ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA & Other
The Media Program supports all sectors of the media, including traditional print, online, or radio. Current and past grantees have worked to raise national awareness of environmental issues, as well as present environmental news in new and engaging ways.
Below are the Foundation’s 2015 grantees through its environment media portfolio, as well as a limited number of special environmental grants that lie outside of program parameters.
General Operating Support - $55,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Grist is an environmental media platform that uses journalism and technology to inform the public, inspire change, and shape the national conversation on issues including climate change, consumption, and sustainability. Founded in 1999, Grist blazed a trail as one of the first digital media organizations. In the years since, Grist has earned a reputation as a smart source of environmental news and analysis for its monthly audience of more than 2 million. The mission of Grist is to set the agenda by showing how “green” is reshaping the world. Given the urgent nature of the climate crisis, Grist is committed to creating and implementing communications strategies that will inform and mobilize its monthly audience, while spreading the message of sustainability to millions more.
General Operating Support - $20,000
Island Press seeks, develops, and disseminates new ideas and tools for environmental problem solving. Its mission is to provide the best ideas and information in the field to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. Island Press identifies critical information needs, consults with leading experts, vets new ideas through peer review, and develops books and other tools and resources as the basis for public education aimed at helping ideas take hold and forming sound policies and practices. Its focus areas include oceans and water; energy and climate change; the built environment; ecosystems; and policy, economics, and law.
The Natural History Museum - $20,000 (With an additional $20,000 awarded by the Human Rights Program)
The Natural History Museum is a project of Not an Alternative, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts collective that brings together tools from art, design, and political organizing, to affect popular understanding of events, institutions, and history. Through collaborations with scientists, artists, writers, environmentalists, and others, The Natural History Museum Project aims to use a creative new format in order to educate, direct public opinion, and inspire people to take action on climate change. The project has created a modern day natural history museum as a way of bringing to light the plight of climate change and highlight the funding role that climate deniers, like the Koch brothers, use to influence museums around the nation.
General Operating Support - $75,000
Project Drawdown, created in late 2013, is a new global coalition, created by noted environmentalist Paul Hawken, to conduct the first-ever comprehensive, data-driven analysis of how humanity can benefit from climate change solutions. Project Drawdown will be the first deep analysis examining how a solutions approach to climate change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a substantial way. It will communicate its findings broadly through a book, an open-source database and a diverse global network, Project Drawdown is catalyzing a shift from climate fatalism to rational climate-inspired action.
In order to mobilize larger portions of the population, the discourse about climate change must shift from the hopeless to the possible, from the negative to the positive. Project Drawdown will achieve this by defining and describing the 100 most substantive social, technological, and ecological solutions to climate change, and adding up their potential impact over a thirty-year timeframe. By showing the combined effect of these solutions from a systems perspective, Project Drawdown points to an achievable moment when society can turn the corner on concentrations of greenhouse gases, and illustrates how initiatives that address climate change can have cascading benefits to the health, prosperity and well-being of humanity and the environment.