Climate Ride

Climate Ride

Climate Ride

Climate Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes life-changing charitable events to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes.

Company details

111 N. Higgins Avenue, Suite 415 , Missoula , MT 59802 USA
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Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Renewable Energy
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:
less than $1,000,000 US

Climate Ride produces charitable multi-day rides, hikes and a DIY program. Visit our events page for more information on the latest event offerings. 

Our participants make an extraordinary contribution to a cause they care about. They are helping to provide much-needed financial support, raising awareness, and helping to build a national network of supporters.

The reward for this commitment is the experience of a lifetime through some of America's most beautiful landscapes. Participants meet and network with leaders in sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental causes while raising awareness of our cause.

The organizations that you support by joining Climate Ride are doing important work and the money you raise makes a crucial difference.  Proceeds from the events benefit a collection of environmental and active transportation non-profits. Participants can choose to direct grants to the non-profit of their choice. Learn more about our beneficiaries and read common questions asked by participants in the FAQ.

The Speaker Series

The Speaker Series: Each evening of the rides, speakers educate and inspire participants about sustainability, climate, the green economy, and active transportation. Our participants and the communities we pass through learn that our government, businesses, and each individual American will benefit from a cleaner, healthier planet. This is a unique event — a fundraiser and green conference on wheels. Learn more about our speakers here.

The Congressional Appointments

Advocacy Meetings: On Climate Ride NYC-DC, we give riders the chance to meet with Congress. The Climate Ride staff schedules hundreds of appointments for riders to meet in person with their senators and representatives when they arrive by bike in Washington DC at the end of Climate Ride NYC-DC. In 2012 alone, we trained and scheduled more than 100 riders to meet with Congress. In 2013, we scheduled more than 550 meetings. As part of our focus on education and civic duty, we encourage participants to learn about the issues related to our cause. However, Climate Ride is a non-partisan organization and we do not endorse any particular candidates, politicians, or legislation. We're helping to create a grassroots force of 'people-powered' advocates. Participants say this is one of the most powerful parts of the Climate Ride experience - pedaling your bike right to the US Capitol to advocate for change.

The Beneficiary Grants Program

Beneficiaries: The Climate Ride staff handles hundreds of inquiries from potential beneficiaries and manages a process to vet and approve the organizations that participants wish to support. We assist organizations in making Climate Ride a useful and meaningful part of their development plans. We process tens of thousands of donations and handle every aspect of the events so that these organizations can benefit without any risk or cost - so they can focus on achieving their missions.

Community Building and Awareness

Climate Ride strives to build an engaging new community around sustainability and active transportation. Our staff works to publicize these causes and promote engagement. We work to keep past and present participants engaged with the issues and the beneficiaries they support.

We engage in the Climate Ride events to support a collection of beneficiary organizations that are working to engage citizens in the possibility of a green economy, educate the public about the interconnected web of environmental issues related to the climate crisis, mobilize government and businesses to enact sound energy policies that promote renewables, and raise the profile of green transportation. Your fundraising helps these beneficiaries continue to provide the critical services and education needed to address sustainability and active transportation issues.  Right now, your fundraising and your effort to raise awareness are more critical than ever.

We can create communities with cleaner air, where we ride bikes, drive efficient cars and live and work in energy-saving, healthy buildings. If you demand it, our legislators and business community will promote clean energy and smarter transportation systems. By joining the Climate Ride events, you can take a step in this direction.

Join us for a few days of human powered activity—all for a good cause!

Statement of Purpose

The mission of Climate Ride is to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. We use sport as a means to change lives and build an effective, citizen-based sustainability movement.

Climate Ride Program Goals
  • Raise money for projects and organizations that work on climate change, clean energy, active transportation, sustainable infrastructure, and public health.
  • Raise the profile of renewable energy and the green economy among participants, donors, sponsors, and the general public.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the inter-connectedness of environmental issues caused by the climate crisis among participants, donors, sponsors, and the general public.
  • Foster a sense of civic duty and participation that encourages engagement with members of Congress, elected officials, and national leaders.
  • Promote the bicycle as a viable, carbon-free, healthy, and critical component of a green transportation infrastructure.
  • Motivate individuals to take responsibility for reducing their carbon and energy footprint.
  • Develop multiple Climate Ride events that galvanize a worldwide network of Climate Riders.

Climate Ride works diligently to create the most sustainable multi-day endurance events in the country.  We believe it's important to keep our events as low impact as possible. Read on to learn about how we reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the planet!

Less Waste!

On Climate Ride, you won't see plastic cups, bottles, plastic goodie bags or any of the throwaway waste that you typically see at sporting events. Climate Riders often bring their own water bottles and coffee mugs -- all they need to enjoy beverages on the trip! There are plenty of non-bagged goodies, as well as drink coolers, at our snack stops, but we downsize the unnecessary waste. While our focus is on reducing and reusing, we also work hard to collect and recycle any cans and bottles that do crop up.

Responsible Web Hosting

Our web host, AISO helps us in our commitment to a green business model. In addition to using energy efficient hosting technologies, AISO powers 100% of its facilities with solar energy. 

Carbon Offsets

While we know carbon offsets aren't license to emit at will, purchasing them is a way to support projects that reduce carbon emissions, and raise awareness that you can't reduce what you don't measure. Our motto is reduce, reduce, reduce, and offset what remains. We offset all carbon emissions associated with our operations and office space. We also offset staff travel to and from the events.

Thank you to ClearSky Climate Solutions for creating and supporting our environmental services offsets. ClearSky has teamed up with Climate Ride for many years to mitigate the emissions associated with our office and our events. ClearSky works globally to avoid the emissions of greenhouse gases, sequester CO2 and catalyze quality renewable energy projects. Use this handy Carbon Calculator to calculate your carbon footprint and then purchase offsets. ClearSky is specifically focused on avoiding the deforestation and degradation of tropical forests and rehabilitating degraded ecosystems through community action to establish new forests with multiple native species plantations. Do what you can to live a little greener. We'll do the same.