Sustainable Environments Grant Descriptions

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Washington, DC | $100,000 (18 months)

To advance energy efficiency at the local level through technical assistance for sustained planning, effective policy and sustainable funding mechanisms.

Category: Green Economy

Blue Green Alliance Foundation

Minneapolis, MN | $150,000

To continue to build support for the transition to a green economy through investment in a clean transportation manufacturing sector, including a state level pilot aimed at revitalizing urban manufacturing and job creation opportunities.

Category: Green Economy

Center for Clean Air Policy

Washington, DC | $250,000 (2 years)

To partner with business and government to develop economically sound adaptation and resilience strategies aimed at reducing climate change emissions and protecting infrastructure investment.

Category: Climate Change

Center for Working Families

New York, NY | $280,000 (2 years)

To support the Center for Working Families in its promotion of Green Jobs/Green NY, and for efforts to ensure strong implementation of Power NY, a legislative energy package that created the nation’s first statewide “on-bill” recovery program aimed at achieving mass-scale
energy-efficiency improvements and building retrofits.

Category: Green Economy

Ceres, Inc.

Boston, MA | $400,000 (2 years)

To mobilize business, industry and other economic voices to defend against immediate attacks on EPA’s authority; and to increase the engagement (or accelerate the adoption of) utilities on energy efficiency programs and policies.

Category: Climate Change

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Takoma Park, MD | $75,000

Continued support for its ‘Windmills Not Oil Spills’ campaign to block offshore drilling in Virginia, accelerating the development of offshore wind in the state and the mid-Atlantic corridor, which will spur job creation and be a national model.

Category: Green Economy

Clean Economy Development Center

Washington, DC | $100,000

Continued support for CEDC’s economic organizing work in the Gulf Coast, including advising, documenting, and disseminating the lessons from implementation of community-led clean economic development projects across the region.

Category: Green Economy

Clean Economy Development Center

Washington, DC | $150,000

To support CEDC in helping the City of Philadelphia transition its building energy retrofit program, EnergyWorks, from a federally-funded program to a self-sustained entity in a privately financed market.

Category: Green Economy

Clean Energy Group

Montpelier, VT | $300,000 (2 years)

To provide seed funding to launch the Clean Energy Economic Development Alliance (CEEDA), a learning network comprised of economic development officials, Community Development Financial Institutions, academic researchers, and policy advocates.

Category: Green Economy

The College of New Jersey Foundation

Ewing, NJ | $450,000 (2 years)

To develop gold certification measures in the Sustainable Jersey program, a statewide community scale sustainability certification program. The grant will also support tool development, training and implementation of sustainable planning and zoning actions.

Category: Climate Change

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity

San Francisco, CA | $80,000 (2 years)

Continued support to expand the field of climate and energy philanthropy, and to promote collaborative, strategic grant making among its members.

Category: Climate Change

Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Nashville, TN | $150,000 (2 years)

To support the launch of a statewide Roundtable Network comprised of five regional organizations focusing on advancing conversations to incorporate livability and equitable development principles into the regional and statewide planning processes.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Oakland, CA | $100,000

Support for Communities United for Clean Energy and Jobs to build a strong and equitable environmental movement among people of color and low-income communities in California that can be a model for national efforts.

Category: Climate Change

Emerald Cities Collaborative

Washington, DC | $300,000

General operating support to advance comprehensive assistance to cities in developing and scaling energy and other greening solutions in ways that create sustainable, high wage, inclusive jobs and civic engagement pathways.

Category: Green Economy

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA | $100,000

To help scale a model energy retrofit program that shows promise for replication nationally, including a groundbreaking training and job pathway program that features access for minorities and women.

Category: Green Economy

Energy Programs Consortium

Washington, DC | $125,000

To support EPC’s work with the national Association of State Energy Officials on implementing secondary market options for residential energy efficiency loans, and developing a “lessons learned” report on residential energy efficiency loan programs.

Category: Climate Change

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Washington, DC | $225,000 (2 years)

To advance energy efficiency in the Southeast and support energy efficiency financing for electric cooperatives nationally.

Category: Climate Change

Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest

Chicago, IL | $200,000 (2 years)

To build the Midwest’s green economy through high-speed rail and transit equipment manufacturing, and to empower regional and local manufacturers to support sustainable transportation investments and policies.

Category: Green Economy

Environmental Leadership Program

Greenbelt, MD | $100,000 (18 months)

To support an Innovation Grants program for the Environmental Leadership Program’s (ELP) Senior Fellows.

Category: Climate Change

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Coral Gables, FL | $200,000

To launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN).

Category: Climate Change

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Coral Gables, FL | $50,000

To support TFN’s Smaller Places Sustainability Summit.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center

Washington, DC | $450,000 (3 years)

To develop and implement a portfolio of performance measures among the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) states that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation and land-use sectors.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Global Philanthropy Partnership

Chicago, IL | $200,000

To accelerate sustainability innovation among North American cities by ramping up the USDN Urban Sustainability Innovation Fund.

