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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Forest Conservation

Mission: Acadia Center is a non-profit, research and advocacy organization committed to advancing the clean energy future. Acadia Center is at the forefront of efforts to build clean, low carbon and consumer friendly economies. Acadia Center’s approach is characterized by reliable information, comprehensive advocacy and problem solving through innovation and collaboration. Acadia Center is the new name of Environment Northeast (ENE). Although the name and logo have changed, the staff, programs and commitment to results continues unchanged. Over the past 15 years, Environment Northeast (ENE) has built a successful track record of providing solutions to advance state and regional efforts to promote effective clean energy and climate policy. The new Acadia Center brand more accurately reflects the organization’s geographic scope and evolving approach.

Target demographics: Achieve a clean energy economy. Acadia Center’s overarching focus is developing a clean energy economy that offers real world solutions to the climate crisis.

Geographic areas served: We work at the state and regional levels on targeted initiatives and model practices with national significance.


PRIORITIES: Acadia Center works across key sectors of the economy, in state, local, regional and national jurisdictions to promote effective solutions to tackle the problem of climate change. The principles that guide these efforts are consistent and reflect shared needs and goals.

SECTORS: Acadia Center works at the intersections of energy and climate change: power generation and consumer-side energy resources; transportation; land use; and carbon emissions reductions and mitigation.

ACTIVITIES:Acadia Center tackles challenges from many angles, with strategies and expertise that reach across disciplines. This approach reflects the complexity of the issues and leverages a range of networks and skillsets.

REGIONS:Acadia Center works to build clean, competitive, environmentally sustainable economies across North America. Especially at the state and regional levels, Acadia Center has designed solutions that overcame gridlock and got traction. These solutions are models that can be scaled up and carried to new jurisdictions.

INITIATIVES:Initiatives are categories that encompass all of Acadia Center's work. Initiatives cut across sectors and jurisdictions. Initiatives include: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Grid, Transportation, and Acadia’s Climate and Energy Analysis (CLEAN) Center.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Environment Northeast is an exceptional organization that advocates for environmental policy that improves the quality of air and water. They also monitor negative government and corporate policies which have detrimental impact the environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Environment Northeast makes change happen. They advocate and create policy change that benefits the general population. These are bright, conscientious people who fight for us to have fewer emmissions and environmental toxins through policy change. I have followed ENE for years and would like to see them expand their work further. I do hope they get the recognition they deserve. A truly wonderful not for profit.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a research and advocacy organization, Environment Northeast provides invaluable resources for local, state, and federal stakeholders charged with environmental policy-making decisions. ENE is a great resource for articulate and non-partisan assessments of environmental issues and challenges affecting Eastern Canada and New England states. Currently at stake are the budgetary constraints of state and local governments to continue investments in long-term energy efficiency plans. To date, ENE has proven itself a remarkably effective champion of green industry and cleaner environmental standards that will positively impact job growth and state budgets over the long-term.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Environment Northeast provides exceptional quality information to both the general public and policy makers. The leadership and staff members are impressive in every way--the depth and breadth of their knowledge, passion for their mission, and ability to make strategic decisions that move the environmental agenda forward in the most meaningful ways. The management structure results in a lean, fiscally responsible organization that is genuinely effective.

5 ecorho


Rating: 5

I am impressed with the wealth of data and information I receive and that is made availabale to the public. The depth and scope of this organization's work is strong and effective. As a donor, I am also pleased at their planning and setting of priorities along with a thoughtful budget that does not waste scarce dollars. Environment northeast, in my experience, has a dedicated, knowledgeable hardworking staff. They are goal oriented, successful and enjoy a great reputation among their peers. They respond to my questions and are always helpful Great organization