2018

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 2018 Corporate and Consumer Practices grantees.


350.org

General Operating Support - $40,000

350.org is a Brooklyn-based organization that combines online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and creative communications to build a movement for climate solutions across the planet.


ALIGN  

Transform Don’t Trash – NYC - $30,000

The Alliance for Greater New York (ALIGN) is a longstanding coalition of labor and community organizations united for a just and sustainable New York City. ALIGN aims to reduce waste and pollution, create cleaner and healthier communities for all New Yorkers, lift thousands of waste industry workers and their families out of poverty, and create thousands of new, quality jobs in the recycling industry. The alliance addresses the root causes of economic injustice through strategic coalitions, informative and persuasive communication, and public policy development. ALIGN’s broad-based Transform Don't Trash campaign is fighting for systemic reforms of New York City's private waste industry. The campaign has several objectives: increase recycling rates, create new jobs, reduce truck traffic and waste pollution, and improve working conditions for the majority black and Latino workforce.


Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)  

General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

The Alliance for Climate Education’s (ACE) mission is to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action. By teaching climate science that puts teenagers at the center of the story, ACE empowers youth to take action within a frame of justice and optimism and is growing and strengthening the climate movement. Through the education of millions of students, ACE is shifting national discourse on climate in ways that are proven to affect public opinion and policy and believes young people can and will play a pivotal role in building public will in order to advance just climate solutions.


As You Sow

Ocean Plastics, Consumer Packaging, and E-Waste -- $50,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

For almost 25 years, As You Sow has been utilizing shareholder advocacy to help shift the environmental practices of some of the world’s largest corporations. By representing investors, the organization works directly with corporate executives to press for stronger environmental and social policies that reduce risk, benefit brand reputation, and increase the bottom line. As You Sow’s Ocean Plastics, Consumer Packaging and Electronic Waste program seeks to reduce pollution, resource consumption, and plastic packaging debris in oceans. The short-term strategy focuses on increasing the recyclability and recycled content of packaging, and in the long term, it aims to strengthen producer responsibility.


Clean Water Fund

Rethink Disposable - $25,000

Established in 1974, the Clean Water Fund is a national research and education organization working to promote the public interest in the protection of natural resources, with a special emphasis on water.

In 2011, the Clean Water Fund conducted a litter survey in the Bay Area and found that ~50% of the 12,000 pieces of trash collected was food packaging sourced from the fast food industry. Much of this plastic waste was finding its way into waterways and eventually the ocean. In response, the Clean Water Fund launched ReThink Disposable to work with food enterprises to reduce plastic and pollution at the source.


Environmental Investigation Agency

General Operating Support - $55,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

Founded in 1984, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organization committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. The organization’s objectives in 2018 are to improve forest governance using the Lacey Act, a decades old law defining what kind of wood can enter the United States, and combat the most potent greenhouse gas in existence through the Kigali Amendment, which aims to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).


Earthworks

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities from Dirty Mining - $35,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Earthworks, a 33-year old Washington D.C. based organization, aims to rein in the adverse impacts of the mining, oil, and gas industries. The organization aims to stop the most destructive practices and projects, and work toward a fossil-free energy future that relies less on new mining. Earthworks’ International Mining Program provides frontline and indigenous communities with technical and global campaigning support to protect human rights, water quality, and biodiversity from industrial metals mining. 


Food Tank

General Operating Support - $30,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Food Tank is a New Orleans-based organization that works to reframe the current policy conversation about the global food system. Food Tank’s mission is to offer comprehensive solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty for both experts and the public to consume and share. Through its accessible research, timely op-eds, and regional convenings, Food Tank is building an informed and growing global community of safe, healthy, and nourished eaters. 


Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

U.S. and Canada Program - $50,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) is a coalition of grassroots groups working to promote and assist in the shaping of win-win solutions to waste and pollution challenges that protect the environment, human wellbeing, and build strong, participatory local economies. GAIA’s U.S. & Canada Program coordinates and supports a vibrant network of more than 250 regional members. At its most basic level, zero waste is about significantly reducing—and eventually eliminating—the amount of resources that are sent to disposal. GAIA believes that zero waste goes hand in hand with democracy, transparency, and economic and racial justice. The GAIA network has been instrumental in fighting waste incineration and has played a lead role in preventing the construction of new waste incinerators across the globe.


