in local governance and services to cities and counties in California.
Bay Area Climate Compact (1 recommendation) They have brought together Silicon Valley businesses and San Jose, San Francisco, etc., businesses in a high-profile, joint pledge to address climate change.
Bay Area Climate Compact

http://www.jointventure.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=83:bay-area-climate-compact-signatories&catid=4:climate-change&Itemid=45

Evidence of Impact

O
They have brought together Silicon Valley businesses and San Jose, San Francisco, etc., businesses in a high-profile, joint pledge to address climate change.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership and a diversity of constituent interests.

Areas for Improvement

O
They seem to be competing with other similar proposals.
Bay Area Open Space Council (1 recommendation) BAOSC has demonstrated the ability to pull together a large group of non-profits, agencies, and others to focus on issues. Climate change has been a significant issue over the past few years with specific workshops being held. BAOSC is also spearheading the Upland Goals, a project that is essential in prioritizing land protection in the Bay Area in the face of changing climate.
Bay Area Open Space Council
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http://www.openspacecouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
BAOSC has demonstrated the ability to pull together a large group of non-profits, agencies, and others to focus on issues. Climate change has been a significant issue over the past few years with specific workshops being held. BAOSC is also spearheading the Upland Goals, a project that is essential in prioritizing land protection in the Bay Area in the face of changing climate.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong staff and powerful membership.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are not appealing to culturally diverse communities.
Bay Institute of San Francisco (1 recommendation) As a relative newcomer to tidal marsh restoration (I have been working in other types of restoration for over a decade), the Bay Institute has been an excellent source of information for me and clearly for others as well. The large-scale perspective that they have had for thirty years is essential when considering climate change. It is important to remember that some work just becomes more important with impending climate change, even though it began well before climate change became such a hot topic. The Bay Institute is another umbrella organization that serves a great number of conservation scientists.
Bay Institute of San Francisco
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http://www.bay.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
As a relative newcomer to tidal marsh restoration (I have been working in other types of restoration for over a decade), the Bay Institute has been an excellent source of information for me and clearly for others as well. The large-scale perspective that they have had for thirty years is essential when considering climate change. It is important to remember that some work just becomes more important with impending climate change, even though it began well before climate change became such a hot topic. The Bay Institute is another umbrella organization that serves a great number of conservation scientists.
Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) (1 recommendation) They focus on business as a way to harness investment for mitigation and adaptation.
Business Council on Climate Change (BC3)

http://www.bc3sfbay.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They focus on business as a way to harness investment for mitigation and adaptation.

Organizational Strengths

O
They focus on harnessing business.
California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) (1 recommendation) The California League of Conservation Voters is a high impact nonprofit in its unique role electing environmental candidates and holding them accountable with their scorecard.
California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)

http://www.ecovote.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The California League of Conservation Voters is a high impact nonprofit in its unique role electing environmental candidates and holding them accountable with their scorecard.

Organizational Strengths

N
I think the strength of this organization is its core function and its success over the years in "greening" the Legislature. Although they still have a long way to go, they also play an important role in forcing candidates to take positions on issues before they are elected, and sharing that information with voters so they can make an informed assessment.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think CLCV could be more active and more visible in legislative policy advocacy. They are active with the broader environmental coalition, but given the unique role they have, I think that legislators would pay more attention to their position on bills than almost any other group. I also think they could make the climate a stronger priority with legislators, as LCV national has done. They could call in more chits here. I think they should focus less of their electoral resources on currying favor with strong, well-funded candidates, and look to the challenging races where a future environmental champion may not be elected due to being outspent.
Calstart (1 recommendation) They have played a key role in promoting alternative fuels in vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Calstart

http://www.calstart.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have played a key role in promoting alternative fuels in vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Organizational Strengths

N
They put on nationally recognized conferences.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need greater expertise on agriculture sources of fuels.
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) (1 recommendation) They have created the Green-e, a widely used label to certify the renewable content of electricity and of consumer products. This has been an important contribution to making renewable claims of companies credible, thus helping develop markets for renewable energy.
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
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http://www.resource-solutions.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have created the Green-e, a widely used label to certify the renewable content of electricity and of consumer products. This has been an important contribution to making renewable claims of companies credible, thus helping develop markets for renewable energy.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a very committed and active staff.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to define new areas for work that can have significant impacts, as the green-e did.
Citizens Against Pollution (1 recommendation) They are working to stop an urban natural gas power plant in Hayward.
Citizens Against Pollution

Evidence of Impact

N
They are working to stop an urban natural gas power plant in Hayward.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are strong in areas of outreach, legal, and analysis.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their capacity is constrained, as they are all volunteer.
Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC) (1 recommendation) They are getting out the last climate change news by daily and weekly email, nationally when no one else was doing so.
Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC)

http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are getting out the last climate change news by daily and weekly email, nationally when no one else was doing so.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are actively engaged in pushing for needed policy changes and are associated with Bill McKibben as nationally known spokesperson and writer on climate change.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have been inconsistent as of late; could it be that they do not have enough funding or that they lack clear strategy for growth?
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO) (1 recommendation) CCISCO leaders are actively campaigning to promote equitable, transit-oriented development in East County along the new eBART stations proposed for Pittsburg and Antioch. Leaders actively campaign to integrate local hiring policies and affordable housing into the proposed new transit villages. CCISCO is also a member of the East County Environmental Justice Collaborative, which is organizing to address environmental justice issues in Bay Point and Pittsburg. They are working on a green jobs program to update the housing stock in their service areas.
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)

