Our History

Tom Peterson founded the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) in 2004 in response to his experience in the US Senate and White House during the Kyoto Protocol period and recognition of the need for a strong consensus among stakeholders and government leaders on policy solutions in all sectors and levels of government to address the challenge of climate change. This led to the creation of CCS as an enabling mechanism in the US and the development of a signature, stakeholder driven, stepwise, comprehensive, consensus building process. This program supported creation of over 20 governor lead climate action plans in US states involving almost 2,000 stakeholders during the decade that followed.

The success of this approach led to the creation of similar processes and capacities by CCS in the Border States of Mexico in 2007 and the Provinces of China in 2009, and has since become a program that supports implementation of the Paris Agreement in key regions and many key countries of the world. Today, CCS focuses on technical innovations and mainstreaming procedures for policy development and implementation that build willpower to meet new ambitions for climate stabilization and other important goals, such as economic advancement. CCS is an impartial and expert 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with staff and affiliates across the US and partners in other nations.