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Environment Program

Saving Energy and Restoring the Great Lakes


Environment Grantees

2014 Environment Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Chicago, IL $400,000
A multifaceted approach to protecting and preserving the Great Lakes. (2 yrs)
American Rivers Inc.
Washington, DC $300,000
In support of efforts to promote policies and practices that reduce stormwater pollution in the Great Lakes. (2 yrs)
Center for Clean Air Policy
Washington, DC $150,000
To work with stakeholders in the Midwest to support adoption of cost-effective policies-both EPA guidance and state implementation plans. (1 yr)
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Chicago, IL $300,000
For continued support of advocacy protection for the Great Lakes, with particular emphasis on promoting the increased use of green infrastructure and new means of financing conventional infrastructure. (2 yrs)
Clean Wisconsin Inc.
Madison, WI $300,000
To support state and regional efforts to advance energy efficiency policy and programs throughout Wisconsin and the region. (2 yrs)
Clean Wisconsin Inc.
Madison, WI $600,000
For continued support for the Great Lakes conservation and restoration campaign. (2 yrs)
Council of Michigan Foundations Inc.
Grand Haven, MI $25,000
To support the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration. (1 yr)
Ecology Center Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI $150,000
To build support for policies in Michigan to boost energy efficiency and cut emissions of carbon pollution from the state's electric power sector. (1 yr)
Environmental Defence Canada Inc.
Toronto, Ontario $50,000
To support continued efforts on behalf of the Great Lakes. (1 yr)
Environmental Defense Fund Inc.
New York, NY $600,000
To advance clean energy initiatives in the Midwest, particularly in Illinois and Ohio. (2 yrs)
Fresh Energy
St. Paul, MN $340,000
To support Midwest Energy News' game-changing  journalistic coverage of the transition to a clean energy economy. (19 mos)
Fresh Energy
St. Paul, MN $270,000
Continued support to protect and expand energy efficiency policies in Minnesota. (27 mos)
Global Philanthropy Partnership
Chicago, IL $55,000
Chicago Area Higher Education Retrofit Program, to improve energy efficiency practices on Chicago-area campuses. (1 yr)
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Inc.
Chicago, IL $250,000
To support work with cities in 2014-2016 to advance Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River protection and restoration efforts and ensure cities remain a strong voice both regionally and in Washington, DC and Ottawa for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. (2 yrs)
Great Lakes Commission
Ann Arbor, MI $400,000
For continued support of the Restoring the Natural Divide in the Chicago Area Waterway System project in partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. (2 yrs)
Great Lakes Commission
Ann Arbor, MI $50,000
To support its work related to nutrient pollution and toxic algal outbreaks on Lake Erie.  (1 yr)
Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development Inc.
Minneapolis, MN $500,000
To work in four complementary areas over the next 2 years,  aiming to further scale up energy efficiency (and combined heat & power), and to ensure that energy efficiency in its many forms is the first "generation" option of choice in MN. (2 yrs)
Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund
Springfield, IL $180,000
Continued support of energy efficiency and carbon pollution reduction education and organizing efforts. (2 yrs)
Metropolitan Planning Council
Chicago, IL $200,000
To support the Optimizing Stormwater Management Planning and Investment initiative. (2 yrs)
Michigan Environmental Council
Lansing, MI $460,000
This grant will renew support for four organizations: MEC, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Michigan Trout Unlimited. (2 yrs)
Michigan Land Use Institute
Traverse City, MI $150,000
To promote energy efficiency investments and policies in Michigan. (2 yrs)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Bloomington, MN $100,000
Continued support of the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund. (2 yrs)
National Wildlife Federation
Reston, VA $480,000
To support work to protect and restore the Great Lakes. (2 yrs)
Natural Resources Defense Council Inc.
New York, NY $850,000
Defending, implementing, and increasing state EE standards-with our policy advocacy at the federal level aimed at developing a national carbon regime for the power sector. (2 yrs)
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Washington, DC $75,000
To support the Great Lakes Washington Program. (1 yr)
Ohio Environmental Council
Columbus, OH $240,000
I. Mitigate the Impacts of Senate Bill 310 on Ohio's Energy Efficiency Standards and Programs.
II. Work with state regulators and administrators to incorporate energy efficiency. (1 yr)
Resource Media
San Francisco, CA $100,000
To generate media attention around toxic algae. (1 yr)
Rockefeller Family Fund
New York, NY $350,000
For continued support of the RE-AMP Midwest clean energy collaborative, including its energy efficiency working group and a new energy efficiency rapid response fund. (2 yrs)
The Next Generation
San Francisco, CA $300,000
To support Center for the Next Generation for Midwest research and outreach on financial risks associated with climate change as part of the national Risky Business initiative. (1 yr)
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
Madison, WI $100,000
To use the Academy's unique capacities as a nonpartisian science and cultural organization to advance sound water policy and stewardship in Wisconsin. (2 yrs)

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