What We Do: Grants Program

Alternative Energy

Our dependency on non-renewable energy sources 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 widening their use are more political than structural. These organizations are working to rectify that.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $9,000.

Biodiversity

A growing number of scientists and activists are convinced that the way to protect our environment is through the preservation of entire ecosystems and biospheres: areas in which the complex interactions between lifeforms in their natural habitat are restored and protected. 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 create regions of vibrant biodiversity.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $491,350.

Forests

An aerial view of the Maine North Woods, the Brazilian rainforests or the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest reveal gruesome wastelands where once there were thriving forest ecosystems. Diverse forests have been replaced by the planted rows of tree plantations, to be harvested rather than nurtured as a living system. We continue to clearcut our forests at a dizzying rate, seemingly oblivious to the economic and environmental reality that soon we will have no trees left to cut. Logging on both public and private lands is having a disastrous effect on many forest-dependent species. Groups like those that follow are working to end this madness; to stop the destruction of our forest lands before it's too late.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $213,200.

Resource Extraction

Most mines in the U.S. are established and operated under the grossly outdated regulations of the 1872 Mining Law. The groups that follow are working to revise that law, stop the growth of mining operations, clean up the pollution created by mines and develop new sources of energy to replace the environmentally damaging ones upon which we currently depend.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $79,000.

Social Activism

The battle to save our environment will never be won unless the public is informed and empowered to fight for a sustainable and just society. Until then, "Wise Use" groups will pursue their misinformation campaigns, our environmental laws will continue to be threatened by short-sighted politicians and government agencies will go on allowing the destruction of our forests and rivers. We therefore support a wide variety of groups, such as those that follow, that are committed to bringing about long-term, ecologically conscious social and political change by engaging local citizens in environmental campaigns.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $223,315.

Sustainable Agriculture

The environmental costs incurred through modern, chemical-intensive farming are no longer acceptable. Rampant pesticide use, soil depletion and genetic homogenization of crops threaten the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we and others depend on for food and habitat. Organic, 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.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $107,500.

Toxics/Nuclear

One fourth of Americans live within four miles of a Superfund site - uncontrolled or abandoned places that contain some of the nation’s most toxic waste. Working to protect public health and the varied environments of local communities, these groups seek to hold corporations and the government accountable. They work to clean up hazardous, nuclear, and toxic waste, while supporting positive policy changes to reduce and eliminate their use.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $40,500.

Water/Marine

Water is the resource that covers almost three-quarters of the planet, and upon which all life depends. Throughout the history of the natural world, water sources have been the centers of life, providing habitat and sustenance for animals and plants alike. The groups that follow are doing important work to protect our waters - rivers, oceans, aquifers and vernal pools - from the destructive effects of damming, development and pollution.

Grants given to groups in this category totaled $277,250.