Center for Regenerative Community Solutions

Financing the Transition to a Regenerative Economy

aka Possible Planet   |   Highland Lakes, NJ   |  www.possibleplanet.org

Mission

Financing the transition to a regenerative energy economy, through PACE and other models, and our official mission statement: 1. Providing local communities with educational services on the effects of climate change and other related issues that can affect their long term ability to regenerate their ecological and economic systems, 2. Providing local government institutions with assistance to undertake actions and initiatives to reduce and ameliorate present and expected extreme weather and other climate change effects, 3. Providing small businesses and non-profit organizations with funding to undertake actions and initiatives to reduce and ameliorate present and expected climate change effects in low and moderate-income communities, including communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mr. Jonathan Cloud

Director of Business Development

Mrs. Victoria Zelin-Cloud

Main address

121 Wawayanda Rd

Highland Lakes, NJ 07422 USA

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Formerly known as

New Jersey PACE

Possible Planet

EIN

46-1754441

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CRCS addresses three distinct types of needs: (1) Clean Energy, Resiliency, and other Regenerative Financing needs for buildings, farms, and other properties (2) Global policy needs for a carbon reward to avoid the risk of catastrophic climate change to disrupt economies and financial markets (3) Desire on the part of many individuals to live in ecologically sound and socially harmonious communities, including ecovillages and cohousing neighborhoods

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?

New Jersey PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy)

“New Jersey PACE” is a DBA of The Center for Regenerative Community Solutions
(CRCS), a NJ 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation.

New Jersey PACE is designed as a statewide, open-market program that assists municipalities with establishing and administering local PACE programs. It will provide the education and connections needed between property owners, contractors, and municipalities to make PACE work efficiently, effectively, and transparently. As a program administrator, New Jersey PACE will solicit, receive, and process applications for PACE projects.

New Jersey PACE is committed to growing the PACE market in NJ.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Offers alternatives to PACE, including Third-Party On-Bill financing and pre-PACE bridge financing through innovative approaches.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Work status and occupations

Where we work

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.

Our goals are:

1. Promote PACE and develop and implement new innovative financial models for financing clean energy, resiliency, and ecological restoration
2. Persuade policy makers to evaluate and test the Global Carbon Reward as a method for reducing climate risk
3. Develop eco-communities that provide and represent better ways of living together on Planet Earth

Our strategies are:

1. Promote legislation and program development for PACE and PACE Alternatives
2. Connect with key policy and decision makers to promote Global4C
3. Organize, educate, and inform community leaders about ecovillage and cohousing options and opportunities

Our leadership team includes individuals with extensive backgrounds in community organizing, bond and affordable housing finance, program development, project management, and sales of intangibles.

We have successfully advocated for the passage of PACE and other clean energy legislation in the state of NJ; developed and published peer-reviewed studies on the Global Carbon Reward and related climate finance topics; and organized and led meetings and special events around EcovillageNJ and the Ecovillagers Alliance. We've also managed funds and volunteers; created and updated web sites relevant to our initiatives; worked with multiple individuals and entities around the country; and hosted successful workshops and seminars on key topics relevant to our goals.

What's next is (a) more of the same, and (b) hopefully, the implementation of PACE programs in NJ, and the implementation of PACE Alternatives elsewhere in the US.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Center for Regenerative Community Solutions

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jonathan Cloud

Victoria Zelin

Gus Escher

Mattew Polsky

Peter Burgess

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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2020,

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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: 12/15/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.