Environment

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We are dedicated to promoting a safe, healthy environment for generations to come. While the world faces many pressing environmental challenges, advancing climate change solutions is our central driver. We see a changing climate as a grave threat to human well-being, especially vulnerable populations. We support effective state and federal policy and advocacy campaigns, steeped in scientific and legal expertise, to cut greenhouse gases, fight pollution and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.  In addition to cleantech, sustainable food and conservation solutions, we have worked to engage various stakeholders and sectors to protect the environment and human rights. This has included the faith community, agriculture industry, healthcare industry, corporations and investors. Building on these efforts, we also support sustainability education and training to develop future leaders.

 

Our Recent Environment Grants include:

As You Sow – promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building and legal strategies

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, nature-based, environmental learning program in Waukegan for children in grades 4-8, with a primary focus being an eight week summer session, that fosters the well-being of whole children, family and community

EcoMyths Alliance – works with a consortium of environmental partners to present simple science in entertaining ways to debunk false messages surrounding environmental issues and help people take positive steps to green the world

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

Family Farmed – focused on the Help us Grow Young Farmers! campaign to create Direct Market Success, the definitive manual and training program for young farmers

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.оптимизация интернет сайта

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