Sustainable Consumption & Production

The Overbrook Foundation’s Sustainable Consumption & Production program seeks out efforts that support innovative ideas in sustainability, particularly around the production and consumption of materials. Projects funded range from promoting EPR (extended producer responsibility) legislation to building sustainable paper markets to innovative recycling methods. Climate change, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and youth engagement, receives distinct but limited support.

Below is a list of the Foundation’s 2014 grantees through its sustainable consumption & production portfolio.
General Operating Support – $50,000 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). is training leaders and mobilizing the global public to pressure governments to make real progress on climate change. 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. 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.

Dogwood Alliance
The Paper Campaign/Carbon Canopy - $15,000

Dogwood Alliance mobilizes diverse voices to defend the forests and communities of the Southern U.S. — the largest paper producing region of the world — from destructive industrial forestry. For the past 10 years, Dogwood Alliance has been on the leading edge of catalyzing a shift in the U.S. paper market toward greater use of post-consumer recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. Through its efforts, Dogwood Alliance has already transformed the practices of some of the largest corporations in the world, increasing protection for over 90 million acres of forests across the South. Dogwood Alliance will manage three campaigns in 2014: The Paper Campaign focused on protecting forests from destructive logging caused by the paper industry; The Bioenergy Campaign focused on stopping the unregulated expansion of wood-based biomass energy production; and The Carbon Canopy Project, a collaborative of corporations, landowners and conservation groups working to advance forest conservation and improve forest management practices in the South through developing ecosystem service markets, beginning with carbon, in the Southern US.

Environmental Paper Network
General Operating Support – $20,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)

Environmental Paper Network was formed by non-profit organizations in 2002 as a project to accelerate macro-level transformation in the paper industry and foster strong collaboration among organizations working toward this common goal. In 2014 EPN will focus on three areas: creating strategic opportunities for collaboration among member organizations; managing collaborative projects and resources that increase the adoption of sustainable solutions, including the Paper Calculator,,, and the Paper Steps/Eco-Paper Database; and providing capacity for participation in critical product standard rule-setting processes for the paper sector. It is also supporting the EcoPaper Database, which lists over 440 of the leading eco-papers in North America.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Promoting Extended Producer Responsibility and Sustainable School Food and Packaging – $70,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)

Founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement, NRDC has become one of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy organizations. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws. Today, the NRDC staff of more than 300 attorneys, scientists and policy experts work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. NRDC is also working to advance replicable models of product stewardship – putting the burden on producers to make sustainable choices in packaging their products and take responsibility for the waste they create – by advancing extended producer responsibility legislation in Rhode Island and California. Recently, NRDC has been asked to advise six of the nation’s largest school systems – including New York City – on procuring antibiotic-free chicken and phasing out the wasteful, antiquated Styrofoam lunch trays still used in school cafeterias.

The New York Harbor Foundation
Billion Oyster Project – $35,000

The New York Harbor Foundation’s mission is to prepare New York City students for careers in marine science and technology by learning about and exploring issues of sustainable ecosystems, including the New York Harbor. To further this mission, the Foundation supports The Harbor School, a public high school on Governor’s Island with a mission to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience. The Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a project of the New York Harbor Foundation, is a long-term, largescale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years, and in the process train thousands of young people in New York City to work within and care about their local marine environment. BOP is a partnership of schools, businesses, nonprofits, and volunteers all working together to grow oysters, restore the estuary, and make our city a healthier and more resilient place to live.

Product Policy Institute/UPSTREAM
Campaign for Sustainable Products and Packaging – $15,000

The Campaign aims to prevent marine debris, plastic pollution, climate change emissions, and natural resource depletion through sustainable packaging and product policies. It builds stakeholder literacy and political power to achieve EPR packaging policy in the public’s interest and mobilizes citizens to put public pressure on brands through the Make It, Take It market campaign. It also continues to develop the CRADLE 2 Coalition into a powerful national network to build political support for EPR for additional products.

Grantees by Year: 20142013 / 2012 / 2011