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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


Healing Our Waters Coalition Meets in Chicago

This week, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is meeting in Chicago for its 11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference.

6/15/2015 4:22:00 PM

Joyce Commends Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario for Historic Agreement to Protect Lake Erie

The agreement commits to reduce the flow of nutrient pollution into the Western Lake Erie Basin by 40 percent.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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