http://ccisco.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CCISCO leaders are actively campaigning to promote equitable, transit-oriented development in East County along the new eBART stations proposed for Pittsburg and Antioch. Leaders actively campaign to integrate local hiring policies and affordable housing into the proposed new transit villages. CCISCO is also a member of the East County Environmental Justice Collaborative, which is organizing to address environmental justice issues in Bay Point and Pittsburg. They are working on a green jobs program to update the housing stock in their service areas.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong volunteers and an individual membership base.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve operations; specifically, how to staff-up in order to handle the amount of growth and work they have on their plate.
CoolCalifornia.org (1 recommendation) Cool California is a great resource for climate information, including an up-to-date carbon calculator.
CoolCalifornia.org

http://coolcalifornia.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Cool California is a great resource for climate information, including an up-to-date carbon calculator.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation (1 recommendation) Impact is much the same as the Hewlett Foundation; they're very similar in many ways.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

http://www.packard.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Impact is much the same as the Hewlett Foundation; they're very similar in many ways.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could take some more risks and broaden their network.
EarthJustice (1 recommendation) EarthJustice has played a productive role for the international community, by expanding the dimensions of how we understand law and justice, particularly through the Inuit petition to IACHR.
EarthJustice
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http://www.earthjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
EarthJustice has played a productive role for the international community, by expanding the dimensions of how we understand law and justice, particularly through the Inuit petition to IACHR.

Organizational Strengths

R
The staff members are committed, hardworking, and great educators.
East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) (1 recommendation) They have gotten thousands of people onto bikes and out of cars over the last 38 years.
East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC)

http://www.ebbc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have gotten thousands of people onto bikes and out of cars over the last 38 years.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are strong in areas of legislation and coordination on regional efforts, like Bike To Work Day.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could develop better secure sources of revenue for the organization.
Environmental Law & Justice Clinic (ELJC) (1 recommendation) They are fighting local battles around climate in communities of color.
Environmental Law & Justice Clinic (ELJC)

http://www.ggu.edu/school_of_law/academic_law_programs/jd_program/environmental_law/environmental_law_justice_clinic

Evidence of Impact

N
They are fighting local battles around climate in communities of color.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are great at training law students.
Friends of the Earth (FOE) (1 recommendation) FOE is taking the right positions on the climate issues, and has the unique strength of their affiliation with international FOE organizations around the world. They are the single largest NGO presence at the UN Framework negotiations, with a delegation of 800 in Copenhagen.
Friends of the Earth (FOE)

http://www.foe.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
FOE is taking the right positions on the climate issues, and has the unique strength of their affiliation with international FOE organizations around the world. They are the single largest NGO presence at the UN Framework negotiations, with a delegation of 800 in Copenhagen.

Organizational Strengths

N
I think they have some very talented staff members. The thing that really differentiates them in my mind is their international affiliation and perspective.

Areas for Improvement

N
The staff sometimes appears particularly overworked and hard to reach.
Girls Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area (1 recommendation) Save the Bay is a high impact program from the Girl Scouts of Northern CA. They organize girls of all ages in grassroots environmental and climate projects, including Bay Cleanup, Cool the Earth, and battery collection, etc.
Girls Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area
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http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Save the Bay is a high impact program from the Girl Scouts of Northern CA. They organize girls of all ages in grassroots environmental and climate projects, including Bay Cleanup, Cool the Earth, and battery collection, etc.

Organizational Strengths

N
Girl Scouts of Northern California has an enthusiastic and results-oriented staff.
Green Festival (1 recommendation) The Green Festivals happen in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington DC. Each weekend event brings together 300-400 green companies, 125 speakers, and other elements to educate the public about how we can deal with the climate chaos that is beginning to get more severe.
Green Festival

http://www.greenfestivals.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Green Festivals happen in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington DC. Each weekend event brings together 300-400 green companies, 125 speakers, and other elements to educate the public about how we can deal with the climate chaos that is beginning to get more severe.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Green Festivals are a model for non-profit/for-profit collaboration: the non-profits set the criteria for who speaks and which companies (only the greenest) get into the event, and the for-profit partners deal with sales, logistics, etc.

Areas for Improvement

N
Because it is under-capitalized, the event has been in 5-6 cities and it should be in dozens, given the importance of accelerating the transition to sustainability.
Greeninfo Network (1 recommendation) GreenInfo provides GIS mapping and analysis tools to nonprofits to visualize and analyze all conservation issues, including climate change. It provides critical technological capacity for small non-profits, leveraging accumulated experience.
Greeninfo Network
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http://www.greeninfo.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
GreenInfo provides GIS mapping and analysis tools to nonprofits to visualize and analyze all conservation issues, including climate change. It provides critical technological capacity for small non-profits, leveraging accumulated experience.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are a lean, low overhead organization, with visionary leadership and practical applications always at the front.

