Climate Interactive

Climate Interactive was created to model complex systems related to climate change, create experiential learning simulations, and develop frameworks for equitable climate action. Through the application of system dynamics modeling and interdisciplinary approaches, Climate Interactive ensures that all tools created are publicly accessible worldwide.

The organization was founded by Executive Director Andrew Jones and Dr. Elizabeth Sawin who both shared a passion for the field of system dynamics modeling, addressing complex global challenges, and the life work of Dr. Donella Meadows—their shared long-term mentor. Climate Interactive is a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC.

Climate Interactive is rooted in the fields of system dynamics modeling and systems thinking. Through this lens, and with associates at the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, they have created and shared tools that help people see connections and drive effective and equitable climate action.

Climate Interactive hosts a team of system dynamics modelers who create user-friendly climate simulators—spanning topics of international policy, cutting-edge climate solutions, energy dynamics, climate justice, and more. 

From start to finish, Climate Interactive’s aim is to synthesize technical climate science into accessible mediums, and harness the power of experiential learning to engage and inform people around high-leverage, equitable climate solutions.

Climate Interactive’s Major Milestones include the following:

  • In 2009, Climate Interactive was the first scientific team to add up all the climate pledges countries had made to the United Nations leading up to the COP 15 Copenhagen climate negotiations. This analysis, which became known as the Climate Scoreboard, landed our work in the New York Times and in the meeting rooms of the world’s top decision-makers.
  • In 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Science Advisor, John Holdren, used the C-ROADS simulator to deliver the bilateral U.S.-China Climate Accord, which led to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Following this work, Climate Interactive was named the US Environmental and Energy Think-Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine.
  • In 2019, the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator was released. Co-developed with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, this global simulator allowed users to interact with cross-sector climate solutions like never before, boasting an accessible interface available in over 20 languages. Since its release, En-ROADS has been used by thousands of leaders across the world to inform climate policy decisions.
  • In 2020, Climate Interactive launched the the En-ROADS Climate Ambassador program to run climate events worldwide, and deliver crucial insights to decision-makers. There are currently over 700 Climate Ambassadors operating across the world.
  • Over the years, to further enable effective decision-making around climate solutions, Climate Interactive launched the World Climate Simulation Game, the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Workshop, and the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Workshop. To date, over 300,000 people worldwide have been engaged through these games and workshops.

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