Grist.org

General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Environment Movement Media Project - $25,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Founded in 1999, Grist is an environmental media organization that uses journalism and technology to entertain, inform, and activate the public on the issues of climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice. Grist is executing on its refined core themes of solutions, equity, and empowerment. Grist is also partnering with The Overbrook Foundation, the New Press, and the Story of Stuff on a project to highlight local grassroots environmental organizations around the country. 


Groundswell

General Operating Support - $40,000 (second payment in a two-year grant)

Groundswell is a Washington D.C.-based organization that builds community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. Groundswell believes that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury. To accomplish their mission, Groundswell serves as a nonprofit community solar developer and subscriber management organization, a business model where customers pay a subscription price for access to clean energy, serving low income communities. Groundswell community solar projects share power, reducing electricity costs for low income households and supporting community economic development with solar investment and job opportunities.


Natural Resource Defense Council

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.

NRDC will continue to expand its role in bridging the gap between national climate change policies, environmental justice and community engagement. 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.


New York Harbor Foundation

General Operating Support - $40,000

The Billion Oyster Project (BOP), based on Governor’s Island, works to both restore live oysters to New York Harbor and educate thousands of young people about the ecology of the local marine environment. Restoring one billion live oysters will not only help restore the Hudson estuary and improve the river’s water quality, but also provide a natural barrier for storm surges and help build a climate change resilient landscape. Through its work, BOP is providing young people the opportunity to shape the city and harbor.


Power Shift Network

General Operating Support - $20,000

The Power Shift Network (PSN) connects, trains, and empowers young people to become leaders in the movement for a safe climate and a just future, where communities thrive and own their power—whether that power is economic, social, political or electrical.


Rainforest Action Network

General Operating Support - $40,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a 33-year-old California-based activist organization, works at the intersection of three core issue areas: preserving rainforests, protecting the climate, and upholding human rights. RAN approaches this work through the lens of corporate accountability because RAN’s goals are not only to stop the worst offenders but to shift entire industrial sectors and create lasting positive change. A core component to RAN’s strategy is building authentic and effective partnerships with frontline communities - those communities most impacted by a lack of corporate accountability and often most capable of supporting a movement for change. 


Stand

General Operating Support -  $50,000

Stand, formerly Forest Ethics, is a campaigning organization focused on transforming government and corporate policies in the US, Canada and Europe. With a strategy that combines citizen activism, behind-the-scenes collaboration, and grassroots organizing; Stand has helped shift the practices of some of the world’s largest corporations, including Staples, Shell, and, most recently, Starbucks. Inspired by a stand of trees that grows and stands strongest together, Stand believes that when people are united in purpose, it is possible to win seemingly insurmountable fights to protect communities, the environment, and our climate. 


Sunrise Education Fund

General Operating Support - $30,000

Launched in June 2017, Sunrise Movement Education Fund is a 501c3 that supports the movement of young people uniting to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Sunrise’s mission is to make climate change an urgent priority across America, highlight the extreme influence of the fossil fuel industry on American politics, and ensure the country elects leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.


The Story of Stuff

General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Environment Movement Media Project - $25,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

The Story of Stuff Project is a California-based organization, founded in 2008, to encourage civic engagement through digital content, video, and storytelling, engaging its more than one million members in a solutions-oriented conversation.  The Story of Stuff continues to impress and innovate, motivating consumers around the U.S. to change their relationship with “stuff” (whether it be plastic, clothes, etc.) and take action on critical environmental campaigns. Story of Stuff is also partnering with The Overbrook Foundation, the New Press, and Grist.org on a project to highlight local grassroots environmental organizations around the country. 


Urban Green

General Operating Support - $40,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

The Urban Green Council aims to make buildings in New York City buildings as energy efficient as possible. By working with both government and industry, Urban Green focuses on changing the building code in New York City for every new and renovated building. By working with both government and industry, Urban Green advances sustainability in urban buildings through education, policy development, advocacy, and research. 


Grantees by Year: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016