How do you get local and national funders and city sustainability officials to collaborate on community-based sustainability initiatives? One promising answer is the "Local Sustainability Matching Fund" (LSMF), which is a collaborative effort of the Funders’ Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN).
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is a leader in the creation and integration of entrepreneurial and sustainable business practices, and in establishing new models for business operations that value people, planet and prosperity for all. Surdna is investing in SBN's work to deepen the impact of the Philadelphia Water Department’s $2 billion investment in "green infrastructure," which is an approach to stormwater management that utilizes a range of "soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion of it into the air, and in some cases release a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system."
The New Policy Institute (NPI) is a non-partisan think tank based in Washington D.C. Its mission is to imagine and build a 21st century America capable of meeting the challenges of our time. NPI’s work with Surdna Foundation focuses on the Next Economy Partnership Project, a program devoted to advancing an economy based on bottom-up development and low-carbon outcomes.
The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED, the Center), was established in 2006 to galvanize residents and focus recovery efforts in an environmentally conscious and sustainable way for the Ninth Ward, an area of New Orleans that has traditionally been underserved and systematically marginalized. The CSED is strongly focused on engaging community residents and leaders on a host of issues, including coastal eco-system restoration, food security and the built environment.
Since 2006, The Center for Working Families ("The Center") has been working with community-based organizations, elected officials, policy advocates, and environmental organizations to develop and implement ambitious policy reform agendas. With a focus on creating income, health, and job equality, The Center works with local allies to build the momentum and capacity necessary to reform policies which disproportionately affect low income families in New York state.