Areas for Improvement

R
It's hard to improve on the model; maybe they need to increase their analytical capabilities, in addition to cartographic and presentation areas.
Greenlining Institute (1 recommendation) They work to engage minority and under-represented communities in CA on climate change. These groups are not very involved and will suffer the most from the effects of climate change, which is why this work is so important.
Greenlining Institute
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http://www.greenlining.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work to engage minority and under-represented communities in CA on climate change. These groups are not very involved and will suffer the most from the effects of climate change, which is why this work is so important.
Greenpeace (1 recommendation) Greenpeace continues to be a leader on climate change issues, taking science-based stands on issues and using their own particular brand of creativity to draw attention to the climate crisis.
Greenpeace
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http://www.greenpeace.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Greenpeace continues to be a leader on climate change issues, taking science-based stands on issues and using their own particular brand of creativity to draw attention to the climate crisis.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are creative and fearless, and good at mobilizing activists. They are easy to work with.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their policy expertise on climate law and policy issues. Sometimes their staff appears a bit scattered.
Grid Alternatives (1 recommendation) Their greatest impact can be seen all around the Bay Area: they put solar systems directly on homes. Not only do the systems help the low income home owner offset their electric bills, they also educate the public on the power of solar.
Grid Alternatives
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http://www.gridalternatives.org/home

Evidence of Impact

O
Their greatest impact can be seen all around the Bay Area: they put solar systems directly on homes. Not only do the systems help the low income home owner offset their electric bills, they also educate the public on the power of solar.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their greatest strength is their ability to organize community volunteers and network with large corporations and sponsors. They have very passionate staff and volunteers that work well together to get actual projects installed.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by expanding their volunteer opportunities out on a longer timeline. Often by the time they post the opportunities for the month they fill up within a couple of days.
Groundwork Richmond (GWR) (1 recommendation) Groundwork Richmond is part of a network of independent community ventures aimed at improving urban environments through local action by linking local people, business, government, and other organizations, according to a program summary. The Groundwork USA network works with the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield’s Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.
Groundwork Richmond (GWR)

http://groundworkusa.org/trusts/richmond-ca/

Evidence of Impact

O
Groundwork Richmond is part of a network of independent community ventures aimed at improving urban environments through local action by linking local people, business, government, and other organizations, according to a program summary. The Groundwork USA network works with the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield’s Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

Organizational Strengths

O
Groundwork Richmond is a new non-profit whose vision will have a tremendous positive impact on Richmond's communities that are hardest hit by environmental justice and will help prepare these communities for climate adaptation. Green Teams, consisting of local youth, will reforest areas, plan and develop urban tree canopies, work on building parks out of brown fields, and learn leadership skills on the way.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization is having difficulty finding funding sources to pursue its ambitious goal of creating more parks in the most economically disadvantaged area in the Bay Area.
Hewlett Foundation (1 recommendation) They are known for the many important events they sponsor and have a reputation as good researchers, as well.
Hewlett Foundation
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http://www.hewlett.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are known for the many important events they sponsor and have a reputation as good researchers, as well.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are well connected to scientific, NGOs, and other foundations in the community.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could be more interactive with other non-profits and search out a few riskier projects.
International Rivers (1 recommendation) IR engages in both advocacy and research. Its report on problems with Clean Development Mechanism hydropower projects was one of the first to draw attention and to provide a useful critique. Advocacy projects are undertaken with local staff and carried out with the same care, intelligence, and integrity as IR's research. IR has also contributed productively to the international UN climate negotiations.
International Rivers
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http://www.internationalrivers.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
IR engages in both advocacy and research. Its report on problems with Clean Development Mechanism hydropower projects was one of the first to draw attention and to provide a useful critique. Advocacy projects are undertaken with local staff and carried out with the same care, intelligence, and integrity as IR's research. IR has also contributed productively to the international UN climate negotiations.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership of IR is conservative, in the best sense: in the face of the financial crisis, financial resources have been husbanded carefully and top managers took pay cuts to avoid having to cut programs or layoff staff.

Areas for Improvement

R
With more resources, IR could strengthen communication of the issues it addresses to the general public and to expert audiences.
Island Conservation (1 recommendation) Island Conservation prevents species extinction on islands. Because its approach creates more breeding habitat for seabirds - a key bottleneck for population growth - it can mitigate against climate change related threats. Their upcoming project will be on the Farallon Islands.
Island Conservation
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http://www.islandconservation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Island Conservation prevents species extinction on islands. Because its approach creates more breeding habitat for seabirds - a key bottleneck for population growth - it can mitigate against climate change related threats. Their upcoming project will be on the Farallon Islands.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong, experienced leadership; strong scientific skills; they are financially strong; and have a strong board. One of the best bangs for the buck in the biodiversity conservation sector in the Bay Area.

Areas for Improvement

N
Better marketing and outreach to high net worth donors.
KyotoUSA (1 recommendation) Kyoto USA engages local governments, school districts, and civic organizations in commitments and actions related to international climate change agreements. Kyoto USA’s HELIOS program has partnered with the Berkeley Unified School District to install a 103 kW solar photovoltaic system on Washington Elementary School. HELIOS is now developing solar master plans for the Berkeley, Oakland, and West Contra Costa County Unified School Districts.
KyotoUSA

http://www.kyotousa.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Kyoto USA engages local governments, school districts, and civic organizations in commitments and actions related to international climate change agreements. Kyoto USA’s HELIOS program has partnered with the Berkeley Unified School District to install a 103 kW solar photovoltaic system on Washington Elementary School. HELIOS is now developing solar master plans for the Berkeley, Oakland, and West Contra Costa County Unified School Districts.

Organizational Strengths

O
Kyoto USA is an all-volunteer organization with very low overhead expenses. They have been able to leverage pro-bono support from technical and public finance experts to put together practical solutions for public schools.

