ICSC owes its history to the energy struggle in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental and the valiant citizens of the province who successfully defeated the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the town from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.
The institute began as the Green Renewable Independent Power Producer (GRIPP) project, borne out of the locally-led partnership of people’s organizations, national and international civil society groups, and the renewable energy (RE) business sector. Their rejection of coal provided the impetus for Negros Occidental’s pursuit of 100% RE development and became a defining moment for the global climate and energy campaign.
GRIPP was eventually registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-profit organization in 2005.
ICSC launched the Slow-Onset Climate Change Impacts report with the Congressional Policy, Budget and Research Department (CPBRD) of the Lower House.
Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change, the world’s first literary anthology on climate change, was published by the institute.
ICSC’s e-jeepney project was cited in an article about electric public transport in Puerto Princesa which was included in Cases
on the Diffusion and Adoption of Sustainable Development Practices, a book published by IGI Global.
ICSC’s e-jeepney initiative was cited in the World Scientific-published book Green Urbanism in Asia: The Emerging Green Tigers.
With Oxfam and the Climate Change Commission, ICSC co-published Braving the Uncertainties of Weather, a policy brief on weather-indexed insurance as a rural risk transfer mechanism for climate change adaptation.
In 2010, ICSC and Oxfam published Financing Adaptation or Funding Chaos: Adaptation, Finance, and Philippine Climate Policy, a climate policy report which made the first-ever recommendation for the establishment of what would become the People’s Survival Fund.
The e-jeepney project became a grantee of the National Geographic Society’s Great Energy Challenge.
ICSC became one of only three organizations worldwide to receive funding from A Greener Tomorrow, Emirates’ environmental grant initiative, for its e-jeepney project.
The e-jeepney won the top transport solutions prize in a global contest run by the Ecopolis Program of Discovery Channel.
It was awarded the Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism for its work on sustainable transport in the same year.