About Us



The CCRM is currently centered in southern California. However, we also are engaged in academic and policy work supporting climate risk projects and programs in the US, UK, EU, Japan, China, India, Taiwan, Ecuador and UAE. We use these global projects to contribute to the international climate efforts, to provide a template for projects in California, as an evidence base concerning the reasons for success (or failure) of projects, and to inform California communities of projects taking place in other countries to which we might aspire and with whom we might form partnerships.

COLLECTIVE ACTION

At CCRM, we recognize that different people 'come to the table' of a project with different motives. They might:
  • Want to reduce the risks of climate change
  • Want to reduce their energy bills
  • Seek greater energy security
  • Have a product or service to sell
  • Want to feel good about themselves
  • Desire that others look favorably on them
We don't care which of these motives you have, so long as those motives cause you to take actions that reduce the risks of climate change. 
All of these people are welcome at the table of a project. A common feature of our activities is community mobilization - bringing together diverse actors from within a community to work collectively on a climate project. 

Our first step is to identify the actors in a community - the people and organisations who influence or are influenced by a climate project. For each of these, their interests or aims are identified, as these would be the motivation for their participation in a project. Projects are then linked to these aims, demonstrating that a given project would reach some number of these aims. Finally, different financial and governance structures are designed and assessed to determine how resources would flow into and from a project, and who would be responsible for particular aspects of developing and managing the project. Rather than any one organisation such as local government or businesses being responsible for the entire project, different actors are called on to participate and to contribute to the finance and governance. We are therefore committed to helping you solve the 'collective action' problem in your community.

The specific actors we engage, support and mobilize are:

Communities of action

It is not feasible for us to contact everyone seeking or offering one or more of the products or services for a project. Therefore, we usually develop Communities of Action, each led by a Champion individual or organisation who 'spreads the word' through their unique network of contacts and their recognition as a trusted actor among their constituents. The Champions act as intermediaries in the community effort, 'nudging' their segment of community forward through thought leadership and by setting an example of effective action.

To become a Champion for a specific project, please CONTACT US at cbeec1@gmail.com.
 
1. Project owners.
 Projects begins with stimulating demand for the product or service, and hence our process turns first to the ownership chain and then creates the supply chain around that.  

2. Delivery agents.
  CCRM projects require organisations that can deliver at-scale, on-time and within budget. 

3. Suppliers.
 Delivery agents will install solutions, but their materials usually are purchased from one of the supply companies. 

4. Financiers. A project requires finance on the best possible terms to make a strong business case for it. That finance might be in the form of debt, equity or grants (usually from the government). 

5. Innovators. 
Many of the materials required for projects are in the market, but there are more effective, and cost-effective, solutions sitting on the drawing boards of innovators and entrepreneurs. 

6. Educators. 
Moving the public forward on projects requires nudges and education, creating demand, letting neighbors and peers learn from the successes of others, and aggregating that demand.

7. Policy makers and planners.
 CCRM lobbies and supports policy and planning authorities to facilitate and provide incentives to low carbon projects. 

8. Advanced research. CCRM maintains a global network of academic and applied researchers to ensure our analyses and advice reflect the latest advances in science, engineering and policy.

Learn more about the principles and methods of the CCRM project support through the subpages of the About Us link at the top of this page.