Working to keep the West special

RMCO's Mission

We work to keep the Interior West a special place by bringing about climate action in the region, especially in our home state of Colorado, and by building support for climate action in our region and across the nation. Our tools are information, collaboration, and advocacy. We:

  • Spread the word about what climate disruption can do to us here and what we can do about it. See, for example, our reports.
  • Bring people together to develop solutions, build consensus, and achieve results. See our Colorado Climate Project.
  • Work to reduce emissions of heat-trapping pollution. See our program, Colorado Communities for Climate Action.
  • Work to prepare for and adapt to the changes we still may face. See our program, launched with the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Local Resilience Project.
  • Give priority to long-term, lasting solutions.
  • Fill gaps in climate action by doing work that governmental bodies do not have the resources to do.
  • Function as a coalition, with partners from governmental, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • Focus primarily on the eight-state Interior West, with a particular emphasis on our home state of Colorado.
  • On a few issues where we have particular expertise or can make a particular contribution, address climate change and promote climate action on a national basis. See our work on climate change and national parks.

Climate disruption is not an ordinary environmental issue, and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization is not an ordinary environmental group. First, our diverse coalition of partners includes unusual allies and messengers, not just usual suspects: local governments; Denver Water, Colorado's largest water utility; nonprofit organizations; and businesses. This broad range of perspectives and voices gives us unusual credibility.

Second, we are working to protect the West, a special region that not only those of us furtunate enough to live here, but also many others around the nation and the world, cherish. Mostly we focus on the specific, local impacts that climate disruption will have in this region and actions that can be taken here. Where we have particular expertise or a particular ability to make a difference, we work to change attitudes and actions across the nation, as on climate change and national parks. Neither the climate nor heat-trapping pollution know political boundaries, and climate protection actions undertaken anywhere, not just in the West, benefit us here.

Third, RMCO has leaders with unique experience and savvy, with members of our board of directors and staff who have directed federal, state, and local governmental agencies and managed political campaigns. We know how to reach across political divides, how to appeal to those in power, and to broaden public support for actions in the common interest. 

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization is a nonprofit, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. Contributions are tax-deductible -- and essential to our work. We started years ago with a clear mission and an ability to make a difference, but not with any endowment of funds. We remain small but highly effective, and can only continue doing our work if we get the support of people like you.