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What is the Climate Candidate Accelerator?

The Climate Candidate Accelerator is a two-day interactive virtual workshop with fellow climate champions across the United States, speakers and trainers. The Accelerator is geared towards individuals who want to learn more about what it would take to run for local or state office. Our accelerator covers: Deciding to run; network weaving; climate and environmental justice at the local and at the state level; building blocks of a campaign; hearing from climate candidates and connecting with the climate candidates network. We have hosted two previous accelerators – June 2021 and October 2021.

Join us for our next accelerator on April 29 and 30, 2022.

UPCOMING ACCELERATOR SCHEDULE (Participants attend all sessions)

Friday, April 29th , 8:00PM – 9:30PM ET Who is a climate candidate? Get to know one another! & Climate Candidates Panel

Saturday, April 30th 12:00PM – 5:00PM (all times in ET)

12:00PM – 1:00PM Running on Climate: Things you need to know before you get started 

This is why we are all here: we want to run on climate, win on climate and accelerate the adoption climate policies that reflect community needs and values. So, what does it actually mean to ‘run on climate?’ Most people do not understand how climate change affects their daily life, so how can you as a candidate make running on climate a winning issue? We believe it all starts with understanding why you are running for office, the seat you are running for, and your constituents and local-regional environmental justice -climate action issues.

This session explores how to engage on the basic questions you should ask before you get started – with a guiding set of questions and exercises as you think about running for office. Whether or not you know what seat to run for yet, understanding how the seat you may run for ties to your community and constituent needs, connects your own personal story of why you are running for office and a run on climate.

1:00PM – 2:00PM What is your Climate Story?

Presenter: Tim McLaughlin, Climate Candidates Trainer (Educator & Climate Activist)

This session builds on the last – in order to run for office, you really want to understand your own climate stories, why we tell stories and the power of our own climate story especially for running for office. Climate Candidates will meet within their newly formed pods to practice their pitches.  

2:00PM – 2:15PM BREAK

2:15PM – 3:00PM Climate Candidates Power Mapping  and Network Weaving

Powermapping is a tool to understand how relationships and networks work and is very important when it comes to your climate candidacy and supporting climate candidates.

3:00PM -3:30PM  Understanding What to Run For: Steps You Should Take

If you want to understand what to run for, you first need to understand of how climate action can be pursued at the local and state level. This session will explore the different levers of climate action from utility boards to city council races. It will point to resources that exist on district-specific information from clean energy jobs, to incumbent vote records, and policy options for every state legislature district in the US.

3:30PM – 3:45PM BREAK  

3:45-4:30 Climate Candidates Panel

4:30PM – 5:00PM Climate Candidates Pod Planning and Wrap-Up

From our first Accelerator