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  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • www.postcarbon.org

Mission Statement

Post Carbon Institute helps individuals and communities understand and
respond to the environmental, societal, and economic crises created by
our dependence on fossil fuels. An explosion in human population and
consumption--fed by cheap, abundant energy--has brought previously
unimaginable advances in health, economies, transport, and
communications. But this growth has come with an equally unimaginable
cost. We now find ourselves in a world of declines, including:

global oil, natural gas, and coal production

climate stability

fresh water and fish stocks

food production

biodiversity and habitats

economic activity

All of the environmental debts for
society's century-long industrial fiesta are coming due at the same
time, and at a moment when the world is reeling from a profound global
economic crisis. The converging challenges of energy scarcity, climate
change, resource depletion, and economic collapse mean that we have
just one last chance to put ourselves on a path towards true
sustainability.

Post Carbon Institute is dedicated to helping families, communities,
governments, and businesses understand and manage the transition to a
post carbon world. Our aim is to bring together thought leaders and
replicable best practices in such a way that both the challenges and
solutions are approached holistically.

Main Programs

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Service Areas

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International

Post Carbon Institute serves the international community, with an emphasis on the United States.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

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Mr. Asher Miller

Keywords

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resilience, energy, environment, economy, sustainability, climate, peak oil

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Also Known As

Post Carbon Institute

EIN

65-1208462

 Number

3062234340

Physical Address

613 4th Street Suite 208

Santa Rosa, 95404 4457

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Mission

Post Carbon Institute helps individuals and communities understand and
respond to the environmental, societal, and economic crises created by
our dependence on fossil fuels. An explosion in human population and
consumption--fed by cheap, abundant energy--has brought previously
unimaginable advances in health, economies, transport, and
communications. But this growth has come with an equally unimaginable
cost. We now find ourselves in a world of declines, including:

global oil, natural gas, and coal production

climate stability

fresh water and fish stocks

food production

biodiversity and habitats

economic activity

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world. Post Carbon Institute provides individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century. We envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.

    Post Carbon Institute integrates and connects high-level thinking with on-the-ground action. We bring together the best ideas and models for transitioning from the carbon-addicted world to the post-carbon world as quickly, equitably, and sustainably as possible. We implement our broad strategies — Setting the Agenda, Changing the Conversation, and Building Resilience — through the mutually reinforcing projects.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Setting the Agenda
    Daunting, interrelated challenges—runaway climate change, depleting natural resources, a contracting growth-dependent economy, and a widening gap between the haves and have-nots—are growing at a rate faster than our ability to solve them using traditional approaches. In conjunction with 30 Fellows and broad set of partners, PCI is helping individuals, families, communities, and thought leaders make sense of this rapidly changing reality, develop appropriate responses, and build their capacities to act. Our focusing question is simple yet profoundly vital: How can we build a more resilient society?

    We define and diagnose the 21st century's energy, environment, economy, and equity challenges. PCI publishes books, reports, articles, commentaries, and blog posts that build awareness, challenge misconceptions, promote promising models, and inspire action. We're promoting a new and inspiring agenda by providing both an in-depth understanding of the challenges, and an integrated roadmap for transitioning to a promising future.

    Changing the Conversation
    For the most part, the national conversation on our economic crisis—with increasing desperation—focuses on “getting back to normal": robust economic growth, profligate energy use, unbridled consumerism, etc. Not only is this impossible, but the constant repetition of the same ideas sets up a dynamic where all but the most ardent environmentalists and alternative economists compete in an unwinnable debate, trying to prove that sustainable means a future “just like the present; only more so."

    PCI provides new ways to understand and respond—through game-changing books, award-winning videos, hard-hitting reports, and trend-setting social media. We're helping to shift the public dialogue toward a common sense understanding of the practical limits of resources, the environment, and the economy, and a meaningful exchange of ideas for how best to respond. We're bringing furtive whispers about resource constraints, the end of economic growth, and the need to live within Nature's budget of renewable resources out into the open. We're replacing the debate about growing faster with a meaningful exchange of ideas about transitioning effectively to living with limits.

    Building Resilience
    PCI believes the future resides in resilient communities. Resilient, because the complex challenges we face require not solutions to make problems go away, but responses that recognize our vulnerabilities, build our capacities, and enable us to adapt to an increasingly unpredictable future. Communities, because the future is grounded in local relationships: among families and neighbors, respecting the ecological resources that sustain us, and through the institutions with which we govern ourselves.

    PCI offers concrete, tangible resources that help individuals and communities grow their resilience, take appropriate action, and build a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable future…for all.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    All of Post Carbon Institute's projects begin with carefully researched, evidence-based projections of the likely outcomes of economic, energy, environmental, and social trends. We share this information with thought leaders and allies, and translate it into actionable advice for communities building their resilience. We then develop projects that support the transition to a society that can thrive in a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable future…for all.

