Since the Make an Impact program's launch in 2008, C2ES has engaged approximately 100,000 individuals through its website and workshops (measured by website visits, workshop attendance, use of the calculator, and signatures on the pledge list). Last year, more than 8,000 people registered to complete the C2ES carbon calculator and pledge list and received a personalized energy saving action plan, resulting in a commitment from these individuals, expressed through the C2ES-Make an Impact website, to reduce their collective carbon footprint by more than three million pounds of carbon dioxide.
C2ES's commitment to CGI is to double those numbers - in order to achieve an aggregate reduction of 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide through the actions and commitments of 16,000 individuals. C2ES will meet this commitment by implementing a number of projects that have been planned, but not yet announced.
In particular, C2ES has developed plans to launch versions of the MAI program in two other countries, with two respective business partners. C2ES also expects to work closely with a corporate partner to make the MAI information available to a significant fraction of the participants in two major sporting events in 2013. Finally, C2ES expects to replicate a successful 'middle school challenge' program in which over 5,000 middle school students at twelve schools in four different states took action by pledging to reduce their energy use.
Because C2ES's CGI commitment builds on previous work, C2ES already has in place the necessary infrastructure, technology, reporting capabilities, and contacts with major corporations. C2ES's work in this area is part of C2ES's broad-ranging program to promote solutions to our climate and energy challenges, and draws from the expertise developed in that effort. Lastly, C2ES will expand its program to two other countries in addition to the United States.
By late summer 2012, C2ES expects to announce its two country projects, including the lauch of the program with Alcoa in Brazil.
By March 2013, C2ES expects to announce its two major sporting event projects.
By March 2013, C2ES expects to launch the middle school challenge, with the program concluded by June 2013.
By January 2013, C2Es expects to announce the addition of two new Sustainable City partners.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) believes that climate change and energy are two of the most critical challenges of our generation. C2ES also believes there are a multitude of solutions - everyone has a role to play - a role for governments, a role for the business community, and a role for individuals.
In 2007, C2ES partnered with Alcoa to form a distinctive partnership to develop the tools & resources that enable individuals to act - in their homes and in their communities. Make an Impact is a unique employee-focused energy efficiency program created to educate and empower individuals to understand and reduce their personal carbon footprint.
Since launching the initial program with Alcoa, C2ES has entered into similar partnerships with Entergy, Bank of America and Citi.
Make an Impact is interested in broadening its reach to more corporate and /or municipal partners in order to reach larger,more diverse audiences. Financial support, in-kind technological support and media / communication resources would all be meaningful to achieve a goal of engaging 16,000 people by July 31, 2013.