What are foundations doing?
- Large U.S. foundations invested $436 million to address climate change in 2007
- Of the $436 million, 41% was spent internationally, mostly in developing countries
- Foundation giving for climate change has increased nearly 5-fold domestically since 1997 and nearly 8-fold internationally
What are the big questions?
- How is the funding being spent?
- What innovative programs and initiatives are being funded?
- What impact is it having?
Demonstrating effectiveness by measuring success
- Developing Energy Policy in the U.S.
Supported by Pew Charitable Trusts, the Energy Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has produced a cooperative agreement among 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and established the first mandatory emissions cap-and-trade program and aims to reduce power plant emissions 10% by 2018.
- Reducing Energy Waste
With help from the Cleveland and George Gund Foundations the Cleveland Carbon Fund created the first community-based carbon reduction fund, a public/private partnership to help Clevelanders offset their carbon footprint with local projects like tree planting, home weatherization and showerhead and compact fluorescent light bulb replacement.
- Educating the Public
The Schmidt Family Foundation's 11th Hour Project is a nonpartisan public education program to spread awareness about climate change and promote solutions. The project has distributed the film "An Inconvenient truth", funded a DC youth rally, sponsored an investigation of the coal industry and funded an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.
- Developing Energy Policy in
The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) assists China in formulating auto standards. The Energy Foundation supports CATARC programs that address fuel efficiency and cleaner-burning vehicles. As a result China’s fuel economy standards are now higher than those in the U.S. for passenger and other vehicles.
- Adapting to Climate Change in
By 2012, the Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (part of the foundation's global Climate Change Resilience Initiative) will have a network of Asian city partners with robust and sustainable climate change adaptation plans integrated into urban planning and development.