Acadia Center

Advancing the Clean Energy Future

aka Environment Northeast, ENE   |   Rockport, ME   |  https://acadiacenter.org/

Mission

Acadia Center’s mission is to advance bold, effective, and equitable clean energy solutions for a livable climate and a stronger, more equitable economy. Acadia Center achieves change through thought leadership, analysis, advocacy, coalition building, and engagement with the public in the Northeast and beyond.

Ruling year info

1998

President

Mr. Daniel L. Sosland

Main address

P O Box 583

Rockport, ME 04856-0583 USA

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Formerly known as

Environment Northeast

EIN

01-0518193

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Advance Long-Term Climate Policy

Acadia Center’s Long-Term Climate Policy focus area offers pathways to meeting critical climate targets and future decarbonization goals. Meeting emissions reduction targets will be the difference between disruptive change that we can adapt to, and catastrophic change that we cannot. If we are not able to plan ahead and see how each existing policy and proposed change fits into the bigger picture, we cannot have an accurate sense of whether we are making progress, and where we are falling short. Acadia Center’s climate planning work is oriented towards finding the most effective and equitable way to reach those targets, while adjusting to political, economic, and technological shifts.

The work grouped under this area is quantitative, analytical, and tied to innovative but practical changes to the way a livable climate is valued, both as a core responsibility of various government agencies and for the many stakeholders who are engaged in shaping climate pathways.

Long-Term Climate Planning: our work to research, recommend and share specific pathways for states to take on their own and in cooperation with multi-state cooperation to reduce emissions. This work is supported by quantitative analysis, including many ground-breaking reports.

Government Agency Reform: our work to modernize government decision-making by adding climate change to the stated goals and enabling statutes of various agencies, and to make sure all agencies have a plan to hit reductions targets. This is an example of work that Acadia Center is engaged in to review and shape governmental decision-making to be responsive to climate goals and to the needs of electricity consumers, environmental justice, and public health.

Carbon Markets: our work on carbon-pricing mechanisms that use the market to drive change, such as the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which “put a price on carbon” by charging for pollution, one that is done with attention to the needs to address environmental justice and improve air quality for all residents and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Buildings and transportation are the two largest-emitting sectors in the region and the country. While emissions from the power sector in the Northeast have been declining due to cleaner energy generation and energy efficiency, emissions from buildings and transportation remain stubbornly high. Acadia Center is shaping and implementing effective ways to reduce emissions from buildings and transportation that will offer better transportation options for all, improve building comfort and public health, and modernize our buildings and transportation systems for a stronger economic future.

Acadia Center is tackling this challenge in three key ways:

• The Building Electrification program complements our Energy Efficiency work by focusing on policies and incentives to replace fossil fuels like heating oil, natural gas and propane with modern, safe and clean electric choices such as air-source heat pumps and hot water heaters and advanced weatherization. Our work combines regional coalition-building, modeling and analysis and policies to create momentum for innovative, consumer friendly reforms to make every building a zero-emissions building.

• Our Transportation program works to advance a suite of policies across the region that will deliver cleaner, more accessible, and more affordable transportation options, from electric vehicles to public transit, to help all our communities thrive.

• Acadia Center is a regional leader in advancing Energy Efficiency reforms and investments in the Northeast, which have produced significant consumer, climate and public health benefits by shifting utility expenditures from polluting power plants to efficiency improvements in our homes, businesses and government buildings. Our Energy Efficiency program is now focused on aligning the nearly $2 billion going into energy efficiency efforts with needed improvements in sub-standard housing, whole-building electrification, and climate goals. We advocate for forward-looking efficiency policies in state legislatures, public utility commissions, at the regional grid operator ISO-New England and through seats on state energy efficiency stakeholder bodies Acadia Center worked to create.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A clean energy future depends upon generating non-polluting electricity to power our transportation systems and heat and cool our buildings. Acadia Center’s Clean Energy program targets ways to accelerate the transition in power generation from fossil fuels to clean energy like offshore wind and rooftop solar, which are essential to supplying the clean electricity that will be needed to electrify the economy. This area of focus aims to change the “rules of the game” in the electricity system – changing the incentive structure that stifles clean energy choices by favoring incumbent fossil fuels interests, despite the lower costs and consumer and public health benefits of renewable energy and the existential risk of climate change.

