Environment

We champion the protection of threatened natural resources, and work to reduce the global impacts of climate change.
Environment

The Fund is proud of its efforts to support large-scale, bio-regional initiatives such as protecting Southwestern grasslands, safeguarding marine life, and conserving critical natural resources in the arctic.  The Fund has sought to expand scientific knowledge of these ecosystems, establish protective policy, build public awareness, and generate additional philanthropic support through funding collaboratives like the High Seas Alliance and the Arctic Funders Network.

Today, the Fund focuses on the following four areas of environmental grant making:

DEEP SEABED PROTECTION 
To protect the deep ocean, particularly hydrothermal sea vents threatened by deep-sea mining, the Fund identifies large, ecologically important, and representative areas of the world’s deep seabed to be excluded from destructive mining activities, while working to limit such areas from mining and minimize the adverse impacts of mining where it does occur.

CONSERVING CHILEAN PATAGONIA
The Fund aims to preserve Chile’s Patagonian forests by strengthening government oversight and legal protections; identifying and safeguarding areas that currently lack conservation status; and creating protective corridors that link upland parks and preserves to vital near-shore marine ecosystems.

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Seeking to address global climate change through advocacy and awareness-raising, the Fund supports initiatives to lower greenhouse gas emissions, including international partnerships working to reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in key emitting countries, and efforts to put a price on carbon in the United States.

NEW YORK CITY 
The impacts of climate change are felt acutely in New York City, especially in the communities that have the least access to housing, employment, and quality open space.  These same communities struggle with high levels of violence, incarceration, and poor health.  To address these interlinked challenges, the Fund is exploring the intersection of climate, health, and safety in New York’s highest-need communities and the city as a whole.                                                              

Please note that we make grants by invitation only and do not accept unsolicited requests.

Recent News

Expansion of the U.S. Climate Alliance

The U.S. Climate Alliance now represents over 55 percent of the U.S. population and 60% of the U.S. GDP, with the addition of Pennsylvania and Nevada in March and April 2019. This has the capacity to reach forty percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Read more in their recent article.

Chile’s Coal Phase-Out Timeline Announced

As a result of the European Climate Fund’s campaign, Chile’s President Piñera announced the country’s coal phase-out timeline on June 4, as a follow up to last year’s roundtable multi-stakeholder dialogue. The President committed the country to closing all coal-plans by 2040, eight of which will close before 2024 (1040MW, about 20% of installed capacity). This would move the electricity grid from 40% coal to 20% in five years, with complete phase out by 2040. Read more in Climate Change News.

Coral Vita Featured by CNN

CNN featured Coral Vita’s efforts to not only help restore coral reefs – but to make the coral itself more resilient to climate change by exposing coral fragments to higher temperatures in the world’s first commercial land-based coral farm. Read the full article here.

Victoria Herrmann in Scientific American

Victoria Herrmann, 2017 Innovation Prize awardee and founder of Rising Tides, writes about how climate change poses a threat to cultural heritage in Scientific American.

“Coral Survival” XPRIZE Created as a Result of Coral Vita’s Efforts

Coral Vita was part of the team that won XPRIZE Visioneering, a competition that convenes a select group of leaders and experts to evaluate, prioritize and fund competition designs. As a result of their efforts, there will be a “Coral Survival” XPRIZE that calls for innovations that can scale coral survival 1,000 fold to help replenish our coral reefs. Read more at XPRIZE’s website.