chapter-42009 Approved Grants: Environment

1Sky Education Fund

Takoma Park, MD | $100,000

To support a collaborative national campaign designed to unify diverse organizations and leaders across the U.S. in calling for bold federal action on climate change legislation.

American Prospect

Washington, DC | $75,000

To plan, publish, and widely disseminate a signature special report of The American Prospect on Seeing Green: A Policy Agenda for the Green Economy of Tomorrow.

Applied Research Center

New York, NY | $50,000

To produce and disseminate a toolkit on Equity and the Green Economy--including Case Studies, a Model Policy Bank, and an Equity Measures Template--that can be used to advocate for equitable green economy policies.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Blue Green Alliance Foundation

Minneapolis, MN | 2 years $300,000

To support the Blue Green Alliance's efforts to educate unions about global warming and jobs; implement green economic development pilot projects; collaborate on research supportive of a green economy; and coordinate a national green jobs conference.

Center for Clean Air Policy

Washington, DC | $300,000 | 2 years

To build upon the momentum of CCAP efforts over the past two years to address two important issues emerging in state and national climate policy discussions: slowing growth in travel demand as a mitigation measure and adapting to climate change impacts.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Washington, DC | $125,000

Continued support to further climate change policies that simultaneously protect low- and middle-income households while reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and to bring new voices for low-income families to advocate for the enactment of such policies.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH | $25,000

To assist the City of Cleveland in engaging in a community-led strategic planning process that shapes the city's economic engine to create a sustainable community.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA | $250,000

To increase and strengthen collaboration between local and national efforts to advance innovative policies and mechanisms for comprehensive coastal restoration and community protection efforts in coastal Louisiana.

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity

San Francisco, CA | $70,000 | 2 years

To support the Group's mission to expand the field of climate and energy philanthropy and promote collaborative, strategic grant making among its members.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Oakland, CA | $50,000

Continued support for the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign in California to inspire public awareness and support for clean energy jobs, advance a model program in Oakland, and advocate for state policy to generate green jobs that create pathways out of poverty.

Energy Action Coalition

Washington, DC | $100,000

To continue to build grassroots capacity among youth in the interest of building a clean and just energy future.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Effective Citizenry Program

Environmental Defense Fund

New York, NY | $125,000

To establish national transportation and climate policy that promotes market-based solutions and innovation to reduce transport greenhouse gas emissions and foster green transport.

Funders' Collaborative On Youth Organizing

Brooklyn, NY | $100,000 | 2 years

To strengthen and grow the field of youth organizing through grantmaking, capacity building, and philanthropic outreach and education -- including support for its grantmaking initiative, Regeneration: Youth Leadership for Environmental Justice.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Effective Citizenry Program

Garrison Institute

Garrison, NY | $50,000

To support Garrison Institute's Climate Change Leadership Program and to expand the Institute's capacity to serve the field.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Green Building Alliance

Pittsburgh, PA | $50,000

To reduce the City of Pittsburgh's greenhouse gas emissions through implementation, updates, and monitoring of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health

New York, NY | $100,000

To build the capacity of Gulf Coast grassroots organizations by providing technical assistance in fundraising and media advocacy, and opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning and to strengthen the non-profit infrastructure in the region.

League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Washington, DC | $150,000

To support for a multi-state transportation policy project, a coordinated effort among state and national League partners to shape transportation and climate policy priorities and to build a grassroots effort to push for new state and federal transportation legislation.

Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC

New Orleans, LA | $50,000

To support efforts to assist the residents in New Orleans East in rebuilding their families and community

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY | $75,000

To support the development of an implementation plan for meeting New York City's energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals for retrofitting the building sector that NRDC intends to provide for the Mayor's office.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY | $300,000 | 2 years

To support an expansion of NRDC's efforts to connect transportation, climate, and energy policy at the national and state level, with a focus on building new coalitions with energy security, business, and labor; activating its environmental partners; and replicating new innovations at the state policy level.

