Decarbonize the electric sector and reduce oil use by 50% by 2030, achieve 100% clean energy in all sectors by 2050;
Building on Our Strong Foundation of Collaborating and Winning
Today more than ever, Sierra Club understands the power of team-building, partnership and winning transformational campaigns. Across our movement we have built coalitions, developed and empowered leaders and changed systems. Our teams and partners have worked through differences, built trust, had hard conversations and ultimately found common goals. Let’s hear some stories about our inspiring work around the country.
Setting Bold Goals for the Future
How We Will Win, Who We Will Be
The time is now to come together to develop the leadership and strengthen the partnerships necessary to clarify our path to the future — to ensure everyone’s fundamental right to clean energy, public lands, and clean air and water. Solving climate change won’t just change how we power this country, it will change who holds power in this country.
Build Long Term Power: The Power House
Recruits and retains our base in size, capacity, and skill in support of our values, vision and goals.
Including issue knowledge, organizing skills, and political education
Partnership and Movement Building:
How are we building transformational partnerships
Executing campaigns and winning local victories that provide people with a sense of their own power and contributions to larger outcomes.
Center Movement, Equity and Justice
Why Clean Energy For All (CEFA)?
May 2014: The Board adopted the Climate Movement Task Force recommendations embracing ambitious climate protection goals and calling for Sierra Club to step up its efforts to engage its base and contribute to building the broad, inclusive movement powerful enough to achieve just and equitable climate solutions.
May 2015: To implement our climate movement goals, the Climate Movement Next Steps team called for articulating our vision and values, creating a unifying narrative for our work, and identifying key capacity building needs.
Jan. 2016: Staff and volunteers met for our Ready For February meeting to create a plan building on the Climate Movement Next Steps recommendations. Following this meeting, we conducted interviews and surveys of 200 stakeholders about how we can better coordinate across multiple campaigns at the state level. Our findings were released in Aug 2016 in the 100% Clean Energy Update Memo.
Jan.-May 2017: The CEFA Change Management Team (initial members: Sarah Hodgdon, Jesse Simons, Robin Mann, Becki Clayborn with consultant Jen Wilson; Eva Hernandez-Simmons joined in Sept 2017 and Alicia Ybarra joined in Nov 2018) convened, evaluated the opportunities and challenges, and recognized a need for structural and process improvements to strengthen collaboration. We conceptualized six Building Blocks as a framework for an internal change process which were vetted with a diverse group of stakeholders.
March 2017: The Memo: Interim Guidance on new Hires in Program Dept was released. This memo outlined how to align our hiring decisions with our newly articulated vision for change.
June 2017: After an initial engagement process, we released the CEFA Update Memo in order to share with stakeholders and begin work on implementing our two-year vision for change.
Oct. 2017: We vetted an early draft of the Collaboration Framework Memo with key stakeholders. Their feedback was then incorporated into a final draft which was ultimately released in Dec 2017.
Dec. 2017: The Collaboration Framework Memo was circulated organization-wide. It initiated the Collaborative Engagement Process, which was intended to pilot, test and learn about the Building Blocks framework. The CEFA Core Team was formed to support pilots and implement the Collaborative Engagement Process. (Members: Eva Hernandez-Simmons, Becki Clayborn, Hop Hopkins, Karissa Gerkhe, and consultants Ari Trujillo Wesler and Jen Wilson)
March 2018: We selected five full and five light touch pilot sites to test the Building Blocks and the Collaboration Framework at the state and regional level. The full pilots sites were IL, SoCal, NY, PA and TX. The light touch pilot sites were CO, FL, GA, MN and OR/WA.
All 10 pilots used the CEFA Pilot Resource Guide to direct their work. But full pilot sites also developed at least one research question to test.
Jan. 2019: The last phase of the CEFA Stakeholder Engagement Process Plan was launched. We distributed a survey to all staff and volunteers across the organization. We also conducted multiple small group, team and one-on-one consultations.
March 2019: All 10 pilot programs concluded and we completed our stakeholder consultations as well as our organization-wide survey.
April 2019: We analyzed the data and synthesized our findings. We used the data to make decisions regarding structural and non-structural changes.
May 2019: We began the Program Department structural assessment and reorganization process, informed by key lessons and data from the Collaborative Engagement Process.
August 2019: We put forward our largest CEFA ask for $51m over 2.5 years to support the full spectrum of our clean energy work across multiple campaigns. . The proposal process embodied the values of CEFA by including collaboration across stakeholders upfront before finalizing the proposal.
Summer 2019: We released the Changemaker Toolkit outlining our findings and providing strategies and solutions for moving forward more powerfully together.
The CEFA Process
The CEFA Process
And tested them in the world….
We Quickly Learned that Our Structures and Systems Had to Change
What We Learned
A movement thrives when team-members trust each other and the ways we work together, are able to navigate the matrix, and know that their vision is aligned with the organization’s goals. We learned that together, we must build trust everywhere; that simple and clear management structures and systems are essential to innovation; and that local voices must be part of the strategic planning process from the outset if we are going to achieve our ambitious goals.