About Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative

The Collaborative is a Cape-wide campaign to unite the varied expertise and experience of Cape Cod organizations to address the impacts of climate change. Here on the Cape we have an acute understanding of the threats of climate change- warmer ocean waters, sea level rise and increased storm intensity. The challenge for the Collaborative is to spur local and regional actions to mitigate these impacts by linking available knowledge, talent and tools of Cape Cod organizations. 

The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (5Cs) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to 5Cs and mail to:  PO Box 1092, South Orleans, MA 02662. Thank you for your contribution.

Our membership is made up of organizations on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard that have committed themselves to reducing their carbon footprints or assisting others in doing so.

Join Us! We actively welcome new members. Download the form to join.


5Cs Overview Video

The best way to find out about climate change and 5Cs is to watch our Executive Director Mon Cochran’s presentation to the Bourne Newcomers’ Club. And here is a link to the slides shown in Mon’s presentation.


Carbon Calculator

Dr. Stephen Gates, Technical Director of Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, developed a carbon calculator to allow people to determine their carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce it.

Carbon Calculator Can Save Money As Well As The Environment  


Founding Members

Additional Collaborators

Our Networks

You may find it useful to work on climate issues with similar organizations to yours — what we call 5Cs Networks. Already the first of our networks has formed, the Faith Communities Environmental Network. Co-led by Susan Starkey and Rev. Brian McGurk, this is an ecumenical group open to all faiths on Cape Cod. Read Susan’s story about the initial efforts by her church to get a concrete commitment to reducing carbon footprints. The Story of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable as an inspiring example. To join this network, contact Senior Advisor , Paul Minus, pminus@aol.com or Susan Starkey,starkey.susan@gmail.com.



Board of Directors & Staff

If you’d like to form another network, please contact us for more details.

Board & Staff photo by Richard Delaney.


Board of Directors

5Cs is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from representatives of its membership. Current Board members are:

Richard Delaney, Center for Coastal Studies, President
Mon Cochran, Friends of Pleasant Bay, Vice-President, Executive Director
Fran Schofield, Pleasant Bay Community Boating, Treasurer
Pat Hughes, Center for Coastal Studies, Secretary
Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact
Steve Gates, Technical Director
Sarah Griscom, Pleasant Bay Community Boating
Herb Heidt, Friends of Pleasant Bay
Don Keeran, Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Brian McGurk, Faith Communities Environmental Network
Jim Wolf, Cape Air
Dave McGlinchey, Woods Hole Research Center
Lauren McKJeran, Cape Cod National Seashore
Liz Argo, Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative
David Mead-Fox, Outer Cape Energize
Beth Wade, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod
Janet Williams, Associate Director


5Cs is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Mon Cochran, Executive Director
Janet Williams, Associate Director
Stephen Gates, Technical Director