Areas for Improvement

O
Kyoto USA could provide better service by recruiting more interns from the schools they serve; a modest stipend budget would be helpful. They could also benefit from some technical services for improvements to their website and development of modeling tools.
Mainstreet Moms (1 recommendation) Mainstreet Moms (MMOB http://www.themmob.org/ "organize or bust") operates 100-percent volunteer to take on a small number of advocacy projects each year and "win." I know of no other groups quite like this one in terms of sheer creativity and public relations savvy. MMOB has taken on climate change this past year and has been in the vanguard of advocating for Marin Clean Energy, the program that, if successful in staving off relentless opposition by PG&E, will do more than any other thing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Marin County. MMOB was responsible more than any other organization for turning out a large crowd of Marin citizens to buoy the Board of Supervisors to vote to go ahead with Marin Clean Energy on February 2 when votes were wavering and PG&E pressure was intense against MCE. MMOB has generated much unpaid media and letter writing in favor of MCE and climate protection. Its website is the most lively and informative source of current climate campaigning in Marin County.
Mainstreet Moms

http://www.themmob.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Mainstreet Moms (MMOB http://www.themmob.org/ "organize or bust") operates 100-percent volunteer to take on a small number of advocacy projects each year and "win." I know of no other groups quite like this one in terms of sheer creativity and public relations savvy. MMOB has taken on climate change this past year and has been in the vanguard of advocating for Marin Clean Energy, the program that, if successful in staving off relentless opposition by PG&E, will do more than any other thing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Marin County. MMOB was responsible more than any other organization for turning out a large crowd of Marin citizens to buoy the Board of Supervisors to vote to go ahead with Marin Clean Energy on February 2 when votes were wavering and PG&E pressure was intense against MCE. MMOB has generated much unpaid media and letter writing in favor of MCE and climate protection. Its website is the most lively and informative source of current climate campaigning in Marin County.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths include creativity, dynamism, talent, volunteers’ commitment, idealism, fearlessness, boldness, public relations savvy and verbal ingenuity. They also have decentralized components, such as generating letter writing to decision makers and lobbying.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization needs to broaden its base from West Marin and certain other sections, to get more cells, volunteers, and cadre strength from the entire County.
Marin Carbon Project (1 recommendation) This project brings together excellent research on an actual solutions with cross-cutting benefits for climate change, the reversal of topsoil depletion, and an alternative technique that would reduce need for chemical fertilizer.
Marin Carbon Project

http://www.marincarbonproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This project brings together excellent research on an actual solutions with cross-cutting benefits for climate change, the reversal of topsoil depletion, and an alternative technique that would reduce need for chemical fertilizer.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have amazingly smart and committed scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Davis (who aren't tainted by BP or other corporate funding). They also have close connections with farmers who can help determine feasibility (rare for academics to get out of the lab and into real-life conditions).

Areas for Improvement

O
They need better communications and outreach, so more people know what they're doing.
Marin Community Energy (1 recommendation) They are changing laws in Marin County that allow for decentralization of the energy grid, to PG&E's dismay.
Marin Community Energy

http://www.marincommunityenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are changing laws in Marin County that allow for decentralization of the energy grid, to PG&E's dismay.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong leader, who is a visionary and engaged with local policy makers.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to hire more staff, broaden outreach, and engage in all schools.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) (1 recommendation) The MBC has been a national presence incorporating Safe Routes to Schools into federal transportation policy. In Marin, they have increased cycling, decreased single passenger trips, and encouraged students and adults to walk or bike to school/work. They were also instrumental in getting SMART officials to plan a bike path parallel the new train.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)

http://www.marinbike.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The MBC has been a national presence incorporating Safe Routes to Schools into federal transportation policy. In Marin, they have increased cycling, decreased single passenger trips, and encouraged students and adults to walk or bike to school/work. They were also instrumental in getting SMART officials to plan a bike path parallel the new train.

Organizational Strengths

O
Debbie Hubsmith is a passionate leader on cycling and land use issues, and has been a vocal proponent of cycling at the federal level. The other staff members are also well spoken, connected, and effective.
Movement Generation (1 recommendation) Movement Generation has developed an excellent analysis of the social justice dimensions of climate change, and is building a network of social justice organizations to strengthen the political movement for climate justice.
Movement Generation

http://www.movementgeneration.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Movement Generation has developed an excellent analysis of the social justice dimensions of climate change, and is building a network of social justice organizations to strengthen the political movement for climate justice.

Areas for Improvement

N
Movement Generation is stretched a bit thin. I encourage them to focus on their strength of Bay Area organizing.
Next 10 (1 recommendation) Their research and outreach on energy-efficiency has been excellent and helps make the economic case for climate protection.
Next 10

http://nextten.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their research and outreach on energy-efficiency has been excellent and helps make the economic case for climate protection.
North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (1 recommendation) The NBCAI is not a non-profit, but a collaboration of a group of non-profits, agencies, and private citizens focused on implementation of climate change adaptation focused research, technology, modeling, stewardship, restoration and management, and policy. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation held a three-day Climate Adaptation conference in the North Bay in 2009, which ultimately resulted in the formation of NBCAI. The impact of the initiative so far is that the Regional Climate Authority in Sonoma County has adopted climate adaptation into their plan and is working with the NBCAI members (Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation staff among them) to flesh out specific goals and objectives to be implemented in Sonoma County. I will add here that the four non-profits that are mainly involved in this initiative among other agency and private partners.
North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative

