Forging our future
Industry needs a second revolution.
Our mission is to set in motion unstoppable policies, people power, and analysis to have a direct impact on climate, justice, and jobs that drastically reduce dangerous industrial emissions, make industry accountable to communities and workers, and develop a circular economy.Learn more
Today, heavy industry contributes 24% of greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest source of climate pollution.
We need industrial materials like steel, aluminum, and cement to build out our new economy. All of these materials can now be produced using cleaner and greener energy that drives good paying jobs, arrests climate change, and anchors a healthy regenerative economy that helps local communities thrive.
Here are a few of the heavy industries that we are currently focusing on.
Today, steel-making uses coal and contributes up to 11% of climate pollution worldwide. There’s a better way. We’re working to replace coal with clean energy and green hydrogen, and bring steel emissions down to zero in the next two decades.
In 1980, the US made 30% of the world’s aluminum. Today, we make just 1%, importing aluminum from some countries with dirtier production methods. We’re working to make the US a leader in sustainable aluminum, restoring union jobs and securing critical supply chains.
Everyone deserves safe housing, roads and bridges, but cement is hugely polluting, contributing 7% of climate pollution globally. We’re working to make the next generation of cement facilities around the world low emission using cleaner clinker and renewable energy.
Industrial processes use a lot of heat to manufacture our food, paper products, medicines and more. While most facilities burn methane or coal, industrial heat pumps and other electric equipment can do the trick. In 2024, we’re scaling up to make sure our cookies, notebooks, and more aren’t made with fossil fuels.
A “take-make-waste” economy is growing landfills and the related methane pollution. As we work towards a circular economy, we’re targeting landfills and the waste in our kitchens driving methane pollution to start.
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Today, industry contributes 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest source of climate pollution.
Our staff is comprised of leaders from the climate movement, labor, government, clean tech and more: analysts, campaign directors, communicators, and policy experts. We’ve worked to retire coal and gas plants, scaled up electric trucks and heat pumps, and fought for racial justice, women’s rights, parental leave, and more.
We are looking for passionate, skilled team players who want to work with us to reinvent industry, create jobs and protect the climate.
Big change is possible
We will push boundaries and try new things, knowing that anything that’s never been done before will seem impossible at first. We develop strategies based on our assessment of the world as it is, not as we wish it would be.Over the course of our work, we will experience victories great and small, and defeats that feel crushing in the moment. We cannot allow ourselves to be carried along by those victories nor stuck in the mire after setbacks. We approach our work with a can-do attitude, always looking for opportunities to offer solutions and new perspectives.
We take a strategic approach to results
We cannot solve our climate crisis by doing the same thing we have always done; that’s not working. We develop innovative solutions that address the intersection of climate science, justice, and the art of the possible. We don’t reuse the same campaigning playbook; we employ the strategies that will be most effective at reaching our goals
We take a strategic approach to results
We hold industry accountable for its impact on climate. But our institutions–including industrial producers and governments that regulate them–are built on systemic injustices. Of course we can't solve this alone, but we understand that industrial policy connects to that history and thus our solutions must actively work against it. CSL is not immune to the systems of oppression that permeate our work and culture. We are aware of our identities in how we show up and how the world sees us. And we are committed to ensuring that communities most impacted by climate change have resources, access and decision-making power.
We build inclusive spaces
We are not the only ones in this fight, and we will not win when we work alone or show up believing we have all the answers. Our work builds upon the efforts and successes of others, and we continue a long tradition of collaborative change-making. We strive to make ourselves, our peers, and our partners successful and powerful in achieving our shared goals.
We practice self care and healthy lifestyles
The work to bring about a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable planet is difficult and can be challenging to manage emotionally. In order to do so and sustain our best work together, and because - above all - we are human beings, we must prioritize our whole health, including seeing our work as a piece of our whole lives rather than balanced against everything else in our lives.
Growth & Learning
We are curious, take risks, and are open to change
We have a strong hypothesis about what will improve our climate, and we’re constantly working, testing, experimenting to achieve our mission. Along the way, we improve collaboration, strengthen our skills, and deepen our knowledge. Humility and a capacity for growth are critical ingredients to our success-we know there is much we can learn from each other, our partners, and the communities we work with
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