|IN WESTCHESTER: With $30,000 from our Westchester Community Foundation, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is working with local leaders to increase the number of electric vehicles, like the one shown here.
February 2016 Grants Newsletter | Results
Putting the Brakes on Climate Change
The Trust funds fuel-efficient transportation projects
The Trust is working to transform our transportation systems to cut emissions.
In June, we gave $100,000 to Sierra Club to get more electric vehicles on the road in New York. The Club co-released a report with practical recommendations. Next, the Club helped Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announce a plan for 2,000 plug-in cars, in an effort to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025.
Meanwhile, Georgetown University’s Climate Center used $125,000 from The Trust to bring states together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles through the Transportation and Climate Initiative. In this landmark agreement, D.C., New York, and four other Northeastern states will take measures that may include pollution caps, consumer incentives, and investments in cleaner-running vehicles. “From investing in freight railways, so we can rely less on trucks, to increasing the number of charging stations for electric cars, states need to cooperate to reduce emissions,” says Trust program officer Arturo Garcia-Costas.
In December, Congress passed a $305 billion bill that mostly disappointed environmentalists and smart-growth advocates. One bright spot: It lasts for five years, making it easier for cities and towns to get federal funds to improve highways, bridges, and public transit. We helped Smart Growth America’s Transportation for America Campaign push for improvements to this legislation.