Climate Coordination Network

Project Name:
Climate Coordination Network

Project Description and why it’s classified as a public good:
The Climate Coordination Network (CCN) has been driving the quarterly climate QF grant round since its beginning. The climate round was initially run by Gitcoin and managed by the CCN team, but it was decentralized out of Gitcoin at the end of 2023. CCN continues to run these quarterly climate/refi grant rounds independently.

Since GR12 in December 2021, the Climate Solutions Round run by CCN has enormously impacted the web3 Climate/ReFi space. We have crowdfunded nearly $1M and distributed almost $3.9M in funding to hundreds of projects amid bear market conditions.

Driven by the belief that climate action is the ultimate public good because climate change increasingly affects all of humanity and by a mission to accelerate climate action, the Climate Coordination Network is excited to continue to take the Climate Solutions Program to the next level of effective and focused global impact.

Main Project Funding Sources:
Grants and Donations

Seeking project-specific funding or funding for general operations:
Funding for general operations

Project Roadmap and Milestones:

  • Distribute 2M USD in grant funding to climate projects in 2024.
  • Raise 1M USD for our grant funding pool.
  • Begin offering 3rd party grant round operator services.
  • Establish a legal entity for CCN.

Team Information, including backgrounds and roles:

  • Jon Ruth is the founder of Spark and also an early member of the Climate Coordination Network team that ran the program while it was a part of the Gitcoin program. He has been taking the lead role in the formation of CCN. He has a background in renewable energy and is passionate about projects that help in the fight against the climate crisis. He and Coleen co-founded The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit on a mission to fund and accelerate off-grid solar for underserved communities in emerging markets. He has been in web3/crypto full-time for two years and started his journey in 2016.
  • Coleen Chase is a former contributor to the Gitcoin PGF team where she helped manage operations and outreach for the Gitcoin Grants Program and served on the Gitcoin Climate Solutions Advisory Team. She is co-founder of The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit on a mission to fund and accelerate off-grid solar for underserved communities in emerging markets. Her background includes marketing and operations at Microsoft and Apple. She cares deeply about public goods and utilizing blockchain tech/web3 for meaningful, sustainable, real-life impact.
  • Ben West - After 20+ years in senior positions in environmental non-profits and roles in politics ranging from Deputy Leader of the Green Party of BC and campaign manager/ consultant for elected officials at all levels of government, Ben transitioned to focusing on jobs behind the scenes using technology to help make the world a better place. He is now very excited to be working with the Grants Lab at Gitcoin and as a team leader for Thrive. He is deeply passionate about decentralization, the power of memes, and the potential for coordination to unlock exponential opportunities.
  • Pranav Khanna is an active contributor to the ReFi Community and has been part of initiatives at ReFi DAO and ReFibySouth. Pranav has been instrumental in helping spread the “Gitcoin” word/work in the global south. Pranav organized India’s first ReFi Summit in Dec 2022 as well as a Hackathon and Green Pill Festival in March 2023. Pranav Khanna has a background in Sustainability, Circular Fashion, Plastic waste, Crypto, and Climate action. Past work includes an Accelerator, India first Circular fashion platform, Plastic traceability, and Circular Design challenge ( LFW )
  • Tarah Stafford - As a screenwriter, climate strategist and communicator Tarah has worked on climate campaigns with many organizations including: political parties, UNEP, ECO, Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust, Windstar Foundation, CRED (Conversations for Responsible Economic Development), Columbia/Sony, Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures, Cool Neighborhoods, VoteClimate, Gitcoin and the Ethereum Foundation. She was the Co-Executive Director of Ethelo’s eDemocracy, working with Cities, businesses and Indigenous Nations around the world on de-carbonization, energy and emissions plans, climate plans and public engagements and is the Co-Founder of the climate communications think tank, The Elephant Room that creates strategic campaigns to move the needle on climate change.
  • Marco Gerletti is a core member of All For Climate, one of the most important European Fiscal Hosts for climate activists and grassroots projects. He is also co-founder of Solarpunk Nomads, a project that designs and crafts Electric Camper Vehicles for use as Public Goods. Marco’s background is in communication, but his true passion is education. He firmly believes in the power of public goods and in the ultimate tool of real on-ground climate action.

What’s next if you receive funding:
We will continue to build a robust network of climate-focused projects and help fund their work. We will move forward with our mission to make the maximum positive impact on the planet.

Social Credibility (development progress, awards, notable GitHub commits, referrals):
2+ yrs working in partnership with Gitcoin to fund Climate projects.

Project Links & Resources:
Twitter: @climate_program

Discord contact: