More Climate Action--Less Hot Air

Oakland, CA   |


We are building a grassroots climate movement in the Bay Area and beyond to achieve the elimination of carbon pollution and press for socially equitable solutions and a just transition to clean energy.

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Executive Director

Laura Neish

Main address

PO Box 18762

Oakland, CA 94619 USA

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Formerly known as

350 Bay Area Climate Education Fund



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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unjustly, the consequences of greenhouse gas and toxic emissions on our climate and public health fall most heavily on people of color, the poor and indigenous communities least responsible for extraction and use of fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry is always represented by lobbyists at regulatory agencies. As a crucial counterbalance, we show up to represent those most impacted by pollution, demand climate justice and fight for the public's interest for breathable air now and a safe climate for future generations. We are inspired, but not supported, by the international climate group which shares our name. 350 parts per million is the safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere. The problem we face is that the world is now at a dangerous 417 ppm level. As a major contributor to the GHG emissions that drive climate chaos, the Bay Area has a responsibility to quickly reduce emissions to net zero in the time remaining before warming makes the earth uninhabitable.

Our programs

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

Local Government Climate Emergency Mobilization

This program began working together with allies in February 2019 to encourage all nine counties and 101 cities in the SF Bay Area to declare climate emergencies, develop climate action plans and implement policies and ordinances to achieve greenhouse gas reductions to net zero as soon as possible and no later than 2045.
A series of Climate Emergency Mobilization Summits are planned for the second half of 2020 to which all jurisdictions will be invited to share information on climate action plans and funding strategies. 18 cities and 5 counties, representing over half of our area's eight million people, have already declared climate emergencies.

Population(s) Served

This program advocates, often as a legal "party' in rulemakings, at the CA Public Utilities Commission for an "all cost"-effective, socially equitable transition to 100% renewable energy focusing on wind, solar, and storage,. This includes stopping any new methane (natural) gas power generation. The program helps find related bills in the CA legislature, consults on them with the 350 Bay Area Action Legislative Team, helping to provide education to the community. The campaign promotes Community Choice Energy, rooftop solar, and microgrids as part of an Advanced Community Energy model that will restructure the way energy is provided to Californians.

Population(s) Served

This program led by our policy analyst seeks reduction of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants that are driving climate disruption and endangering health in the Bay Area, especially those in refinery and other frontline communities, through policy advocacy, principally at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. We meet regularly with staff and board members and monitor and comment at board and committee meetings.
The current focus is to reduce dangerous Particulate Matter. (soot) PM kills 3,000 Bay Area residents each year. We are pushing the staff and board to adopt groundbreaking reductions that will go far beyond both state and national EPA standards.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

This program leverages the power of grassroots organizing to advocate environmental justice and defend refinery and other communities impacted by pollution and to challenge the influence of the fossil fuel industry, by working with allies to oppose all refinery expansion proposals and permits or increases in crude by rail, tanker or pipeline and shipments of coal through Bay Area ports. We are currently organizing and fighting to stop a wharf expansion at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, a proposal to dredge a deeper chanel to allow =more and bigger tankers into the Bay and a proposal to drill for oil in Brentwood.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

This program’s goal is to reduce automobile use, support walking, biking and transit and to advocate all-electric vehicles, including trucks, buses, trains and motorcycles. Members present to groups on EVs, advocate expanding electric charging stations and for transit-oriented high-density land use decisions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

This program trains volunteers to focus on bills in the California Legislature as they are proposed, evaluating their potential impact on climate and community health. The team continually updates a database of legislators and builds relationships with them to offer expertise on matters covered by all our campaigns, then reaches out to constituencies who might be directly affected, to provide legislative education.
(see also 350 Bay Area Action, a 501(c)4 which engages in lobbying.)

Population(s) Served

This program trains volunteers to speak for and raise awareness about our mission and work. Speakers go out to present to community groups throughout the area we are active in.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Through education, mobilizing people-power in the streets, and policy advocacy we insist that Bay Area governments transition to a more just and fossil-free “Green New Deal” to protect community health and our climate with clean and safe air, energy and transportation.

