Mission: To accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy — wind, water, and solar — for all people and purposes.
About the Organization: Founded in 2012 by actor Mark Ruffalo and Mark Z. Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, the Solutions Project aims to engage the public, celebrate and convene climate change leaders, and advance partnerships and policies to help bring about a global transition to 100 percent clean energy sources. The organization implements its integrated change model at the state level, combining public awareness campaigns and events with grantmaking.
Current Programs: The Solutions Project's current programs include the 100% campaign, a public awareness, consumer choice, and social good campaign designed to drive public awareness of and consumer demand for clean energy. The organization's grantmaking programs include the recently launched Fighter Fund, which will award, on a rolling basis, grants of up to $15,000 to community-based groups working on the frontlines for clean energy and climate justice in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Supported by Ruffalo, fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and other donors and designed to be a highly responsive funding source for climate change initiatives, the fund responds to most applications in a matter of days (rather than the months traditional philanthropic entities often take). Another fund, the 100% Leadership Fund, awarded nearly $1 million in its first year of grantmaking to nonprofit organizations in Iowa, New York, and California.
Website: Visitors to the Solutions Project site can check out and share interactive "100% Renewable Energy" maps highlighting the benefits — permanent jobs created, lower rates of illness and mortality, and annual energy, health, and climate cost savings per person — of a transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The site also offers a variety of downloadable resources, including 100% map-based infographics for each of the fifty states and 139 countries, and "solutions" graphs showing how the mix of energy sources for select states and countries could shift on the road to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2050.
Funding: The Solutions Project is funded by foundations and individuals.