New York Community Trust

New York, NY | $300,000

To support the One Region Funders' Group, a funder collaborative supporting joint learning, philanthropic outreach, and strategic grantmaking on transportation reform issues in the Tri-State region of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Political Economy Research Institute

Amherst, MA | $230,000 | 2 years

To support PERI's Green Economy program to provide quantitative analysis of green economic policy issues for decision makers, and broaden the reach of its findings among the media, the economics profession, and the public.

Seedco

New York, NY | $85,000

To build capacity within New Orleans City government and the nonprofit sector to shepherd energy and climate reform policies and programs and create economic opportunities for New Orleans residents.

Smart Growth America

Washington, DC | $400,000

To support Smart Growth America and advocacy groups in key states in an initiative to track and analyze stimulus-funded state transportation programs related to a clean, green transportation infrastructure that serves communities and the people who live in them.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Smart Growth Leadership Institute

Washington, DC | $75,000

To support a short-term strategic planning process to design a long-term program aimed at bringing about sustainable transportation and land use reform at the state level and to convene two meetings of state policymakers to respond to the need to quickly implement reforms in response to high gas prices.

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Washington, DC | $50,000

To assist some of the nation's largest non-profit owners of affordable housing evaluate, finance and implement energy efficiency improvements in their housing stock.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

The Land Institute

Salina, KS | $150,000 | 2 years

Continued support for efforts to facilitate informed, comprehensive regional conversations about climate change, support aggressive energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Midwest.

Transportation for America

Oakland, CA | $800,000 | 2 years

Continued support for a major campaign, "T4America," to build a national movement in support of reform of U.S. federal transportation policy to meet national priorities, including climate change, the economy, and the revitalization of communities.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Urban Agenda

New York, NY | $60,000

To convene the New York City Apollo Alliance, advocate for PlaNYC 2030, and facilitate a multi-stakeholder Green Collar Jobs Roundtable to develop a citywide workforce development Roadmap.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Alliance for Affordable Energy

New Orleans, LA | $200,000 | 2 years

Continued support to advance fundamental energy reforms in New Orleans at the local and state level that will provide affordable green energy, mitigate climate change, and increase public engagement in the governance of these issues.

Apollo Alliance

San Francisco, CA | $150,000

To help prove the case for federal investment in energy and green jobs by communicating stories of the successes and challenges of investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and to build broad support for creating a clean and efficient domestic energy manufacturing sector as part of a comprehensive national energy and climate agenda.

Baltimore Community Foundation

Baltimore, MD | $40,000

To launch a pilot Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge designed to reduce residential energy use and provide lessons on how to motivate behavior change related to energy use.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Campaign For New York's Future

New York, NY | $75,000

To support the activities of the Campaign for NY's Future - a broad civic coalition that will advance the goals and strategic direction of PlaNYC beyond the current Administration's term and advance a broader vision of sustainability for New York City.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Center for Working Families

Brooklyn, NY | $100,000

To support the Center's Green Jobs/Green Homes NY project to develop a green investment program that brings residential energy efficiency programs to scale in New York State, lowering energy costs, creating good jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Madison, WI | $400,000 | 2 years

To realize the climate mitigation, jobs, equity, and democratic promise of a "new energy economy" (more efficient and less CO2e-emitting) by comprehensive retrofits of cities, green industrial policy, and policy design.

Climate Solutions

Seattle, WA | $250,000

To support two statewide coalitions in Washington and Oregon that would create joint activities to establish cutting-edge transportation policies as critical solutions to climate change, creating models for implementation across the country, and engage in national climate and transportation debates.

Community Labor United

Boston, MA | $50,000

To support the statewide Green Justice Campaign in Massachusetts designed to ensure that working class communities take full advantage of and benefit from the emerging green economy, specifically around new, large scale investments in energy efficiency.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

ecoAmerica

Washington, DC | $125,000

Support for the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment; a new community college partnership to accelerate the availability of green jobs training; and ongoing research and marketing efforts.

