Study makes case for conserving water resources and reducing greenhouse gases through choices about new power plants
The U.S. can dramatically lower the power industry’s water consumption by replacing aging power plants with facilities designed for renewable energy and improved efficiency, according to a study released this week. The study led by the Union of Concerned Scientists warned that failure to plot a new course will place a heavy burden on the nation’s over-taxed water resources. More than 40 percent of U.S. freshwater withdrawals are used for power plant and their cooling. And much of that water is lost through evaporation.
National arts group hosts Kresge CEO and hears about community revitalization and creative placemaking
Kresge’s President and CEO Rip Rapson told an arts group that the rapidity of economic, social and political change leave cultural institutions no choice but to try new ways to contribute to their communities. Speaking to members of the League of Historic American Theatres in Minneapolis today, Rapson discussed one such approach – creative placemaking.
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program has completed work on a creative placemaking strategy that will guide its grantmaking and investing. The new direction focuses on the role arts and culture play in revitalizing communities.
For years flat, groomed beaches were the ideal on Florida’s southeast coast. But with a growing appreciation for the risks posed by rising sea levels and increasingly intense weather events, dunes are making a comeback and residents along the coast are warming to stretches of mangroves and other natural protection. “Before, the people didn’t want sand dunes there because they blocked the views,” says Susanne Torriente, Fort Lauderdale’s assistant city manager. “Now they’re realizing their value.”
Revitalization efforts involving all parts of communities are key to bringing ailing cities like Detroit back to health and prosperity.
Leaders of two nonprofits, Health Care Without Harm and the Public Health Institute, have been recognized by President Obama as Champions of Change for “Protecting Health in a Changing Climate.”
Kresge-supported project provides easily accessible information about ‘community benefit’ requirement for nonprofit hospitals
As more Americans qualify for Medicaid or other health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health policy analysts predict that demand for hospital-based charity care will shrink. The projected decrease in charity care would free resources at nonprofit hospitals to provide other community benefits – activities that improve the overall health of the population.
Kresge Artist Fellowships have been awarded to 17 metropolitan Detroit-based literary and visual artists and one team of artists. Each of the fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines. The fellowships represent The Kresge Foundation’s desire to elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community and advance the careers of artists living and working in the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area, comprising Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Kresge’s President and CEO Rip Rapson made the case for philanthropic engagement in disinvested cities in an address to the national organization Social Impact Exchange. Several hundred people gathered in New York for Social Impact Exchange ’s 2013 national conference last week. It was the fourth yearly event for funders, advisers, public-sector and nonprofit leaders to discuss co-funding opportunities and help build the field. Rapson was the keynote speaker.
With nearly 40 percent of their presidents retiring in less than five years, the nation’s community colleges face a looming crisis – and the opportunity to focus on student success by overhauling the way top leaders are recruited, hired, prepared and evaluated.
A champion of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Jane Delgado retires from The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees
The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees and staff salute Dr. Jane Delgado for her 16 years of service as a foundation trustee.
As many digital information consumers know, Google will discontinue its popular news aggregation service, Google Reader, July 1. Most people who follow Kresge news use a kresge.org subscription service that delivers news to their email inboxes, or stay in touch through social media. However, several hundred do use the RSS – or Real Simple Syndication – feed. If you’re one of those RSS subscribers, here’s what you should know:
Kresge’s 2012 annual report highlights efforts to expand opportunities for vulnerable people living in America’s cities
The Kresge Foundation’s 2012 annual report is now available online, along with a companion video from the president, Rip Rapson. The report details the foundation’s grantmaking in 2012, covering 410 awards totaling $130.5 million, with $150.3 million paid out over the course of the year.
For more on Kresge's efforts in America's cities, see the news article about our 2012 annual report or read the full report.
Kim Allen grew up in South Los Angeles, a community where almost a third of the population lives in poverty and 43 percent of adults haven’t finished high school. When Allen arrived at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College she had nowhere to go but up, and LA Trade Tech’s electrical lineman program looked like the way to get there. Even though classes had already started, she showed up every day until a space opened. She weathered frustration, exhaustion, even a knee injury, to earn her certification and her instructor’s “most improved” award.
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White paper makes case for strengthening families by supporting development of social and personal assets
There’s ample evidence that personal and social assets − such as homes, cash savings, education, job skills and health care – provide individuals, families and communities with economic security, upward mobility and opportunities for growth. But the widening income gap in the United States makes it increasingly hard for those with limited resources to get a toehold.
Public Health Institute invites applications for work at intersection of public health and climate change
The Public Health Institute is offering grants for projects to address the interaction of climate change and public health issues – with a special focus on the impact on vulnerable urban populations. Three grants – each for $20,000 over 12 months – will fund pilot projects in geographically diverse urban communities in California to demonstrate ways to incorporate climate change efforts into a current public health program and/or enhance public health through ongoing climate change work.
As more colleges and universities turn to green technology and energy efficiency improvements to control costs, it’s important to help institutions with limited resources reap the benefits of those kinds of investments as well, the president of The Kresge Foundation told a gathering in San Diego.