Center for Resource Solutions

Creating Policy and Market Solutions to Advance Sustainable Energy

aka CRS   |   San Francisco, CA   |
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Center for Resource Solutions

EIN: 94-3265560


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.

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Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Martin

Main address

1012 Torney Ave. 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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Subject area info

Climate change

Renewable energy

Energy resources

Population served info


NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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

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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 .

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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 .

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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, .

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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.

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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.

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 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

  • 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


Center for Resource Solutions
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Center for Resource Solutions

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Center for Resource Solutions’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $168,795 $142,363 $405,977 $858,285 $779,215
As % of expenses 6.2% 4.5% 14.7% 30.5% 19.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $157,945 $135,039 $401,253 $858,285 $729,760
As % of expenses 5.7% 4.3% 14.5% 30.5% 18.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,909,320 $3,411,548 $3,118,678 $3,620,388 $4,713,411
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.4% 17.3% -8.6% 16.1% 30.2%
Program services revenue 92.3% 83.5% 80.8% 84.8% 87.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 1.1% 0.4% 0.0% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 14.6% 10.2% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 7.6% 15.4% 2.9% 5.0% 11.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,740,525 $3,130,937 $2,764,064 $2,815,715 $3,967,469
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.4% 14.2% -11.7% 1.9% 40.9%
Personnel 64.1% 65.1% 75.2% 75.1% 68.7%
Professional fees 13.7% 11.7% 11.2% 11.1% 10.9%
Occupancy 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 6.0% 5.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.2% 16.3% 6.8% 7.8% 15.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,751,375 $3,138,261 $2,768,788 $2,815,715 $4,016,924
One month of savings $228,377 $260,911 $230,339 $234,643 $330,622
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $488,282
Total full costs (estimated) $2,979,752 $3,399,172 $2,999,127 $3,050,358 $4,835,828

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.1 8.5 11.1 14.4 10.6
Months of cash and investments 7.1 8.5 11.1 14.4 10.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.1 5.8 8.4 11.9 9.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,623,705 $2,217,930 $2,564,745 $3,375,429 $3,489,198
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $36,219 $130,958 $80,988 $19,789 $172,959
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $37,656 $37,656 $37,656 $0 $488,281
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 68.0% 87.5% 100.0% 0.0% 10.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 17.6% 30.7% 24.8% 18.3% 27.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,394,481 $1,529,520 $1,930,773 $2,789,058 $3,518,818
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $138,248 $86,885 $33,273 $0
Total net assets $1,394,481 $1,667,768 $2,017,658 $2,822,331 $3,518,818

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin brings more than two decades of NGO and private-sector experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, electricity markets and technology development, and electricity sector and climate change policy and regulation. She is a founding board member of the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative, a member of the WREGIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a member of the State-Federal RPS Collaborative Advisory Group, and she served as technical chairperson of the WREGIS Operational Rules Committee. She is the author of several reports and papers addressing renewable energy and utility policy and technology assessment, resource planning, risk assessment, and environmental impacts, and has given numerous public presentations and media interviews. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pomona College and Duke University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Center for Resource Solutions

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
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Board chair

Karl Rabago

Peter Mostow

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Karl Rabago

Elena Schmid


Randall Swisher

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Ellen Feeney

Tom Starrs

EDP Renewables North America

Deanna Bratter


Karin Corfee

KC Strategies, LLC

Robin J. Lunt

Guzman Energy

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 1/22/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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