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CATF named most effective climate organization

December 3, 2021

BOSTON — This week, Clean Air Task Force (CATF) was rated by multiple external evaluators as one of the most effective organizations in the world working to address climate change, “a clear validation of the pragmatic, unconventional, and science-based approach CATF has used to push the envelope and advance climate action for more than 25 years,” said Armond Cohen, Co-Founder and Executive Director at CATF.

Both Giving Green and Founders Pledge recognized CATF as a highly effective climate charity — recommending the organization as one of the very best in the climate space to support in terms of donor impact. On Giving Tuesday, the digital news outlet Vox issued its annual list of the most effective organizations working on climate change, rating Clean Air Task Force number one.

These groups recognized CATF for its effective policy design and advocacy, its focus on innovation and technology optionality, its ability to take on the hard challenges in the climate space, and its willingness to look past traditional thinking and rigid ideology in the climate space.

Vox said: “CATF stands out not only for its impressive impact on US climate policy but also for being a pioneer in the environmental space. It was one of the first major environmental organizations to publicly campaign against neglected superpollutants like methane, which plays a central but underrecognized role in the ongoing climate catastrophe.”

Founders Pledge said: “CATF’s role in the environmental NGO ecosystem has often been to focus on sources of emissions that are neglected by other environmental NGOs to conceive and design pragmatic campaigns to target those emissions, and to crowd-in support from philanthropists and other larger environmental NGOs. CATF also produces high quality research, which is well-regarded among the philanthropists, scientists, policy experts, and government bureaucrats that we have spoken to.”

Giving Green said: “We recommend Clean Air Task Force because of its strong track record of policy accomplishments at the national level (including policies with bipartisan support), its focus on relatively neglected issue areas, the strength of its staff, and its ability to productively absorb additional funds in coming years.”

“CATF is honored to be recognized by these external evaluators, who conduct rigorous assessments, ask hard questions, and look for evidence of impact,” continued Cohen. “As the staggering size of the climate challenge becomes more apparent, pragmatic, fact-based advocacy becomes all the more important. We need all options on the table to reach a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. We’re proud that CATF is being recognized for helping to lead this paradigm shift within the climate arena.”


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Troy Shaheen, Communications Director, U.S., Clean Air Task Force, tshaheen@catf.us, +1 845-750-1189

About Clean Air Task Force

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. With 25 years of internationally recognized expertise on climate policy and a fierce commitment to exploring all potential solutions, CATF is a pragmatic, non-ideological advocacy group with the bold ideas needed to address climate change. CATF has offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and Brussels, with staff working virtually around the world.  

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