2019

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.


350.org

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

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.


Earthworks

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities from Dirty Mining - $35,000 (second 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.


Environmental Investigation Agency

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

Founded in 1984, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organization committed to protecting endangered wildlife, forests, and the global climate at the intersection between increasing global demand and trade and the accelerating loss of natural resources and species. EIA takes advantage of its independence and mobility to produce primary evidence and analysis to build lasting alliances, institutions, and policies to implement solutions.


Food Tank

General Operating Support - $30,000 (second 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. 


Grist.org

General Operating Support - $50,000 (second 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.


Health Care Without Harm 

Recipe for a Healthy Planet - $50,000 

While animal agriculture is responsible for nearly 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the domestic health care sector contributes a sizable 10 percent of US emissions. Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) seeks to transform health care worldwide so that the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. HCWH harnesses the purchasing power and expertise of the health care sector to redefine hospital food, activate its potential to heal people and communities, and adopt practices and policies that support a healthy, sustainable food system.


Natural Resources Defense Council

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.


New York Harbor Foundation

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.


Rainforest Action Network

General Operating Support - $40,000 (second 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 (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.


The Story of Stuff

General Operating Support - $50,000 (second 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. 


Urban Green

General Operating Support - $40,000 (second 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. 


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