http://www.nbcai.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
The NBCAI is not a non-profit, but a collaboration of a group of non-profits, agencies, and private citizens focused on implementation of climate change adaptation focused research, technology, modeling, stewardship, restoration and management, and policy. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation held a three-day Climate Adaptation conference in the North Bay in 2009, which ultimately resulted in the formation of NBCAI. The impact of the initiative so far is that the Regional Climate Authority in Sonoma County has adopted climate adaptation into their plan and is working with the NBCAI members (Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation staff among them) to flesh out specific goals and objectives to be implemented in Sonoma County. I will add here that the four non-profits that are mainly involved in this initiative among other agency and private partners.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strength of this NBCAI is that it has effective partners with great leadership skills like the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and a capacity for on-the-ground project implementation and landowner relations. Most other climate change focused collaborations and organizations focus regionally, but do not effectively reach to the local level. NBCAI uses a focused "bottom-up" approach reaching out to land managers on public and private lands to educate them about what to do to prepare their lands for resiliency to changes from climate change. By directly working with researchers from USGS and UC NBCAI is able to utilize a truly science-based approach in making recommendations for land management on the local level.

Areas for Improvement

N
NBCAI is a relatively young initiative that will benefit from further focus and streamlining and by development of a clear charter.
People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (1 recommendation) Impact is evident in areas of community development, affordable housing, and environmental justice.
People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights

http://www.podersf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Impact is evident in areas of community development, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are strong in grassroots organizing and community planning.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve in policy areas.
Post Carbon Institute (1 recommendation) They are developing and educating people about what will be required in the coming fossil fuel-scarce age. They have assembled an impressive array of fellows, some of the greatest thinkers of our time on the topic, to work on policy.
Post Carbon Institute

http://www.postcarbon.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are developing and educating people about what will be required in the coming fossil fuel-scarce age. They have assembled an impressive array of fellows, some of the greatest thinkers of our time on the topic, to work on policy.

Organizational Strengths

N
Asher Miler, their executive director, is really smart, generous, strategic, and well-connected.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could probably improve with some more mainstream messaging to communicate to people who are not aware of all the evidence that they have uncovered.
Public Health Policy & Law (PHPL) (1 recommendation) They have a strong ability to educate and outreach to public health organizations in support of AB32 policies and regulations.
Public Health Policy & Law (PHPL)
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http://www.phlpnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a strong ability to educate and outreach to public health organizations in support of AB32 policies and regulations.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong connections to health organizations, as well as a knowledgeable and committed staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more staff and resources to engage on global warming issues. Right now, the key focus is on state issues, so there's room to be more engaged at the local level. They could use more engagement with environmental justice community.
Reconnecting America (1 recommendation) CTOD is a consortium of technical assistance providers that works at the national level. However, the parent organization was founded in Oakland and the organization has a particular interest in having impact in the Bay Area. They bring unique analytical skills, for example, around the relationship between housing cost, transportation infrastructure, and carbon emissions, and they have solid working relationships with entities like regional agencies. CTOD can provide analysis that agencies cannot produce themselves and which might not be as readily accepted from more advocacy-based nonprofits.
Reconnecting America

http://www.reconnectingamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CTOD is a consortium of technical assistance providers that works at the national level. However, the parent organization was founded in Oakland and the organization has a particular interest in having impact in the Bay Area. They bring unique analytical skills, for example, around the relationship between housing cost, transportation infrastructure, and carbon emissions, and they have solid working relationships with entities like regional agencies. CTOD can provide analysis that agencies cannot produce themselves and which might not be as readily accepted from more advocacy-based nonprofits.

Organizational Strengths

N
The consortium partners are some of the leading experts in their fields. The CTOD partners are very experienced and as such they can be trusted to do quality work.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is not clear how much capacity CTOD has to focus on the Bay Area. CTOD could probably improve their ability to think strategically about how the products they produce can be made most effective.
Regeneration Project (1 recommendation) The Regeneration Project has successfully mobilized religious audiences in support of climate change legislation, through their Interfaith Power and Light campaign. They are currently in 34 states (many important strategic ones), with over 10,000 congregations in their network. Their support was an integral part of success for California's AB32 and the House's ACES bill.
Regeneration Project
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http://theregenerationproject.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The Regeneration Project has successfully mobilized religious audiences in support of climate change legislation, through their Interfaith Power and Light campaign. They are currently in 34 states (many important strategic ones), with over 10,000 congregations in their network. Their support was an integral part of success for California's AB32 and the House's ACES bill.

Organizational Strengths

F
The Regeneration Project is on good financial ground and has grown their operations over the last two years, despite the economic downturn. They are on a steady growth path in building capacity through their expanding state networks.

