Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Climate Change 2012

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"Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it." -- Tony Blair
"Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it." -- Tony Blair

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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Energy Action Coalition (4 recommendations) Energy Action Coalition, a project of Earth Island Institute, has engaged thousands of college students to address climate change on their campuses. All across the U.S., Energy Action Coalition has catalyzed youth-led efforts to promote energy efficiency, switch to clean energy, and hold campus administrators responsible for more sustainable campus operations.
Energy Action Coalition
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http://www.energyactioncoalition.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Energy Action Coalition, a project of Earth Island Institute, has engaged thousands of college students to address climate change on their campuses. All across the U.S., Energy Action Coalition has catalyzed youth-led efforts to promote energy efficiency, switch to clean energy, and hold campus administrators responsible for more sustainable campus operations.
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Energy Action Coalition is the youth wing of the climate movement. Its greatest contribution is its biannual <i>Powershift</i>, which is a remarkable training ground for thousands of students. These young people go on to start companies, lead non-profits, and get elected to office. This is the incubator for our movement.
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The charismatic youth leader, Alec Loorz, is able to speak eloquently about climate change solutions. He attracts young people to the cause with his message and gets media attention.
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They've organized the movement for action on climate change around easily understood icons all beginning with the "i" (e.g. iEmit, iMelt, iPollute, etc.) and paired the icons with black and white images.

Organizational Strengths

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Energy Action Coalition is able to translate the work of young people on campus to a clear and present voice for political leaders. Coalition representatives have met directly with the President, as well as White House personnel and Congressional leaders.
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Maura Cowley is a terrific Executive Director and is working to put EAC in a leadership role for the movement. They also have a network of over 8000 fabulous young leaders who will lead our movement in future decades.
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This group has the support of Earth Island Institute and other organizations for web development, outreach, and legal skills.
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Kids making this wide appeal is powerful. They are the ones who will be impacted by adult decisions in which many of them don't feel they have a voice. Alec Loorz, the founder and Organizer, is a compelling speaker who can move adults to action.

Areas for Improvement

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Energy Action Coalition is in the process of spinning off as its own nonprofit. As such, it is still figuring out all the details of governance and operations.
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The structure of EAC is cumbersome and prevents innovation. This group also needs to develop some self -funding mechanisms so it can not be controlled or overly influenced by foundations or more cautious national green groups.
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More funding and support would enable the group to reach so many more young people.
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (4 recommendations) Tragically, climate change has become a politicized issue. This organization has an extraordinary track record of identifying and supporting climate champions, and holding climate deniers accountable for their voting records. Their ability to get "climate-friendly" voters to register and vote has already made the difference in some close elections. These efforts will be even more important in addressing the oncoming deluge of political ads and paid media supported by fossil-fuel interests who want to avoid climate regulation at any cost.
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
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http://www.lcvef.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Tragically, climate change has become a politicized issue. This organization has an extraordinary track record of identifying and supporting climate champions, and holding climate deniers accountable for their voting records. Their ability to get "climate-friendly" voters to register and vote has already made the difference in some close elections. These efforts will be even more important in addressing the oncoming deluge of political ads and paid media supported by fossil-fuel interests who want to avoid climate regulation at any cost.
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They have strong political skills, as well as a broad perspective of the factors that contribute to climate change. They are not myopic about what constitutes a climate win. They are targeting not just a national climate bill, but also the sector changes that contribute to greenhouse gas.
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One example of their work is a project that used policy education to help win a vote in California to prevent the repeal of the state's climate law (A.B. 32). This law will drive a tremendous amount of capital in the marketplace, making it easier to eventually pass climate laws in other states and nationally.
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Their impact is evident in the level of concern from policy-makers about LCV scorecard and advertising, and their level of access to policy makers as a result.

Organizational Strengths

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LCVEF is not only a leader on promoting federal climate policy in D.C., but also works on state and regional issues through their network of state chapters. The network provides them with a geographically diverse perspective on climate and energy issues, and forces them to grapple with tough policy trade-offs. LCVEF, a 501(c)(3) organization, also benefits from the intelligence gathered and work carried out by its 501(c)(4) cousin, the League of Conservation Voters. This is a potent combination.
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They develop great partnerships and have strong marketing and educational skills. Their local charters are also an asset.
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LCV is known as a political leader in the environmental movement. It also works successfully at the state and federal levels.
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Their use of rankings through the scorecard system gets policy-makers' attention. Their media campaigns also seem to be effective. They also seem to recognize their strengths and their role, and seek partnering opportunities rather than try and do it all.

Areas for Improvement

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LCVEF needs to attract a strong core of major donors so that it can plan its strategy over multiple election cycles. Reliance on foundation funding, which is often given in one year grants, limits their ability to execute longer term strategies. LCVEF usually keeps a low profile, working in partnership with others and often giving the lead in speaking positions or media quote opportunities to their advocate partners. This hampers LCVEF's fundraising efforts because many individual donors are not aware of the impact that LCVEF has behind the scenes.
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Their primary work is within the Beltway, primarily focused on the federal government. They could do more work on guiding multi-state climate campaigns.
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The League's work is divided into two separate organizations for tax and reporting purposes: a 501c(3), which has limited advocacy capability, and a 501c(4), which can has more advocacy allowances. Ultimately, the policy and political agendas of the c3 and the c4 could be completely separated so that the c4 is freed to engage in pure political work, uncompromised from the need for access or issue advocacy.
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The national office needs to offer better guidance to state chapters, which can sometimes be pretty unfocused. They could also benefit from ramping up advertising plans.
BlueGreen Alliance  (3 recommendations) Blue Green Alliance has helped deliver an economic / jobs message in support of mandatory limits on global warming pollution. One specific example is their work enlisting unions to make the case that stronger EPA fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations create jobs and economic opportunities for the U.S. auto industry and auto workers.
BlueGreen Alliance 

http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Blue Green Alliance has helped deliver an economic / jobs message in support of mandatory limits on global warming pollution. One specific example is their work enlisting unions to make the case that stronger EPA fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations create jobs and economic opportunities for the U.S. auto industry and auto workers.
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Bluegreen Alliance has done a great job organizing support among unions for climate and clean energy policies. This has been a critical tool in recent years in defending many actions against the label of "job killer" by the EPA.
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After the merger with Apollo Alliance, this is now the go-to source for strong partnerships between labor and environmental communities. Clean energy is now widely understood as a major economic opportunity.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership and a particular strength in coalition-building. Building alliances between green groups and labor groups is challenging and crucial work for broadening the support base for the climate movement.
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Dave Foster is the calm force behind BGA and has helped it grow substantially as an organization.
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They have terrific leadership and they are improving on marketing and communications.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve on communications. Blue Green Alliance could launch a more aggressive communications and marketing campaign. They should send the message, "Tackling Climate Change will Create Jobs for Americans". The opposition frames climate policy as a job-killing tax. BGA could do even more to deploy economic messengers (e.g. "job creators") to deliver economic messages in support of climate policy measures via national media outlets.
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As an environmental labor coalition, BGA needs to do a better job working out potential conflicts between their environmental and labor organizations.
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They could form better linkages with sympathetic business leaders, and promote a better bridge between green and blue constituencies on tough issues like the Keystone pipeline.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (3 recommendations) Their impact is the mobilization of citizenry and passage of legislation.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network

http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is the mobilization of citizenry and passage of legislation.
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CCAN, based in the Washington, D.C. area, has mobilized citizens to take action on federal and state level issues that can have climate change impacts, including wind power and EPA regulations. They bring the grassroots the opportunities and information needed to work together to have an impact on climate change. They work with 350.org and other coalitions to have national impact. They also bring youth into the movement to create change. This year they led the creation of what the press called, "The broadest coalition ever assembled.", to support legislation for wind power alternatives.
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The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Their mission is to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in this unique region that surrounds our nation’s capital to call for state, national, and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership and organizing skills.
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They have endless energy and creativity in building grassroots attention and getting the attention of a broad range of policy makers. They also have great leadership.
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Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He is also an author and filmmaker who predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book, <i>Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast</i>. His newest book, focusing on Katrina and global warming, is titled, <i>The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities</i>. Tidwell’s most recent documentary film, <i>We Are All Smith Islanders</i>, vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including NBC's Meet the Press, NPR, the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post.

Areas for Improvement

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They are very small, and could benefit from additional funding to achieve more.
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Capacity is always a challenge, particularly when CCAN needs to respond immediately to a new political stance.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (3 recommendations) EESI organizes the most comprehensive set of briefings on Capitol Hill in the areas of the environment (especially climate change and related impacts) and energy (covering renewables to fossil and energy efficiency). While elected officials remain largely polarized, EESI's effort in educating staff and in promoting efforts in key areas, such as agricultural and transportation policy, have been instrumental in development of legislation as well as education.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
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http://www.eesi.org/

Evidence of Impact

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EESI organizes the most comprehensive set of briefings on Capitol Hill in the areas of the environment (especially climate change and related impacts) and energy (covering renewables to fossil and energy efficiency). While elected officials remain largely polarized, EESI's effort in educating staff and in promoting efforts in key areas, such as agricultural and transportation policy, have been instrumental in development of legislation as well as education.
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Their Capitol Hill briefings are a critical means to acquaint Congressional staff, members of Congress, and the public with a broad array of issues. And they use knowledgeable individuals as presenters.
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Although not purely a climate organization, I think EESI has done a lot of good by educating those who wish to be educated in Congress on many climate issues. I think they have done a good job on a lean budget. And while we don't usually think of EESI as an advocacy organization, their policy discussions are very useful for illuminating climate issues.

Organizational Strengths

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EESI's leader, Carol Werner, is among the most knowledgeable on environmental and energy legislation, with tremendous contacts across Capitol Hill, among both current and past office holders. EESI started as the environment-energy caucus on Capitol Hill, but after funds were cut in 1995, the organization has gone on to become a really important NGO with a board reaching across the political spectrum.
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EESI addresses the depth and breadth of climate change issues, and makes the particular issues easy to understand by utilizing local programs and experts who are "real people".
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This is essentially an educational organization on energy and sustainability; a type of speaker's bureau for Congress. They serve a very useful function.

Areas for Improvement

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EESI has the potential to regularly train new staff on Capitol Hill, which is something that is needed. But that task is presently just a bit more than they can handle. It would also be useful if they could organize retreats for elected officials to get together, outside the media frenzy they seem to be too much involved in, and promote some quiet learning and opportunities to ask questions without embarrassment.
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They need to increase their capability to follow-up with Congressional staff and leaders and provide access information and experts. Also, they need to expand their focus to include state governments.
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They tend to take on trendy subjects to meet the needs of the Congress members, but sometimes fall into the traps set by lobbyists. Most of the time, though, they get the issues right and bring in a variety of good speakers.
Regulatory Assistance Project (3 recommendations) Their impact can be seen in the effectiveness of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative</i>.
Regulatory Assistance Project

http://www.raponline.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact can be seen in the effectiveness of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative</i>.
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RAP's involvement in the development of energy efficiency and climate policy in numerous states and at the federal level has had an enormous impact. As former utility commissioners, RAP staff members speak from a unique position of experience and are not perceived as partisan. Therefore, they are able to educate commissioners and other state policy makers that other advocates cannot reach. They also provide extremely high quality analytical materials that support the advocacy of many groups.

