The Pacific Northwest’s leading green-building organization operates the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green-building performance standard. Grant money helps Cascadia implement and raise the profile of its certification system through education, training, and work with regulatory officials and policymakers.
The Pacific Northwest’s leading green-building organization operates the Living Building Challenge, a green-building certification system that is more environmentally stringent than the familiar LEED-rating system. This 18-month grant is being used to promote Cascadia’s certification system and to educate prospective users, host a national conference, and complete a water-policy report for public officials.
This green planning grant was awarded under the Green Building Initiative, begun in 2003 and retired in May 2009, which encouraged environmentally responsible construction and renovation in the nonprofit sector. The grant covers the incremental costs associated with the integrated design process ― a collaboration essential to efficient, cost-effective outcomes. The Environment Program’s strategic priorities extend the aims of the Green Building Initiative by working to advance the policy and practice of environmental sustainability in the built environment.
The center’s broad spectrum of research and policy-development work includes formulating energy and climate change policies that increase public and private investments in clean, energy-efficient technologies and contribute to a sustainable, competitive American economy. This funding supports project-related work aimed at overcoming specific market barriers that slow the transition to clean energy.
The center’s broad spectrum of research and policy-development work includes formulating energy and climate change policy recommendations to increase public and private investments in clean, energy-efficient technologies that contribute to a sustainable, competitive American economy. With this funding, the center is generating and distributing energy-related policy research reports, informing decision makers, and partnering with clean-energy advocates to advance policy reforms.
The independent think tank helps policymakers develop, promote, and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air-quality, and energy problems. Through this grant, the center is helping state and local governments implement travel-efficiency policies aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions while advancing accessibility, prosperity, and equity.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization assists governments and their stakeholders in developing and implementing measures to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution and adapt to climate change. Grant funding enables the center to spearhead a macroeconomic analysis of the Michigan Climate Action Plan and provide more-detailed information about the proposal’s economic reach and outcomes.
Dedicated to promoting more livable, sustainable communities, the nonprofit develops and pioneers strategies to use natural resources more efficiently and equitably. This two-year grant funds the development of a one-stop energy-efficiency retrofit model for Chicago’s two- to four-unit multifamily housing market as well as tools for assessing energy performance, and financing and evaluating energy savings.
Since it was established in 1973, the center has evolved into one of the nation’s leading rural organizations, known for its pioneering work to rebuild rural America and reform federal policy. This two-year grant bolsters the center’s efforts to provide a strong rural voice in clean-energy transmission policy and planning for large-scale wind-farm development in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains.
The center champions strong rural communities that support social, economic, and environmental equity while engaging residents in decisions affecting their quality of life and future. With our support, the organization is analyzing the rural issues associated with the development of clean-energy transmission and outlining policy options that unlock the wind-energy potential of the Midwest and Great Plains while protecting the legitimate interests of rural stakeholders.