Areas for Improvement

F
The Regeneration Project could develop more membership-driven funding sources and broaden its support.
Resources Legacy Fund (1 recommendation) They provide funding for reports on ecosystem response to climate change and funds for research.
Resources Legacy Fund
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http://www.resourceslegacyfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They provide funding for reports on ecosystem response to climate change and funds for research.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have good awareness of issues and capacity to direct funds.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need a focal area specific to climate change.
SAGE (1 recommendation) They are really good at bridging research into how to bolster local food networks with actual local food projects. Sage worked with the Agricultural Land Trust on a report showing how the Bay Area could produce enough food to feed itself. Given that agriculture is an often overlooked piece, but crucially important piece of the climate change equation, groups like Sage are very important.
SAGE

http://www.sagecenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are really good at bridging research into how to bolster local food networks with actual local food projects. Sage worked with the Agricultural Land Trust on a report showing how the Bay Area could produce enough food to feed itself. Given that agriculture is an often overlooked piece, but crucially important piece of the climate change equation, groups like Sage are very important.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to do more outreach so that people know about this group; they're virtually unknown relative to amount of work they do.
SERCAL (1 recommendation) SERCAL is an umbrella group bringing together restoration ecologists from agencies, non-profits, and consultants through conferences and workshops. SERCAL conferences consistently contain climate related talks with focus on restoration. However, they have not given climate change the level of attention it needs. I recommend them because I feel it is vitally important that SERCAL and other similar groups be leaders in restoration design and thought. They have the ability to reach large numbers of practitioners throughout the states of CA, Nevada, Oregon, and beyond. With funding they could offer important workshops in climate adaptation and methods to address it. This is being missed currently. Therefore, this recommendation requires working with this group to provide some direction. The benefits, however, are great because of the great number of people that can be reached. For example, a subsidized series of training courses in climate adaptation and relevance to shifting paradigms in the practice of restoration would be outstanding.
SERCAL

http://www.sercal.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SERCAL is an umbrella group bringing together restoration ecologists from agencies, non-profits, and consultants through conferences and workshops. SERCAL conferences consistently contain climate related talks with focus on restoration. However, they have not given climate change the level of attention it needs. I recommend them because I feel it is vitally important that SERCAL and other similar groups be leaders in restoration design and thought. They have the ability to reach large numbers of practitioners throughout the states of CA, Nevada, Oregon, and beyond. With funding they could offer important workshops in climate adaptation and methods to address it. This is being missed currently. Therefore, this recommendation requires working with this group to provide some direction. The benefits, however, are great because of the great number of people that can be reached. For example, a subsidized series of training courses in climate adaptation and relevance to shifting paradigms in the practice of restoration would be outstanding.

Organizational Strengths

N
Serial has a large membership, so investment in it is an investment in a large number of individuals, agencies, and non-profits.

Areas for Improvement

N
The group lacks strong leadership. The level of professionalism needs to be increased.
San Carlos Green (1 recommendation) Impact is evident in their outreach efforts to residents, ability to educate on climate change, and green programs.
San Carlos Green

http://www.sancarlosgreen.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Impact is evident in their outreach efforts to residents, ability to educate on climate change, and green programs.

Organizational Strengths

O
SCG effectively engaged the community and had many residents take the Yahoo Green Pledge, which resulted in changed behavior. They partnered with the City of San Carlos on a Community Solar program to cut the carbon footprint of community.

Areas for Improvement

O
Like San Carlos Together, SCG is underfunded and could be more effective with some minor additional of funds.
San Carlos Together (1 recommendation) They are a true volunteer group based in San Carlos. With minimal budget, they bring community volunteers together to host events that benefit many people.
San Carlos Together

http://www.sancarlostogether.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are a true volunteer group based in San Carlos. With minimal budget, they bring community volunteers together to host events that benefit many people.

Organizational Strengths

O
Examples of their strengths include: Citywide Garage Sale to reduce old items being junked; town hall meetings to inform the public of key issues; and creek side cleanups to avoid flooding.

Areas for Improvement

O
They would probably be more effective if they had more funding.
Save the Bay (1 recommendation) Impact is evident in their long-term understanding of the Bay, policy, and education. They have not been directly focused on climate change until recently, but have incorporated best available science and information into their approaches. They are focused on system-level resilience, which includes incorporating evolving information on climate change. They have excellent abilities to raise awareness and challenge policies.
Save the Bay
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http://www.savethebay.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Impact is evident in their long-term understanding of the Bay, policy, and education. They have not been directly focused on climate change until recently, but have incorporated best available science and information into their approaches. They are focused on system-level resilience, which includes incorporating evolving information on climate change. They have excellent abilities to raise awareness and challenge policies.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership on environmental policy.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need more scientific technical support. They have been actively reaching out in this regard.
Save the Redwoods League (SRL) (1 recommendation) They are initiating some of the first long-term monitoring in the Bay Area for impact on a specific habitat.
Save the Redwoods League (SRL)

http://www.savetheredwoods.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They are initiating some of the first long-term monitoring in the Bay Area for impact on a specific habitat.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership and will be committed to this long-term.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (1 recommendation) They advocate changing transportation design to promote cycling as a viable way of getting around. Looking at bike transit in the South Bay over the last 10 years, bike usage and facilities are way up, with many more improvements on the way. Since they hired an executive director, the organization and influence has grown.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
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http://bikesiliconvalley.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They advocate changing transportation design to promote cycling as a viable way of getting around. Looking at bike transit in the South Bay over the last 10 years, bike usage and facilities are way up, with many more improvements on the way. Since they hired an executive director, the organization and influence has grown.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a very strong volunteer base that serves them well. Although funding is always an issue, their current director and board are doing very well.