Organizational Strengths

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They have world class, knowledgeable experts with the ability to transmit their information in a cogent way
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Their strength is their leadership and expertise in the area of utility regulation.
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They have very high quality staff, and they appear to be extremely well managed. They also seem to focus their efforts where they have the greatest opportunity for impact.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to expand their operations in terms of personnel and geographic reach.
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They could improve by expanding into the area of climate mitigation policy.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (3 recommendations) Their impact is deep engagement in energy issues in their region.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
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http://www.cleanenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is deep engagement in energy issues in their region.
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The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is one of a few organizations in my network who consistently follow through with action. They are a strong and open-minded organization, as well as a great coalition partner.
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SACE has been a leader in promoting clean energy and climate policy in the Southeastern United States, a region of the country where we need much deeper political support for mitigation efforts. SACE has worked effectively to change the direction of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has resulted in great regional benefits and implications for the power sector nationally. SACE is working to change the posture of the Southern Company, one of America's largest generators of electricity, and has the attention of that company's leadership.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their staffing, and connections to key energy plays in the Southeast.
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SACE's leadership is seasoned and highly effective. The organization is small enough that it can be nimble and opportunistic in adapting its advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

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I suspect there are areas for improvement in SACE's fundraising and media activities.
Woods Hole Research Center (3 recommendations) WHRC research contributes to the deep understanding of forest, tundra, and river ecosystems and how those systems can be disrupted by climate change. WHRC is also a leader in research on the global nitrogen cycle, which also plays an important role in greenhouse gas trends. WHRC papers are frequently published and cited in peer-reviewed journals. WHRC has played a significant policy role in international climate negotiations, in particular in developing rules for the REDD+ program.
Woods Hole Research Center
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http://www.whrc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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WHRC research contributes to the deep understanding of forest, tundra, and river ecosystems and how those systems can be disrupted by climate change. WHRC is also a leader in research on the global nitrogen cycle, which also plays an important role in greenhouse gas trends. WHRC papers are frequently published and cited in peer-reviewed journals. WHRC has played a significant policy role in international climate negotiations, in particular in developing rules for the REDD+ program.
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Providing ground-breaking estimations of forest carbon at global, national, and forest levels by utilizing and adapting existing measurement and monitoring technologies to increase information access and understanding at different scales.
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They offer objective analysis that is based on science. They perform high-level research and have excellent scientific credentials.

Organizational Strengths

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WHRC staff researchers are recognized as leaders in their area of competence in the science community. WHRC's Executive Director is new in that position, but is a long-time senior staff researcher and knows the organization extremely well.
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Their obvious strength is that they are making science and technology on forest carbon accessible and useful to policymakers, particularly in the design and implementation of national programs for forest monitoring.
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Their strengths are their staff, scientists, and ground-breaking science.

Areas for Improvement

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WHRC's impact would be enhanced if its marketing capacity were significantly increased. Also, WHRC needs a strategy for increasing the amount of non-restricted funding it receives.
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Because of the highly technical nature of their work, the challenge is in communications and application of the information. This is especially true in national policy dialogues, and where the organization could continue to improve, both in terms of their communications strategy and building the suitable language competencies of staff.
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They could work on having better management. Also, I would like to see them doing more advocacy.
ACORE (2 recommendations) ACORE has an expansive membership of NGO's, corporations, and organizations that are dedicated to reducing climate change.
ACORE

http://www.acore.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ACORE has an expansive membership of NGO's, corporations, and organizations that are dedicated to reducing climate change.
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ACORE has helped foster sector-based actions on renewable energy at the sub-national level. They also helped reframe the climate issue around national security.

Organizational Strengths

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Their organizational strengths are their position as thought leader, their membership, and their events, which bring the sector together.
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They have strong leadership from their CEO and a strong network.

Areas for Improvement

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They would benefit from more focus on technology.
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They should employ better and lower cost approaches to collaboration with NGO partners. They would also improve by offering more objective information on policy impacts, and less advocacy-related information.
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) (2 recommendations) This organization works with students.
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
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http://www.acespace.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization works with students.
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They teach high school students about climate. They just passed teaching their one millionth student. They put the information in a package that the high schoolers can enjoy listening to and understand.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong ability to engage students and build the next generation of leaders. Other strengths are the organization's vision, and the strength of their Executive Director.
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The people who work for them understand what is needed to get a message across to that age group. They also have a strong scientific board that they use well to ensure they are getting all the facts right.

Areas for Improvement

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They should broaden their funding base and expand their model.
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They need to have better follow up for the students they have reached in the first place. Another challenge for them is that they are working on a "shoe-string" budget.
American Lung Association (ALA) (2 recommendations) They were critical to ensuring that public health protections were part of the climate change bills. They were also key to shaping impactful messaging and strong grassroots support in multiple states.
American Lung Association (ALA)
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http://www.lung.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They were critical to ensuring that public health protections were part of the climate change bills. They were also key to shaping impactful messaging and strong grassroots support in multiple states.
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They are a key player in the fight to defend and advance air quality standards for power plants. They helped secure a new mercury rule, cutting mercury emissions by 90%.

Organizational Strengths

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Their chief campaign leader is widely respected, and is an excellent strategist. They are strong on communications and develop real , not "astro turf", grassroots relationships.
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They have a great brand and great health message.

Areas for Improvement

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They need a stronger focus on equity concerns and diversity. They tend to look only at average numbers.
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They should work to move faster in campaigns.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation  (2 recommendations) They have made an impact through their work promoting standards, and on water conservation.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation 

http://www.b-e-f.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have made an impact through their work promoting standards, and on water conservation.
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They work to engage consumers in tourism. Their <i>SkiGreen</i> program, a form of offsetting and fundraising, has had an impact.

Organizational Strengths

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They communicate in layperson terms and have user friendly platforms. They hit it on many angles with water restoration credits.

Areas for Improvement

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BEF could improve on their level of recognition with general consumers.
Carbonfund.org (2 recommendations) They have strong name recognition.
Carbonfund.org
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http://carbonfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have strong name recognition.

Organizational Strengths

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One strength is their partnerships with reputable conservation NGOs and with organizations, such as travel aggregators and airlines. Additionally, they have more main stream integration with larger manufacturers that have strong consumer brand awareness.
Center for American Progress (2 recommendations) They have had an impact through the legislation and White House policy proposals they helped craft and influence, and by influencing media to get their message across.
Center for American Progress
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http://www.americanprogress.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have had an impact through the legislation and White House policy proposals they helped craft and influence, and by influencing media to get their message across.
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As a policy organization, CAP is one of the most effective organizations in terms of disseminating information, presenting progressive ideas, and covering a range of issues that many people may not otherwise follow. Its policy recommendations are often very good.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their access to policy makers, the accessibility of their materials, and their press and media expertise.
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The CAP blog is informative, detailed, and hard-hitting. The website is a great place to discover information or learn different policy arguments.

Areas for Improvement

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They should grow their knowledge of the complicated interconnection between state and federal energy policy jurisdictions and how federal action could impact state policies and programs. They should also work on getting specific with policy proposals. They can come off as so high-level that they aren't really useful.
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The group's main blogger, Joe Romm, is often too aggressive in his rebuttals of other organizations' views and efforts. His arguments often turn into ad hominem attacks of other people interested in mitigating climate change. His approach can make his own arguments (with which I substantively agree) seem shrill and unserious. His approach undermines his message.
Climate Central (2 recommendations) They do great work elevating climate science in the debate in a very credible way. They have great packaging, as well as rapid responses and connections to real events.
Climate Central

http://www.climatecentral.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They do great work elevating climate science in the debate in a very credible way. They have great packaging, as well as rapid responses and connections to real events.
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They have conducted rigorous, high-quality science, like Dr. Ben Strauss' work on the rising sea-level. They combine that work with tremendous communications. Dr. Heidi Cullen is a leading TV-savvy communicator; she was formerly with The Weather Channel.

Organizational Strengths

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They have great leadership, good connections to scientists and meteorologists, and great packaging of their "product".
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Their website is huge resource for everyone who wants to "connect the dots" between climate change and extreme weather. Their research and media outreach capability is tremendous. For example, they received major network TV coverage about the impact of rising sea-levels on U.S. coastal cities.

Areas for Improvement

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They could work to have better connections to key stakeholders. They would also benefit from a more robust online presence.
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They should collaborate with other climate communications projects to avoid any duplication of efforts.
Climate Trust (2 recommendations) They work with various sizes of companies to impact internal operations and engage stakeholders.
Climate Trust
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http://www.climatetrust.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They work with various sizes of companies to impact internal operations and engage stakeholders.
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Their impact is their participation in the <i>North West Biocarbon Initiative</i>.

Organizational Strengths

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They have the ability to engage large, multi-national organizations in scalable programs.
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They have very capable leadership. They are also equipped with a strong business background and sensible business strategies.

Areas for Improvement

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Like many other organizations, they should focus more work on helping the general public better understand daily opportunities for mitigating climate impacts.
EcoAdapt  (2 recommendations) Their impact is their leadership in the field of adaptation.
EcoAdapt 

http://ecoadapt.org

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is their leadership in the field of adaptation.
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Their new book from Island Press is the best guidance book on adaption out there.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their ability to network researchers and practitioners.
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Laura Hansen and other staff members there have a great reputation for working and teaching about adaptation over the course of many years.

Areas for Improvement

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They would benefit from enhanced outreach and more linkages to Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE). I would also like to see better visibility of their materials.
Environmental Integrity Project (2 recommendations) Eric Schaeffer has served as Director of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since he co-founded the organization in March of 2002. Eric's vision of combining policy analysis, media outreach and litigation to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws still drives all of EIP's work. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002. There, he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.
Environmental Integrity Project

http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Eric Schaeffer has served as Director of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since he co-founded the organization in March of 2002. Eric's vision of combining policy analysis, media outreach and litigation to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws still drives all of EIP's work. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002. There, he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.
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EIP understands how the Environmental Protection Agency works and has an amazing legal and technical team that helped prevent more than 100 coal-fired power plants from being constructed. They provided expertise to dozens of organizations across the country in this effort, and are also leaders on the issue of coal ash.

Organizational Strengths

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Eric Schaeffer, EIP's Director, is a member of the Maryland Attorney General's Advisory Committee, and a regular participant in those meetings. He meets periodically with Tad Abum, head of Maryland's Department of the Environment air program. They have managed to settle several issues related to coal ash management and emissions of particulate matter with Constellation Energy without litigation. They also have strong organization.
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Eric Schaefer, EIP's Founder and Director, is a true environmental champion and inspirational leader. He seemingly knows everything and is everywhere when it comes to addressing coal combustion through the regulatory process. He is definitely one of the most valuable leaders in the nation.

