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International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - Local Governments for Sustainability

Climate Mitigation

Through our climate mitigation work, ICLEI seeks to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by assisting local governments in taking action to reduce emissions, quantify their progress, and realize multiple benefits for their communities.

Climate Adaptation

Our climate adaptation work is a companion effort for communities that are considering how to prepare for predicted impacts associated with climate change.

Why Climate Protection Is Vital for Local Governments

Local governments control the day-to-day activities that determine the amount of energy used and waste generated as well as the long-term planning for the community – from land use and zoning decisions to control over building codes and licenses, infrastructure investment, municipal service delivery and management of schools, parks and recreation areas. Local government leaders are also uniquely positioned to influence citizen behaviors – their transportation options, energy consumption patterns and general consumer decisions.

Climate Protection Benefits for Local Governments

  • Save taxpayer dollars through energy efficiency and transportation initiatives

  • Build the local economy and create jobs (demand for energy efficient services and products, competitive edge)

  • Improve air quality and public health (global warming and air pollution hand in hand)

  • Invest in long-term community livability

  • Connect cities with national leaders and resources

  • Inspire community engagement

  • Create a legacy of leadership

Contact Information: 
436 14th Street, Suite 1520
94612 Oakland , CA
United States
California US
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Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Sustainable Energy & Economy Network (SEEN)

IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power.

 

As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Some of the greatest progressive minds of the 20th and 21st centuries have found a home at IPS, starting with the organization's founders, Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin. IPS scholars have included such luminaries as Arthur Waskow, Gar Alperovitz, Saul Landau, Bob Moses, Rita Mae Brown, Barbara Ehrenreich, Roger Wilkins and Orlando Letelier.

Today the Institute’s work is organized into more than a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars’ diverse areas of expertise. In practice, these projects collaborate strategically to pursue three overarching policy goals:

Peace

Every human being has the right to security, both economic and social. From China to Palestine to Afghanistan to the borders of our own nation, IPS scholars believe that such security is only possible when governments deal with their citizens and with each other based on principles of mutual respect, human rights, and international law.

Justice

The world’s wealth derives in large part from resources that belong to all of us. Extreme income inequality is both unfair and unsustainable. The Institute’s work explicitly links the welfare of people in the United States to the welfare of people in impoverished countries and emphasizes the need to reverse the global and national policies accelerating inequality.

Environment

Each of us has the right to clean air, land, water, and food. We have a responsibility to keep the planet habitable for future generations of humans and other living things. IPS scholars monitor the negative role of the World Bank and other international financial institutions in climate-altering fossil fuel investment. We collaborate with international efforts to keep the alternative economy and energy movements focused on truly sustainable solutions.

Contact Information: 
1112-16th St., NW Suite 600
20036 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Kyoto USA

KyotoUSA volunteers live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area and have come together to urge the cities we live in, and the institutions and people who make up our local communities, to take real, substantive action to address the causes of global warming and the climate disruption that it causes.

KyotoUSA believes that the time has come for a concerted effort by local residents to address the issue of global warming where we live. It is our hope that these efforts will encourage similar responses from citizens throughout the United States, and that they will encourage our government leaders at the federal level to join the industrialized nations of the world in ratifying and implementing an international climate change treaty that goes beyond the empty rhetoric that has for so long hampered any significant effort to reduce global carbon emissions.

Our current focus is on getting renewable energy systems up on our public schools (at no cost to their General fund) and helping them find ways to reduce their overall energy consumption. 

Contact Information: 
800 Hearst Ave.
94710 Berkeley , CA
United States
California US
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League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies, provides the state LCVs with the resources and tools to accomplish and sustain their mission.

  • Through our National Environmental Scorecard and Presidential Report Card we inform the public about the most important environmental legislation of the past Congressional session and show them how their own and other representatives voted.
  • We run tough and effective campaigns to defeat anti-environment candidates, and support those leaders who stand up for a clean, healthy future for America.  
  • We educate the public, build coalitions, promote grassroots power, and train the next generation of environmental leaders as part of our grassroots efforts.

