Center for Resource Solutions (San Francisco, CA)


  • Name:Jennifer Martin
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Resource Solutions
  • Address:1012 Torney Ave. 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:415 561-2100
  • Main fax:415 561-2105

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  • Mission:
  • A US-based nonprofit with global impact, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) was established in 1997 to advance the use of renewable energy. CRS’s flagship program Green-e® provides third-party verification and certification of renewable energy purchases and sales, and its expert advisory services are used by businesses, state and regional governments (in the US, Canada and China) to develop renewable energy policy, best practices, and tracking systems. Green-e® is the only successful green power and green pricing certification program in the US and to date certifies and verifies more than 33 million MWh of renewable energy annually.

  • Overview:
  • CRS’s experience managing a voluntary renewable energy program that not only evolved over two decades to meet the shifting demands of the market, but that also reaches more than 700,000 individual and business customers generating more than 33 million MWh of renewable energy annually and earning revenues in excess of $1.5 million annually, has placed CRS in high demand among renewable energy advocates and programs. CRS continually engages in collaborations with policymakers, NGOs, and government officials to share its success and knowledge in order to enhance the sector’s collective impact on consumer and business use and development of renewable energy. A few recent from among many of CRS’s collaborators include the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). CRS works with these entities to simplify and clarify a number of renewable energy issues ranging from transmission loss rates to reporting on U.S. electricity curtailment policies, policies addressing the use of biomass as a thermal energy fuel, helping US states understand how to incorporate renewable energy into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Plan, developing guidelines for renewable energy claims, educating local governments on how to implement Renewable Portfolio Standards—ultimately facilitating better understanding of effective renewable energy integration strategies. CRS’s renewable energy standards—the third-party standards that provide the foundation for Green-e® certification—are also widely used by other certification programs, including LEED green-building standard, B Corp., Cradle to Cradle, and the new Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) certification.

    CRS serves an important role in the North American renewable energy market to advance the use and development of renewable energy and to ensure the integrity of the existing infrastructure for tracking, trading, and marketing all renewable energy. Through certification, the development of open-stakeholder standards, third-party oversight of renewable energy generation and sale, and sharing knowledge among industry leaders, CRS continually overcomes barriers to wide-scale consumer uptake of clean power. Green-e®—a program whose success remains unmatched in North America—provides certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products through three programs: Green-e Energy, a renewable energy certification program operating in the U.S. and Canada; Green-e Climate, an international greenhouse gas emissions reduction certification program; and Green-e Marketplace, which assists businesses in using clean energy and carbon offsets in their operations and manufacturing.

    In addition to CRS’s numerous ongoing collaborations to educate a variety of constituencies and facilitate their participation in the renewable energy market, CRS has hosted the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference since 1997. REM is the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Co-organized by CRS and the US EPA, REM is the go-to conference for leaders in both the voluntary and regulatory renewable energy markets and provides the most cutting-edge information on integrating renewable energy through seminars, talks, networking, and information-sharing.

  • History:
  • A US-based nonprofit with global impact, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) was established in 1997 to advance the use of renewable energy. CRS’s flagship program Green-e® provides third-party verification and certification of voluntary renewable energy purchases and sales, facilitating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Green-e® is novel, effective, and the best renewable energy certification of its kind, increasing business accountability to consumers, pushing businesses and corporations to evolve, and facilitating the reduction of their CO2 footprint through the use of renewable energy. The Green-e® label helps businesses communicate to their customers that they are making a significant and credible contribution to sustainability, and that by supporting them, consumers are actively participating in a viable economic solution to climate change. In addition to Green-e®, CRS’s expert policy and advisory services are used by businesses, nonprofits, and state and regional governments (in the US, Canada and China) to develop renewable energy policy, share best practices, and implement tracking systems that ensure the integrity of energy sustainability efforts. Over the past 18 years, CRS has proven that the voluntary sale and purchase of renewable energy is an economic model that works. Currently, more than 700,000 individuals and businesses totaling more than 33 million MWh of renewable energy annually currently use Green-e®, and since its inception, Green-e® has reduced or removed more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide–equivalent from the atmosphere.

    In the US, there is little government oversight over how clean energy is generated, accounted for, marketed, and sold to consumers and businesses, and the government’s mandates for renewable energy are far from robust. This lack of government support for the ethical and efficient production and sale of clean energy has resulted in market misbehavior, false advertising, costly litigation, and buyer confusion—all of which inhibits the wide-scale uptake of renewable energy among constituencies across all economic levels.

    CRS addresses these issues by educating individual and business consumers and government officials on the sometimes murky area of renewable energy accounting (Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs), by providing utilities and developers with best practices and off-the-shelf language they can use to ethically represent their clean energy products to their customers, and by offering individual and business consumers the opportunity to participate in the voluntary renewable energy market by purchasing or generating Green-e® energy whenever possible. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are currently the only way to track and purchase grid-sourced green energy. As of today, the United States does not have a national registry of issued RECs. Therefore, ThinkProgress, a publication of the Center for American Progress, writes, “If you want to make sure you find the highest quality green power, then go to Green-e.” CRS’s dual goal of protecting consumers while ensuring that renewable energy continues to advance through the development and sale of certified new renewable energy has helped the US increase its voluntary renewable energy usage by nearly 500% since 2006.

    What is the voluntary renewable energy market? The “voluntary” or “green power” market is that in which consumers and institutions voluntarily purchase renewable energy to match all or part of their electricity needs. Voluntary action provides a revenue stream for renewable energy projects and raises consumer awareness of the benefits of renewable energy. The voluntary market currently represents 1.7% of the total US electricity mix . As markets continue to be deregulated, community choice aggregation (CCA) becomes more widely available in communities that remain regulated, and community and crowdfunded solar becomes a viable option for those unable to install solar (like renters and those living in housing developments), CRS will play a growing role in collaborating with utilities and energy suppliers, local governments and NGOs, and developers and other businesses across the US to promote the ethical tracking and sale of renewable energy, policy and best practices, and consumer education.

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:20


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-3265560

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:943265560
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1012 TORNEY AVE
  • Organization City:SAN FRANCISCO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94129-1704
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$1,768,278
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,689,385
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,689,385
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 6:59:14 am

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