We are dedicated to promoting a safe, healthy environment for generations to come. While the world faces many pressing environmental challenges, advancing just climate solutions is our central driver. We see a changing climate as an overriding threat to human well-being, particularly vulnerable populations. In response, we are focused on accelerating the clean energy transition and sustainable food systems through a mix of local, national and global efforts. Currently, we support work that revolves around environmental advocacy/policy/litigation, clean energy, urban agriculture, faith-based and healthcare initiatives, front-line community environmental justice, corporate accountability, responsible investing, and democracy protection. Building awareness, we also support sustainability education and training to develop future leaders.
Recent Environment Grantees:
As You Sow – promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building and legal strategies
Chicago Clean Energy Coalition for Puerto Rico Solar Disaster Relief/LuminAID
Clean Energy Trust – as a clean tech accelerator, hosts the Clean Energy Challenge, the Midwest’s premiere cleantech innovation showcase which supports and mentors support early stage entrepreneurs
Cool Learning Experience – a year-round
Environmental Law & Policy Center – a Midwest-based non-profit environmental advocacy group that has shown strong leadership in supporting the development of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, clean transportation and clean buildings
Environmental Working Group – working to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment with breakthrough research and education to inform consumer choice and civic action
Faith in Place – an interfaith organization that inspires diverse religious communities in Illinois to care for the Earth through connection, education, and advocacy
Flint Rising – a coalition of community organizations working to ensure that people directly impacted by lead poisoning are building the organizing infrastructure and leadership necessary for this long-haul fight for justice and creating the future for Flint families
Health Care Without Harm – working worldwide to transform the health sector, promoting environmental health and justice
Indigenous Environmental Network – an alliance of Indigenous Peoples to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation that maintains and respects Indigenous teachings and natural laws
Intentional Endowments Network – supports colleges, universities and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns
The Kitchen Community – building learning gardens in public schools around the country, soon to reach 200 Chicago public schools
Know Tomorrow – a college student-led campaign to demand action on climate change
Mobile Kitchen Classroom with Stone Barns Center – empowers high school students in New York to become food citizens for a new, healthy and sustainable food culture through a hands-on, semester-long program that culminates with a Mindful Meal project to spread the word
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – a strong national environmental organization, we have supported Midwest initiatives including new carbon pollution rules, policies that embrace energy efficiency and new clean technologies, battling tar sands oil expansion and stopping new coal plants
Openlands – a greater Chicago region conservation organization helping connect people to nature and protect land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, urban farms, and community gardens.
SHINE – a global campaign to mobilize foundations, faith groups and other mission-driven organizations to dedicate grants and investments to massively scale up funding for clean energy access
Sierra Club – although this national organization has many programs designed to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, our support has been primarily focused on the highly successful Beyond Coal campaign
Windy City Harvest – as part of the Chicago Botanic garden, this accredited, apprenticeship program in sustainable urban agriculture offers job training to young adults that may have barriers to employment, including formerly incarcerated individuals. In partnership, the Farm on Ogden development will train the next generation of farmers and chefs, create jobs, distribute locally grown food and deliver nutrition education.
University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute – this innovative institute extends sustainability education campus-wide by creating interdisciplinary curricula and experiential learning for undergraduates and graduates; enhancing faculty and student research; expanding community and corporate partnerships; and demonstrating best sustainability practices throughout campus operations. Here students can learn, lead and serve with the economy, environment and social justice in mind, and cross collaboration is key.