Category: Climate Change

Green For All

Oakland, CA | $500,000 (2 years)

To provide general operating support, including support for policy advocacy, efforts to strengthen local leadership, and initiatives to scale economic development models that result in an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Category: Green Economy

GreenFaith

Highland Park, NJ | $50,000

To support “The Lord’s Earth Initiative” as an outreach and mobilization initiative to build faith-based support for the green economy.

Category: Green Economy

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Montpelier, VT | $75,000

To develop the Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy, a peer-learning and training program for sustainability directors from towns, cities and counties, in close partnership with USDN.

Category: Climate Change

National Association of City Transportation Officials

New York, NY | $80,000

To support the launch of “Designing Cities,” an initiative aimed at developing strategies and advancing sustainable transportation in cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY | $200,000 (2 years)

To advance a regional food model that can boost the production, distribution, and consumption of sustainable, local food in the New York region, foster new economic growth, and address food equity in low-income communities and communities of color.

Category: Other

New Policy Institute

Washington, DC | $200,000 (2 years)

Support for the Next Economy Partnership Project to build a common language for bottom-up innovation and clean economic development, and demonstrate and communicate success stories that can be drawn from to accelerate long-term, bi-partisan policy breakthroughs.

Category: Green Economy

Partnership for Southern Equity

Atlanta, GA | $160,000 (2 years)

General operating support to increase PSE’s capacity and its ability to scale-uo transportation equity efforts in Georgia and throughout the South.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Partnership Project

Washington, DC | $200,000

To continue to support the environmental community’s Clean Air Act Defense Campaign and its efforts to support greenhouse gas reduction regulations.

Category: Climate Change

PolicyLink

Oakland, CA | $75,000

To galvanize a network of partners to document early successes of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership and its equity provisions, and to build continuing support for the program from diverse constituencies.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Political Economy Research Institute Support Fund

Amherst, MA | $115,000

Continued support for PERI’s Green Economy program to provide qualitative 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.

Category: Green Economy

RE-AMP

New York, NY | $250,000

To support the core work of the RE-AMP network and (via re-granting through the Global Warming Strategic Action Fund) the climate policy work of RE-AMP-affiliated NGOs in the Upper Midwest.

Category: Climate Change

Reconnecting America

Washington, DC | $225,000 (2 years)

For general support to strengthen transit-oriented development implementation, federal policy development and communications work.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Regeneration Project

San Francisco, CA | $200,000 (2 years)

To support efforts to mobilize faith leaders and communities regarding climate protection and clean energy policies at the state, regional and federal levels, while also pursuing media strategies related to faith-based messages and messengers.

Category: Climate Change

San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA | $100,000 (2 years)

Continued support for the Great Communities Collaborative to catalyze equitable, sustainable transit oriented development in the Bay Area, and to advocate for supportive transportation and land use policies to enhance climate change policy.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Smart Growth America

Washington, DC | $100,000

To deepen support for the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge Grants among national policymakers.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute

Washington, DC | $150,000

To support the growing network of state and local officials dedicated to smart growth, livability and equitable development, and to specifically engage the network in efforts to embed these principles into the fabric of federal policy through the Sustainable Communities Partnership.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Spitfire Strategies

Washington, DC | $210,000

To continue efforts to strengthen the conversation around the green economy by engaging with Spitfire Strategies and select grantees in the development of a shared message platform and pilot storybank.

Category: Green Economy

STAR Communities

Washington, DC | $200,000

To support the final phase of development for the STAR Community Index, a rating system built by and for local governments that provides data quality standards and performance measures around nine goal areas.

Category: Climate Change

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Washington, DC | $200,000 (2 years)

To support Taxpayers in capitalizing on heightened public awareness of the debt and deficit by highlighting wise investments in transportation and other infrastructure projects.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

TransForm

Oakland, CA | $250,000 (2 years)

To ensure that California supports sustainable, equitable transportation policies, especially greenhouse gas targets that will improve Bay Area transportation decisions and support the state’s model Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

University System of Maryland Foundation

Adelphi, MD | $200,000 (2 years)

To support the launch of a Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development (SEED) initiative that involves an information-based, multi-institutional, transformative approach to economic development in a larger sustainable growth agenda.

Category: Climate Change

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Verde

Portland, OR | $100,000

To support the Cully Eco-District as a scalable and replicable model of neighborhood sustainability innovation as well as community and individual wealth creation.

Category: Green Economy

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Winrock International

Little Rock, AR | $300,000 (2 years)

To support the Wallace Center’s leadership of the National Food Hub Collaborative. This work will foster the growth in regional food economies by building capacity for regional supply chains and food hubs that offer expanded markets for local farmers.

Category: Other
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