Our Clean Power program works to increase the percentage of renewables in our electricity mix and to change electricity market rules, evening the playing field to increase the amount of clean energy on the power grid. This program also focuses on the consumer and community sides of the energy system, by supporting policies to make local distributed energy resources such as solar, wind, storage and other clean energy technologies available and affordable.

Targeting the utilities that generate, distribute, and maintain the grid, our Utility Innovation program works to change the utility incentives and business model that continues to favor fossil fuel infrastructure, despite high (and rising) costs to the consumer and the climate.

Our Natural Gas Phaseout program is dedicated to the particular challenges of natural gas, both preventing natural gas expansion and dealing with health and safety challenges of existing infrastructure.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Building Innovative Pathways, Together
Acadia Center is helping to shift public narratives and amplify voices. We build coalitions, challenge industry narratives, and propose real solutions to fight climate change and move us all toward a clean energy economy. Our Public Engagement work is oriented towards three themes:

Reframe and Amplify: making important climate, energy, public health data accessible, framing it in ways that show the impact on people’s lives, and working with many to advocate for change

Partner for Impact: working with partners to identify solutions with the greatest quality of life improvements

Educate and Activate: creating educational materials that can empower everyone who cares about energy, consumer health and the future of their communities to learn key concepts, cut through the jargon, and advocate for the solutions they need.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
At Acadia Center we know that finding clean energy solutions is a team effort. Finding innovative pathways forward that allow all residents to benefit from lower emissions means different perspectives must come together to learn, listen and be heard. Oftentimes there are deep-seated assumptions and perceptions that can be changed with simple dialogue and sharing.

We don’t just believe that there must be “more seats at the table.” We believe that the table itself must be reimagined to be inclusive, open-minded, and willing to hear diverse opinions and possibilities.

Acadia Center strives to widen the solutions circle by drawing together people who are concerned about the future of the places where we live and work to help shape solutions that will move us all forward toward a clean energy economy. At briefings, forums, listening sessions webinars, and engaging communications, we will build on the momentum of public support and awareness of the benefits of clean energy: improved health, safer homes and lower greenhouse gases.

THE NEXUS OF SOUND, IMPACTFUL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
Acadia Center is a leader in preparing climate reports and other detailed analysis of clean energy and transportation solutions that show how states, provinces and the region can advance reforms to reduce emissions, including the first state climate roadmap (Climate Change Roadmap for Connecticut) in 2003; and the first regional climate roadmap (Climate Change Roadmap for New England and Eastern Canada) in 2006. We continue to prepare critical climate pathways reports that have been influential in state and regional action, such as Climate Vision 2020; EnergyVision, and EnergyVision 2030. Since our founding over twenty years ago. Acadia Center has produced thought leadership reports, many of which catalyzed groundbreaking legislative action.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Changing the Climate Conversation

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric counts the news article in which Acadia Center employees are quoted as experts. To read these stories, please visit the "News" section of our website.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Acadia Center envisions a low-carbon economy that uses advances in clean energy technology—not fossil fuels—to heat buildings, power vehicles, and generate electricity. The clean energy future has the potential to improve quality of life and human and environmental health while lowering greenhouse gas emissions that are pushing the climate towards an unstable and dangerous state. Acadia Center is working now to build the energy system of the future. Long-term infrastructure investment decisions being made today will lock in energy costs and options for decades to come. States and regional systems urgently need policy changes. Regulatory barriers that limit new technology need to be removed. Acadia Center’s work is organized around four Areas of Focus that work towards the clean energy future from many different angles:

Advance Long-Term Climate Policy: influencing long-term pathways to emissions reductions.
Buildings and Transportation: moving towards electrified buildings and transportation, while supporting energy efficiency every step of the way, especially through improved housing and weatherization
Transition to Clean Energy Sources: reforming outdated utility regulations and financial rules so that the regional power grid embraces renewable energy, supplying the clean electricity our homes and transportation systems will need.
Changing the Climate Conversation: making complex issues accessible and seeking to engage people from all walks of life in creating a safe climate and clean energy future.

