Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

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Headquarters Location: Arlington, VA 
Founded: 2011


Mission: Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues.

At C2ES, we believe that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century. We see signs of progress around the world. But far greater effort is needed if we are to keep these challenges from becoming true crises. Now more than ever, we need committed voices with the expertise to cut through complexity and craft innovative solutions; the independence to separate fact from fiction; and the credibility to work with all sides to build common ground.


Tags: 2012, national, climate change, research, policy, advocacy, policy, aternative energy


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Story: Do you wash your clothes in cold water? Turn off the lights when you’re not using them? Take 5-minute showers? Alcoans at two Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) facilities – Fullerton and Torrance Operations – learned that by answering yes to… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) offers quality research and analysis on climate change solutions to a wide range of audiences. They have been responsible for convening state and local leaders, sharing analysis with policymakers at all levels of government, and bridging the gap in understanding between profitability and climate solutions. Their information is gathered by knowledgeable experts in the field, and is trusted.
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Leadership
Center-for-climate-and-energy-solutions-c2es Bob Perciasepe. Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 30 years, most… See full bio.



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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$6,424,365


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Contact Info
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 703-516-4146
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Address:
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550
 
Arlington, VA  22201 , USA
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Center-for-climate-and-energy-solutions-c2es Story: Do you wash your clothes in cold water? Turn off the lights when you’re not using them? Take 5-minute showers? Alcoans at two Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) facilities – Fullerton and Torrance Operations – learned that by answering yes to those questions they can reduce their home energy use and save money in the process.

During Green Works, Alcoa Foundation partnered with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) to launch Make an Impact, an interactive environmental education program designed to help individuals save energy and save money, at these Southern California facilities.

In Fullerton, more than 700 employees were introduced to the Make an Impact website, which is home to tips on how to reduce energy use and a best-in-class carbon calculator, a tool used to analyze one’s personal carbon footprint. In addition to Make an Impact, Fullerton employees are offsetting their carbon footprint by planting trees around the plant. “The Make an Impact Program definitely made an impact on AFS Fullerton employees. We have employees bringing ideas to Human Resources on a daily basis. We had approximately 710 employees attend the presentation,” said Darlene Bush, Human Resources Manager at Alcoa Fullerton.

AFS Torrance Operations had more than 750 employees attend the workshops and learn how to calculate potential cost savings on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. Make an Impact added to the facility’s extensive list of environmental achievements. Over the past year, AFS Torrance Operations has reduced total landfill waste by 53.5 metric tons, implemented a recycling program for Pig Mats (Oil Absorbent Mats) and conserved 59,000 gallons of water.

“Make an Impact is about engaging employees and raising awareness about small, yet meaningful actions we can all take that, when added together, have a significant impact on the environment,” said Tricia Napor, Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation. “So far, more than 11,000 Alcoa employees have completed the calculator and committed to actions that together would save 440 million pounds of CO2 – this is the equivalent of the carbon sequestered from planting 5 million trees and an average cost savings of $1,300 per employee.”

Expert Reviews of Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) offers quality research and analysis on climate change solutions to a wide range of audiences. They have been responsible for convening state and local leaders, sharing analysis with policymakers at all levels of government, and bridging the gap in understanding between profitability and climate solutions. Their information is gathered by knowledgeable experts in the field, and is trusted.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)has a strong team of staff and board members who are widely respected in the field. They are a well run organization, fiscally and strategically. Organizational strengths for this organization not only include their large funding base, but their ability to manage their money well. Strategically, they are known to be persistent on the issues and to utilize tactics to bring about change. They have been a part of supporting state and regional climate solutions strategies, educating a range of decision makers, and much more. They have also been responsible for broadening the rationale for climate change support to include national security.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)is in a transition phase, and this could be a potential challenge for the organization. They were previously housed within a large foundation, and transitioning into an independent nonprofit can pose funding challenges and require new organizational structuring. They could improve by increasing their outreach in a number of ways. First, the organization could address this generally by publicizing their work more. One expert points out that C2ES may be in a prime position to organize the general public in a way that overcomes the current political polarization and tough economic realities. Another expert recommends that the organization return to their work of convening state leaders.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Making Mitigation Strategies Accessible

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This organization brings together essential building blocks for addressing energy and climate change challenges. They combine cutting-edge science and policy expertise; sensitivity to what industry needs to be able to succeed in a carbon-constrained future, and high credibility with policymakers, Congress, and government agencies. They are considered a very valued source of credible information and analysis, an effective bridge between diverse interests, and an established leader in catalyzing constructive business engagement.
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This organization convened meetings of state and local leaders that were very helpful in generating and sharing ideas on climate change. Their reports are widely used.

