Climate Candidates:

We provide knowledge and insights for

climate champions

running for local and state office

Climate Candidates is your one-stop shop for all the knowledge you need to run for local and state office on a climate action platform. We work with a close network of partner organization that will provide additional support and training.

Not quite there yet? We provide an active platform for volunteers who want to support others running for local and state office on a climate action platform.

Our next opportunity to learn the basics of running on climate is on April 29 and 30. You can now sign up for the accelerator at

Beyond the accelerator, we bring together a unique community of energized and creative climate champions who are sharing their experience and plans on our Climate Candidates network on LinkedIn Groups.

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The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. It is the greatest threat to social, racial and economic justice, human rights and progress around the world. And the science is clear – this next eight-year period through 2030 is crucial for us to take climate action. Local and state policy makers across the United States are our best hope to make the kind of transformative changes we need in our cities and towns. And that leadership is determined by local and state elections, sometimes by just a handful of voters. 

That is why we need climate candidates elected at every level of office from school boards to state assembly offices. We can win the climate future we need by championing climate candidates to run for office. 

More about Climate Candidates:

Climate Candidates hosted a discussion during NYC Climate Week 2021 on what climate action means in our cities and communities and what it takes to run for office on climate. This conversation took place during Climate Week NYC, an annual global gathering of climate leaders, hosted in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021. 

So, what does it take to ‘run on climate’? And what does it mean to lead climate action efforts rooted in principles of justice, equity and inclusion? And how can we as climate champions support one another to take this step to run for office? Hear from three climate champions –  Lauren Kuby, Vernon Walker and Mandy Mahoney, who spoke about advancing climate action from Tempe, Arizona to Boston, Massachusetts, to Atlanta, Georgia, and shared their perspectives on what it takes to run on climate.

You can also watch a recording of our launch of Climate Candidates in April 2021 during US Climate Action Week, the official platform for side events taking place during the week of the Leaders Summit on Climate being hosted by the Biden Administration. Hear how local action links to national climate policy, achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and ultimately keeping global temperature increases under 1.5C.

Our first Climate Candidate Accelerator took place June 4th – 6th, 2021 – find out more here.

You can already sign up for our next Accelerator April 29 and 30, 2022:

Learn how to run

Learn all the basics of
running for office at the local level

Get to know peers

Meet people who like you are thinking about affecting change for good

Find your mentor

Get one-on-one support from your mentor on the road to election day


A compact, interactive virtual workshop with fellow climate champions across the United States, speakers and trainers. Our next accelerator is scheduled for:

Friday, April 29, 8:00PM – 9:30PM ET
Saturday, April 30, 12:00PM – 5:00PM ET


We are driven by our values.

About us

We are three friends who banded together to help Climate Candidates.

There is no entity behind us, we are 100% independent.

Katie Walsh

Rob Thomas

Max Gruenig

Tessa Lee