The LCV Family of Organizations includes LCV, LCV Action Fund, LCV Accountability Project, and LCV Education Fund.

Informing the Public about the Most Important Environmental Legislation
LCV produces the National Environmental Scorecard and Presidential Report Card, the two authoritative records of how members of Congress and the Administration handle the most important environmental issues before them. The Scorecard and Report Card provide explanations of the most important environmental bills that Congress and the President considered that session. They also inform the public how their own and other representatives voted on those bills to encourage citizens to contact their leaders and let them know they are doing a good job or that they need to give sound environmental policy greater importance during their tenure.

Electing Pro-Environment Leaders to Congress
LCV's track record demonstrates our ability to use the democratic process to improve the environment.

  • Since 1996, 49 out of 79 of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated – a rate of about 62%.

  • In 2008, more than 80% of LCV-endorsed candidates won; additionally, we won all six races in which we spent at least $185,000.
  • Out of the more than 1,500 candidates endorsed by LCV and the state LCVs in 2008, a stunning 85% won.

How much impact can LCV campaigns make on national policy? In a Congress closely divided on the environment, these LCV victories can make all the difference.

How You Can Help
If you believe that America's pro-environment majority deserves a pro-environment Congress, we ask that you join the tens of thousands of LCV members who are working to make it a reality. Since LCV takes no money for its political activities from corporations, foundations, or interest groups, we must rely exclusively on individuals who understand what's at stake for our environmental future. With your help, we can prevent the accomplishments of the last three decades from being dismantled -- and build a sustainable future for America.

Contact Information: 
1920 L Street NW, Suite 800
20036 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Massachusetts Climate Action Network

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis. We have a large and vigorous community of 46 chapters (in a fifth of MA communities), hundreds of members, and others who communicate, network, and share information related to climate action.

Our chapters represent a broad cross-section of community-based grassroots organizations, and we have solid collaborative relationships with them.

We also work closely with other environmental and community-focused organizations working to create solutions to the climate crisis.

MCAN was founded in 2000, and in 2009 became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Contact Information: 
6 Beacon St #415
02108 Boston , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over four million members and supporters, and 47 state and territorial affiliated organizations. The NWF strives to remain "A national network of like-minded state and territorial groups, seeking balanced, common-sense solutions to environmental problems that work for wildlife and people." Its mission statement is "to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future."

Advocate for Clean Energy Solutions

NWF advocates for national and international policy and legislation that will cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that scientists deem necessary to avoid major climatic impacts. NWF advocates for solutions to climate change that will:

  • Reduce global warming pollution from coal, oil and natural gas.
  • Transition America to a clean energy economy and invest in communities.
  • Help the world adapt to the impacts of global warming.
  • Make forests and farms a part of the solution.

Safeguard Wildlife and Ecosystems

National Wildlife Federation works to safeguard wildlife and their habitats from the impacts of global warming. NWF and its partners are helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to current and future climate impacts by:

  • Advocating for climate-smart policies that safeguard both people and wildlife.
  • Transforming the science and practice of conservation to ensure that wildlife and their habitats survive into an uncertain future.
  • Securing the conservation funding needed for wildlife to cope with the impacts of global warming.

Engage Diverse Communities

NWF is working to broaden the climate movement by engaging and empowering people and communities around global warming solutions that reduce pollution and jump-start investments in a clean energy economy. NWF has active campaigns to engage:

  • Hunters and anglers
  • Tribal leaders
  • Underserved communities
  • Students and educators
Contact Information: 
1400 16th Street NW
20036 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

Solving global warming will improve our lives by cleaning up air pollution while investing in clean energy, green jobs and smart energy solutions that get the U.S. economy moving again. We need to drive smarter cars, save money with energy efficient homes and offices, and build better communities and transportation networks. See how we can solve the climate crisis today.

Contact Information: 
1200 New York Ave, NW Suite 400
20005 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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North Carolina Conservation Network

The North Carolina Conservation Network is a statewide network of over 100 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health.

Mission
The NC Conservation Network supports, trains and coordinates diverse groups and directly advocates to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions for our environment.

History
The NC Conservation Network was launched in 1998 by a collaborative effort of more than 60 NC conservation, environmental justice, and community groups to improve the community`s communications and its capacity for effective advocacy.

Goals
The NC Conservation Network's goals include providing updates and environmental news to NC environmental groups, training activists to become more effective advocates, fostering healthy patterns of communication and collaboration, and convening and facilitating coalitions to address significant environmental issues.

Contact Information: 
19 East Martin Street, Suite 300
27601 Raleigh , NC
United States
North Carolina US
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Oil Change International

Oil Change International campaigns to expose the true costs of oil and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We are dedicated to identifying and overcoming barriers to that transition.

We are the first organization dedicated to identifying, overcoming, and dismantling the barriers to clean energy. We focus on the oil industry because we view the production and consumption of oil as a source of global warming, human rights abuses, war, national security concerns, corporate globalization, and increased inequality. We also see fossil fuel industry’s interests behind every major political barrier to a clean energy transition.

We believe the barriers to a clean energy transition include: 1) the political influence of the oil industry, particularly in the United States; 2) the myth that oil production and consumption brings affluence, particularly in the Global South; and 3) the fact that the oil industry is structured to financially reward finding more oil, not providing more energy.

To expose these barriers, we “follow the money,” serving as a consistent and credible source of information on the fossil fuel industry. We provide daily updates on the latest news about the oil industry on our blog at www.PriceOfOil.org. Our website vwww.DirtyEnergyMoney.com shows campaign contributions to U.S. politicians from the oil, gas and coal industries. We also track subsidies to dirty energy, including the use of international development funds to subsidize the oil industry. And through our research and analysis, we examine policy developments, fossil fuel industry trends, and the way the industry uses its influence in politics.

Using our knowledge and expertise, we craft strategic, incisive campaigns, supporting a diversity of strategies and tactics to challenge the influence of the fossil fuel industry. To achieve our goals, we network with people and organizations around the world that are committed to promoting progress in the energy industry towards an environmentally and socially sustainable energy future.

Contact Information: 
2228 12th Place NW
20009 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Oregon Environmental Council

Our Mission

The Oregon Environmental Council advances innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations.

Oregon Environmental Council safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon – clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. As a member-supported nonprofit more than 40 years, we’ve been a champion for solutions to protect the health of every Oregonian and the health of the place we call home.

We work to create innovative change on three levels:

  • We work with individuals to live green 
  • We work with businesses, farmers and health providers to thrive with sustainable practices
  • We work with elected officials to create practical policy

Our vision for Oregon includes solving global warming, protecting kids from toxics, cleaning up our rivers, building sustainable economies, and ensuring healthy food and local farms.

Global warming solutions

OEC believes Oregon can demonstrate climate leadership by taking the steps necessary to curb global warming pollution and adopt solutions that will stimulate state growth in a new energy economy.

What We Do

Curbing global warming pollution requires action from individuals, businesses, communities, states and countries. OEC promotes public policies to slow global warming and shares solutions that individuals and businesses can easily employ to protect our climate. We advocate for comprehensive global warming policies that address emissions from the major sectors in Oregon’s economy while laying the groundwork for a new clean energy economy with an abundance of green jobs.

OEC has helped achieve major state action on  global warming, including adoption of clean car standards that will cut global warming pollution from cars by 30% by 2016, a low-carbon fuel standard that will cut global warming pollution from transportation fuels by 10% by 2020, and the nation’s second strongest state-level greenhouse gas reduction goals. We participated in the Western Climate Initiative to develop a regional carbon cap-and-invest system, now being forwarded at the national level.

Contact Information: 
222 NW Davis Street, Suite 309
97209-3900 Portland , OR
United States
Oregon US
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