What C2ES is Doing
C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.
Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. The Pew Center’s founder, Eileen Claussen, and its senior team continue to lead the effort.
At C2ES, we believe that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century. We see signs of progress around the world. But far greater effort is needed if we are to keep these challenges from becoming true crises. Now more than ever, we need committed voices with the expertise to cut through complexity and craft innovative solutions; the independence to separate fact from fiction; and the credibility to work with all sides to build common ground.
Here is how C2ES contributes to this critical effort:
A Reliable Source – We provide timely, impartial information and analysis on the scientific, economic, technological and policy dimensions of climate and energy challenges. See, for instance, our new innovation report and our comprehensive look at extreme weather and climate change.
Working Together – We bring together business, the environmental community, other stakeholders and policymakers to achieve common understandings and consensus solutions. One example is our collaborative effort to accelerate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.
Concrete Action – We work with members of our Business Environmental Leadership Council and others to take action on the ground. Our Make an Impact program helps employees and consumers save energy and money and reduce their carbon footprints.
Innovative Policy – We work closely with policymakers and stakeholders to promote pragmatic, effective policies at the state, national and international levels. Our rich web resources help both experts and citizens understand the issues, track government efforts, and contribute to the policy process.
We invite you to learn more about our climate and energy challenges, and to join C2ES in our efforts to advance common-sense solutions.
As the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) builds on an exceptionally strong foundation. Founded in 1998 with the support of The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Center was widely recognized in the United States and abroad as a credible, independent force for pragmatic climate action. Named by the University of Pennsylvania the world’s top environmental think tank in 2009, the nonpartisan Center was a valued source of information and analysis, an effective bridge between diverse interests, and an established leader in catalyzing constructive business engagement.
Among its many accomplishments, the Pew Center:
- Produced nearly 100 peer-reviewed reports on climate science, economics, policy and solutions.
- Testified before Congress 30 times and worked closely with key members on bipartisan legislation.
- Advised the State of California, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and otherstate and regional efforts.
- Convened ministers and negotiators from top countries to help advance international climate talks.
- Counseled CEOs, executives and Boards of Directors of Fortune 500 companies on climate and energy issues.
- Engaged more than 100,000 people in 16 states and the UK through Make an Impact, a program that helps businesses empower employees and communities to save energy and money.
- Appeared frequently in major media, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Time, Newsweek, Politico, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.
- Established a strong social media presence through the Climate Compass blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
As part of its transition from a private foundation to a public charity, The Pew Charitable Trusts has largely phased out its grant-giving to outside organizations, including the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. In November 2011, the Pew Center was reestablished as the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. A nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), C2ES is supported by a wide range of philanthropic, corporate and individual contributors.