2001: Ann Hancock and Mike Sandler founded the Climate Protection Campaign (now called “The Center for Climate Protection”).
2002: National precedent: Sonoma County and 9 cities officially pledged to climate protection, in part due to the Center’s advocacy.
2005: National precedent: Sonoma County cities set a goal to cut greenhouse gases by 25%, in part due to the Center’s advocacy.
2007: The Center’s Climate All Stars Conference in San Francisco helped Bay Area leaders share resources and accelerate climate action.
2008: Sonoma County’s Climate Action Plan was issued, thanks in part to the Center for Climate Protection.
2010: The Center helped to defeat Prop 16, a proposal aimed at limiting local government’s ability to expand local energy programs to address greenhouse gas emissions and gain local control. The measures was put forth by private utility monopolies.
2014: The Center helped to defeat AB 2145, the bill meant to kill Community Choice energy programs in California. AB 2145 would have halted the continued establishment of not-for-profit community-based energy programs under California’s Community Choice law (AB 117), enacted in 2002.
2014: Sonoma Clean Power became operational, thanks in part to the Center’s advocacy. The Center began work to bring Community Choice to Silicon Valley.
2014: White House recognizes Sonoma County as national Climate Action Champion, thanks in part to the Center’s work.
2014: The Center hosted its first annual California Business of Local Energy Symposium.
2016: The Center launched the Clean Power Exchange, a resource hub for the expanding Community Choice Energy movement.
2016: Established a presence in the Central Valley to bring Community Choice Energy to the area and conducted a survey about local and renewable energy preferences in the region.
2017: Conducted a study to determine the economic impact of establishing Community Choice Energy in the Central Valley.
2017: San Jose City Council adopted Community Choice Energy, in part thanks to the efforts of the Center for Climate Protection.
2017: The Center’s ECO2school World Changers Career Pathways awarded student internships and scholarships for work on climate solutions.
2017: The Center’s Climate Action Fellowship launched to spark community activism.
2018: The Center’s Clean Cars California campaign launched.
2018: The Center’s Business of Local Energy Symposium in Sacramento celebrated 18 operating Community Choice Energy agencies in California.