Being a member of USCAN brings your organization into the most dynamic global coalition of organizations working to advocate meaningful and effective solutions to global warming.
Being a member of USCAN brings your organization into the most dynamic global coalition of organizations working to advocate meaningful and effective solutions to global warming. Specifically, membership in USCAN offers:
USCAN members routinely work together to develop joint policy recommendations and advocacy strategies at the state, federal and international levels. USCAN coordination efforts in Washington are essential to ensure comprehensive and effective coverage of the issues. USCAN works hard to keep its members across the U.S. up to date on critical policy developments at different levels of the debate. A number of policy/forum specific working groups of USCAN members are convened regularly to allow for focused strategy development among interested members.
USCAN regularly coordinates community efforts on significant campaign and communication opportunities (eg: IPCC reports, major international climate summits, national days of action). By leveraging the skills and resources of its members, USCAN is able to bolster media and outreach efforts and ensure consistent messaging. Working groups of member organizations are developed as needed to address specific campaigns and events.
Information Clearinghouse on U.S. Global Warming Advocacy
USCAN has and is continuing to develop a centralized information database to allow members quick access to important fact sheets, policies, schedules, and other information. By using the USCAN website as an information clearinghouse, USCAN members will have a consolidated view of important information regarding our work on climate change. E-mail list serves provide a further important mechanism for sharing information among USCAN members.
Inclusion in Climate Action Network-International
All members of USCAN are also members of the Climate Action Network-International (CAN-I), a network of over 700 organizations around the world. CAN-I closely follows a number of international climate-related processes, producing joint policy submissions to the UN, collaborating on actions and participation as observers to various negotiations, and facilitating information sharing to enable effective advocacy. CAN-I also holds a variety of activities open to USCAN members around the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process.
Election of USCAN Board of Directors
All USCAN members have an important role in the election of the USCAN Board of Directors. This board works to set strategic priorities for the network and ensure that USCAN is serving its members most effectively. Election of this board is thus an essential role of all USCAN members.
USCAN has and continues to develop a key set of tools designed to increase the effectiveness of its members, which are available only to members of the network. Tools available include:
- List Serves: E-mail list serves are one of the central tools that USCAN members use to engage in strategy discussion and information exchange. These list serves cover a variety of topics and connect members with colleagues working on climate issues throughout the country and around the world.
- Members-only Website: USCAN has established a password-protected web based tool to facilitate collaboration among its growing membership. Members will be able to post and view members-only documents, calendars, and other resources by logging in to the site. Future tools are under development to facilitate collaboration across all USCAN members.
- Regular Updates: To help its members keep on top of the dizzying number of climate developments at the federal, state, and international levels, USCAN produces the weekly newsletter, Climate Action Hotline. The newsletter provides regular updates to all members summarizing the week’s climate news, with particular attention paid to changes in federal legislation, news from state-based advocates, and key international developments.
Associate Member Policy
Following the CAN charter, USCAN now has an associate (or “observer”) member category. Click here for more details.
This is just a brief glimpse of the many benefits USCAN membership offers. We are always looking for new ways to support our members and encourage you to offer suggestions on new areas where we could expand our work.
For more information about membership benefits or to learn how to join, contact Marie Risalvato at mrisalvato[at]climatenetwork.org.