    Energy Reality Campaign
    Working with environmental and energy groups, advocates, and thought leaders from across the spectrum, the Energy Reality Campaign is creating a systemic understanding of the interrelationships between energy, the economy, and the natural world. PCI is collaborating with Foundation for Deep Ecology and other allies to engage environmental and political leaders — and through them, their constituencies. We offer activists the tools to build energy literacy, and create a more systemic understanding of the interrelationships among energy, the economy, and the natural world. This, in turn, is shifting the public conversation from wanting more to needing less, and valuing what we have.

    Visit energy-reality.org

    Community Resilience Initiative
    Post Carbon Institute is bringing the best local resilience-building ideas and models to thousands of communities tackling complex environmental, economic, energy, and social challenges. Recognizing that communities are the key to effective change, PCI offers a robust resource platform, resilience.org, publications like our Community Resilience Guides, and multimedia that bring the best ideas and models for relocalizing economies and building a sustainable future.

    Visit resilience.org

    Busting the Shale Bubble Hype
    As PCI's comprehensive analysis and activist tools demonstrate, the so-called shale revolution is simply a bubble, inflated by record levels of drilling, speculative leasing and flipping, fee-driven promotion by investment banks, and unsustainably low natural gas prices. Post Carbon Institute, Energy Policy Forum, and Earthworks have teamed up to equip environmentalists with a powerful and unassailable argument against extreme energy projects:

    Fracking and other unconventional drilling efforts will not yield cheaper energy, more jobs, or a stronger economy in the long-term.

    Visit shalebubble.org
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Jan 2011 The Nation features Post Carbon Fellow Richard on “Peak Oil and the Changing Climate"
    Mar 2011 “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds" wins a DoGooder/YouTube Nonprofit Video of the Year award
    Mar 2011 Richard Heinberg joins PCI Fellow Tom Whipple, PCI Executive Director, Asher Miller, and Michael Klare, for a PCI Webchat on "Oil, Economic Growth, and Democracy in the Middle East"
    May 2011 PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg's alternative commencement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute creates a considerable stir
    May 2011 The Post Carbon Reader wins the Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards
    Jun 2011 The End of Growth, Richard Heinberg's 12th and most provocative book yet, debuts
    Jun 2011 The Post Carbon Reader wins an Independent Publishers Book Award
    Jun 2011 Richard Heinberg speaks on the end of growth and the implications for conservation efforts with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
    Jun 2011 “Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?" a report written by PCI Fellow David Hughes, details the true energy and economic potential of natural gas
    Jul 2011 “Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?" influences The New York Times, Huffington Post, Nature, World Resource Institute and Canada's National Energy Board
    Aug 2011 “Who Killed Economic Growth?," PCI's companion video to The End of Growth, debuts
    Sep 2011 “Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?" a PCI Report by PCI Fellow David Hughes, challenges conventional wisdom that natural gas is a “bridge fuel to a clean energy future"
    Oct 2011 PCI Fellow Bill Ryerson, Robert Walker, and Julia Whitty examine population's complex, pervasive relationship to the most pressing issues of our time in a PCI Webchat
    Nov 2011 The Post Carbon Reader goes into a fourth printing, surpasses 10,000 free chapter downloads, and more than 20 college courses
    Dec 2011 “You Are Here: The Oil Journey," a video version of new PCI presentation, narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Coyote, debuts
    Dec 2011 “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds" surpasses 1,000,000 views
    Dec 2011 PCI reaches 10,000+ Facebook fans, 20,000+ e-newsletter subscribers, and 5,000+ Twitter followers
    Dec 2011 Postcarbon.org hosts 500,000 unique visitors in 2011 (up 26% from 2010)
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    See: http://www.postcarbon.org/impact_timeline/
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Post Carbon Institute serves the international community, with an emphasis on the United States.

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Executive Director

Mr. Asher Miller

BIO

Asher became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of the Relocalization Network. He's worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take. Some of his previous roles include: Partnership Director at Plugged In, an organization working in East Palo Alto, CA that connects individuals and cultivates minds by creating the opportunity to produce, express, and contribute using technology; International Production Coordinator at Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, which created the largest video archive in the world, containing more than 52,000 interviews conducted in 56 countries around the world; and Youth Manager at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, which engaged more than 800 teens a year in community service and education about social and environmental issues. He also ghostwrote the autobiography of a Polish Holocaust survivor who fought as a partisan in the forests of Belarus, and served as a consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations, including Just Think and Okizu Foundation.

Asher currently serves on the boards of Transition United States and Listening for a Change, and on the Advisory Board of ErthNxt. He recently served as a member of Senator John Edwards' Cleantech / Green Business Advisory Committee. Asher was born in the Netherlands, and has lived in Israel, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado, and California. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, CA with his wife and three year old son. Asher received his B.A. in Creative Writing from The Colorado College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Debbie Cook

Former Mayor of Huntington Beach, CA

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