Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

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Environment Program

Saving Energy and Restoring the Great Lakes


Program History

The Joyce Foundation is committed to protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and developing cleaner energy for the Midwest region, especially through investments in energy efficiency. Its Great Lakes priorities include reducing polluted runoff into the Lakes through restoration of watersheds in the Milwaukee and Toledo areas and preventing invasive species from devastating the Lakes' ecosystem; a recent Joyce-funded study analyzed the feasibility of breaking the connection between the Lakes and the Mississippi River system, through which many invasives come.

Over the decades Joyce has supported a network of advocacy groups that have won major policy advances, including the federally funded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the binational commitments embodied in Great Lakes Compact.

The Foundation has also sought improvements in broader national policies that affect the Lakes, including transportation, agriculture, industrial pollution, and climate change. Its work on energy has included funding on the human health effects of coal and shifts toward high speed rail.

Latest News From The Environment Program

3/20/2014 9:00:00 AM

Illinois Clean Energy Industry Employs 96,000+ People

Joyce-funded survey predicts clean energy industry will grow by 9% in 2014.

2/14/2014 4:02:00 PM

Analysis Shows Army Corps Report Overestimates Cost To Stop Asian Carp

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the cost to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes is $15 billion less than estimated.

2/4/2014 5:01:00 PM

Joyce grantee kicks its work up a notch, becomes Elevate Energy!

New website and resources launch online


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