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Action for the Climate Emergency

aka ACE   |   Charlestown, MA   |  www.acespace.org

Mission

ACE has a mission to educate, inspire and support young people to lead the fight for their future. We ensure they have everything they need to understand the science and advocate for solutions to the climate emergency. We achieve our mission by reaching tens of millions of young people with our programs each year, training a new generation of leaders, amplifying youth voices to shift the narrative, and increasing diverse youth participation in our democracy.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Leah Qusba

Main address

529 Main Street, Unit 200

Charlestown, MA 02129 USA

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EIN

26-3106566

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need urgent pro-climate policy that meets the scale of the challenge— and therefore leaders with the courage and mandate to take bold action. That means we need the climate movement to vastly increase its reach and power. Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) has a critical role to play in growing the power of the movement by amplifying the voices and values of young people. When young people call for climate justice, they do so with the moral authority of a generation that will have to live with the choices our leaders make today. Youth voices are not the only ones needed in the global climate movement, but without the power of youth, we simply cannot win. ACE's new Strategic Plan for 2021-2024, represents our biggest plans yet to grow our impact over the next critical three year window. The plan outlines our bold vision and strategies to take the best of what we’ve learned since our founding and bring it to a new level of scale to meet the urgency and salience of this moment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education: Our Climate Our Future

Each year, ACE reaches hundreds of thousands of high school students with Our Climate Our Future (www.ourclimateourfuture.org), a digital, interactive, modular science curriculum that teaches the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change. Our Climate Our Future features stories of young people who are experiencing the impacts of climate change, and are taking action within their communities to create change. ACE recognizes that teachers are the gatekeepers of knowledge. We support them to be a positive influence on youth, providing customized lesson plans, resources, and training that helps inoculate them from anti-science efforts and climate denial propaganda.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

ACE's Youth Action Network is the largest climate-specific list targeting young people, with more than 500,000 members, ages 13-25. Students who view Our Climate Our Future are invited to join, and many other members join through youth-relevant social media outreach. ACE partners with organizations in each of our priority states, following their ground-level lead, and amplifying their campaigns by sharing calls-to-action with our Youth Action Network. Actions range from sharing science content on social media, having climate conversations with parents, and urging elected officials to prioritize climate action.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

ACE’s National Action Fellowship Network provides a platform for young leaders to learn, connect, and collaborate. We share powerful stories of their work with their peers in the Youth Action Network, inspiring them to take action locally. Fellows recently spearheaded the Donate:60 campaign, which inspired young people across the country to mobilize peers to call for effective climate policy, safety from gun violence, and equality for all. Youth organized students in more than a hundred schools across the country to donate 60 seconds of their commencement speeches to advocate for action on these issues.

In-person Fellowships in North Carolina and Wisconsin provide young climate leaders with advocacy training and skill-building and connect them with opportunities to take action with local campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

Climate Change Communicator of the Year 2011

Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Public Awareness and Communication 2010

Breathe California

Region 1 Merit Award (New England) 2012

EPA

Excellence in the Field of Secondary Education 2012

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Champion of Change Award for Climate Literacy 2015

White House

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Education: Our Climate Our Future

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

# of new students educated on the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 contribution totals cover an 18 month period (Jan 2016-June 2017) as ACE transitioned to a fiscal year that aligns with the school year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Polling data confirms that young people care more about climate change than any other group [1] 70% of people ages 13-25 agree that climate change is real and the result of human activity. [2] If effectively engaged, this group has the potential to change the narrative from climate denial to climate action. ACE seeks to build youth power in the climate movement by:

Educating a generation on the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change;

Building an unstoppable action network of young people;

Training young people to be effective leaders in local climate campaigns; and

Empowering youth to share their stories of climate impacts and action in a way that conveys urgency and inspires hope.

ACE works nationally, but also focuses on key states that are most impacted by fossil fuel development and climate change, and where youth can have influence, including FL, MI, NV, NC, PA and WI.

[1] Pew Research Center, https://goo.gl/F3uXg9
[2] Bladt, J. https://goo.gl/cnUrkp

Education: ACE's multimedia resource, Our Climate Our Future (www.ourclimateourfuture.org), is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and is streamed in classrooms across the country. We provide resources to support teachers in identifying climate denial propaganda and teaching consensus climate science, including Our Climate Our Future curriculum and guides, customized lesson plans, and professional development opportunities.

Advocacy: Our Climate Our Future, coupled with social media outreach, builds the base of ACE's 300,000 member Youth Action Network. We have developed, tested and refined an engagement ladder that grows a young person’s influence over time, moving them toward taking the most important and timely civic actions in collaboration with grassroots partners across the country.

Leadership: Our in-person and digital Action Fellowship programs provide training and leadership development and connect young people to climate campaigns in their communities.

With 13 staff, a network of 17,000 teachers, 300,000 members of the Youth Action Network, and 4,000 trained young climate leaders from across the US, ACE has the capacity to implement high quality programs that educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action.

Our impact has been demonstrated through peer-reviewed research with collaborators at Stanford, Yale and George Mason University. [1]

[1] Flora, J.A., Saphir, M., Lappé M., Roser-Renouf, C., Maibach, E.W. & Leiserowitz, A.A. “Evaluation of a national high school entertainment-education program: The Alliance for Climate Education.” Climatic Change. 127. Issue 3-4 (2014): pp 419-434.

Since 2008, ACE has educated 2.7 million students on the science and solutions of climate change, built an action network of over 300,000 youth, and tracked over 1 million climate actions. We are seeking to educate a generation, build an unstoppable youth action network, train and connect young climate leaders, and elevate stories from youth voices to change the narrative on climate change. Since 2018, ACE is testing unique online voter registration platforms and cutting-edge relational organizing tactics to support youth-led efforts to mobilize peers to use their powerful voices and votes to call for meaningful climate action in elections.

Financials

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Action for the Climate Emergency

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Haas

Orion Energy Group

Michael Haas

Orion Energy Group

Jim Eisen

Orion Energy Group

Pic Walker

Spirit Bear Ventures

Jonah Sachs

Free Range Studios

Matt Lappé

Alliance for Climate Education

Jesse Carmichael

Maroon 5

Maggie Fox

Climate Strategy Consultant

Brian Beitner

Chautauqua Capital Management

Lisa Hoyos

Climate Parents

Kaleo Yamabayashi

RSM

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Transgender Identity

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