Areas for Improvement

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EIP has approximately doubled in size over the last four years to an annual budget of $3 million and staff of 21. They are exploring possibilities for further growth without straying too far from their core competency. Their budget is almost entirely supported by annual foundation grants. While funders have been remarkably loyal, the year to year funding cycle makes long-term planning very challenging.
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Since there is increased demand for their product, EIP should have a stronger presence in more parts of the country.
Environmental Law & Policy Center (2 recommendations) ELPC's <i>Farm Energy</i> program has served as the national convener of a network of advocates seeking to build renewable energy programs for agriculture and rural communities. They have been successful in working with members of Congress and their staff, and have been collaborative and generous in sharing their methods and network.
Environmental Law & Policy Center
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http://elpc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ELPC's <i>Farm Energy</i> program has served as the national convener of a network of advocates seeking to build renewable energy programs for agriculture and rural communities. They have been successful in working with members of Congress and their staff, and have been collaborative and generous in sharing their methods and network.
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ELPC has numerous policy and regulatory victories that can be directly attributed to its action.

Organizational Strengths

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ELPC has found a balance between serving as a regional organization, and participating in national efforts. They have linked their offices with state-of-the-art communications technology, which has also strengthened staff relationships.
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They have an excellent cadre of legal and policy staff. ELPC knows what it is doing. They have a very thorough and accurate political landscape analysis. The organization operates in a bi-partisan manner educating policy makers in achieving policies necessary to decrease carbon emissions.

Areas for Improvement

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ELPC is ever the "expert". While this is not a big issue, it can sometimes dominate in collaborative efforts.
Fresh Energy (2 recommendations) Fresh Energy is pioneering a new model of using online journalism to influence public policy in the area of climate change. This helps alert advocates of policy decisions, disseminates success stories and best practices, and more.
Fresh Energy
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http://fresh-energy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Fresh Energy is pioneering a new model of using online journalism to influence public policy in the area of climate change. This helps alert advocates of policy decisions, disseminates success stories and best practices, and more.
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Fresh Energy is creative in its programming. They care deeply about helping citizens understand climate and energy issues. Fresh Energy manages a region-wide media center in the Midwest, and is a stellar leader in the RE-AMP Network, which works on climate policy across 8 states. Fresh Energy is also a great team player.

Organizational Strengths

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Their Executive Director is a quintessential statesman who has been able to successfully involve liberals and conservatives on his board.
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Their leadership is excellent. Their strategy is set in coordination with other partner nonprofits aiming to create a clean energy future. They are stellar at reaching across the aisle to other constituencies; such as business, labor, faith, and youth organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more resources and could also improve by expanding their reach beyond the Midwest region.
F
While senior leadership is engaged in national deliberations for clean energy, most of Fresh Energy's work is focused regionally in the Midwest.
Georgetown Climate Center (2 recommendations) This organization has the ability to negotiate compacts among state agency heads. Their work has been recognized by state governors and they've received recognition of expertise in this field by the U.S. State Department.
Georgetown Climate Center
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http://www.georgetownclimate.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has the ability to negotiate compacts among state agency heads. Their work has been recognized by state governors and they've received recognition of expertise in this field by the U.S. State Department.
R
This organization is providing excellent support to municipalities and other local levels of government to assist with adaptation planning. Specifically, they provide legal information on impediments to adaptation (e.g., building codes or zoning in coastal environments) and strategies for addressing them.

Organizational Strengths

F
They are strong because of their neutrality (non-partisan approach), policy/legal expertise, and confidence in their data.
R
They have an excellent website and strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
Their strength lies in the communication of their impact and successes.
R
They should continue to extend the scope of their work into a broader range of sectors.
Green for All (2 recommendations) They are mobilizing youth and all communities.
Green for All
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http://greenforall.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are mobilizing youth and all communities.
N
Their impact is the significant reach of climate work into low-income and communities of color. They are strongly grounded in the actual development of solutions and the opportunities for building broadly shared prosperity.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong outreach, and their message is appealing.
N
Their strengths are their leadership, and the reach and strategy of their communications work.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to build up a foundation to be able to carry out actionable projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
N
Green for All can expand the definition of "green economy". They can move it from a niche market to a new organizing principle for sustainable prosperity throughout the economy.
Grist (2 recommendations) Grist is the best source for current news and discussion of climate issues available today. In a time when many news organizations have essentially stopped covering climate change, Grist's journalists continue to dig in to the issues, examine current research, and tackle new approaches to the political deadlock.
Grist
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http://grist.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Grist is the best source for current news and discussion of climate issues available today. In a time when many news organizations have essentially stopped covering climate change, Grist's journalists continue to dig in to the issues, examine current research, and tackle new approaches to the political deadlock.
N
Grist has had a huge impact on the thinking of environmental advocates and government officials, both in terms of strategy and substantive policy issues. The writings of Dave Roberts, in particular, are the most emailed among colleagues both inside and outside my organization.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff of this organization make it shine. For example, David Roberts' reporting is unparalleled.
N
They have high quality staff who seem to have free reign to write about what they deem to be most important.

Areas for Improvement

N
I'd like to see them work toward reaching a broader audience. Their excellent work has a bit of a "preaching to the choir" aspect to it.
Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) (2 recommendations) IMT has been instrumental in the adoption and implementation of policies that save energy in the building sector. Specifically, they have led the work to encourage energy use benchmarking and disclosure policies for municipal buildings, which holds the potential to build a significant, self-sufficient retro-fit market.
Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)

http://www.imt.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
IMT has been instrumental in the adoption and implementation of policies that save energy in the building sector. Specifically, they have led the work to encourage energy use benchmarking and disclosure policies for municipal buildings, which holds the potential to build a significant, self-sufficient retro-fit market.
N
They develop strategies for scaling up, benchmarking, and other solutions for green buildings. They also work with partners.

Organizational Strengths

F
IMT exhibits strong leadership and a judicious prioritization of strategies with the greatest potential for market transformation and significant energy savings. In addition, they work collaboratively and share credit for successes.
N
They have good technical skills in the marketing and green building space. They also understand market forces.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are not able to scale to their full potential.
PRBO Conservation Science (2 recommendations) PRBO has completed studies based on analysis of more than 30 years of data they gathered about bird populations and shifts therein. Those studies have been used by organizations and public agencies around the Bay Area and beyond to guide management practices, restoration priorities, and more.
PRBO Conservation Science
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http://www.prbo.org/cms/index.php

Evidence of Impact

N
PRBO has completed studies based on analysis of more than 30 years of data they gathered about bird populations and shifts therein. Those studies have been used by organizations and public agencies around the Bay Area and beyond to guide management practices, restoration priorities, and more.
R
Their impact is the research they do on issues surrounding climate change. They are also making sure the research they do feeds into policies set by decision-makers.

Organizational Strengths

N
The basis of PRBO's impact is the solid science behind the organization's work. But then, the organization is also committed to ensuring that this scientific research is disseminated to managers, policy makers, and the general public, so that it has a meaningful impact. While maintaining the organization's original focus on protection of bird populations, it has been able to shift the focus of its work to both education about the impact of climate change on bird populations and to the necessity to adapt land management practices to the ecosystem changes already occurring as a result of climate change.
R
The organization's leadership is great. The Director has taken the organization to new heights. Their Board Chair is participatory and makes sure things get done. The staff is composed of leading-edge scientists. They do not do "ivory tower" research. They do research that helps to solve the real-world problems produced by climate change. Their strategic plan has tangible goals that are already being met.

Areas for Improvement

N
The major strength of PRBO's work has been its impact on the relative small circle comprised of other nonprofits, research institutions, and public agencies. The next circle out, the general public, would be the arena where there is the most room for improvement.
R
Their name is misleading. They do work from the Antarctic to California and elsewhere, and the name does not reflect that. They are limited by the money they have, which I think is due in many respects to the name and the way they are marketing their efforts.
Regeneration Project (2 recommendations) The Regeneration Project has helped galvanize religious communities around the country to take action on climate change. The group has helped local chapters leverage houses of worship to cut energy use and spread the word about the moral imperative to reduce climate emissions.
Regeneration Project
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http://interfaithpower.org/about-us/national-interfaith-power-light-campaign/

Evidence of Impact

F
The Regeneration Project has helped galvanize religious communities around the country to take action on climate change. The group has helped local chapters leverage houses of worship to cut energy use and spread the word about the moral imperative to reduce climate emissions.
N
They have built a national organization that has spearheaded the faith community to become major players in the climate change issue.

Organizational Strengths

F
The Regeneration Project's network of faith leaders has helped raise the profile of religious communities. The staff provides critical training and support to help state leaders build strong nonprofits.
N
They have the ability to preach to the whole congregation, and not just the choir.

Areas for Improvement

F
The Regeneration Project could provide more targeted organizing by connecting faith leaders directly to political leaders at the state and local level.
Wildlife Conservation Society (2 recommendations) Molly Cross, a climate change scientist at WCS, has developed a great process which helps agencies and other site-based managers assess impacts and develop adaptation strategies.
Wildlife Conservation Society
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http://www.wcs.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Molly Cross, a climate change scientist at WCS, has developed a great process which helps agencies and other site-based managers assess impacts and develop adaptation strategies.
F
Their impact is evident in their regional projects that reflect national leadership and guidance. They are standing as a strong voice in encouraging public land managers to use science to direct the development of adaptation policies.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have published a book on climate change and adaptation, and they are working with many state wildlife agencies to incorporate climate adaptation into their work.
F
They have a good staff and a strong reputation as an unbiased source of scientific analysis.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could be stronger advocates for policies responding to climate change.
 Carbon War Room (2 recommendations) This organization has a strong reputation for bringing leaders together to address climate change.
 Carbon War Room

http://www.carbonwarroom.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has a strong reputation for bringing leaders together to address climate change.
N
The Carbon War Room has tackled some of the biggest barriers to trillions of dollars moving into solutions to global warming, and has made major strides in energy efficiency, the shipping industry, forest protection, and more.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, Board of Directors, their convenings, and their publications.
N
They have great leadership - a former President of Costa Rica is now the CEO.

Areas for Improvement

N
A big area for improvement for this organization would be around policy.
 Center for Biological Diversity  (2 recommendations) The Center for Biological Diversity's impact can be seen in their scientific expertise, legal advocacy, and results. They are responsible for getting polar bears and other species threatened by climate change listed under the Endangered Species Act, as well as changes in fuel efficiency standards.
 Center for Biological Diversity 
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http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Center for Biological Diversity's impact can be seen in their scientific expertise, legal advocacy, and results. They are responsible for getting polar bears and other species threatened by climate change listed under the Endangered Species Act, as well as changes in fuel efficiency standards.
F
The Center for Biological Diversity has been successful at applying the Endangered Species Act to address threats from global warming. This has been applied most famously with the protection of the polar bear, but also with other species. CBD has also been at the forefront of applying the Clean Air Act to address greenhouse gas emissions.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are great at lean budgeting.
F
CBD identifies innovative and powerful new ways to apply existing laws to address the climate crisis. Another strength is that CBD is willing to vigorously implement these new tools through litigation. Many other groups avoid such litigation for being politically controversial, even when there is a strong legal and scientific basis for the litigation.

Areas for Improvement

N
CBD needs more staffing and more cohesion across program areas.
Alliance To Save Energy (1 recommendation) This mission-driven organization works to address energy efficiency as a way to combat climate change.
Alliance To Save Energy
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http://ase.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This mission-driven organization works to address energy efficiency as a way to combat climate change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their publications, outreach, marketing, PR, leadership, and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see more events focused on energy efficiency.
Bipartisan Policy Center (1 recommendation) They produce reports and facilitate collaborative discussion regarding clean energy and climate.
Bipartisan Policy Center

http://bipartisanpolicy.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They produce reports and facilitate collaborative discussion regarding clean energy and climate.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are relatively objective and bipartisan. Also, the organization engages in collaborative processes.

