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February 2015 | Grants Newsletter

Cut Emissions, Build Resilience, Change Local Economies

Our most recent grants help insurance companies, environmental groups, and regional governments and alliances take on climate change. This work is made possible largely by our Henry Phillip Kraft Family Memorial Fund, created to support environmental work with national and international impact.

AFTER COAL: As mines close across Appalachia, residents must figure out what’s next. We’re giving $350,000 to the Just Transition Coalition, which works to restore polluted and plundered natural resources, teach workers new skills, and create clean-energy jobs. Left: Coalition-member Kentuckians for the Commonwealth marches on I Love Mountains Day. The Trust made this grant from the Oakey L. and Ethel Witherspoon Alexander Fund, created in part to help the people of Appalachia.

ELECTRIC CARS: Carbon dioxide from gas-burning vehicles accounts for nearly a third of America’s climate-changing emissions. Electric cars can help reduce them. Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (known as NESCAUM) is using $75,000 to get more of them on the road in the Northeast and California by working with dealerships, expanding charging stations, and lobbying to create financial incentives for buyers.

RESILIENCY PLANNING: The Trust’s $100,000 grant to Regional Plan Association will help update flood and coastal resilience plans for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region and identify communities and public infrastructure vulnerable to storms and rising sea levels. And American Red Cross Greater New York Region will use our $110,000 to help downstate nonprofits prepare for natural disasters.

WHERE RIVERS MEET THE SEA: Estuaries teem with life, but they’re vulnerable to storm surges and rising ocean levels. The risks are greatest for poor people in these places. Our $150,000 to the Association of National Estuary Programs will help strengthen the resilience of three of these communities on Staten Island and in Alabama (left) and Puerto Rico. The Environmental Law Institute will use $80,000 to help local governments restore and manage the flood-prone properties they acquire.

MOBILIZING INSURERS: The insurance industry has been roiled by extreme weather and flooding. With our $100,000, Ceres, a nonprofit that helps corporations be environmentally responsible, is encouraging the insurance industry to disclose climate risks to investors and invest in “green bonds” to finance environmental projects. Left: With past support, Ceres held an Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations last year.

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