Areas for Improvement

R
I'd like to see them work more closely with city staff. Changing the mindset of transportation planners is critical to real change, and we are not there yet.
Sonoma Ecology Center (1 recommendation) They provide local, place-based scientific services for conservation in the North Bay, leading to on-the-ground restoration projects. Their services are based on solid field science and backed by technology. They focus on adaptation via ecological restoration.
Sonoma Ecology Center
Silver-small

http://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They provide local, place-based scientific services for conservation in the North Bay, leading to on-the-ground restoration projects. Their services are based on solid field science and backed by technology. They focus on adaptation via ecological restoration.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have low overhead and are a lean organization by necessity. They have committed field scientists and good community relationships.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to find stable funding sources for core operations (hard to do!).
Spokes (1 recommendation) The leadership of the organization has over a decade of experience creating and implementing youth programs and curricula that authentically represents the educational and cultural needs of youth communities. Their goal is to engage students in artful critical thinking, with cultural and developmentally appropriate programs designed with youth input and direction. The experientially-based learning process and curriculum that he builds into his programs encourage students to engage in the process of learning, and to use natural models to assist in the understanding of how life works.
Spokes

Organizational Strengths

O
The leadership of the organization has over a decade of experience creating and implementing youth programs and curricula that authentically represents the educational and cultural needs of youth communities. Their goal is to engage students in artful critical thinking, with cultural and developmentally appropriate programs designed with youth input and direction. The experientially-based learning process and curriculum that he builds into his programs encourage students to engage in the process of learning, and to use natural models to assist in the understanding of how life works.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization could use more grant and financing opportunities to expand the existing programs, provide job opportunities for Richmond residents, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) (1 recommendation) They have shown an ability to help cities reduce their carbon footprint.
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI)
Silver-small

http://www.seiinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have shown an ability to help cities reduce their carbon footprint.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong knowledge of engineering and operations; strong leadership; and are successful in attracting public dollars.

Areas for Improvement

F
They can improve the ways that they are communicating about success; translating technical issues into public policy directions.
Streetsblog San Francisco (1 recommendation) Streetsblog is the premier news source on local to federal transportation policy and its impact on climate change. It is one of the best ways for advocates to stay abreast of what's going on in public transit and livable streets.
Streetsblog San Francisco

http://sf.streetsblog.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Streetsblog is the premier news source on local to federal transportation policy and its impact on climate change. It is one of the best ways for advocates to stay abreast of what's going on in public transit and livable streets.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have well informed reporters and staff who take the time to do good stories and deal with issues that are both challenging and nuanced.
Sustainable Conservation (1 recommendation) They find solutions to persistent pollution problems that meet the economic needs of the polluters and that turn environmental hazards into valuable inputs to another process.
Sustainable Conservation
Silver-small

http://www.suscon.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They find solutions to persistent pollution problems that meet the economic needs of the polluters and that turn environmental hazards into valuable inputs to another process.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have an outstanding and visionary Executive Director and board; strong staff and outstanding approach to problem identification; and collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve by addressing new topics, such as leaking refrigerants in the small grocery/restaurant/convenience store sector.
Sustainable Marin (1 recommendation) Sustainable Marin has been in the forefront of Marin residents' movement to support County leaders in setting up Marin Clean Energy and Marin Energy Authority, that has the potential for much greater carbon reduction and renewable power than the conventional investor-owned incumbent monopoly utility can provide. MEA's target, if it survives a fierce blitz of opposition by PG&E, is to be 100 percent renewable power (some 170 MW of electrical load) in 7-10 years. It also has intent to greatly expand locally distributed generation of renewable power, far beyond the intent or capabilities of PG&E. Its target is to reduce the total carbon footprint of Marin County by 17 percent as fast as possible. No other means available to Marin to come anywhere close to this amount. No other organization has been so doggedly effective in creative advocacy for this truly significant GHG reduction program -- through lobbying at the County and city level, writing letters, and providing testimony at hearings; organizing briefings and meetings, and community forums to educate the public and decision makers; and developing alliances with other groups, now numbering some 100 businesses, civic groups, and environmental organizations supporting MEA, despite massively funded pushback from the incumbent utility.
Sustainable Marin

http://sustainablemarin.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Sustainable Marin has been in the forefront of Marin residents' movement to support County leaders in setting up Marin Clean Energy and Marin Energy Authority, that has the potential for much greater carbon reduction and renewable power than the conventional investor-owned incumbent monopoly utility can provide. MEA's target, if it survives a fierce blitz of opposition by PG&E, is to be 100 percent renewable power (some 170 MW of electrical load) in 7-10 years. It also has intent to greatly expand locally distributed generation of renewable power, far beyond the intent or capabilities of PG&E. Its target is to reduce the total carbon footprint of Marin County by 17 percent as fast as possible. No other means available to Marin to come anywhere close to this amount. No other organization has been so doggedly effective in creative advocacy for this truly significant GHG reduction program -- through lobbying at the County and city level, writing letters, and providing testimony at hearings; organizing briefings and meetings, and community forums to educate the public and decision makers; and developing alliances with other groups, now numbering some 100 businesses, civic groups, and environmental organizations supporting MEA, despite massively funded pushback from the incumbent utility.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are vision, dedication, commitment, and integrity. This organization cannot be bought by special interests or donor money. This organization is fearless and cannot be intimidated or diverted from its advocacy of water and energy conservation, efficiency, renewable power, and authentically sustainable solutions.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need a broader recruitment effort; to devote more effort to setting up affiliated city groups where none currently exist; to step up grant funding to a new level; and hire several part-time staff to carry out new, promising grassroots sustainability and climate protection programs at neighborhood levels.
Sustainable San Mateo County (1 recommendation) They have a great impact on the community by promoting sustainable practices and connecting local businesses, government, and individuals to resources through the Sustainability Hub.
Sustainable San Mateo County

