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aka Post Carbon Institute   |   Corvallis, OR   |  www.postcarbon.org

Mission

Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Mr. Asher Miller

Main address

800 SW Washington Ave, Suite 5

Corvallis, OR 97333 USA

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EIN

65-1208462

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

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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

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

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

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Increasing

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People registered for our online events or our "Think Resilience" online course (launched Spring 2017).

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Holding steady

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Number of users visiting our websites with free versions of our books and reports.

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Increasing

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2016 and earlier is not available. We no longer collect data on individual users (GDPR).

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Increasing

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Data not available for 2016 and prior.

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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

See: http://www.postcarbon.org/impact_timeline/

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Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Bradford

Farmland LP

Philip Jensen

Post Carbon Institute

Richard Heinberg

Post Carbon Institute

Jason Bradford

Farmland LP

Chuck Collins

David Blittersdorf

Joni Praded

Vicki Robin

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 1/12/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.