Areas for Improvement

N
The Bipartisan Policy Center needs to collaborate more with similar organizations engaged in collaborative bipartisan policy development on climate change. They also need to focus more on sub-national issues.
Brookings Institution (1 recommendation) They are advancing climate-efficient communities by focusing on metropolitan economic issues.
Brookings Institution
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http://www.brookings.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are advancing climate-efficient communities by focusing on metropolitan economic issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
They offer integrated economic, environmental, and policy analysis that is communicated meaningfully to policy makers and the public.

Areas for Improvement

N
They would benefit from better integration across issue areas. Having their work separated in silos limits their influence on climate change issues.
CGBD  (1 recommendation) The CGBD, with the help of partner organizations such as The Ocean Foundation, has raised the profile of climate-related issues, such as ocean acidification (see cover of E Magazine this month). This effort began with identifying experts to share information with funders in 2005, and has continued every year since. For years, the CGBD has been working to promote better collaboration in climate-related investments in nonprofits (through efforts like the Climate and Energy Funders Network) and information sharing. These efforts have allowed the organization to be an actively engaged and accredited attendee at Copenhagen, Rio + 20, and IUCN's World Congress.
CGBD 

http://cgbd.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The CGBD, with the help of partner organizations such as The Ocean Foundation, has raised the profile of climate-related issues, such as ocean acidification (see cover of E Magazine this month). This effort began with identifying experts to share information with funders in 2005, and has continued every year since. For years, the CGBD has been working to promote better collaboration in climate-related investments in nonprofits (through efforts like the Climate and Energy Funders Network) and information sharing. These efforts have allowed the organization to be an actively engaged and accredited attendee at Copenhagen, Rio + 20, and IUCN's World Congress.

Organizational Strengths

F
Leadership and expertise on the staff help make the most of its multiple networks of topic-focused grant makers. This helps to ensure that climate stays prominent, even as grant makers are considering broader areas.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization could perhaps be bigger. They could use a few extra pairs of hands to help manage all of their activities.
Carbon Disclosure Project (1 recommendation) CDP has transformed the information available about climate action in the corporate sector. They are now undertaking the work of doing this for cities. Their disclosure work pushes organizations towards action and provides essential data for other researchers in the field.
Carbon Disclosure Project

Evidence of Impact

N
CDP has transformed the information available about climate action in the corporate sector. They are now undertaking the work of doing this for cities. Their disclosure work pushes organizations towards action and provides essential data for other researchers in the field.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have committed staff and are an excellent model for action.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by expanding the scope of their work even further.
Center for Neighborhood Technology (1 recommendation) The Center for Neighborhood Technology is fostering travel-efficient communities. Specifically, they worked with HUD on the <i>Housing + Transportation Index</i> to reveal the hidden transportation costs of car-oriented development patterns, and the economic and equity benefits of transit-oriented development and walkable urbanism.
Center for Neighborhood Technology

http://www.cnt.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Center for Neighborhood Technology is fostering travel-efficient communities. Specifically, they worked with HUD on the <i>Housing + Transportation Index</i> to reveal the hidden transportation costs of car-oriented development patterns, and the economic and equity benefits of transit-oriented development and walkable urbanism.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their approach integrates spatial, economic, and environmental analysis, with excellent visualization tools. CNT is unique in the energy and climate world for their GIS prowess and compelling data-rich graphics.

Areas for Improvement

N
CNT could be more of a heavy-hitter nationally given their cross-sector work, unique spatial analytics, and policy smarts. Their locally-effective work could serve as compelling examples to inspire and enable policy change.
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)  (1 recommendation) This is another nonprofit that works to transform the business community into becoming more climate neutral. Through its <i>Green-e</i> program, award programs, and other activities, CRS has been successful in getting various types of businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. They do this through the purchase of renewable energy using means such as on-site facilities, RE power purchases, and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). CRS has set a high standard of quality in its process for developing criteria and the verification of carbon reduction purchases or claims. This has resulted in more than 23 million megawatt hours of retail renewable energy sales in 2010. CRS has also been active in the development of California's Clean Energy Rules and the global warming law (SB 32).
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) 
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Evidence of Impact

O
This is another nonprofit that works to transform the business community into becoming more climate neutral. Through its <i>Green-e</i> program, award programs, and other activities, CRS has been successful in getting various types of businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. They do this through the purchase of renewable energy using means such as on-site facilities, RE power purchases, and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). CRS has set a high standard of quality in its process for developing criteria and the verification of carbon reduction purchases or claims. This has resulted in more than 23 million megawatt hours of retail renewable energy sales in 2010. CRS has also been active in the development of California's Clean Energy Rules and the global warming law (SB 32).

Organizational Strengths

O
This organization is a strong leader in the field of renewable energy with extremely competent staff, high standards of excellence, and a fundamental understanding of public policies that can both provide positive environmental results, as well as being acceptable to the business community. Their programs take a very pragmatic approach that tend to give tangible and real carbon reduction results.

Areas for Improvement

O
Because of its successful <i>Green-e</i> program, it has been difficult for CRS to get foundation funding for other activities. They have a deep and broad range of professional expertise and need to highlight their ability to work in other policy and program areas beyond <i>Green-e</i>. They should move into the international arena, as well as potential work with local governments.
Clean Air Task Force  (1 recommendation) Clean Air Task Force has excellent policy expertise in areas including the Clean Air Act, and short lived climate pollutants - two areas I believe are critical for climate action in the short-term. Clean Air Task Force has done a good job choosing its strategic litigation and providing representation to small (and large) non-profit organizations.
Clean Air Task Force 

http://www.catf.us/

Evidence of Impact

N
Clean Air Task Force has excellent policy expertise in areas including the Clean Air Act, and short lived climate pollutants - two areas I believe are critical for climate action in the short-term. Clean Air Task Force has done a good job choosing its strategic litigation and providing representation to small (and large) non-profit organizations.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths include excellent expertise in law, policy, and theory practice of taking strong positions on the need for science-based climate action.

Areas for Improvement

N
More staff would allow Clean Air Task Force to take on additional cases, including more Clean Air Act cases.
Clean Air Watch (1 recommendation) Clean Air Watch was formed because air pollution remains a significant threat to public health and the environment, and because our clean air protections have come under relentless attack by well-funded business lobbies that seek to stall or reverse our progress towards cleaner air. We have seen both direct and sneak attacks against clean air by key members of Congress from both major political parties. Powerful corporate interests are working to make sure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency protects them, not breathers. In this challenging climate, Clean Air Watch seeks to promote cleaner air and a safer climate through the continuing reduction in pollution and greenhouse gases. Clean Air Watch is an action-oriented organization, seeking to accomplish its goals through a combination of aggressive media education and grassroots advocacy. It functions, in effect, like a S.W.A.T. team in a David-and-Goliath battle to counter the relentless “spin” by polluter propagandists. It also seeks to inform and augment efforts by kindred organizations. Clean Air Watch attempts to shape public perception by working directly with the media. Clean Air Watch also works closely with allied groups, including sympathetic professionals within EPA, progressive state and local government officials, members of Congress, numerous national groups, as well as local grassroots organizations.
Clean Air Watch

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Clean Air Watch was formed because air pollution remains a significant threat to public health and the environment, and because our clean air protections have come under relentless attack by well-funded business lobbies that seek to stall or reverse our progress towards cleaner air. We have seen both direct and sneak attacks against clean air by key members of Congress from both major political parties. Powerful corporate interests are working to make sure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency protects them, not breathers. In this challenging climate, Clean Air Watch seeks to promote cleaner air and a safer climate through the continuing reduction in pollution and greenhouse gases. Clean Air Watch is an action-oriented organization, seeking to accomplish its goals through a combination of aggressive media education and grassroots advocacy. It functions, in effect, like a S.W.A.T. team in a David-and-Goliath battle to counter the relentless “spin” by polluter propagandists. It also seeks to inform and augment efforts by kindred organizations. Clean Air Watch attempts to shape public perception by working directly with the media. Clean Air Watch also works closely with allied groups, including sympathetic professionals within EPA, progressive state and local government officials, members of Congress, numerous national groups, as well as local grassroots organizations.

Organizational Strengths

F
Clean Air Watch is governed by an independent Board of Directors and managed on a day-to-day basis by Frank O’Donnell, who is an award-winning veteran journalist and long-time clean air advocate. O’Donnell has won many awards (including an Emmy and the Associated Press “Best Newscast” award) during his years as the show producer of WTTG-TV’s Ten O'clock News. He has also written for many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and more.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve on their capacity. The challenges of educating the media are constant because of turnover, the lack of attention span promoted by the 24-hour news cycle, and, to a degree, by our own progress. The air is cleaner now than in decades (as noted in the American Lung Association’s recent State of the Air report, they helped to promote). That's a happy development which may shift media focus to other topics. However, there are still problems and constant threats. These are our opportunities and why we still exist.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (1 recommendation) They've had an impact on political dialog in presidential elections. Clean Air - Cool Planet is great at innovative, cross sector organizing.
Clean Air-Cool Planet
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http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They've had an impact on political dialog in presidential elections. Clean Air - Cool Planet is great at innovative, cross sector organizing.
Climate Institute (1 recommendation) Their impact can be seen in their breadth of policy involvement, and work on improvements in the developing world.
Climate Institute

http://www.climate.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact can be seen in their breadth of policy involvement, and work on improvements in the developing world.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership and wide expertise.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve on their governance and fundraising.
Clinton Foundation (1 recommendation) They are unlocking barriers to energy efficiency finance at scale.
Clinton Foundation
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http://www.clintonfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are unlocking barriers to energy efficiency finance at scale.

Organizational Strengths

O
This organization has the deep expertise and commitment of Scott Henderson. They also have strong on-the-ground experience and implementation skills.

Areas for Improvement

O
They are over-stretched. I'd like to see them have improved prioritization and more resources.
Conservation Hawks (1 recommendation) Since its inception in 2011 this organization has been able to accomplish many things in the field, building state-specific, science-based, narrated, and automated climate change education presentations. They have been giving these presentations to sports clubs all over each of their target states (Montana, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico). The audience responses have been highly favorable, and these audiences are older, very conservative hunters and anglers who are not ordinarily given to climate change pleas.
Conservation Hawks

http://conservationhawks.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Since its inception in 2011 this organization has been able to accomplish many things in the field, building state-specific, science-based, narrated, and automated climate change education presentations. They have been giving these presentations to sports clubs all over each of their target states (Montana, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico). The audience responses have been highly favorable, and these audiences are older, very conservative hunters and anglers who are not ordinarily given to climate change pleas.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership, found in the Board of Directors and Founder/President, is exceptional and committed to the mission. So much so that two Board Members donate their time as if they were staff, although they receive no compensation.

