Union of Concerned Scientists

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Recognized as a top Bay Area Climate Change nonprofit in the following years:
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Headquarters Location: Cambridge, MA 
Founded: 1969


Mission: The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions. We seek to ensure that all people have clean air, energy, and transportation, as well as food that is produced in a safe and sustainable manner. 


Tags: 2013, bay area climate change,  global warming, research, clean energy


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Story: This is a brief snip-it about how UCS is trying to get the biofuels industry back on track. Corn ethanol production has more than tripled in the last five years, driven by mandates for biofuel consumption, tax credits, and other… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Union of Concerned Scientists impacts state litigations with their impeccable research. According to experts they are trusted partners in policy initiatives. They supported improvements for air quality, greenhouse gas reduction and public health.
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Leadership
Union-of-concerned-scientists Kathleen  Rest. As executive director of UCS, Kathleen Rest oversees the organization's programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security.

Before joining the UCS staff in 2004, Dr. Rest's experience includes serving as acting director of the National Institute… See full bio.



Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$25,978,646


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
dwhalen AT ucsusa.org
Phone:
(617) 547-5552
Facebook:
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Address:
Two Brattle Sq.
 
Cambridge, MA  2138, USA
Twitter:
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Union-of-concerned-scientists Story: This is a brief snip-it about how UCS is trying to get the biofuels industry back on track. Corn ethanol production has more than tripled in the last five years, driven by mandates for biofuel consumption, tax credits, and other programs. While this support has launched a major industry, it has also had unintended consequences. Most important is that the increased demand for corn is straining the agricultural system and environment. Food prices have gone up, water supplies have been put at risk, and habitat and biodiversity have been sacrificed, all without making any progress toward reducing the emissions responsible for global warming. Moreover, with almost a third of the U.S. corn crop now going to ethanol, the continued growth of biofuels can no longer rely on making food crops into fuel. Instead, growth depends on the successful and timely commercialization of the next generation of biofuels: cellulosic biofuels made from grass, wood waste, or even garbage. Unfortunately, this nascent alternative is stalled, a victim of inadequate policies and the global economic downturn, which have dried up investments. UCS' Billion Gallon Challenge is an effort to build the support and policies needed to bring the fledgling advanced biofuels industry to maturity. It also seeks to ensure that the biofuels market maximizes taxpayer investment and helps to strengthen U.S. energy and environmental security.

Expert Reviews of Union of Concerned Scientists

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Union of Concerned Scientists impacts state litigations with their impeccable research. According to experts they are trusted partners in policy initiatives. They supported improvements for air quality, greenhouse gas reduction and public health.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Many experts see Union of Concerned Scientists strength in its organizational management with good communication, research, collaboration, and strong staff. The research papers’ language is accessible to the general public, disseminating knowledge on climate change beyond close circle of experts.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Some experts believe that Union of Concerned Scientists could use a little more staff. At the moment, the organization needs to find a new, strong President that will lead the work forward. Also, more focused agenda on local issues would benefit the organization in winning greater environmental battles and visibility.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Support Climate Policies

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They had an impact on Assembly Bill 32 and on important proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission.
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Union of Concerned Scientists works collaboratively with other groups to support climate policies in California that make a difference.
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They were one of the main forces in the adoption of Assembly Bill 32
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This organization has worked with us as a member of the Bay Area Clean Air Task force which has accomplished much in regulatory and policy improvements for air quality, greenhouse gas reduction and public health.
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They have technical leadership as well as strong advocacy skills to promote smart fuel and vehicle policies in California.
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This is a good advocacy organization.

Impactful Research

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Union of Concerned Scientists is good for research questions.
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UCS provides some of the most useful research publications.

Impacts Conversation with Trusted Science

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This organization has solid and trusted science which is crucial to the debate.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Strong Organizational Management

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Union of Concerned Scientists has great quality staff and good communications.
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Union of Concerned Scientists has a strong leadership, research, integrity, reliability, solid work, and collaboration.
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They have brilliant staff and are sustainable organization.
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The organization has strong staff, leadership, and operations.

Impressive Following Among Scientists

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They can get scientists involved.

Inclusive Partnerships

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They are good at partnering with disadvantaged communities and communities of color to advance climate campaigns.

Superb Technical Skills

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They have advanced scientific information and excellent communications. They are lobbying for science-friendly legislation that is reality based.
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The staff shows superb technical skills, ability to translate technical information into policy relevant terms the general public can understand.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Greater Support for Local Initiatives

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They could give more support for local initiatives that can bring significant greenhouse gas reduction. It is particularly important when so little can be accomplished at the national level.

More Staff

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They seem a bit understaffed right now, so maybe they need to step up fundraising.

Change Communications Approach

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UCS's webpage linking forest fires and climate change is out of date and misleading.
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They are sometimes a little too doctrinaire, science-based (usually), and tackling many key issues.

Improve Partnerships

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The organization has a poor record of advocacy of working with community-based organizations.
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They should do more partnering with environmental health and justice organizations.

New Leadership

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They need a new President because the former one has gone to work for the Department of Energy.

Improve Accessibility

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Their staff is not as accessible as would be ideal to help increase the impact, appreciation, and use of their work. In addition, more often than not they are soliciting for money, not for people to take a stance on an issue. It's important to demonstrate progress before asking for a check.


Leadership

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Kathleen  Rest
Executive Director
As executive director of UCS, Kathleen Rest oversees the organization's programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security.

Before joining the UCS staff in 2004, Dr. Rest's experience includes serving as acting director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the anthrax scare that followed. Throughout her tenure at NIOSH, she held several leadership positions, including the deputy director for programs.

Prior to her work in the federal government, Dr. Rest was an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health. She has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor on occupational and environmental health issues in countries including Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

Dr. Rest was a founding member of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental health through information sharing and collaborative research. She also served as the chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).

Dr. Rest earned her doctorate in health policy from Boston University and her master’s degree in public administration, with a focus on health services, from the University of Arizona. She lives in Brighton, MA, and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, reading, walking, and improving her Greek.

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