Knowledgeable Team of Experts

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I have seen them work all over the U.S., and they always bring a strong team and great knowledge to projects.
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This group has some of the most insightful staff working on promoting climate solutions and their adoption. They have established good working relationships with important corporations. In this way they are helping the business community understand how much can really be accomplished.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Full Spectrum of Activities

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Many members of the staff and Board are known world-wide and are respected experts. The organization evolved from a foundation to a nonprofit, and from my perspective, have secure funding, dedicated funders, great financial management, and high-powered leadership. They have produced dozens of respected, peer-reviewed reports on climate science, economics, policy, and solutions. They've testified before Congress numerous times and worked closely with key members on bi-partisan legislation. They advised the state of California's work, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and other state and regional efforts. They've convened ministers and negotiators from top countries to help advance international climate talks. They've counseled CEOs, Executives, and Boards of Directors of Fortune 500 companies on climate and energy issues. They have an effective social and traditional communication presence.

Great Strategy

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Their strengths are deep coffers and their persistence on issues.
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This organization has a strong, well-connected leadership that has gained credibility with both government and business leaders, while at the same time having the respect of the environmental community. Key staff have also worked to broaden the rationale for taking action to include national security interests.

Strong Communications

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The organization has very good staff, great publications, and good conferences and briefings.

Excellent Leadership

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They have excellent leadership.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Improve Communications

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They could improve by building better bridges to fence-sitters, especially business sector and policymakers, to move them toward support on climate issues. They should also be working on communication philosophies or social marketing approaches to identify the best ways to resonate with diverse audiences.
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The organization needs to publicize itself more. It could disseminate its research and surveys more broadly.

New Structure Challenges

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One challenge this organization faces is that it is transitioning from having major long-term support from a large foundation to being out on its own, which is particularly difficult in a very tough economic environment and when the political scene is so polarized. Also, there really needs to be a major effort to communicate with the American public and this group, with its corporate participants and partners, who could likely organize such an effort in a very effective way.

Re-Launch State Convening

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They need to re-start the meetings of state and local leaders on climate issues that they used to hold, especially targeting states with the most opportunity.

Refine Strategy

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This is generally, a very good organization, but with significant weaknesses. Eileen is a very strong leader with terrific ideas, but I feel like her influence is oddly reflected in the organization. They have some good staff too, but need more work on revising their mission (along with new branding) to reflect new realities of federal policy. Their state work is a mixed bag and could be more collaborative and truly integrated with other NGOs. I don't always think they are very collaborative, although I know some of the staff members try.


Leadership

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Bob Perciasepe
President
Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 30 years, most recently as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is a respected expert on environmental stewardship, natural resource management, and public policy, and has built a reputation for bringing stakeholders together to solve issues.

While Mr. Perciasepe served as Deputy Administrator from 2009 to 2014, EPA set stricter auto emissions and mileage standards, increased protections for the nation’s streams and rivers, and developed carbon emissions standards for power plants. Mr. Perciasepe was previously assistant administrator for both the agency’s water and clean air programs, leading efforts improve the safety of America’s drinking water and lower sulfur levels in gasoline to reduce smog. In 2002, Mr. Perciasepe joined the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, as its senior vice president for public policy. He served as the group’s chief operating officer from 2004 to 2009, and worked to protect wetlands and expand environmental education.

He has also held top positions in state and municipal government -- as Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland from 1990 to 1993 and as a senior planning official for the city of Baltimore, where he managed the city’s capital budget.

Mr. Perciasepe holds a master's degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources from Cornell University.

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