Empire State Future

Nassau, NY | $150,000 | 2 years

To facilitate a comprehensive regional conversation about smart growth, develop an implementation policy strategy for the New York State legislature and foster the adoption of smart growth policies that promote sustainable communities.

Energy Programs Consortium

Washington, DC | $70,000

To implement state- and local-based energy efficiency finance programs which integrate energy affordability, housing finance and asset building with climate change concerns.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest

Chicago, IL | $100,000

To advocate for sustainable transportation systems and promote transportation policy reform in the Midwest and nationally.

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Coral Gables, FL | $150,000

To support the Network to engage in and complete an evaluation and strategic planning process to transition to a new business model to facilitate more funder leadership and action to create more sustainable communities and to continue core programming focused on older industrial cities and transportation and climate change.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Global Philanthropy Partnership

Chicago, IL | $150,000 | 2 years

To advance urban sustainability by creating a learning community of 75 Directors of City sustainability initiatives across the country to accelerate achievement of ambitious city sustainability goals.

Green For All

Oakland, CA | $200,000 | 2 years

General support for a new national organization focused on advocating for a new green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Boston, MA | $200,000

To support the increasing demand for ICLEI's work to advance climate protection and sustainability in cities across the country, including support for the development of a more robust suite of networking services to sustainability directors, an Ambassador program to increase mentorship activities between leadership and emerging cities, and implementation assistance through its Regional Capacity Centers to strong and weak market cities.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Living Cities

New York, NY | $200,000 | 18 months

To support Living Cities' efforts to advance a substantive, integrative agenda to improve quality of life and quality of place for low-income communities and provide a new vision for cities in the twenty-first century.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

National Association of City Transportation Officials

New York, NY | $125,000

To support scaling up the work and influence of large cities in the Federal transportation debate, place recent and ongoing urban transportation innovations at the center of U.S. transportation policy, and enhance the diffusion of best practices across metropolitan areas.

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY | $45,000

To support Moving Cooler, a national technical study of the potential cost, and effects of measures to influence travel behavior on greenhouse gas emissions in order to inform the appropriate links between federal climate and transportation policies.

New America Foundation

Washington, DC | $75,000

To solidify state climate action policies to set the foundation for a strong federal policy and to ensure that strong policies are incorporated into the next global agreement on climate change.

Open Planning Project

New York, NY | $100,000

To support a nationwide grassroots movement, through cutting-edge web-based tools, to shift federal transportation policy towards greater support for mass transit, smart growth, and livable streets.

Reconnecting America

Oakland, CA | $125,000

To support the implementation of a strategic set of activities that will define RA's work in the coming years and serve to amplify their efforts to foster equitable and sustainable transit-oriented development across the country.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Smart Growth America

Washington, DC | $100,000

For the development of a national infrastructure with which Smart Growth America can support state level advocates in campaigns to take recent policy gains at that level to scale.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

SmartPower Connecticut

Washington, DC | $75,000

To implement SmartPower's 'Teen Energy Efficiency Campaign,' a multi-state pilot program to reduce energy use by changing the way teens and young adults (16-24) think about and use energy.

Society of Environmental Journalists

Jenkintown, PA | $200,000 | 2 years

To increase SEJ's capacity to deliver services that improve news coverage on climate change and issues of sustainability by journalists, editors and producers in print, broadcast and online news.

Sustainable Northwest

Portland, OR | $100,000

To develop, promote, and implement land management and climate change policies that protect and restore working landscapes and ecosystems, and turn vulnerable, economically disadvantaged rural communities into sustainable communities.

Thirteen/WNET New York

New York, NY | $200,000

To support Blueprint America, a multi-platform collaborative public media initiative on our nation's infrastructure, including its impact on sustainability, economic opportunity, population growth, and energy independence.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

University of California

Davis, Davis, CA | $100,000

To develop an integrated modeling system to increase land use and vehicle miles traveled reduction targets and support the effective implementation of California's groundbreaking policies to control greenhouse gas emissions, curb sprawl, and develop sustainable communities.