Climate Candidates:

We can win the climate future we need

by championing climate candidates

to run for local and state office

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 is happening during Climate Week NYC, an annual global gathering of climate leaders, hosted in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly. 

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? Join us for a virtual discussion with three climate champions –  Lauren Kuby, Vernon Walker and Mandy Mahoney, who will speak about advancing climate action from Tempe, Arizona to Boston, Massachusetts, to Atlanta, Georgia, and we will learn from their perspectives on what it takes to run on climate

You can still watch our launch Climate Candidates from 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. Our April 23 launch was the start of a journey, taking you to the June Climate Candidate Accelerator and beyond. 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.

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 ten-year period through 2030 is crucial for us to make bold changes to invest in climate action. Local and state leadership across the United States is crucial 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. 

Learn how you as a climate change champion can run and win local and state office. 

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

You can already sign up for our next Accelerator October 29 to 31, 2021:

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 Three Day, interactive virtual workshop with fellow climate champions across the United States, speakers and trainers.

Friday, October 29, 8:00PM – 9:30PM ET
Saturday, October 30, 12:00PM – 5:00PM ET
Sunday, October 31, 12:00PM – 4:00PM ET


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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