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Climate Action Business Association, fiscally sponsored by Climate Xchange Education and Research Inc.

 131 Cambridge Street
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (551) 4825127
[F] --
Michael Green
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EIN 47-3976138

LAST UPDATED: 09/04/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Climate Action Business Association works with local small businesses to take targeted action on climate change. 

Mission Statement

Climate Action Business Association works with local small businesses to take targeted action on climate change. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $840,000.00
Projected Expense $520,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Internal sustainability

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Mission Statement

Climate Action Business Association works with local small businesses to take targeted action on climate change. 

Background Statement

The Climate Action Business Association (CABA), was founded in 2013 by Susan Labandibar, the then President and CEO of Tech Networks of Boston. After the devastation that followed Hurricane Sandy, Susan Labandibar realized that she needed someone to represent her business in the fight against climate change, which resulted in the founding of the Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC), which later became CABA. In 2014 the organization was incorporated as the Climate Action Business Association, Inc. with Quinton Zondervan as its volunteer, unpaid Executive Director. 

Since its founding, CABA has continued to expand and grow to include businesses throughout Massachusetts representing many different industries, including custodial services, moving, solar, information technology, and financial management. Using a metrics-driven sustainability program developed specifically for small businesses, CABA has helped member businesses achieve measurable energy reduction results. Using a custom built, proprietary sustainability data management software tool, businesses are able to track their progress. We supported them in improving their bottom lines, enhancing their resilience and reducing their contribution to climate change.

CABA also works to strengthen local communities and promote small business leadership. Through building an empowered and engaged local business community, CABA is able to create opportunities for business leaders to support smart climate and energy policy in their communities. CABA accomplishes these goals by organizing events, preparing and distributing educational materials, creating and participating in opportunities for business leaders to speak, and participating directly in policy conversations.

Our programs have educated business leaders on the climate change topics that are important to them. We have also worked to assist our member businesses in identifying and acting on opportunities to advocate for better climate policies at all levels of government. Our framework includes promoting renewable energy, opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure and putting a price on carbon, as well as preparing our communities for anticipated climate impacts. Our approach balances member education, public outreach, dialogue with officials, and publicity about successful business and community climate change initiatives.

Impact Statement

The greatest accomplishment of the organization thus far has been our Businesses Acting on Rising Seas program. It has been awarded recognition from the City of Boston as a 2016 Greenovate Award winner as well as from the White House where we received the Champion of Change award from the Obama Administration. Both award recognized our efforts to support action on climate change as an equity issue and working through local businesses to make impact in their community.
While we have a recent history of building successful campaigns, the past three years have been filled with great accomplishments. We started out as a small group of committed individuals serving a handful of small businesses. Over the last three years, we have grown that number to the hundreds and built an inspiring team of young leaders and experienced professionals.
We have taken on message to DC, where we have been asked to testify and speak at several agencies all the way to Paris, where we participated in the climate negotiations at COP 21. In both cases, we are able to let our small business leaders take the stage and share their narrative and why they believe taking action matters.
Looking ahead we hope to build off our growth and success to better meet the needs of the small business community in Massachusetts. Through our programs, we are able to strengthen our economy and build more resilient communities. 

Needs Statement

Our current largest need is a more robust communications plan. While we have had several communications interns in the past, we are currently looking to fill the position as a full time member of the team. Having a robust communication strategy and brand is crucial to our success as an organization.
Finding the right office space for us has also proven to be a challenge. Our home for the first 2 1/2 years was destroyed in a flood back in February. The office space was donated to us and we did not at the time have a budget for a move or to compete with the expensive office space in downtown Boston. We did find a home in the Old West Church on Cambridge street. While this office space is reasonably priced, it is a tight space for our 8 employees. 

