If we work together we will successfully impact climate change.
Join today to learn more about USCAN and the organizations that are part of our network.

USCAN membership is for organizations that wish to work together with a broad spectrum of individuals from other US organizations advancing climate action. Being a member of USCAN brings you and your organization into the most dynamic and diverse global network of organizations working to advocate meaningful and effective solutions to climate change. Specifically, membership in USCAN offers:

The image above shows the elaborate network of USCAN members working together in different ways. Each member plays a vital role. The shift needed to meet our vision will require trusting each other, aligning around shared goals, and building more power together. Click the image to enlarge. Image © Courtenay Lewis. 

Democratic Participation

Our network is made for and driven by our members. In several key ways, member participation defines and guides Network priorities, activities and resource flows. First and foremost, each member organization or network selects two representatives to serve as Voting Participants, who will determine “what” the network focuses on through a democratic voting process. At the Annual Meeting, voting members select the five Network Alignment Areas that will become what the Network focuses on the the subsequent year. Secondly, after Network priorities have been identified, members can appoint up to ten representatives to serve on the “Action Teams” that get established for each of the five Network Alignment Areas. In these groups, members will work together to define and implement plans. All network activities, resources and staff support members to work together within the “Action Teams” that get established for each of the five Network Alignment Areas.

Our mission is to build trust and alignments

among members to fight climate change

in a just and equitable way.  

And finally, members are invited to engage in international spaces. Specifically, any staff from USCAN member organizations may participate on CAN International user groups  and related international spaces. See the table below for a summary of levels of democratic participation.

USCAN Activities and Resources

Voting Participants

(Max 2 ppl)

Action Team Participants

(Max 10 ppl)

CAN-I Participants


Attend USCAN Annual Meeting





Subject to USCAN participation requirements





Co-Chair USCAN Action Teams and/or Grant Projects





Participate in  Grant Projects or USCAN Action Teams





Access to USCAN list serves, websites, webinars, and information sharing calls





Participate in UNFCCC, UN activities, USCAN International Action Team





Attend USCAN Big Tent Conference






Trust and Relationship Building

It is our belief that without a deeper level of trust than what currently exists across sectors, alignment is not possible and without effective alignment on key strategies, the movement cannot win.  Driven by principles of justice and equity, USCAN helps to build  foundational relationships essential for collective action by creating opportunities for members to learn from, share with, work together and reach shared understanding around priority issues and by facilitating peer learning activities that foster trust and candor between 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 1100 organizations around the world. CAN-I closely follows a number of international climate-related processes, producing joint policy submissions to the United Nations (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.

How to Become a Member

Membership is only open to non-profit public interest organizations that subscribe to USCAN’s mission (this includes both state non profits as well as federal 501c3s). For more information on membership benefits and eligibility to become a member of USCAN, please refer to our membership information sheet


If you are interested in becoming a member please inquire here to get more information on how to apply. Filing this out is an inquiry and NOT the application. You will receive the actual application in a follow-up e-mail.  


USCAN accepts applications all year but only reviews them on a quarterly basis. Applications are due by the last day of each of the following months: September, December, February and June. From application deadline to notification of acceptance or rejection of membership, the process generally takes 4-6 weeks. The process is as follows: 

  1. Inquiry (via online query or referral) to membership coordinator, who sends an application
  2. Interested organization completes and submits application
  3. Applications reviewed and voted on quarterly by staff, board of directors and members