Areas for Improvement

N
Conservation Hawks needs at least one full-time staff member to be the Executive Director.
Defenders of Wildlife (1 recommendation) They are a leader. They have raised visibility and awareness around climate response, also known as climate adaptation.
Defenders of Wildlife
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http://www.defenders.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are a leader. They have raised visibility and awareness around climate response, also known as climate adaptation.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization connects natural resources to climate change. DOW also connects well with grass roots activists, and has been effective in mobilizing and directing the climate program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should add focus on forests and in their dual role of reducing emissions and helping ecosystems to respond to climate impacts.
Environment America (1 recommendation) Their impact is in their work on the <i>Clean Air Act Defense Campaign</i>, and their state policy work.
Environment America

http://www.environmentamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is in their work on the <i>Clean Air Act Defense Campaign</i>, and their state policy work.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are excellent collaborators. The organization sticks to principles, but isn't doctrinaire.

Areas for Improvement

N
They state policy staff could have better presentation skills. I would like to see them become pithier.
Environment Northeast (ENE) (1 recommendation) ENE conducted much of the analytical work in support of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)</i>, and they led the initiative’s New England advocacy efforts. They were a key player in helping the states understand the need to hardwire energy efficiency solutions into climate policy, and to understand that this step is key in order to reduce pollution at lowest cost, while creating jobs in the region. They brought the same talents to advocacy of the Northeast Congressional Delegation during Waxman Markey. Of course their work on RGGI also shaped Waxman Markey.
Environment Northeast (ENE)
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http://www.env-ne.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
ENE conducted much of the analytical work in support of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)</i>, and they led the initiative’s New England advocacy efforts. They were a key player in helping the states understand the need to hardwire energy efficiency solutions into climate policy, and to understand that this step is key in order to reduce pollution at lowest cost, while creating jobs in the region. They brought the same talents to advocacy of the Northeast Congressional Delegation during Waxman Markey. Of course their work on RGGI also shaped Waxman Markey.

Organizational Strengths

N
Staff working on federal climate, RGGI, and state efficiency policy are not only smart and persistent advocates, they churn out an enormous amount of work and are able to present complex information in an accessible way that in turn supports the advocacy efforts of several other groups.

Areas for Improvement

N
Staff are given a lot of leeway to do great work, but my sense is that internal management could improve.
Environmental Investigation Agency (1 recommendation) Their impact is evident in their progress on moving the Montreal Protocol to address climate gases.
Environmental Investigation Agency

http://www.eia-international.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is evident in their progress on moving the Montreal Protocol to address climate gases.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are honesty, their ability to go undercover, guts, and the international make-up of the organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see them have more funds targeted to policy savvy lawyers. That would help exponentially.
ForestEthics (1 recommendation) Forest Ethics has successfully campaigned to protect the boreal forest from frivolous consumption for uses for which there are ready alternatives. As if that were not enough, the organization was compelled deeply into the climate debate by the sheer exponential threat our carbon sinks are facing. As a result, they have had to survive targeted attacks from the government of Canada, which somehow believes that the Koch brothers don't count as foreign.
ForestEthics
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http://www.forestethics.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Forest Ethics has successfully campaigned to protect the boreal forest from frivolous consumption for uses for which there are ready alternatives. As if that were not enough, the organization was compelled deeply into the climate debate by the sheer exponential threat our carbon sinks are facing. As a result, they have had to survive targeted attacks from the government of Canada, which somehow believes that the Koch brothers don't count as foreign.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have an ability to launch shareholder and stakeholder campaigns while articulating an ask that moves the ball forward. They also have an awareness that forests don't stand alone, that multi-pronged campaigns are crucial to their future and to everyone's. Flexibility and forward-thinking are the hallmark of their strategy.

Areas for Improvement

F
Forest Ethics is going to need new partners in order to survive personal attacks. They need to get going on the counter attack. They have to make it clear that the real foreign ownership in Canada has nothing to do with civil society.
Fuel Fund of Maryland (1 recommendation) The organization's <i>Watt Watchers</i> program is linking energy savings for low and moderate income households to financial literacy for the purpose of asset building.
Fuel Fund of Maryland
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http://www.fuelfundmaryland.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The organization's <i>Watt Watchers</i> program is linking energy savings for low and moderate income households to financial literacy for the purpose of asset building.

Organizational Strengths

O
They offer local, on-the-ground, practical application of climate-related information. And they do this while positioning their work as "climate plus", or rather "plus and climate".

Areas for Improvement

O
I would like to see them improve on their scale.
Geos Institute  (1 recommendation) They promote science-based local decision-making.
Geos Institute 
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http://www.geosinstitute.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They promote science-based local decision-making.
Great Plains Institute (1 recommendation) A regional organization that seeks consensus on policy options.
Great Plains Institute
Silver-small

http://www.gpisd.net/

Evidence of Impact

O
A regional organization that seeks consensus on policy options.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong facilitation skills and subject area expertise.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve on outreach and communication.
Green Corps (1 recommendation) Green Corps graduates are leading many of the organizations that are making a tangible impact on climate change.
Green Corps
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http://www.greencorps.org/sites/default/files/anniv_page/index.html

Evidence of Impact

N
Green Corps graduates are leading many of the organizations that are making a tangible impact on climate change.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have an excellent training program. They also provide good organizing capacity, which can be hired out for groups working on urgent issues.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization needs to address diversity.
Indian Law Resource Center (1 recommendation) They have facilitated increased engagement with American Indians in U.S. domestic policy development around climate change.
Indian Law Resource Center
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http://www.indianlaw.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have facilitated increased engagement with American Indians in U.S. domestic policy development around climate change.

Organizational Strengths

O
They bring American Indian voices and knowledge into the climate change discussions, and they also reach out to indigenous peoples in other countries on this issue. They produce excellent documents, such as their new REDD rights and responsibilities document, which is currently being presented at RIO+20.

Areas for Improvement

O
They do a lot considering that they are so small. Additional funding would enable them to respond to the many requests they receive.
Institute for Environmental Innovation (1 recommendation) The Institute for Environmental Innovation (I4EI) is a small organization, but they are working on the largest single category of climate change polluters; small farmers and forest users. This is also the ONLY category of polluters who has the ability to modify behavior and change from the largest polluters to the largest mitigators. Poor farmers in developing countries require special approaches, and I4EI has been successful in motivating and empowering these farmers to start taking serious and measurable actions to reverse course from polluters to restorers of the environment. Growing rapidly through word of mouth from farmer to farmer, replicating in different countries and continents, and reporting results with amazing transparency, I4EI has set new standards for climate change results, and simultaneously develop benefits for the participants. There are now over 70,000 farmers involved.
Institute for Environmental Innovation

http://www.i4ei.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Institute for Environmental Innovation (I4EI) is a small organization, but they are working on the largest single category of climate change polluters; small farmers and forest users. This is also the ONLY category of polluters who has the ability to modify behavior and change from the largest polluters to the largest mitigators. Poor farmers in developing countries require special approaches, and I4EI has been successful in motivating and empowering these farmers to start taking serious and measurable actions to reverse course from polluters to restorers of the environment. Growing rapidly through word of mouth from farmer to farmer, replicating in different countries and continents, and reporting results with amazing transparency, I4EI has set new standards for climate change results, and simultaneously develop benefits for the participants. There are now over 70,000 farmers involved.

Organizational Strengths

O
This organization's strengths are in its approach to motivate participants. They identify what the community of small farmers wants to achieve; build on the strengths of the community to identify what information they need and what resources they have already; and work with them to develop an action plan that will accomplish their goals. Regular follow-up and sharing of 'best practices' encourages the participants to set ever more important goals, and to accomplish them with learning organizations.

Areas for Improvement

O
Their operation is too lean. They rely on using consultants and outside experts to get the job done, but that does not provide the long-term professional point of view inside the organization. They need to professionalize their funding and develop operational management capacity if they are to continue their track record of rapid expansion.
Institute for Policy Studies (1 recommendation) Their impact can be seen in their work creating and maintaining the "No-Offsets" list serve, in organizing briefings of the Progressive Caucus and key members of Congress, and in sharing key information with leaders in the nonprofit and policy world. Daphne Wysham has helped to shed much needed light on the very high risks inherent in many policy actions; for example, the harm in waiving the Clean Air Act as the Markey-Waxman bill would have done, the harm posed to the climate and to forest dependent peoples that an improperly constructed and limited REDD would do, and harm from the continued subsidies lavished on fossil-fueled technologies by the multi-lateral development banks. This work has been central to the success that science-driven policies have had despite the conflicted, and therefore biased, nature of those larger environmental and certain investment groups seen by the public as progressive or neutral bodies.
Institute for Policy Studies
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http://www.ips-dc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact can be seen in their work creating and maintaining the "No-Offsets" list serve, in organizing briefings of the Progressive Caucus and key members of Congress, and in sharing key information with leaders in the nonprofit and policy world. Daphne Wysham has helped to shed much needed light on the very high risks inherent in many policy actions; for example, the harm in waiving the Clean Air Act as the Markey-Waxman bill would have done, the harm posed to the climate and to forest dependent peoples that an improperly constructed and limited REDD would do, and harm from the continued subsidies lavished on fossil-fueled technologies by the multi-lateral development banks. This work has been central to the success that science-driven policies have had despite the conflicted, and therefore biased, nature of those larger environmental and certain investment groups seen by the public as progressive or neutral bodies.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their lack of conflicts on interest, incorruptible staff and board, and rapid turn-around and responsiveness.

Areas for Improvement

N
They would benefit from funds to hire or to retain lawyers designated for environmental, human rights, and energy and who know how policy is made.
Institute for Sustainable Communities (1 recommendation) They are providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities for local and state government leaders.
Institute for Sustainable Communities
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http://www.iscvt.org/

Organizational Strengths

O
They are providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities for local and state government leaders.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by ensuring that participants in training programs follow-up on the recommendations developed in the training program.
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (1 recommendation) They develop great transportation and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot projects in cities globally. They are able to influence and partner with global lending institutions.
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
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http://www.itdp.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They develop great transportation and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot projects in cities globally. They are able to influence and partner with global lending institutions.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have excellent technical skills in transportation planning, especially BRT. Another strength is their solid international network in fast-developing areas.

Areas for Improvement

N
It would be great to bring their style of work to more US cities. The USA needs a version of this.
International Rivers (1 recommendation) International Rivers documents the human environmental impacts of large dams on river systems, and the bio-cultural diversity sustained by river systems. It is one of a handful of US-based organizations that incorporates a science and human rights framework in this kind of work. Their work involves outreach, capacity building, political and technical support, and advocacy in ways that empower dam-affected communities to participate as leaders in action. Most importantly, International Rivers has helped build regional networks and, through their <i>Rivers for Life</i> meetings, a global movement of dam-affected peoples whose citizen science and activism has demonstrated the many profound human and environmental costs of large-scale hydro-development. Hydro-development is pitched as an appropriate technology to combat climate change: International River's work demonstrates who, and what, pays the price in such decisions. Their work led to and helped inform the World Commission on Dams, and continues prompt significant change in institutional policy (e.g. the World Bank) and national government policy (e.g. China's international development safeguards).
International Rivers
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http://www.internationalrivers.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
International Rivers documents the human environmental impacts of large dams on river systems, and the bio-cultural diversity sustained by river systems. It is one of a handful of US-based organizations that incorporates a science and human rights framework in this kind of work. Their work involves outreach, capacity building, political and technical support, and advocacy in ways that empower dam-affected communities to participate as leaders in action. Most importantly, International Rivers has helped build regional networks and, through their <i>Rivers for Life</i> meetings, a global movement of dam-affected peoples whose citizen science and activism has demonstrated the many profound human and environmental costs of large-scale hydro-development. Hydro-development is pitched as an appropriate technology to combat climate change: International River's work demonstrates who, and what, pays the price in such decisions. Their work led to and helped inform the World Commission on Dams, and continues prompt significant change in institutional policy (e.g. the World Bank) and national government policy (e.g. China's international development safeguards).