CEO Statement

CABA’s mission is to help solve the climate crisis by organizing local small business leaders to be more effective advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation within our communities, at the business, local, state, regional, national and international levels. We work towards building a new economy based on a strong, cooperative local business community. We aim to create and maintain a more resilient and sustainable future that is free from man-made climate catastrophe by providing a platform for business leaders to help achieve collective agreements at all levels of governance. We provide participating businesses with the resources and tools needed to work within their company on climate change and sustainability efforts, and on broader policy initiatives. Our framework includes promoting renewable energy, opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure and putting a price on carbon, as well as preparing our communities for anticipated climate impacts. Our approach balances member education, public outreach, dialogue with officials, and publicity about successful business and community climate change initiatives. CABA welcomes all independent businesses looking to be effective policy advocates and offer resources to this collective effort. The importance of small local businesses taking action on climate change cannot be overstated. Climate change is the direct result of our collective economic activity, and solving it requires significant participation from the business community. Small local businesses tend to be rooted in their communities and therefore have an important stake in their future health. In addition, businesses often have greater resources available to affect change, compared to individual residents. Additionally, businesses tend to be large consumers of energy and generators of emissions, thus representing a tremendous opportunity to reduce both.
I strongly believe that we are making a real difference in the communities that we are working in. Everyday I have the opportunity to hear from a different business leader about the great programs we are offering and the slow pushing of the rock up the mountain. While change may be slow, it is progressing. 

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

We have had a great success working in the Boston Metro area. Over the past year we have expanded to serve business communities across the state. We only work with independent locally owned small businesses.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Professional Societies & Associations
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Internal sustainability

Our metrics-driven sustainability program helps businesses set goals, track their progress, and achieve measurable results, using our proprietary sustainability data management tool. We support you in reducing your business’s carbon footprint while improving your bottom line.

CABA’s trained staff is able to identify strategic opportunities to enhance your business’s sustainability while maintaining profitability. We work with you to find solutions that make sense for your small business today while enhancing your resilience and reducing your contribution to climate change.

By sharing expertise and connecting with knowledgeable experts, member businesses are able to quickly learn from each other, creating a strong network and collection of best practices. We have helped a number of businesses enhance their sustainability performance. Read about the successes of our member businesses.

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Category  Environment, General/Other Climatic Change
Population Served General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Our educational campaigns have already reached 500 businesses in 2016. We will continue to educate business on the risks of rising seas, extreme weather events as well as the opportunities to take preemptive action.
Program Long-Term Success  We are launching our internal sustainability app which will help our member businesses track their carbon footprint in relation to their business operations. This will drive our businesses to having the data needed to take action.
Program Success Monitored By  Our program success is monitored by a full time staff and leadership team through the use of our internal scorecard.
Examples of Program Success  In 2015 we provided 15 case studies for businesses on what climate change will mean to them. We have continued to do this education into 2016 and have grown our number to 30 for the the case studies alone. We have also grown our educational events which has already reached our target audience goal (500 businesses) on the year.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have gone through several steps to mature our organizational staff and board. When we originated as a simple campaign, we had a mostly volunteer staff and board. Over time, we have evolved that to attracting staff and board members that offer unique expertise and skills to the organization. During this time, our ability to be committed to our cause has propelled us to success.


CEO/Executive Director mr Michael Green
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience Michael Green comes to CABA as a seasoned advocate for climate policy and environmental action. Since 2012, he has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy. As an activist, he has played strategic roles in several of the largest national, as well as international campaigns dedicated to fighting climate change. In his role at CABA, Michael manages staff and oversees the development of all program areas. He sits on the Board of Boston area non-profits as well as a policy advisor to national business associations on topics ranging from energy policy to climate adaptation. Michael is a Northeastern University graduate with degrees in international affairs and environmental studies, course work at the University of Edinbrough’s MSc Program in Environmental Protection and Management and Harvard Business Schools CORe Program.
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Award Awarding Organization Year
Champions of Change: Climate Change Equity White House 2016
Greenovate Award Winner City of Boston 2016


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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We have had great success working with many other national and local coalitions. We are able to provide a unique business voice to campaigns focussed on climate and energy policy along side with labor, traditional environmental organizations, communities of faith, and progressive thought leaders.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Eastern European
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair mr Quinton Zondervan
Board Chair Company Affiliation CABA
Board Chair Term Mar 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jorge Colmenares Retired Voting
Nancy Gerrard City of Boston Voting
Peter Kirby IBM Voting
Susan Labandibar Tech Networks of boston Voting
Juliette Rooney Vega Umass Lowell Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $840,000.00
Projected Expense $520,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990 (short year, covers April 13, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014)

