350 Sacramento


Mission: 350 Sacramento is a local grassroots organization committed to equitable solutions that accelerate the transition to a sustainable future, with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million.

Vision: We believe in a world with a safe climate, where nature is respected and protected, and our social, political, and economic systems work for all people and the planet.

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Address: PO Box 161677
Sacramento, CA 95816
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Environment 
Sub NTEE: Alliances & Advocacy  
Executive Director: Laurie Litman
Contact Email: info@350sacramento.org
Primary Phone: 916-284-1627
Website: http://www.350sacramento.org
350 Sacramento is a local all-volunteer grassroots nonprofit organization working to address the climate crisis. Founded in 2010, we put the number "350" in our name because 350 ppm carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered the safe UPPER LIMIT before the climate becomes dangerously unstable. We are currently at about 410 ppm and still climbing.

Climate change is simply a matter of physics: greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create a greenhouse-like effect that traps heat. The excess greenhouse gases come largely from burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil). Our planet is currently overheating, as evidenced by increased wildfires, drought, flooding, and extreme weather; dying coral reefs; melting glaciers; sea level rise; species extinctions and ecosystem collapse; and other unprecedented changes in the earth. We must immediately reduce carbon emissions drastically to sustain a livable planet.

350 Sacramento works locally to accelerate the transition to carbon zero (where carbon emitted is balanced by carbon taken out of the atmosphere) and help grow a powerful global climate movement. We do this through multiple solutions-oriented projects, including: working with decision makers, businesses, and residents to make Sacramento carbon zero; improving and expanding transit so people have alternatives to cars; keeping fossil fuels in the ground (stopping oil trains, pipelines, fracking); supporting strong climate legislation; helping individuals reduce their personal carbon footprints; and involving young people in activities that empower them to get involved in this struggle to protect the future.
Since our founding in 2010, 350 Sacramento has grown tremendously, from about 10 people to several hundred who are involved in some way each year, and about 2000 on our mailing list. Our board and volunteers are incredibly committed, caring, kind, creative, and talented people of all ages. Our campaigns are thriving. However, we have reached the limits of our capacity as an all-volunteer group. Due to our growth and success, we need to find solutions to keep up with the administrative and volunteer needs of our expanding organization. This may require moving from an all-volunteer structure to hiring staff.

Last year we took giant steps in our efforts to reach the next level of organizational development. We rented an office in the Breathe Building where we are located with other nonprofits working on a variety of sustainability issues. We held our first-ever strategic planning session to focus our efforts and become more effective. We created a Volunteer Plan to better engage volunteers in our organization. We updated our website and started using a sophisticated database. All of this (and more) is helping to create a stronger, more resilient organization. We continue the work to strengthen organizational infrastructure while also expanding our programs. The urgent need for climate action inspires all our efforts.
Our top needs:
  1. Volunteers - Volunteers are the core of 350 Sacramento. We are currently an all-volunteer organization of highly dedicated people working to create a livable future. As we grow and branch out with new projects, we need more volunteers to be part of this exciting effort.
  2. Space: Office or Other - Until last spring, we held meetings and conducted business at private homes and coffeeshops. Our new office provides a central place where we can hold meetings, work, and store supplies. Renting an office is a big financial commitment and requires continued funding.
  3. Other - Please Describe - Staff: We have reached the point in our organization's growth where we need to consider hiring staff. To do this, we will need to raise at least $75,000. Until we are able to hire a staffperson, we may use interim strategies such as hiring consultants to work on narrowly defined projects or part-time staff to take on specific needs like administration or volunteer management.
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - We have basic organizational expenses, including insurance, utilities, subscriptions (database and other programs), memberships, printing supplies, office materials, tabling supplies, speaker costs, etc. In addition, some of our campaigns and committees require funds to accomplish their goals.
  5. Technology - There are many tools available to help us accomplish our work more effectively. We especially need a better system for holding meetings using video conferencing technology. We currently use GoToMeeting to allow participants to avoid carbon emissions from driving to meetings. We need more sophisticated equipment and programs to do this more effectively and on a larger scale. In addition to meetings, we would like to hold webinars and other educational outreach.
350 Sacramento is a group of passionate, committed volunteers who are working locally to address the global climate crisis. Although the issue is dire, we approach this effort in a spirit of love and caring, with fun events and solutions-oriented projects. As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." If we are successful in our mission, there will be a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and succeeding generations.

Laurie Litman
Chair, 350 Sacramento