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization has a commitment to collaborative work at all levels, including affected communities, NGOs, and other civil society partners. That commitment allows them to develop and operate flexible and effective alliances. It’s an approach that reflects a nested network of staff living and working in different regions. Secondly, the nature of work has evolved. Advocacy was previously based on more in-house and commissioned assessments of various kinds, and it now includes work emerging from collaboration and alliances. This allows the regional and global perspective to emerge with data from citizen-science, as well as aggregate analyses. Their most recent launch of a Google Earth resource for educators and community leaders, called <i>Climate Change, Rivers and Dams: A Video Exploration</i>, is a case in point.

Areas for Improvement

R
International Rivers has increasingly prioritized focus on the role of hydro-development in climate change and energy policy, which is a good thing. However, they have largely placed staff time and energy on shaping the message. Instead they should focus on commissioning or crafting the data that helps transform decision-making processes.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (1 recommendation) There has been an increase in data analysis around the opinions of African-Americans as it relates to energy, environment, and climate change due to the unique contribution of the JCPES.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
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http://www.jointcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
There has been an increase in data analysis around the opinions of African-Americans as it relates to energy, environment, and climate change due to the unique contribution of the JCPES.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization has highly skilled staff, excellent partnerships, and a wide reach.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see them do more to engage grassroots groups in climate change dialogue. They also need some clarity around their advocacy role.
Kresge Foundation (1 recommendation) They are the largest funder of U.S. climate change adaptation activities relating to natural and human resilient communities. Were it not for Kresge, there would not be much adaptation work happening in the 50 states.
Kresge Foundation

http://www.kresge.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are the largest funder of U.S. climate change adaptation activities relating to natural and human resilient communities. Were it not for Kresge, there would not be much adaptation work happening in the 50 states.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have insightful program staff who really understand the topic of climate change adaptation, as well as additional program staff focusing on mitigation-related activities having to do with the building and development side of their portfolio. This is a nice balance; however it is their adaptation work that sets them apart.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would advise them not to lose focus. All too often organizations seem to wander off when they find a niche. Here, their strength is in being the "little engine that could" behind U.S. adaptation.
Manomet (1 recommendation) They are a key player in cutting edge adaptation planning, especially in the New England region.
Manomet

http://www.manomet.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are a key player in cutting edge adaptation planning, especially in the New England region.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are part of the vanguard of adaptation thinkers, one of a group of small NGOs that really get this issue and have dug in to make things happen.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should work to get more attention!
National Parks Conservation Association (1 recommendation) The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) advocates for strong clean air and water protections to be adopted and enforced. They continue to educate the national parks constituency, along with business and community leaders, to make the connections among clean air and water, healthy parks, healthy communities, and a strong local economy. They mobilize these constituencies to engage in policy decisions for cleaner air and water.
National Parks Conservation Association
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http://www.npca.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) advocates for strong clean air and water protections to be adopted and enforced. They continue to educate the national parks constituency, along with business and community leaders, to make the connections among clean air and water, healthy parks, healthy communities, and a strong local economy. They mobilize these constituencies to engage in policy decisions for cleaner air and water.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong relationships with state and federal officials, including the National Park System, city officials, members of the business community, and the press. These relationships aid their conservation goals by providing access to decision makers, and influence with community leaders. They have earned the trust and respect of the leaders, which gives them open communication and a platform to present our goals. NPCA has 23 regional and field offices throughout the country and a network of over 600,000 members and supporters nationwide.

Areas for Improvement

F
One challenge they face is that threats to the national parks have never been greater than they are today. At the same time, given the continued economic recession, land acquisition costs are lower than they have been in years, so opportunities to protect key landscapes are growing.
National Trust for Historic Preservation (1 recommendation) The National Trust has not only saved important buildings, but also strengthened communities by displacing carbon-intensive suburban sprawl and saving the energy embedded in existing buildings and infrastructure. The organization also has worked on how to incorporate new green technology into existing buildings.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
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http://www.preservationnation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The National Trust has not only saved important buildings, but also strengthened communities by displacing carbon-intensive suburban sprawl and saving the energy embedded in existing buildings and infrastructure. The organization also has worked on how to incorporate new green technology into existing buildings.

Organizational Strengths

N
Two parts of the organization stand out for me; the <i>Main Street Program</i> and the sustainability staff, including those at the <i>Preservation Green Lab<i>.

Areas for Improvement

N
The sustainability staff and the <i>National Main Street Program</i> need more support.
Natural Capitalism Solutions (1 recommendation) NCS is one of the few organizations that helps not only Fortune 500 companies, like Wal-Mart, implement climate protection programs profitably, it has released the most comprehensive web-based learning tool for small businesses to enable them to implement carbon cutting initiatives in ways that drive their profitability as well. NCS works with communities to train their staff and local university students to use their <i>Solutions at the Speed of Business</i> software so that the program gets embedded in a community and can be implemented long after NCS has moved on. Companies and communities from California to Wyoming to Iowa and Colorado are cutting their emissions and their costs. NCS has long been a thought leader in how to implement climate protection profitably.
Natural Capitalism Solutions
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http://www.natcapsolutions.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
NCS is one of the few organizations that helps not only Fortune 500 companies, like Wal-Mart, implement climate protection programs profitably, it has released the most comprehensive web-based learning tool for small businesses to enable them to implement carbon cutting initiatives in ways that drive their profitability as well. NCS works with communities to train their staff and local university students to use their <i>Solutions at the Speed of Business</i> software so that the program gets embedded in a community and can be implemented long after NCS has moved on. Companies and communities from California to Wyoming to Iowa and Colorado are cutting their emissions and their costs. NCS has long been a thought leader in how to implement climate protection profitably.

Organizational Strengths

R
NCS staff members travel the world speaking to a wide array of audiences, including the World Economic Forum, the UN, world summits, national governments, small business, and community audiences. Their writing from <i>Cities Climate Protection Manual</i>, to <i>Climate Capitalism</i>, offers cutting edge solutions that citizens and corporations can implement.

Areas for Improvement

R
NCS is under-capitalized and stretched too thin. They are a worthy organization to support.
Northwest Environmental Advocates (1 recommendation) Northwest Environmental Advocates has won numerous cases that dramatically change and improve the way in which pollution sources are regulated. For example, NWEA won in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals an order stopping Portland, Oregon from discharging sewage into the Willamette River; it has forced the regulation of ballast water discharges to prevent invasive species from entering U.S. waters; and it has ensured through repeated lawsuits that salmon and bull trout will have the cold water in Oregon that they require to survive. Although NWEA does not have any direct climate change litigation under its belt, it has been dealing with the fallout of climate change for more than a decade. They have been creating and using legal tools to force changes in land management that will ensure rivers and streams in the Northwest remain cold and can support threatened and endangered salmon.
Northwest Environmental Advocates

http://www.northwestenvironmentaladvocates.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Northwest Environmental Advocates has won numerous cases that dramatically change and improve the way in which pollution sources are regulated. For example, NWEA won in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals an order stopping Portland, Oregon from discharging sewage into the Willamette River; it has forced the regulation of ballast water discharges to prevent invasive species from entering U.S. waters; and it has ensured through repeated lawsuits that salmon and bull trout will have the cold water in Oregon that they require to survive. Although NWEA does not have any direct climate change litigation under its belt, it has been dealing with the fallout of climate change for more than a decade. They have been creating and using legal tools to force changes in land management that will ensure rivers and streams in the Northwest remain cold and can support threatened and endangered salmon.

Organizational Strengths

R
NWEA's Executive Director is incredibly savvy and has developed deep relationships with federal, state, and local regulators. Her knowledge of the law and the participants in making and enforcing rules has enabled NWEA to bring and win creative and important lawsuits. NWEA also plays the long-game. They are willing to sacrifice a short-term setback in order to obtain the right outcome in the long run.

Areas for Improvement

R
NWEA can sometimes get bogged down in long fights, which can mean it gets distracted from other, potentially higher value cases. Also, NWEA does no public outreach for members or funding partners, and as a result, has very limited resources.
Northwest Environmental Defense Center (1 recommendation) Northwest Environmental Defense Center is a nonprofit, student run, environmental advocacy center. It is one of, if not, the oldest such organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and has brought and won countless legal cases to protect the environment. Its work attacking climate change is broad - it successfully sued and stopped the construction of a factory just east of Portland, OR that could have doubled the state's GHG emissions, and was one of the lead plaintiffs who helped ensure the shutdown of the only coal-fired electricity plant in Oregon.
Northwest Environmental Defense Center

http://law.lclark.edu/centers/northwest_environmental_defense_center/

Evidence of Impact

R
Northwest Environmental Defense Center is a nonprofit, student run, environmental advocacy center. It is one of, if not, the oldest such organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and has brought and won countless legal cases to protect the environment. Its work attacking climate change is broad - it successfully sued and stopped the construction of a factory just east of Portland, OR that could have doubled the state's GHG emissions, and was one of the lead plaintiffs who helped ensure the shutdown of the only coal-fired electricity plant in Oregon.

Organizational Strengths

R
Because NEDC is run by law students, not only does work done by the organization itself create innumerable benefits for the climate, but once students graduate, they take their expertise with them to new organizations where they continue their work. And, NEDC's Director and staff attorney are tireless. They are able to make an impact far in excess of the small size of the organization. It is a lean machine that produces incredible graduates and unprecedented legal victories.

Areas for Improvement

R
NEDC needs to secure more resources so they can continue to bring and win big cases. To do that I think that they need to become more savvy at using their victories to build more public awareness of the organization.
Oil Change International (1 recommendation) OCI has been highly successful in highlighting global fossil fuel subsidies as a clear bottleneck for emission reductions. They've also been successful at increasing resources available for mitigation and adaptation. They have successfully raised the issue to the leaders level at the G20 through their work with the U.S. government and other key countries.
Oil Change International
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http://priceofoil.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
OCI has been highly successful in highlighting global fossil fuel subsidies as a clear bottleneck for emission reductions. They've also been successful at increasing resources available for mitigation and adaptation. They have successfully raised the issue to the leaders level at the G20 through their work with the U.S. government and other key countries.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have been able to use high profile researchers, who provide important data and research, to support activists. They have also been able to expand the debate on subsidies beyond the traditional vision to include those subsidies that developed countries use through their foreign assistance programs.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are still a fairly small organization and are sometimes inconsistent with their work when staff gets pulled from one project to another. They need a broader base for their NGO network to be relevant to NGOs from developing or BASIC countries.
Oxfam America (1 recommendation) They've helped climate legislation get moved through Congress, and ensured that a focus remained on international equity and funding for adaptation. They have strong international and U.S. connections.
Oxfam America
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http://www.oxfamamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They've helped climate legislation get moved through Congress, and ensured that a focus remained on international equity and funding for adaptation. They have strong international and U.S. connections.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a great international network and strong moral brand.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to improve on visibility beyond-the-beltway. They also need better communications across the U.S.
Polar Bears International  (1 recommendation) While the organization is single-species focused, they have probably done more than any other group to bring climate-focused messaging to zoos. They also do a large number of educational events aimed at school kids.
Polar Bears International 
Silver-small

http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
While the organization is single-species focused, they have probably done more than any other group to bring climate-focused messaging to zoos. They also do a large number of educational events aimed at school kids.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are very lean, and have accomplished a lot on a small budget. They have extremely talented and qualified scientific staff and advisors.

