CORPORATE & CONSUMER PRACTICES
The Foundation’s Corporate and Consumer Practices program area supports organizations that build towards a sustainable future, particularly by shifting corporate and consumer environmental practices. Funded projects range from direct engagement with corporations, to activism against destructive industries, to public education and media that amplifies efforts to improve consumer behavior surrounding energy and consumption. These initiatives work towards a sustainable economy that relies less on destructive, extractive practices and more on renewable, circular production and consumption models. In seeking projects making an impact in these areas, the Foundation prioritizes organizations that are grassroots-led, that hold the potential to serve as industry or community “tipping points,” and that apply a climate change analysis to their work.
Below are the Foundation’s 2017 Corporate and Consumer Practices grantees.
General Operating Support - $40,000
350.org combines online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and creative communications to build a movement for climate solutions across the planet. The campaign is named after 350 parts per million, the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, according to the latest science (current CO2 are at just over 400 ppm). 350.org is training leaders and mobilizing the global public to pressure governments to make real progress on climate change. 350.org is inspired by the success of its fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has spread rapidly, and looks forward to expanding that work over the coming year to more campuses, churches, cities, and then to Europe and Australia — including a plan to start talking more about re-investment. It will continue creative communications and media work to gain more attention about the connection of climate change and extreme weather and around coal and fracking. 350.org is also going into Phase 2 of Global Power Shift, with projects from thirty countries already planned. These will include national summits around the world to develop lasting political power that will hopefully create the type of political transformation required for real climate progress.
Real Food Media Project - $20,000
The Real Food Media Project is a collaborative project to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. The group’s first initiative is Food Mythbusters, which provides a set of tools—animated videos, live action short documentaries, online resources, and more—to help spread the real story about what we eat. Led by author Anna Lappé, Food MythBusters is a collaboration among a wide range of organizations working to directly challenge Big Ag’s marketing might with grassroots truth-telling about the true costs of industrial agriculture and the real potential of sustainable food and farming.
General Operating Support - $25,000
The Dogwood Alliance, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is an advocacy organization working primarily to defend the unique forests and communities of the Southern U.S. from destructive industrial forestry. Dogwood Alliance’s Paper Campaign is designed to ensure that domestic sourcing of wood fiber for paper manufactured in the US meets the highest environmental standards and leads to both conservation and supply chain innovation across the global forest products industry.
Dogwood is leveraging commitments from a number of major paper producers that control more than 30% of the US paper supply to map and protect Endangered Forests, limit conversion of natural forests to plantations, expand Forest Stewardship Council certification, and fund impactful conservation initiatives in their sourcing areas.
Dogwood is also catalyzing and leading a new landscape level conservation effort known as the Wetland Forest Initiative, with a wide range of dedicated partners committed to advancing new conservation and restoration efforts in states where this forest type is distributed. This conservation-focused work is designed to integrate with the Paper Campaign and build off of the work of Carbon Canopy, bringing together organizations to support the conservation of wetland forests that provide critical ecological services for human and natural communities.
General Operating Support - $55,000
The Environmental Investigation Agency is an independent campaigning organization committed to bringing out change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. The organization uses pioneering undercover investigations to expose environmental crimes and campaigns for solutions to illegal logging, the illegal wildlife trade, and other threats to the global environment such as climate change. The Environmental Investigation Agency also identifies shortcomings in national and international laws, as well as in corporate natural resource sourcing and consumption habits, to develop dynamic strategies that successfully advocate new or improved policies, implementation and enforcement measures.
General Operating Support - $25,000 (second payment in a two-year grant)
The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) was founded in 2002 to create a common platform and promote collaboration among not-for-profit organizations with different approaches to addressing the pulp and paper industries' impact on our most pressing environmental challenges. These challenges include deforestation, loss of biodiversity and ecologically sensitive habitat, air and water quality, and solid waste. Today, the Environmental Paper Network is a network of over 140 organizations in 26 countries working toward a Global Paper Vision and serves as a model for collaboration that is being employed by advocates around the world.
Addressing Climate Change, Community Engagement, and Plastics - $65,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national environmental action group that combines the power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of over 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. In 2017, NRDC will expand its role in bridging the gap between national climate change policies, environmental justice and community engagement.
Most recently, the organization’s environmental justice efforts have been largely centered around community engagement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Going forward, NRDC will expand its effort to build critical alliances with state and local organizations working towards climate justice.
NRDC will also focus on plastics reform, bringing together three crucial inter-related projects: removing plastic bags and polystyrene from municipal waste streams, ridding plastics from the nation’s largest school districts, and assessing how to tackle marine plastics.
Grantees by Year: 2017 | 2016