Our Mission and History

Climate Solutions formed in 1998 when the Olympia, WA-based Atmosphere Alliance, founded by Rhys Roth, joined forces with the local Energy Outreach Center, led by Paul Horton. 

Our mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis.

Our vision is a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the nation and beyond. 

We have a track record of success. (Browse a timeline of our accomplishments here.)  Climate Solutions has built coalitions with cities and rural communities, business and labor partners, environmental and social justice advocates, to drive innovative solutions to the climate challenge.  We helped launch the highly successful U.S. Mayors Climate Agreement, which now includes more than 1,000 cities.  We have accelerated rural economic development through the Harvesting Clean Energy program.  We have led successful campaigns to invest in clean energy and transportation, create green jobs, stop coal exports and advance energy efficiency bills in our region.  As a clean energy economy nonprofit, Climate Solutions has been at the forefront of establishing the Northwest as a national leader in addressing the climate crisis.

Review an at-a-glance timeline of Climate Solutions' history here.