http://www.sustainablesanmateo.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a great impact on the community by promoting sustainable practices and connecting local businesses, government, and individuals to resources through the Sustainability Hub.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their staff seems very knowledgeable on the subject of sustainability and community outreach. Also, another strength is their annual Indicators Reports.
Sustainable Silicon Valley (1 recommendation) They are helping local governments create their Climate Action Plans; helping promote awareness for water conservation; and, their impact on the furthering the capabilities of Santa Clara University's microgrid.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Silver-small

http://www.sustainablesv.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are helping local governments create their Climate Action Plans; helping promote awareness for water conservation; and, their impact on the furthering the capabilities of Santa Clara University's microgrid.

Organizational Strengths

N
SSV hasn't limited themselves, so they're able to work in many different focus areas (e.g., smart grid, water, green building). Additionally, they are very involved on the community level, so they are able to educate the community and involve them in their initiatives.

Areas for Improvement

N
It seems to me that they would be able to achieve more if they had more staff resources.
The Breakthrough Institute (1 recommendation) They are providing analysis on messaging and political strategy in climate policy. They are spearheading the concept of "green collar jobs" as a solution to climate change.
The Breakthrough Institute

http://www.thebreakthrough.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are providing analysis on messaging and political strategy in climate policy. They are spearheading the concept of "green collar jobs" as a solution to climate change.

Organizational Strengths

N
They do excellent marketing of their analysis.

Areas for Improvement

N
The need better outreach and working relations with advocacy organizations.
The Local Clean Energy Alliance (1 recommendation) The Local Clean Energy Alliance is working to build support for clean energy and green jobs in the East Bay. LCEA is particularly interested in policies that enable communities to invest in local renewable energy generation and energy-efficiency. LCEA wants to make renewable energy and energy-efficiency more accessible, affordable, and rewarding.
The Local Clean Energy Alliance
Silver-small

http://www.localcleanenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Local Clean Energy Alliance is working to build support for clean energy and green jobs in the East Bay. LCEA is particularly interested in policies that enable communities to invest in local renewable energy generation and energy-efficiency. LCEA wants to make renewable energy and energy-efficiency more accessible, affordable, and rewarding.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have knowledgeable staff and policy experience.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more leadership by women and people of color.
ULI San Francisco (1 recommendation) ULI SF District Council's education of local government decision-makers, along with public-private collaborations between builders, architects, and planners in ULI and public agencies, has resulted in some of the best infill examples on the ground in California. Their website has invaluable information on infill sites as well as sustainable communities tools. This District Chapter of ULI has also led ULI in publishing game-changing educational studies and reports including Growing Cooler. SF's leadership also led to the formation of the Climate Plan through their work on California 2020 dialogue.
ULI San Francisco

http://www.ulisf.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
ULI SF District Council's education of local government decision-makers, along with public-private collaborations between builders, architects, and planners in ULI and public agencies, has resulted in some of the best infill examples on the ground in California. Their website has invaluable information on infill sites as well as sustainable communities tools. This District Chapter of ULI has also led ULI in publishing game-changing educational studies and reports including Growing Cooler. SF's leadership also led to the formation of the Climate Plan through their work on California 2020 dialogue.

Organizational Strengths

O
This organization not only has terrific leadership in its staffing, but as well in its Board and members. Under Rick Dishnika's leadership, this District Council is implementing a work program where they are collaborating with others to affect policy outcomes for smarter land use and transportation. ULI sponsored workshops are among the best in content and attendance (including numbers and breadth of participation across sectors).

Areas for Improvement

O
It would be invaluable if ULI SF District collaborated with the other more environmentally oriented NGO's; this is starting to happen.
University of California (1 recommendation) I am aware of their impact by reading their papers and attending their conferences.
University of California

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
I am aware of their impact by reading their papers and attending their conferences.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have an excellent, high-level research team.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to be more international.
Urban Tilth (1 recommendation) Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. We work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply.
Urban Tilth
Silver-small

http://www.urbantilth.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. We work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply.

Organizational Strengths

O
Thanks to Urban Tilth, Richmond and Kennedy High in Richmond are the first High Schools in California to run a food production program that is student-centered, service-oriented, and entirely focused on producing healthy food that feeds the community from which it came. The leadership of Urban Tilth is innovative and highly organized, demonstrating the capability to expand local agriculture in Richmond.

Areas for Improvement

O
Urban Tilth could improve the organization's capacity by creating an endowment to finance more urban agriculture programs instead of relying on one time donations.
Veggielution Community Farm (1 recommendation) They bring the San Jose community together around growing food, encouraging a low-impact lifestyle, and local economies fueled by a diverse community. They connect people to the land, teach at-home gardening techniques, and provide community building workdays four days a week.
Veggielution Community Farm

http://www.veggielution.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They bring the San Jose community together around growing food, encouraging a low-impact lifestyle, and local economies fueled by a diverse community. They connect people to the land, teach at-home gardening techniques, and provide community building workdays four days a week.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have low budget, well-managed finances, a great website, strong leadership, leadership development, and utilization of volunteer power.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization needs to build their board of directors.

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