Chesapeake Climate Action Network

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Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Founded July 1, 2002
Founder Mike Tidwell
Type 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Michael Tidwell[1]
Lise Van Susteren[1]
Revenue (2013)
Expenses (2013) $1,121,536[1]
Employees (2012)
Mission Prevention of global warming[1]

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The organization's mission is to foster a rapid societal switch to clean energy and energy-efficient products, joining similar efforts worldwide to address global warming.


CCAN Director Mike Tidwell on Quirauk Mountain advocating for clean energy

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network was officially launched on July 1, 2002, with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. For more than a year prior to that date, Director Mike Tidwell was organizing and advocating around global warming issues in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Principle among these early activities was the conversion of Tidwell's home almost entirely to renewable energy and the initiation of Saturday open houses every other month. These clean energy open houses drew early supporters to the cause and helped launch CCAN’s email and networking database.

Since its inception, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has been central to every climate and clean energy victory in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.[citation needed] Working with a large and growing network of allies, the group has helped pass the Offshore Wind Bill in Maryland,[2] one of the strongest statewide carbon caps in the country in Maryland, Clean Cars bills in Maryland and the District of Columbia,[3] renewable energy standard bills in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Through litigation, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has helped reduce mercury pollution from a coal power plant in Wise County, Virginia, by 94 percent. The organization was also instrumental in shutting down several of the region's coal plants and preventing the construction of new fossil fuel projects.

Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace, called the Chesapeake Climate Action Network "the premier organization working for clean energy and to stop global warming in the mid-Atlantic."[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Guidestar. June 30, 2013. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Dreseer, Michael (April 9, 2013). "O'Malley signs wind bill, other jobs measures". Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ "State Action". Clean Cars Campaign.