What is the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS)?

CCS is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. CCS’s mission is to help governments and stakeholders tackle issues of climate, economic, energy and environmental security through development and implementation of consensus-based, innovative, policies, plans, and actions.

Where is CCS located?

CCS headquarters office is located in Washington, DC with team members located across the United States. We work jointly with partner organizations in other nations as well. 

How many jurisdictions has CCS helped?

CCS has provided technical assistance to over 40 jurisdictions involved in state climate action planning, as well as to three U.S. regions, Canadian Provinces, Chinese Provinces, the Border States of Mexico, Ukraine, and Guatemala. CCS has assisted 22 states with its signature stakeholder-driven consensus-based climate action planning process.  

How many stakeholders have been involved in collaboration?

Through its collaborative state planning processes CCS has worked with more than 2,000 stakeholders and technical work group experts across the U.S.

How many jurisdictions have developed climate action plans?

Since 2000, 34 jurisdictions have started or completed comprehensive climate action planning initiatives that cover two thirds of the U.S. population and economy.

What are the qualifications of CCS team members?

The CCS team comprises highly experienced and well-respected professionals specializing in climate, energy, and economic policy development at the local, state, national, and international levels of government. Team members hold advanced degrees in economics, law, policy, communications, and business, engineering, sciences, and in other disciplines. Many CCS members hold additional posts in academia, policy institutes, or other consulting organizations. Team biographies are available here.

How is CCS funded?

CCS is funded through private foundation and donor support as well as government agency grants and contracts. 

How are state climate planning processes initiated?

Climate policy planning processes are typically convened by Executive Order of the Governor, by public law, by government directive of a convening agency, or by private initiative. 

What role does CCS play in planning processes?

CCS provides start-up assistance, coaching, quality control, facilitation, technical analysis, coordination, training and capacity building.

How does the typical CCS policy development process work?

The CCS planning process involves an open, collaborative, stepwise, and fact-based process with ten steps. These are shown in each of the state climate action plans on the CCS website.

How long does the CCS policy planning process take?

Typically, a truly comprehensive climate policy development process takes several months and may involve multiple phases. 

Do stakeholder participants vote on decisions?

Yes. Decisions in each step of the formal consensus building process (including final recommendations) are typically made by vote of Advisory Group members through transparent and formal procedures.

How do outcomes of CCS processes compare across states and regions?

Comprehensive climate action plans normally include a balanced portfolio of about 40 to 50 actions across all economic sectors. Each state plan includes both common and unique elements. 

Why do we need a combination of policies to address climate, energy and economic security needs?

The scale of actions needed to fully address the climate problem is large enough that it would be very difficult and expensive to meet goals from one economic sector or one policy instrument. As a result, it is important to engage all economic sectors and develop a balanced portfolio of actions that focuses on the most cost effective or highest value actions in each.

Do state climate action plans include economic analyses of climate actions?

Yes, typically this includes cost effectiveness as well as macroeconomic impact analyses of specific actions.

Does climate policy development require perfect information and certainty?

No. Rarely, if ever, do public or private sector policy decisions have the luxury of perfect information. To guard against significant uncertainties, data limitations, or policy implementation risk, participants develop a diversified portfolio of actions to reach goals and objectives. They may also employ scenario and sensitivity analysis and other techniques to address imperfect information, much as businesses use to plan in an uncertain market environment.

Are CCS projects open to the public?

Yes. Members of the public can attend all stakeholder meetings and Technical Work Group discussions to observe and provide comment. In addition, all materials and proceedings of CCS planning processes are typically provided on a public project website.

What position does CCS take on climate issues or legislation?

CCS does not take positions on climate policy issues or legislation.

What position does CCS take on climate science?

CCS accepts the findings of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on the science and risks of climate change.