Citizens Climate Education Corp.

Building grassroots support for climate solutions

aka Citizens Climate Education   |   Coronado, CA   |


Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) is a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization that builds political will for effective climate solutions.

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Executive Director

Mark Reynolds

Main address

1330 Orange Ave Suite 309

Coronado, CA 92118 USA

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NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity and we need strong public policies to address the issue. The 2018 Global Warming of 1.5C IPCC report states that we have just over 10 years to get greenhouse gas emissions under control before facing irreversible damages, outlining that we must cut carbon emissions by 45 percent of 2010 levels by 2030. In the same report, IPCC scientists wrote that carbon pricing was a necessary first step for industrialized nations to sufficiently curtail emissions. This stance has been echoed by the last four chairpersons of the U.S. federal reserve, 27 Nobel Laureates of Economics, and more than 3,500 U.S. economists. CCE seeks to build political will for climate legislation that will radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.

Our programs

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

Climate Education and Advocacy Program

An extensive education program with training and tools on topics such as: climate science; policy impacts and solutions; grassroots organizing; securing grasstops support; clean energy economics; overcoming partisanship; strategic communications and motivational interviewing; relationship-based advocacy; media engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

CCE empowers and mobilizes a growing coalition of well-informed climate advocates. Through proven methodology, CCE strategically builds political will and works toward the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate solutions.

Recognizing that political consensus is required in order for climate policies to be implemented quickly and remain long-lasting, CCE is committed to engaging political conservatives and building bipartisanship across the aisle.

Recognizing that climate change disproportionately affects those who have fewer resources and less political influence, CCE is committed to amplifying marginalized and underrepresented voices in the climate movement.

CCE empowers ordinary people to build strong local support for climate solutions among key stakeholders, policymakers, media, and the general public. Through a transformative organizing model, we enable individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power, and provides a meaningful conduit for strong civic engagement.

CCE develops and produces educational training curriculums and tools, provides weekly and monthly organizing calls, commissions research studies from trusted analysts, and hosts strategic convenings to help empower volunteers to become impactful climate advocates.

We use a unique relationship-based approach to climate advocacy. Volunteers are encouraged to first establish connection and common ground through respect, gratitude, and active listening before ever broaching the topic of climate change. By focusing on the relationship first, CCE’s messages on climate change tend to be well-received in spaces that were once resistant.

Through a framework called “the five levers of political will,” CCE mobilizes its robust coalition of advocates. This method consists of concrete mechanisms to build public consensus on climate solutions and influence elected officials. The five levers include:

1) Engaging members of Congress, in the form of personal meetings, phone calls, and letters. By building ongoing relationships with elected officials, well-informed constituents are able to present a compelling case for climate action. Reports conclude that direct constituent interactions have more influence on lawmakers’ decisions than other advocacy strategies.

2) Media outreach. Members of Congress keep a close watch on in-district media. Moreover, studies show that public interest in a given issue is driven to higher levels by increased media coverage. By writing letters to the editor and op-eds for publication, volunteers are able to demonstrate political will to their elected officials and increase public support for climate action.

3) Grassroots outreach. By tabling at local events, presenting at local libraries and town halls, and building a social media presence, volunteers are able to recruit additional members to join CCE.

4) Engaging community leaders. By building support for climate solutions among business owners, faith leaders, and other influential people within local communities, volunteers are able to have an amplified impact on public opinion and the actions of elected officials.

5) Chapter development. Through chapter organizing, volunteers are able to take collective action and have greater impact. Chapters are run by Group Leaders, who strive to cultivate a positive culture that’s consistent with CCE values and best utilize the time and talents of volunteers. Many chapters establish committees to help establish shared leadership and support with specific tasks, such as welcoming and onboarding new volunteers or leading efforts for one of the other five levers.

CCE activities include:

Weekly Info Sessions: Live virtual info sessions are provided for prospective and new volunteers to learn about CCE’s mission and how to get involved.

Twice Monthly Climate Advocate Training: Live virtual training for new volunteers, typically after attending an Info Session.

Weekly Core Volunteer Training: Live virtual training for newer volunteers, typically after attending the Climate Advocate Training. This training is also beneficial for volunteers wanting an interactive refresher on the basics.

Weekly Citizens’ Climate University Training: Live virtual training that focuses on a variety of changing topics for all volunteers. These training sessions often align with monthly actions.

Ongoing Support Calls: CCE facilitates regular covenings for Group Leaders, Emerging Group Leaders, Liaisons, State Coordinators, Regional Coordinators, and Action Teams. These calls are intended to provide support, discuss lessons learned, and coordinate strategic plans.

Seasonal Workshop Series: Includes the Group Start Workshop, Train-the-Trainers Climate Advocate Workshop in the Spring, Group Development Coaches Workshop in the Summer, and the new Five Levers Organizing Workshop.

Energy Freedom Tours: In-person tours throughout strategic states and districts are done annually. These tours are intended to increase volunteer outreach and engagement, as well as strengthen new and existing chapters.

Monthly Calls with Guest Speakers: Speakers are interviewed by CCE’s Executive Director and broadcast live to all of CCE’s coalition. Many group leaders use this educational content and CCE’s suggested monthly actions to guide and structure their monthly chapter meetings, which allow for their districts’ monthly planning.

National conferences in Washington, D.C.: These conferences are organized every June and November, and have been expanding rapidly. Each conference includes 2-3 days of keynotes, panel discussions, and intensive training and workshops, as well as the opportunity to network with fellow advocates. Educational topics include climate science, policy impacts and solutions, grassroots advocacy, securing grasstops support, clean energy economics, strategic communications, and more. Participants then have the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress after the conference.

Regional Conferences: These conferences are organized annually in each of CCE’s 11 regions to offer volunteers a local opportunity to receive in-person training, and participate in community building and networking. Approximately 2,000 volunteers attended regional conferences each year.

Community Platform: CCE Community is a customized advocacy platform which allows volunteer leadership (Group Leaders, State Coordinators, and Liaisons) to better communicate and organize within specific chapters, states, regions, and interest areas.

CCE’s progress is reflected in the rapid growth of our coalition, the number of active chapters, and volunteer outputs. With more than 200,000 dedicated advocates organized into over 475 chapters, CCE (in partnership with sister nonprofit Citizens’ Climate Lobby) has cultivated one of the strongest grassroots movements advancing climate solutions in the United States. CCE has empowered volunteers to meaningfully engage their members of Congress, which has included holding more than 1,700 in-person educational meetings, making more than 20,500 phone calls, and writing nearly 100,000 constituent letters in 2019. Moreover, volunteers published more than 4,000 letters to the editor and op-eds, and held nearly 4,800 outreach events in 2019. CCE’s open-access tools and resources also allow other organizations to hone their approach to education and advocacy, further increasing overall reach.


Citizens Climate Education Corp.

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Citizens Climate Education Corp.

Board of directors
as of 6/21/2021
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Board chair

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute

Mark Tabbert

Scott Leckman

Sandra Turner

University of California, Riverside

Claudine Schneider

Zinovia Spezakis

Allianz Global Investors

Bob Inglis

John Delaney

Jerome Hewlett

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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