• Portfolios / Cross-Cutting Strategies

    Promoting the fundamental social and economic conditions necessary for change requires strategies that work effectively across sectors.

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  • Portfolios / Cross-Cutting Strategies

    Building a safe climate and prosperous future depends on shifting investment away from fossil fuels and mobilizing financing for clean energy and infrastructure.

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  • Portfolios / Cross-Cutting Strategies

    When constituencies and policymakers are well-informed about climate science, impacts, and solutions, it creates public pressure and political space for ambitious climate policy.

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Key Data Points
$310 Billion

New funding for wind, solar, biofuels, and other low-carbon energy sources increased 16% in 2014 to $310 billion. (Bloomberg)

$1 Trillion

$1 trillion must be invested in clean energy each year until 2050 in order to avoid dangerous climate change. (IEA)

154 mins.

In 2014, major US broadcast networks aired 154 minutes of climate change coverage, significantly above the six-year average of 108. (Media Matters)

The Cross-Cutting Strategies Portfolio

To support the social and economic conditions necessary for climate action, ClimateWorks collaborates on multiple strategies that cut across economic and emission sectors to accelerate the global low-carbon transition.

Communications & Public Engagement

Climate action is more likely to succeed when policymakers and constituencies are well informed about both the damaging effects and costs of climate change and the possible solutions. Grantees in the Cross-Cutting Strategies portfolio are making this possible by helping shape the political and media narrative, increasing public awareness, and helping create political space for ambitious new policies. The portfolio’s main priorities are to promote clear and accurate communication of climate science, and to shift the public’s focus on climate change impacts, drivers, and solutions.

Climate Policy

Significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved through strong, climate-focused policies, such as carbon pricing, state- and national-level emissions reductions targets, and multilateral climate agreements. Efforts such as these are already helping to shift major economies away from carbon-intensive practices — but the scale and scope of global climate policy needs to expand quickly. Through cross-cutting strategies in the policy arena, ClimateWorks and its partners proactively encourage the adoption and implementation of ambitious climate policies in high-priority regions.

Sustainable Finance

The world is more likely to avoid the damaging effects of climate change if we decrease investment in fossil fuels that are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and increase investment in sustainable, clean energy sources and infrastructure. Through the Cross-Cutting Strategies portfolio, ClimateWorks and its partners target creating an ecosystem of accessible capital, investable projects and companies, clear standards, transparent information, and supportive policy with accurate price signals — all vital to a sustainable finance environment.

Cross-Cutting Strategies Program Team

Cross-cutting strategies are coordinated through ClimateWorks by staff with expertise in public policy, sustainability, and philanthropy, and in collaboration with ClimateWorks' funding and regional partners.

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Ilmi Granoff

Director, Sustainable Finance

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Tim Stumhofer

Associate Director, Sustainable Finance

Tim brings a background spanning the private, public, and nongovernmental sectors to the ClimateWorks sustainable finance program. Most recently he was stationed in Germany where, with the support of a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship, he worked in the international climate finance unit of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the climate competence center in Germany’s state development bank (KfW). Prior to his time in Germany Tim spent five years at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute developing emissions measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) capacity building interventions for a range of global applications including carbon trading, low emissions development planning, and international treaty compliance. Tim has also worked in the private sector commercializing emission reduction projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. He holds a BA from Willamette University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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Zach Warnow

Program Manager, Communications

Zach Warnow leads a communications-focused grant-making program at ClimateWorks. He has ten years of experience helping organizations tell their stories and use strategic communications to achieve their goals. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Zach worked at Big Think Studios, a creative firm that crafted powerful advertisements for advocacy groups and helped non-profits and foundations with branding, identity, and communications strategy. He also spent five years at Resource Media, where he worked with environmental and public health groups designing and executing effective campaigns. As a program director at Resource Media, he led work advancing climate science findings in the media, managing research-driven media audits to inform communications strategy, and supporting organizations with their media campaigns. He has a B.A. in Sociology from The Colorado College.