The Climate Center

Turning bold ideas into action for a climate-safe future.

Santa Rosa, CA   |  https://theclimatecenter.org/

Mission

The Climate Center is a climate and energy policy nonprofit working to rapidly reduce climate pollution at scale, starting in California.

Ruling year info

2002

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Ellie Cohen

Main address

The Climate Center 1275 4th St. #191

Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA

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Formerly known as

Climate Protection Campaign

Telos Project

EIN

45-0485495

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Single Organization Support (C11)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The climate crisis is hitting harder and faster than scientists predicted even a few years ago. As the United Nations' recent IPCC report warns, we are witnessing a “code red” moment for humanity. Devastating wildfires, toxic smoke, extreme heat, and crippling drought have become the new normal for Californians, disproportionately harming people of color and lower-income communities. If we don’t quickly and dramatically change course, these climate extremes will only get worse. The longer we delay action, the more costly these disasters become — in both dollars and human lives. This crisis requires bold, comprehensive government action now. California, historically a global climate leader, has fallen behind.

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?

Climate-Safe California

Climate-Safe California is a unique and comprehensive campaign to make California the first state in the nation to become carbon negative.

Endorsed by hundreds of businesses, elected officials, and nonprofits and more than 1,000 individuals, Climate-Safe California offers climate solutions at the speed and scale that science demands. It’s a set of policies that would allow California to remove more climate pollution from the atmosphere than we emit by 2030 while creating thousands of jobs and building a more equitable clean energy economy.

The policy platform is built on four pillars:

- Phase out fossil fuels from vehicles, electricity, our homes, and more;
- Invest in resilient communities and clean energy systems;
- Scale up carbon sequestration in soils and habitats; and
- Unlock public and private funding for climate action.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Clean Air Award for Education 2015

Breathe California

Outstanding Environmental Education Program 2006

Sonoma County Conservation Council and Sierra Club

Outstanding Environmental Education Program 2008

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

Advocacy Champion of the Year 2012

California State Senate

Environmental Stewardship 2022

Leaders of the North Bay

National CCA Leadership Award 2012

Local Energy Aggregation Network

Community Organization Award 2010

California State Senate

Climate Protection Award 2007

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year 2006

California State Legislature

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 new donors

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes the number of people who donated to The Climate Center for the first time.

Number of overall donors

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes the number of people who made a donation to The Climate Center in a given year.

Endorsements for Climate-Safe California

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate-Safe California

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CSC is a bold suite of policies to address the climate crisis; a unique, urgently needed, and comprehensive campaign that will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world.

Number of unique website visitors

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We believe in thriving, healthy communities. We envision a future where everyone in California enjoys clean air and water, renewable and reliable energy, healthy food, thriving nature, and more.

California has the tools and know-how to make this vision a reality — if our elected leaders act with the urgency the climate crisis demands. California must put policies in place as soon as possible to accelerate equitable climate action, putting us on track to remove more climate pollution than we emit while securing resilient communities for all by 2030. That’s how we’ll keep our friends and loved ones safe from worsening climate disasters, create millions of family-sustaining jobs, and give everyone the chance to thrive in the clean energy economy.

Working together, we will ensure California leads once again toward a climate-safe future for all.

All of The Climate Center’s work is guided by three core principles: follow the science, prioritize climate justice for frontline communities, and secure a just transition for workers.

- Follow the latest science. We know that the bar for climate action is set by what science demands and the climate impacts people are already experiencing, not what pundits deem possible. We’re working to bring California’s climate ambition in line with what the latest science says is necessary.

- Prioritize climate justice. Marginalized communities — Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian people as well as working-class communities across race — are bearing the brunt of California’s climate crisis. The fossil fuel economy prioritizes short-term profit over people’s health. Working together, we can ensure that all Californians enjoy equitable access to climate solutions and the benefits of clean energy.

- Secure a just transition for workers. As we transition away from oil and gas and toward renewable energy, policymakers must ensure fossil fuel workers and their families aren’t left behind. That means creating millions of family-sustaining jobs in clean energy, providing workforce training and job placement for workers in transition, and protecting workers’ pensions and healthcare benefits.

Since 2001, The Climate Center has been a leader in making climate solutions a reality in California at speed and scale. We are a think-tank, do-tank working to turn bold ideas into action for a climate-safe future.

Today, we work statewide with businesses, local governments, labor unions, and environmental justice leaders to deliver the equitable climate solutions that science demands. We spurred Governor Newsom to assess pathways to carbon neutrality by 2035, ten years earlier than current policy. We convened a microgrid equity coalition and won $200 million to help lower-income communities keep the power on in the face of increasing outages. We also played a lead role in the rapid growth of Community Choice Energy in California, expanding access to clean electricity managed by local governments as opposed to investor-owned utilities. Community Choice Energy now serves 80 to 90 percent greenhouse gas-free electricity to more than 11 million Californians while supporting thousands of good jobs.

We know what it takes to turn good ideas into policy. That’s why we launched the Climate-Safe California campaign in 2019. Endorsed by hundreds of businesses, elected officials, and nonprofits, and more than 1,000 individuals, Climate-Safe California offers climate solutions at the speed and scale that science demands. It’s a set of policies that would allow California to remove more climate pollution from the atmosphere than we emit by 2030 while creating thousands of jobs and building a more equitable clean energy economy.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Climate Center works across California to mobilize people concerned about the climate crisis toward action for a climate-safe future. We work statewide with businesses, local governments, labor unions, and environmental justice leaders to deliver the equitable policy solutions that science demands. We mobilize volunteers, activists, and partners across California to build support for accelerated, equitable climate policies at the state and local levels.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We engaged our constituents throughout the process of redesigning our website in 2022. We conducted multiple user journey workshops and listening sessions, then used that feedback to build a more user-friendly, accessible, and engaging website for our community. The end result is a website that allows more Californians to learn and take action on the climate challenges that matter most to them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Climate Center

Board of directors
as of 08/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Susan Thomas


Board co-chair

Venise Curry, M.D.

Efren Carrillo

Vice President of Residential Development / Burbank Housing

Susan Thomas

Marketing and Communications Consultant

Jim McGreen

Consultant

Carl Mears

Senior Scientist / Remote Sensing Systems

Larry Robinson

Served on Sebastopol City Council / Retired Psychotherapist

Venise Curry, M.D.

Consultant

Lokelani Devone

Retired Attorney

Jean Fraser

CEO / Presidio Trust

Elliot Hinds

Partner / Corporate Practice Group

Susan Longville

Director of University Partnerships / Water Policy Analyst

Mary Luévano

Deputy Director / PACENation

Terea Macomber

EV Project Manager / GRID Alternatives

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.