To that end our intention is:
- To encourage all nine counties and 101 cities in the Bay Area to declare climate emergencies, set zero carbon targets and work together to achieve them.
- To force the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to implement groundbreaking regulations on all sources of dangerous air pollutants, especially Particulate Matter (PM), which threatens the health of impacted communities.
- To stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure investments and push for a managed decline of fossil fuel production in California.
- To defend incentives for rooftop solar and protect Community Choice Energy from attacks by the investor-owned utilities.
- To establish policies that allow communities to build and control their own microgrids where they are needed most.
- To push the California Public Utilities Commission for a speedy transition from Natural Gas to renewables as a source of power generation.
- To force banks and insurance companies to stop financing or insuring all new fossil fuel projects or expansions.
- To eliminate fossil fuels from all public and private transportation systems.

We and our six county-level 350 groups are building a movement to force local, regional and state governments and agencies to rapidly reduce GHG emissions to meet California’s zero carbon targets by 2045, or sooner. We join with our allies to put justice at the center as we fight for a foundation adequate to address the climate crisis: without racial, environmental, social, economic and climate justice, our systems will not support the change required.

Our ultimate vision is that all who live in the Bay Area and beyond equitably share clean air, water and soil in a safe, healthy, thriving and stable post-carbon future.

We pursue our goals in all our communications and in the work of the following programs:

Our CLIMATE EMERGENCY PROGRAM helps lead a Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force to bring together city and county officials and their staff with climate, environmental justice, labor, and faith activists at a series of five virtual summits in 2020 to spark ongoing collaboration throughout the Bay Area and speed the spread of best practice emissions cutting actions, like eliminating natural gas from new construction.

Our CLEAN AIR PROGRAM meets regularly with senior Air District staff on rule development for Particulate Matter (PM) emissions from refineries and other sources. We organize volunteers to speak at crucial board meetings and build community support as co-leaders of a network of frontline and environmental justice groups, which meets regularly to plan strategies for engaging with staff and board members. We combine direct engagement with policy makers with community organizing to directly influence policy choices.

Our CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM influences policy decisions by monitoring and providing expert input on energy policy at the California Public Utilities Commission promoting an Advanced Community Energy model that will restructure the way energy is provided to Californians. We also educate legislators and their staff on climate and energy related bills.

Our FOSSIL FUEL RESISTANCE PROGRAM organizes with local frontline community groups to stop refinery expansions and local drilling by engaging with allies to support local turnout at agency meetings, sourcing and providing expertise on land use, permitting processes, and California Environmental Quality Act rules. We actively support an initiative to begin decommissioning oil refineries. Our mobilization team and local 350 groups partner with national groups to pressure banks, insurance companies and the public to divest from fossil fuels.

Our CLEAN & JUST TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM supports legislative efforts for electrification of transportation, enhanced transit, safe streets, and smart density at the city and state level. We partner with many cities to host EV 101 classes. We also organize discounted group purchases of EVs and demonstrate at auto shows in support of automakers who have agreed to abide by California’s clean air standards.

Our SPEAKER’S BUREAU presents information about the climate crisis, its justice implications and the solutions we are advocating to other organizations and social groups, spreading the word about the nature and immediacy of the emergency, and about solutions that people can help bring about.

Our COMMUNICATIONS TEAM sends frequent newsletters and action alerts to inspire, educate and inform our network of over 17,000 contacts, motivating them to get involved and take action.

Since 2012, We have quickly grown to become a hub for climate justice action serving the nine-county Bay Area, with 17,000 contacts and a staff of four. We have a strong board of directors, five active emission reduction programs, a mobilization task force and a speaker’s bureau to inform the public.