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $72,570 $63,396 $65,505
Total Expenses $204,407 $96,798 $61,770

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $72,570 $61,278 $65,505
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue -- -- $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- $2,120 $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $142,415 $34,384 $54,476
Administration Expense $42,107 $54,512 $7,294
Fundraising Expense $19,885 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- $7,903 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.36 0.65 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 36% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 27% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $106,374 $601 $3,735
Current Assets $104,874 $601 $3,735
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $106,374 $601 $3,735

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have not yet undergone an audit but hope to at the start of the next fiscal year.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s with additional functional expense breakout detail per the Form PC on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations & corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, Climate Action Business Association is fiscally sponsored by Climate Xchange Education and Research Inc.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to take back the narrative on climate change action. For too long we have been told that addressing this challenge will threaten jobs and our economy. We know that many businesses do not agree with this. They look at their community impact and footprint as just as important as their business operations. 
Over the next five years we hope to build off of the solid platform that we have already created and be a trusted voice for businesses and community leaders to turn to when making choices that effect our future development and addressing climate change.
Our long term success will be when the Boston Globe covers future stories on climate change, their default is to not have an opposing business view. We all to often hear from the advocates and their opposition, business, this is the continuation of a false narrative.
We believe in measuring the success of our actions by the resiliency of our member businesses. The future will hold more extreme weather events for the greater Boston area. Working with our businesses to understand critical infrastructure, communication strategy and preemptive action that they can take will go a long way in supporting them when these events happen.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

As a data driven non-profit, we use a scorecard to track over 120 different metrics across the organization. Through accountability and regular tracking, we are able to always know as an organization where we are in comparison of our goals.
We are very careful and intentional about building relationships with each one of our members. Through our introduction to the organization, we learn how climate change is effecting their business and industry as well as what is needed for them to be a champion for their community. This helps us know that we are getting the most relevant information to the business.  

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We treat our program areas like a menu for the businesses that we work with. Different businesses have different needs and are able to focus on unique challenges and opportunities. When working with small businesses, their is no blanket solution that fits all. While some of our businesses join to gain support on becoming more energy efficient, others may not have a brick and mortar and are only interested in our community of shared values business leaders. Through our outreach and program  offerings, we are able to single out why a business works with us and what they hope to get from the relationship. This has been crucial in keeping them engaged and growing our organization

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

As stated above, we use a scorecard to track our progress across the organization. We have metrics for growing our membership, meeting financial targets, membership and community engagement, growth of services offered and internal development goals. In 2015 we reached 93% of our targets set. This included reaching the number of businesses we wanted to gain in that year (100), reaching our financial stretch goal ($230,000) and also staff development and training (two new full-time employees). This is just a sample of the many metrics that we are tracking. We cover a large variety as a way to show our progress, weaknesses, and areas of effectiveness. 
Looking forward, we have increased many of our size and scope targets by 30%-75% and currently on target to reach the goals ahead of schedule. We hope that through growth of membership, effectiveness of our programs (tracked through member engagement/retention) and meeting our financial targets, CABA will become a leader in developing strategies for economic development and community resilience.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We hope in the next two years to continue to develop a model that can be recreated elsewhere. We believe that we are only as effective as a community as we are as a state and nation. While we do not want to be the boots on the ground in other states, we hope to inspire action and replicas in other areas where the small business community can play an important role. Over the past year, we have gained more media and interest from other cities and states that are interested in organizing their business community. There is a certain need for small businesses to be out front on the issue of climate change and not allow it to be framed as only an environmental challenge. Others seeing our success and wanting to replicate it has been a validating factor for our mission and vision.
We hope to reach 1000 active small business leaders by the end of 2017. This number would represent working in a majority of communities across the state and also servicing a large portion of the states overall economic output. Having this large of an audience will make us much more effective in creating momentum behind the solutions that we believe in.
Lastly in the next year we hope to be able to offer more cutting edge research on the intersectionality of economic inequality and climate change. We aim to hire a full time research director in fall of 2016 who will oversee economic analysis of taking action on climate change and the interplay with disenfranchised communities. We believe that our robust analysis and research goals will support decision makers, small business leaders and partnering organizations moving forward.