Center for Resource Solutions

Creating Policy and Market Solutions to Advance Sustainable Energy

aka CRS   |   San Francisco, CA   |  https://resource-solutions.org/

Mission

CRS is a national nonprofit with global impact. It develops expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Martin

Main address

1012 Torney Ave. 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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EIN

94-3265560

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change is the most significant environmental, social and economic challenge the world faces. Private and public sector leadership is essential to address this existential threat. Center for Resource Solutions provides leadership, innovation, engagement and best practices to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy, working with both the private and public sector entities, and supporting individual action, in the U.S. and globally.

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?

Green-e Energy

Green-e Energy is the nation's leading voluntary certification program for renewable energy. For over a decade, Green-e Energy has been certifying renewable energy that meets environmental and consumer protection standards that it developed in conjunction with leading environmental, energy and policy organizations. Green-e Energy also requires that sellers of certifed renewable energy disclose clear and useful information to potential customers, allowing consumers to make informed choices. For more information, see www.green-e.org/energy(http://www.green-e.org/energy) .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Green-e Climate is the nation's first certification program for carbon offsets sold to consumers on the retail market. This consumer-protection program strengthens the voluntary market by providing credible oversight and transparency to retail greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction products (offsets), from beginning to end. Consumers purchasing Green-e Climate Certified offsets have clear information about the projects their GHG reductions are sourced from, and are guaranteed that no one else can claim their offset. The program verifies that a seller's supply of offsets equals their sales, that GHG reductions are independently certified, and that consumer disclosures are accurate. For more information, see www.green-e.org/climate(http://www.green-e.org/climate) .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Organizations that buy Green-e Certified renewable energy (or generate their own electricity) can apply for Green-e logo use through Green-e Marketplace. The Green-e logo is the national symbol for renewable energy excellence. For more information, seewww.green-e.org/marketplace(http://www.green-e.org/marketplace) .

Population(s) Served
Adults

CRS's policy work promotes progress on the interrelated challenges of reversing global warming and advancing clean renewable energy development.  The global scope of climate change and the catastrophic impacts it will cause will be unprecedented if current energy and emission trends continue. In order to avoid these consequences, humanity must transition to a low carbon way of life in the short span of a few decades. The good news is that investing in clean energy will lay the foundation for economic recovery and long term prosperity, and investments in energy efficiency that reduce pollution will also lower energy bills and save money for families, businesses, and government alike. To meet the challenge of reversing global warming, CRS's policy work seeks to ensure that bold policies to advance clean energy development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions are carried out effectively and equitably.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

CRS's programs accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and climate mitigation.

CRS programs are designed to engage key stakeholders and the public in effective action to address climate change. We do this through:
- Increasing confidence and access to high quality, impactful renewable energy options for consumers, businesses and organizations, driving new renewable energy project development;
- Defining and recognizing leadership in green power and providing educational and best practices resources to help other organizations and policy leaders drive change; and
- Supporting policy makers and key stakeholders, including the private sector and non-governmental organizations, in the transition to clean energy and the development carbon policies and practices that accelerate decarbonization in the energy sector.

CRS's organizational capacity is founded in our central position in the clean energy space, the experience of our staff, and our years of organizational history of bringing best practices to real-time implementation of clean energy strategies, programs and advocacy. CRS is fundamentally a network organization, amplifying our impact and supporting our agile program development and engagement through connections to key NGO, governmental, and private sector stakeholders. Supporting our goals are our staff members who are energy, climate, engineering, planning, legal, negotiation, policy, and communications professionals, many of whom serve as Board members and advisors for leading renewable energy and sustainability organizations, programs and technical working groups. CRS has over two decades of experience in clean energy. Our long-standing position in shaping clean energy markets and policies to promote environmental impact and consumer and organization engagement places our organization as a trusted leader and conveyor for the clean energy marketplace.

CRS is instrumental in creating market demand for renewable energy and expanding access to renewable energy and carbon reductions globally. CRS's Green-e(R) Certification programs and stakeholder-driven standards are now the basis for over 70 million MWh a year of sustainable renewable energy use in the United States, rivalling the total of all state-level renewable portfolio standards in its impact on new renewable energy development. CRS is working to expand the impact of this program internationally, with footprints in Asia and Latin America which are already supporting large-scale corporate commitments to new renewable energy. CRS is currently leading a stakeholder process to bring market organization and sustainability best practices to the emerging renewable fuels industry, leading environmental and industry stakeholders in the development of best practices for growth of sustainable biofuels and expanding consumer education and access to renewable energy.

CRS Policy and Market Development work has resulted in the adoption of effective carbon regulations that support impactful renewable energy commitments across the U.S. Northeast and in the West. Internationally, CRS has been instrumental in the adoption of effective renewable energy policy and supporting market-based approaches numerous countries in Asia and the Americas.

Finally, CRS produces best practices guidance that has been adopted by NGO and governmental actors, and continues to provide education and convening to support impactful growth, including through our long-standing partnership with the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership program in awarding the annual Green Power Leadership Awards and creating and leading the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference, which is expanding to Asia for the first time in 2021.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    CRS regularly conducts open stakeholder comment periods for the Green-e Certification Programs. In addition, the organization surveys through interviews and questionnaires its program participants to improve program quality and develop new offerings that will accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy. CRS’s recent development of environmental and consumer protection standards for renewable fuels is an example of the organization’s responsiveness to stakeholder input.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Center for Resource Solutions

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karl Rabago

Peter Mostow

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Karl Rabago

Blair Swezey

Elena Schmid

KEMA

Randall Swisher

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Jennifer Martin

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

Steve Krebs

Ellen Feeney

Tom Starrs

EDP Renewables North America

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data