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 2019 Corporate and Consumer Practices grantees.
Environmental Justice, Climate Change and Solid Waste - $50,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is an international nonprofit organization with over 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates. NRDC continues its efforts to better coordinate with grassroots organizations and to continue pushing forward to curtail solid waste in New York State.
General Operating Support - $40,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)
The Billion Oyster Project (BOP), based on Governor’s Island, New York, aims to both restore natural areas and educate the public about marine environments. The organization’s ambitious original goal of restoring one billion live oysters back into the New York Harbor is an important step in both estuary restoration and climate mitigation. BOP works in close collaboration with the New York Harbor School, a public school focused primarily on marine ecology and oyster restoration.
General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)
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 try to shift the practices of some of the world’s largest corporations, including Staples, Shell, and, most recently, Starbucks.