Frequently Asked Questions

What is the U.S. Climate Alliance?

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  In response to the U.S. federal government’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, Governors Andrew Cuomo, Jay Inslee, and Jerry Brown launched the United States Climate Alliance with the understanding that coordinated state action can ensure that the United States continues to contribute to the global effort to address climate change.

 What are the U.S. Climate Alliance’s principles?

The Alliance principles are:

  • States are continuing to lead on climate change:  Alliance states recognize that climate change presents a serious threat to the environment and our residents, communities, and economy.
  • State-level climate action is benefitting our economies and strengthening our communities: Alliance members are growing our clean energy economies and creating new jobs, while reducing air pollution, improving public health, and building more resilient communities.
  • States are showing the nation and the world that ambitious climate action is achievable:  Despite the U.S. federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Alliance members are committed to supporting the international agreement, and are pursuing aggressive climate action to make progress toward its goals.

What do Member States commit to do?

Each Member State commits to:

  • Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025;
  • Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement; and
  • Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

What activities are states engaged in through the Alliance?

States cooperate to enhance action and share expertise across six sectoral working groups that support their policy priorities.  These include clean energy finance, power sector modernization, building transformation, advanced transportation, natural resources, and climate resilience.  Alliance members are also working to improve their GHG inventories and host a clearinghouse for climate and clean energy information that supports policy planning such as data, tools, and grey papers.  Finally, Alliance states are engaging the international community to demonstrate continued climate leadership at home in America, and to encourage other nations to maintain and increase their climate action ambition. 

What is the relationship between the states, the Secretariat and the Foundations? 

The Secretariat supports the governors and their states by facilitating dialogue and cooperation among Alliance states on priority climate issues, sharing information and best practices, and communicating the climate leadership shown by Alliance states to stakeholders.  Philanthropic partners provide funding through the Secretariat to support this cooperation.

Any assistance – analytical, staffing, etc. – is provided at the request of the states, and is supported by foundations and organizations that share those goals.