We support and work together with our local groups (350 San Francisco, 350 Marin, 350 Sonoma, 350 East Bay, 350 Contra Costa and Napa Climate Now), each of which have their own leadership and programs. Our Fossil Fuel Resistance program is strongly allied with Sunflower Alliance, which is an outgrowth of our organization, with long political experience in the East Bay refinery corridor. We accomplish our work with a network of allies, and participate in many other coalitions that include local and national climate, youth, labor and environmental justice organizations.

We have hundreds of volunteer leaders, managers and activists who do 80% of all the work of our organization. Many are retired professionals with years of technical background experience and expertise in the fields in which we operate.

Our fund development team of nine is growing steadily along with our fundraising capability and budget. Our primary source of funding is the hundreds of reliable community supporters who value the work we do in their communities.

We have organized or helped lead many major demonstrations for climate justice action with thousands of participants in the East Bay, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and in local communities around the Bay. We recently hired a Youth Climate Organizer to coordinate and grow our mobilization team and engage more diverse activists of all ages. Our recent Stop the Money Pipeline actions have been directed at banks that fund fossil fuel expansions. We have also joined actions in support of black lives.

We are the dominant community stakeholder in policy advocacy at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which oversees the region’s polluters, turning out more speakers to board and committee meetings than any other groups that attend from communities around the region. Our deep, strategic collaboration with both the Air District board and staff has widened and deepened the agency’s climate program.

Following years of highly technical and effective testimony before the California Public Utilities Commission we are one of the only grassroots organizations that has been granted legal “party” standing in several rule-making processes as community advocates.

Here are some examples of successes of our policy and advocacy campaigns:

Five years of our advocacy at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District resulted in the development and adoption of an innovative, multi-sectoral Regional Climate Protection Strategy. “Spare the Air, Cool the Climate,” set forth a vision of a fossil-free Bay Area by 2050 and put the region on a path to get there, with a raft of measures to lower greenhouse gases and reduce community health impacts from pollution.

Years of our focused advocacy in San Francisco government undermined long-standing political and industry opposition and drove the launch and full implementation of CleanPowerSF, the city’s Community Choice Energy program, which now serves cleaner energy than PG&E to over 400,000 customers for the same or lower price, while investing in new renewable energy resources.

Our testimony at the Public Utilities Commission effectively stopped a PG&E proposal that would have severely limited rooftop solar.

Two of 350 Bay Area’s leaders were appointed to the Berkeley Energy Commission and developed a policy adopted by the city to ban new natural gas hookups, the first city in the country to do so. This achievement closely followed Berkeley’s Climate Emergency Resolution, the first in the State, lobbied for by 350 East Bay. Both initiatives are now being adopted by other Bay Area cities, with the help of our local groups.

Our research uncovered San Francisco’s ownership of land in Kern County leased for fossil fuel extraction. We worked with the city to ban this land use and set the leases for cancellation. The first parcels have now been sold off. As leases expire, eighty two producing oil wells will be shut down permanently.

Our Fossil Fuel Divestment program expanded to become an independent state-wide group focused on getting the nation’s largest retirement funds CalSTRS and CalPERS to end investments in fossil fuels.

Our youth program developed over four years, attracted widespread national press attention as leaders of local climate action for global events. In 2019 YVA led 2,000 young people in the largest youth march and rally in Bay Area history, then led over 20,000 participants in the San Francisco Climate Strike. Their successes led to the group being launched as an independent organization.

Our recently hired Youth Climate Organizer has begun work to extend our mobilizing capacity and to bring more diversity and young adults into our mobilization and program teams. We look forward to getting back in the streets as the pandemic subsides.



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Board of directors
as of 01/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roopak Kandasamy


Term: 2020 - 2025

Jack Lucero Fleck

Transportation Campaign

Laura Neish

Executive Director

Nan Parks

Fund Dev Committee

Roopak Kansasamy


Nan Farley

Dir Fund Dev &Operations

Robert Zdenek

Public Health Institute

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 ? 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? 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 1/22/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Person without a disability

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