US Climate Action Network

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Headquarters Location: Washington, DC 
Founded: 1989


Mission: USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen civil society organizations to influence the design and development of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels.


Tags: 2012, national, climate change, coalition, movement-building, education, policy


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Story: USCAN's Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN) coordinated state and regional groups in the Southeast and expanded its presence to include new constituencies and under-represented areas. SCEN now represents over 200 individuals and member organizations across nine states. SCEN works… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is affiliated with the globally focused, CAN International. Together, and separately, these organizations work to bring together the various players in the climate change community. USCAN is responsible for being a powerful convener for the domestic climate change community. They offer a strong voice in high-level discussions and support the community by offering a wealth of information. Their conference calls provide access to the leading experts and strategists, their newsletters offer up-to-date information, and their annual strategy conference helps orient members to the larger goals. USCAN also serves as a vital connector between the U.S. and international climate change communities, and leverages this key position to help improve U.S. positioning in international negotiations. USCAN supports the climate change community.
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Leadership
Us-climate-action-network Peter  Bahouth. Prior to USCAN, Peter was executive director for Ted Turner's family foundation for 9 years and managed the growth of that philanthropic organization from less than $1 million to over $50 million in grants per year. Prior to the Turner Foundation, Peter served as executive director and chairman of Greenpeace USA.
Peter is President of Art Papers and also… See full bio.


Financial Data
Total Revenue:
$2,979,498


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
uscan AT usclimatenetwork.org
Phone:
p:202.609.9846 
Facebook:
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Address:
1810 16th Street NW 
 
Washington, DC  20009, USA
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Us-climate-action-network Story: USCAN's Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN) coordinated state and regional groups in the Southeast and expanded its presence to include new constituencies and under-represented areas. SCEN now represents over 200 individuals and member organizations across nine states. SCEN works behind-the-scenes to encourage cooperation and collaboration among advocates, promote public events, cultivate deep relationships with partners and allies, increase media exposure for Southeast campaigns and educate members to hotspot issues through in-person meetings, policy briefings and webinars.

Expert Reviews of US Climate Action Network

Evidence of Impact Summary:

US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is affiliated with the globally focused, CAN International. Together, and separately, these organizations work to bring together the various players in the climate change community. USCAN is responsible for being a powerful convener for the domestic climate change community. They offer a strong voice in high-level discussions and support the community by offering a wealth of information. Their conference calls provide access to the leading experts and strategists, their newsletters offer up-to-date information, and their annual strategy conference helps orient members to the larger goals. USCAN also serves as a vital connector between the U.S. and international climate change communities, and leverages this key position to help improve U.S. positioning in international negotiations. USCAN supports the climate change community.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Experts consistently praised the staff of US Climate Action Network (USCAN). They are not only dedicated, but have a strong leadership style that works well for the organization. USCAN has also done a great job of cultivating their membership base, both in terms of diversity and in integrating members into their strategies. The organization also has a very strong connection to Capitol Hill, which allows them stay abreast of new developments.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

US Climate Action Network (USCAN) may want to take time to refine their strategies. One expert suggests that the strategy they developed with Southeastern climate groups may be a great model to replicate in other regions of the country. Another expert suggests that they take time to define their long-term role in the movement, as well as embrace their current role. They could also use their position as an international intermediary to do more work educating opinion leaders on how much other countries are doing to address climate change.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Valuable Tools, Valuable Connections

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Their impact can be seen in their effective participation in high-level discussions, going back at least as far as the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. They publish ECO and other newsletters, present Fossil of the Day awards, and have an effective campaign of information management and dissemination.
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Over the past decade, US CAN and its sister organization, CAN International, have played a very important but under-appreciated role in keeping the community as cohesive as possible. I saw this in Copenhagen and in the Waxman-Markey/Senate legislative fight of 20090.
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US CAN provides the key space for national groups to come together with state and regional organizations working on climate policy and advocacy. It also is the key link between U.S. groups and the international climate advocacy community. They take the lead in coordinating advocacy aimed at improving U.S. positioning in international negotiations. Its various list-serves provide platforms for information sharing, and its conference calls (which are held on issues from the international negotiations, to the fight to preserve the EPA's authority to regulate carbon pollution, to the most effective ways to communicate on climate science and impacts) provide its member groups with access to leading experts and strategists. US CAN's annual strategy conference gives its members the 'big picture" on policy issues and campaigns at all levels, and builds good working relationships among the advocates who attend. Its work to build shared strategies in the Southeast region has been quite effective.
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They gather and share information that others can use and disseminate. Their information is to be trusted.
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USCAN organizes the movement to make a difference.

Local and National Impact

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They have great local impact through regional and local organizations, like CCAN.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Dedicated Staff

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US CAN's strength is excellent leadership of their motivated staff. They also have good financial support for continuing operations.
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They have consistently hired good staff. They also do a good job of serving as a bridge between the regional groups and the national environmental community.

Great Outreach

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It has a strong staff who see themselves as "servant-leaders", and who are effective networkers and facilitators. US CAN has worked to diversify its membership base, and to provide a place where new constituencies can work to help shape policy positions and advocacy strategies.
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They are terrific at getting the public to rally around climate change issues, like getting wind power. They are also great at national policy issues.
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The organization has smart staff that know how to engage people on an issue that can often make people tired.

Well Connected

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They have an ear on Capitol Hill and know what is happening as soon as it happens.
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Their strengths are their mission of coordinating NGO decision making, and their participation in international negotiations. Also, lobbying for legislation is extremely important.

Connecting to the Business Community

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It is great to get businesses involved. We need more of this work!


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Enhance Outreach

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Greater financial support would enhance their outreach work.

Refine Strategy

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They need to better define their future role. They also need to be less defensive and apologetic about their current role. Lastly, they need to raise a bit more money.
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US CAN should try to replicate their strategy development work with Southeastern climate groups in other regions of the country. They could also do more to educate opinion leaders on how much other countries are doing to address climate change.

Improve Fundraising

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They don't seem to have much funding, so I am guessing they may need assistance for better fundraising.


Leadership

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Peter  Bahouth
Executive Director
Prior to USCAN, Peter was executive director for Ted Turner's family foundation for 9 years and managed the growth of that philanthropic organization from less than $1 million to over $50 million in grants per year. Prior to the Turner Foundation, Peter served as executive director and chairman of Greenpeace USA.
Peter is President of Art Papers and also serves on the board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Peter is an accomplished stereoscopic photographer represented by Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta Georgia.

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