The environmental costs of chemical-intensive farming are no longer acceptable. Rampant pesticide use, soil depletion and genetic modification of crops threaten the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we depend on for food and habitat. Sustainable agriculture is a realistic and necessary alternative to those practices. The following groups are leading the fight – either through example or through education – to replace the self-defeating cycle of destructive agriculture with the natural and nurturing techniques of sustainable farming.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $271,374

Alternative Energy

Our dependence on non-renewable energy is placing us in serious jeopardy. Climate change, global warming and an increasingly degraded environment are realities we urgently need to address. Clean, sustainable sources of energy already exist. The challenges to increasing their use are more political than logistical. These organizations are working to bridge this gap.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $73,263

A growing number of scientists and activists are convinced that the way to protect our environment is through the preservation of entire ecosystems. While many groups we support are working on distinct pieces of the environmental puzzle, the groups listed in this section are working to fit those pieces together to protect large landscapes of vibrant biodiversity.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $1,682,554