Values
To achieve our vision, Acadia Center is leading immediate action and is committed to long-term engagement. That includes everything from concept design to rule-making to implementation and monitoring progress. Acadia Center devises solutions and stays with the effort until results are achieved.

Policies based on credible evidence and analysis win consensus and have real impact. Results should be measurable and the information should be available to all stakeholders.

In addition, the best solutions take into account the interests and needs of everyone who has a stake in this process, which means that complex energy and climate decision-making processes ensure that the voices of all who are impacted by these decisions are heard and valued. and Acadia Center seeks to connect and partner with stakeholders including businesses, industry, environmental justice and consumer groups. Effective policy facilitates innovation, empowers consumers, distributes its benefits across all income groups and communities and grows the economy.

Working at the intersection of government, industry, grassroots organizations, advocates and communities, Acadia Center develops courageous solutions for our region's systemic energy challenges.

Acadia Center forms strategic alliances and engages all stakeholders—legislators, business and community leaders, advocacy and environmental justice groups—to press for next-generation solutions and ensure long-term results.

People
Acadia Center’s staff members are respected experts in economics, policy, and law. They combine passion for public service with diligence and professional ability, making them uniquely effective agents for progress and change.

The staff is a high-caliber team of economists, attorneys and environmental scientists. They are committed and experienced, and have strong ties to the region and to colleagues across the fields of environment, analysis and advocacy. The Board of Directors includes a diverse group of innovators, advocates and educators with professional experience ranging from law to banking to engineering. The Directors are committed to supporting Acadia Center as a responsible organization and as an effective agent of change.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Acadia Center works to build a climate-safe, clean energy economy that benefits everyone in our region and can serve as a model for other parts of the country. The changes to produce a climate-safe future are ones that will make our housing healthier and more affordable; our transportation options more inclusive and cleaner; and our energy system more responsive to communities and consumers. Fundamental reform of our energy, utility, buildings and transportation systems must benefit all people in all communities: urban and rural, communities of color, indigenous communities, low-income, non-English speaking and immigrant communities and homeowners and renters of all income levels. Our efforts strive to address all these communities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, webinars, direct communications,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Acadia Center has long worked to advance programs that make our homes and businesses energy efficient. This has been successful: $4 billion will be invested in the coming 3 years, saving consumers billions, reducing climate pollution, and producing more affordable and healthier buildings. In the past 2 years, in discussions with many voices from lower-income communities and communities of color, it is clear the programs are not adequately serving these communities. We re-prioritized our work to focus on lower-quality housing improvements identified as priorities by community voices. We seek changes to the process to ensure participation from voices in these communities so they have early, equal and direct influence. We are developing metrics to monitor implementation.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Acadia Center has been deeply affected by the need to embrace racial and environmental justice. Our mission emphasizes consumer health and justice, but recent events have caused us to ask how we can do better. In interactions with colleagues from EJ and consumer groups, we have pivoted our role in key cases to provide support and consultation and sought improved communication links. We seek partnerships with voices representing lower-income communities and communities of color most impacted by the climate crisis as we shape our programs and priorities. Acadia Center explicitly integrates Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) goals in all programs and operations and applies a DEIJ screening tool in all decisions. Our Environmental Justice Associate provides focus to these goals.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Acadia Center

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joyce Kung

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.

Howard Gray

No Affiliation

Daniel Sosland

Acadia Center

Mitch Tyson

Tyson Associates

Joyce Kung

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.

Eric Graber-Lopez

BlueWave Solar

John DeVillars

BlueWave Solar

Elizabeth Carroll

The Roxbury Latin School

Daniel Hildreth

Diversified Communications

Don Wineberg

Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
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Person without a disability

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