Areas for Improvement

N
In an effort to be non-political, they sometimes have difficulty messaging meaningful solutions to climate change.
Public Citizen (1 recommendation) They have a multi-faceted approach.
Public Citizen
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http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a multi-faceted approach.
RENEWABLE ENERGY ALASKA PROJECT (1 recommendation) REAP has accomplished more in the last 5 years than perhaps any other nonprofit in the U.S. As a direct result of their advocacy efforts, the state of Alaska has provided about $1 billion toward clean energy since 2008. This includes establishing and funding the <i>Renewable Energy Grant Fund, Home Weatherization Program, Emerging Energy Technology Grant Fund</i>, and the <i>Revolving Loan Fund</i> for public building energy retrofits. They're working to accomplish their stated goals for renewable energy production, (50% by 2020) and for energy efficiency (15% gains by 2020). Their work has been focused on Alaska, but should serve as a model for the rest of the nation.
RENEWABLE ENERGY ALASKA PROJECT

http://alaskarenewableenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
REAP has accomplished more in the last 5 years than perhaps any other nonprofit in the U.S. As a direct result of their advocacy efforts, the state of Alaska has provided about $1 billion toward clean energy since 2008. This includes establishing and funding the <i>Renewable Energy Grant Fund, Home Weatherization Program, Emerging Energy Technology Grant Fund</i>, and the <i>Revolving Loan Fund</i> for public building energy retrofits. They're working to accomplish their stated goals for renewable energy production, (50% by 2020) and for energy efficiency (15% gains by 2020). Their work has been focused on Alaska, but should serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

Organizational Strengths

F
Chris Rose, REAP's Executive Director, is the most dynamic leader in Alaska. He builds trust across all sectors, which is incredibly difficult to do in a very resource-development focused state like Alaska. I've never seen one person be responsible for so much change as this man.

Areas for Improvement

F
One challenge on the horizon for the organization is that REAP is beginning to expand their work to address the utility sector. Right now, their organization is a coalition that has utilities on the board. This is allowing REAP to push on them more to be problem solvers instead of just energy providers. This work has a great amount of potential.
Renewable Northwest Project (1 recommendation) RNP staff speak boldly for renewable energy development in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it's a state issue in Montana or Idaho, a federal policy, or specific permitting of a new project, I count on RNP to have a well-reasoned assessment of the issue. I've also benefited from bold and visionary presentations made by RNP staff about the future of our energy distribution system.
Renewable Northwest Project
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http://www.rnp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
RNP staff speak boldly for renewable energy development in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it's a state issue in Montana or Idaho, a federal policy, or specific permitting of a new project, I count on RNP to have a well-reasoned assessment of the issue. I've also benefited from bold and visionary presentations made by RNP staff about the future of our energy distribution system.

Organizational Strengths

N
RNP has maintained a clear vision on climate-friendly power-generating options for the Pacific Northwest. They have had a hand in the rapid growth of wind energy in our region.
Resources for the Future (1 recommendation) They are responsible for analytical work and presentations that support advocacy for climate policies designed to drive investment in energy efficiency in the context of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative</i> and federal climate legislation.
Resources for the Future
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http://www.rff.org/Pages/default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
They are responsible for analytical work and presentations that support advocacy for climate policies designed to drive investment in energy efficiency in the context of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative</i> and federal climate legislation.

Organizational Strengths

N
They produce rigorous analytical work that is not politicized, and therefore, is extremely useful to advocates. They also have extremely high quality work and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
Occasionally, they could do a better job translating their work into language that is understandable at all levels, as well as anticipating their work might be viewed by those with more of a political lens.
Rocky Mountain Institute (1 recommendation) RMI, and Amory Lovins in particular, is usually 15 years ahead of everyone else in spotting the highest value things to do to reduce emissions and create sustainable solutions. Sometimes they get it wrong, but usually Amory (as quirky as he is) leads the way.
Rocky Mountain Institute
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http://www.rmi.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
RMI, and Amory Lovins in particular, is usually 15 years ahead of everyone else in spotting the highest value things to do to reduce emissions and create sustainable solutions. Sometimes they get it wrong, but usually Amory (as quirky as he is) leads the way.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strength is in demonstrating the technologies of the future today and helping us to envision a future in which those technologies make sense.

Areas for Improvement

O
They should work more directly with states. Although I think they don't for lack of funds, they tend to consult most often to organizations that can pay them.
Second Nature (1 recommendation) Second Nature supported the development of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Second Nature
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http://www.secondnature.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Second Nature supported the development of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Securing America's Future Energy (1 recommendation) They are key players in bringing the national security perspective into the fuel economy debate. They helped secure national fuel economy standards with big gasoline, and secure carbon savings.
Securing America's Future Energy

http://secureenergy.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They are key players in bringing the national security perspective into the fuel economy debate. They helped secure national fuel economy standards with big gasoline, and secure carbon savings.

Organizational Strengths

F
They bring new messengers in the form of Generals, and CEOs from FedEx and Dominos Pizza.
Seventh Generation Advisors (1 recommendation)
Seventh Generation Advisors
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http://www.seventhgenerationadvisors.org/
Sightline Institute (1 recommendation) Sightline has modified the thinking of public and private sector leaders; shaping their opinion of many important topics, including carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and tax shifting. They have enormous intellectual capacity, depth, and reach.
Sightline Institute
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http://www.sightline.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Sightline has modified the thinking of public and private sector leaders; shaping their opinion of many important topics, including carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and tax shifting. They have enormous intellectual capacity, depth, and reach.

Organizational Strengths

F
Sightline is an extremely well-managed organization with an appropriate systems infrastructure in place for oversight and accountability. The founding Executive Director is a rare combination of talented manager and thought leader in the field of sustainability, including climate policy. Sightline has produced excellent graphic representation of data that enhances the value of its written material. It has made an important organizational commitment to equity and inclusiveness that extends to its work on climate policy.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to achieve a greater degree of financial stability and certainty.
Smart Growth America (1 recommendation) SGA helps governments and citizens build better communities and metropolitan regions around walkable neighborhoods and public transit. This results in reduced carbon emissions from driving. They have a strong track record in moving public policy in this direction.
Smart Growth America

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SGA helps governments and citizens build better communities and metropolitan regions around walkable neighborhoods and public transit. This results in reduced carbon emissions from driving. They have a strong track record in moving public policy in this direction.

Organizational Strengths

N
They provide very strong leadership of a national coalition. They have hard-working, highly talented, and savvy staff. They are also great at strategic thinking.

Areas for Improvement

N
SGA could do even more with more resources.
SmartPower Connecticut (1 recommendation) They foster the actual implementation of advanced sector-based strategies for efficient and renewable power.
SmartPower Connecticut

http://www.smartpower.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They foster the actual implementation of advanced sector-based strategies for efficient and renewable power.

Organizational Strengths

N
They exhibit a high degree of creativity in outreach and partnerships.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization needs more integration with other initiatives at the state and local level in order to capture synergies. They also need to use more advanced information on jobs and economy.
Sonoran Institute (1 recommendation) They are working on a regional and local scale.
Sonoran Institute

http://www.sonoraninstitute.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are working on a regional and local scale.
Sustainable Northwest Wood (1 recommendation) They are integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation into local and regional governance. They are also working with major public land agencies in the West to ensure that climate planning contributes to local rural sustainability.
Sustainable Northwest Wood
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http://www.sustainablenorthwest.org/snwwood/wood/

Evidence of Impact

F
They are integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation into local and regional governance. They are also working with major public land agencies in the West to ensure that climate planning contributes to local rural sustainability.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a commitment to collaborative conservation. Other organizational strengths include their access to rural leaders, and their great balance between ecology and economy.
Sustainable Travel International (1 recommendation) This nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the travel industry. In its first 10 years of operation, it has done a tremendous job of raising awareness of the greenhouse gas impacts associated with travel. It has introduced carbon offset programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the fuel used to get a traveler to their destination, and many other innovative sustainability programs. Their program participants have included major airlines, cruise lines, and destination resorts, and have resulted in keeping 105,000 metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere. But even more importantly, STI's activities have encouraged a number of new organizations to enter the carbon offset field targeting travel-related companies.
Sustainable Travel International
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http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the travel industry. In its first 10 years of operation, it has done a tremendous job of raising awareness of the greenhouse gas impacts associated with travel. It has introduced carbon offset programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the fuel used to get a traveler to their destination, and many other innovative sustainability programs. Their program participants have included major airlines, cruise lines, and destination resorts, and have resulted in keeping 105,000 metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere. But even more importantly, STI's activities have encouraged a number of new organizations to enter the carbon offset field targeting travel-related companies.

Organizational Strengths

O
STI has shown excellent leadership in the industry through its educational program, speaking engagements, and training webinars. Because this organization is focused on transforming the industry, it designs strategies and mechanisms that are appropriate and useful for travel industry businesses. These strategies allow the private sector to evolve in a positive way that still supports their bottom line.

Areas for Improvement

O
Because this organization works with businesses, it has been difficult for them to obtain foundation funding that is needed as they move into new areas of travel. They need to do more to publicize their successes and explain their strategies for identifying ripe opportunities for the next round of climate improvements in the travel industry. Establishing new programs costs money until such time as the industry itself can pick up the slack.
Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) (1 recommendation) They have been leaders in climate change education. Part of this work included creating the <i>Climate Literacy Education and Awareness Network (CLEAN)</i>, which has played a critical role in developing guideline publications like <i>Essential Principles of Climate Literacy</i> and <i>Essential Principles of Energy Literacy</i>. Each of these principles have been adopted by more than 12 federal agencies, and is shaping the federal agenda in climate and energy education.
Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)

http://www.terc.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have been leaders in climate change education. Part of this work included creating the <i>Climate Literacy Education and Awareness Network (CLEAN)</i>, which has played a critical role in developing guideline publications like <i>Essential Principles of Climate Literacy</i> and <i>Essential Principles of Energy Literacy</i>. Each of these principles have been adopted by more than 12 federal agencies, and is shaping the federal agenda in climate and energy education.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have very strong staff in this topic area.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are largely focused on the physical sciences and need to broaden their perspectives.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (1 recommendation) The Business Council for Sustainable Energy brings together three core clean tech industries; renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas. They focus their alliance on substantive, focused issues around the policy process, and within the EPA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy

http://www.bcse.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy brings together three core clean tech industries; renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas. They focus their alliance on substantive, focused issues around the policy process, and within the EPA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Organizational Strengths

O
The Executive Director has a strong substantive grasp of issues and the ability to broker meaningful and substantive consensus. The organization focuses on the minute details that are critical to appropriate regulatory and public policy-making.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to add water technologies to the mix of energy applications effecting climate emissions. They also need to have formalized brochures and mini-reports that are more easily read and usable.
The Nature Conservancy of California (1 recommendation)
The Nature Conservancy of California

The Wilderness Society (1 recommendation) TWS has been present in national efforts to address the impacts of climate change on public lands. They have strong leadership in their national and regional offices around efforts to protect wildlife habitat, while supporting the development of renewable energy resources.
The Wilderness Society
Silver-small

http://wilderness.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
TWS has been present in national efforts to address the impacts of climate change on public lands. They have strong leadership in their national and regional offices around efforts to protect wildlife habitat, while supporting the development of renewable energy resources.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have experienced leadership in their national and regional offices, and a strong policy shop in D.C. They make good use of scientific analysis to identify "go" and "no-go" sites for renewable energy.

Areas for Improvement

F
TWS needs additional financial resources. Also, the new leadership at the top is untested in this field.
The Climate Group (1 recommendation) They are responsible for the alliance of business, government, and other key players.
The Climate Group

http://www.theclimategroup.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are responsible for the alliance of business, government, and other key players.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership and they are great at setting examples.

Areas for Improvement

O
I would like to see wider involvement.
Tides Canada Foundation (1 recommendation) The <i>Tides Canada Energy Initiative</i> has led the collaborative development of an alternative energy vision for Canada. It received broad support from businesses, First Nations, municipalities, conservation organizations, and faith groups. Their impact is made clear by their invitations to present to all Canadian provincial governments and the Canadian Senate. They drove alternative dialogue at a time when Canada's government was entrenching.
Tides Canada Foundation

http://www.tidescanada.org/strangebedfellows/index.html

Evidence of Impact

F
The <i>Tides Canada Energy Initiative</i> has led the collaborative development of an alternative energy vision for Canada. It received broad support from businesses, First Nations, municipalities, conservation organizations, and faith groups. Their impact is made clear by their invitations to present to all Canadian provincial governments and the Canadian Senate. They drove alternative dialogue at a time when Canada's government was entrenching.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths are strategy, their ability to convene groups, and they have great communications leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
This organization should expand to have dedicated technical staff in economics, business, and energy technology.
Trust for Public Land (TPL) (1 recommendation) They work in the areas of land, water, and climate connection.
Trust for Public Land (TPL)
Silver-small

http://www.tpl.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work in the areas of land, water, and climate connection.
U.S. Green Building Council (1 recommendation) Their impact is evident in the spread of green building practices.
U.S. Green Building Council

http://www.usgbc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is evident in the spread of green building practices.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their training, staff members, and involvement from their various chapters.

Areas for Improvement

O
I would like to see them have more international involvement.
United Nations Foundation (1 recommendation) UN Foundation has taken the lead in the <i>Partnership for Cleaner Indoor Air</i> and created the <i>Alliance for Cleaner Cookstoves</i>. Their direct action on a major health and climate change issue has provided substantial lift to a critical effort.
United Nations Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.unfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
UN Foundation has taken the lead in the <i>Partnership for Cleaner Indoor Air</i> and created the <i>Alliance for Cleaner Cookstoves</i>. Their direct action on a major health and climate change issue has provided substantial lift to a critical effort.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are well connected politically and financially. Their staff is professional and hardworking.

Areas for Improvement

O
They tend to get bogged down with "too-many-stakeholders-doing-too-many-meetings" syndrome. They also need to take more direct roles in some of the efforts.
Vote Solar Initiative (1 recommendation) Their impact can be seen in changes in utility regulations, and new legislation to support solar energy across the country.
Vote Solar Initiative
Silver-small

http://votesolar.org/who-we-are/

Evidence of Impact

F
Their impact can be seen in changes in utility regulations, and new legislation to support solar energy across the country.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have very focused leadership. They also have staff with a clear analysis of the regulatory environment needed to allow solar to expand into a solid share of the energy market. They are creative, committed, and have a sense of humor.
Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) (1 recommendation) WORC is one of the leading organizations opposing coal mine development in the Powder River Basin. Were it not for their focused commitment on organizing and community engagement, even more strip mines would be producing massive amounts of coal in this region. They provide training to other groups and serve as leaders in the field.
Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)

http://www.worc.org/about/

Evidence of Impact

F
WORC is one of the leading organizations opposing coal mine development in the Powder River Basin. Were it not for their focused commitment on organizing and community engagement, even more strip mines would be producing massive amounts of coal in this region. They provide training to other groups and serve as leaders in the field.

Organizational Strengths

F
Pat Sweeney, the Executive Director, is a dynamic leader that has been at WORC for 40 years. He is a doer, accomplishing a great deal himself, while inspiring others to produce. He shares a vision that we can unite coal mining opposition across regions, instead of staying regionally segmented. There would be a lot to gain from having a more nationally focused effort to prevent coal mines and export, similar to what Sierra Club and several funders (Energy Foundation, Rockefeller Family Foundation) did to create the feel of a national campaign against coal plants.
WildEarth Guardians (1 recommendation) As a regional group, they are starting to have a national impact on issues related to public lands, coal mining, and methane leakage.
WildEarth Guardians
Silver-small

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

N
As a regional group, they are starting to have a national impact on issues related to public lands, coal mining, and methane leakage.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a small, dedicated staff that is creative in terms of actions they choose to undertake. They are also willing to take strong stands that are not tempered by political niceties in D.C.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can be rather dogmatic and turfy, or competitive.
Will Steger Foundation (1 recommendation) They have been highly effective in the area of youth education in Minnesota. They have national impact through talks by Will Steger who, as a polar explorer, can reach audiences that activist organizations cannot.
Will Steger Foundation
Gold-small

http://www.willstegerfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have been highly effective in the area of youth education in Minnesota. They have national impact through talks by Will Steger who, as a polar explorer, can reach audiences that activist organizations cannot.

Organizational Strengths

N
Will Steger is an incredible force for climate change education. When he shows images of himself traversing the polar regions and then says softly, "but that ice shelf is no longer there", it is heart stopping. As an eyewitness to global warming, few are better. The organization as a whole is, like Will, very modest and collegial.

Areas for Improvement

N
The name is a bit of a misnomer, as the Will Steger Foundation is not a philanthropic foundation.
World Wildlife Fund (1 recommendation) The have projects in a variety of places that focus on changing emissions behaviors.
World Wildlife Fund
Silver-small

http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html

Evidence of Impact

N
The have projects in a variety of places that focus on changing emissions behaviors.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff members seem internally well-aligned. They are also well funded.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to be better collaborators.
ecoAmerica (1 recommendation) ecoAmerica has focused on building American public support for climate solutions by doing in-depth research and using their own marketing savvy to enlist new constituencies. They have had a particularly important impact since the failure of the climate bill in the Senate in 2010, and have convened critical strategy sessions in 2011 and 2012 about building the future of the climate movement. Their November 2011 <i>Change of Atmosphere</i> conference report suggested catalyzing conservatives, mobilizing business, and making the connection to the health and faith communities as critical strategies going forward.
ecoAmerica

http://www.ecoamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
ecoAmerica has focused on building American public support for climate solutions by doing in-depth research and using their own marketing savvy to enlist new constituencies. They have had a particularly important impact since the failure of the climate bill in the Senate in 2010, and have convened critical strategy sessions in 2011 and 2012 about building the future of the climate movement. Their November 2011 <i>Change of Atmosphere</i> conference report suggested catalyzing conservatives, mobilizing business, and making the connection to the health and faith communities as critical strategies going forward.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their founder, Bob Perkowitz, is excellent at building bridges across many different sectors, and has terrific convening abilities. His staff brings a marketing savvy that the climate movement needs.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should continue to reach out beyond environmentalists and green groups without denigrating those green groups.
 Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) (1 recommendation) APEN, along with a network of social justice organizations in California, is tapping a new generation of citizens and leaders who can be advocates for climate change policy. They are revolutionizing organizing in a way that has proven successful in CA. There is a real opportunity to replicate this model in large metropolitan areas.
 Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

http://apen4ej.blogspot.com/

Evidence of Impact

F
APEN, along with a network of social justice organizations in California, is tapping a new generation of citizens and leaders who can be advocates for climate change policy. They are revolutionizing organizing in a way that has proven successful in CA. There is a real opportunity to replicate this model in large metropolitan areas.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership among the network members is strong and diverse. They are superior organizers and proficient in communicating to a diversity of stakeholders. They're also amazing storytellers about the hazards and implications of climate.

Areas for Improvement

F
There are limited resources being dedicated to supporting this model. The challenge is getting mainstream funders to fund more than just the big environmental group in order to move climate change policy.
 Earth Day Network (1 recommendation) They are very good in all sectors of environmental stewardship.
 Earth Day Network
Silver-small

http://www.earthday.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are very good in all sectors of environmental stewardship.

Organizational Strengths

N
They produce the Earth Day event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can improve by expanding their focus.
 Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic (1 recommendation) The Pace Energy and Climate Center helps governments address the climate change challenge by focusing on transforming how energy is supplied and used. They provide guidance, policy direction, and effective engagement based on sound legal and policy research and analysis. They are active in utility regulatory matters, primarily throughout the Northeast. The organization is factual and objective in its research and policy analysis. It effectively engages policy makers and stakeholders. Pace has helped to achieve important market and regulatory reforms supportive of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean distributed generation. They were instrumental in the formation of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)</i>. The center provides a go-to place for government agencies looking for technical, legal, and policy advice on the complex energy and climate change issues.
 Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic

http://www.pace.edu/school-of-law/centers-and-special-programs/clinics-0/environmental-litigation-clinic

Evidence of Impact

O
The Pace Energy and Climate Center helps governments address the climate change challenge by focusing on transforming how energy is supplied and used. They provide guidance, policy direction, and effective engagement based on sound legal and policy research and analysis. They are active in utility regulatory matters, primarily throughout the Northeast. The organization is factual and objective in its research and policy analysis. It effectively engages policy makers and stakeholders. Pace has helped to achieve important market and regulatory reforms supportive of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean distributed generation. They were instrumental in the formation of the <i>Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)</i>. The center provides a go-to place for government agencies looking for technical, legal, and policy advice on the complex energy and climate change issues.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have great technical and lead staff. Another strength is their leadership in the energy supply and use components of climate and energy policy.

Areas for Improvement

O
They are trying to broaden their reach and connections beyond the NE US corridor. So much of this knowledge is transferrable. They need to increase their investment or staff support to NA 2050 efforts.
 Pace University (1 recommendation) Their impact is in their efforts to seek policy options.
 Pace University

http://www.pace.edu/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is in their efforts to seek policy options.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership and legal expertise.
 Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)  (1 recommendation) RRI has led effective dialogues in Indonesia and Ghana to shift government focus to land and forest tenure issues.
 Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) 

http://www.rightsandresources.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
RRI has led effective dialogues in Indonesia and Ghana to shift government focus to land and forest tenure issues.

Organizational Strengths

O
They bring the voices of forest people in different countries onto the international stage.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve the online search and accessibility of their publications.

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