New rating system helps communities mark progress in strengthening environment, economic and social systems
For cities concerned about sustainability, a new rating system is being rolled out to help guide the way to improved social, economic and environmental stability. Just as LEED became the accepted benchmark for energy-efficient buildings with low environmental impact, the STAR Community Rating System can be the yardstick for communities seeking to prepare for climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster their local economies.
Thousands of volunteers took part in Neighborhoods Day, annual event organized by ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit organization. Now in its seventh year, the Aug. 3 event featured community-service programs benefiting young people, families and neighborhoods. Several hundred partners sponsored clean-up and renovation projects, music, games and special events to celebrate community life.
The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line connecting downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul promises to bring new economic life to the cores of the Twin Cities and the 10 miles between. With a price tag that rounds off to $1 billion, the light rail line – the biggest infrastructure investment in Minneapolis history – is slated to begin operation in 2014. And along the six miles of the route in St. Paul, arts advocates are fostering hundreds of smaller and important social and cultural connections through the Irrigate project.
AS220 in downtown Providence, R.I., hums with the activity of five galleries, a black-box theater, a dance studio, rehearsal spaces, dozens of artist studios, a print shop, a recording studio and more. And that’s not to mention commercial tenants, including an Irish pub, a Mexican cantina, a barbershop and a locksmith.
Visit the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and you’ll be immersed in the experiences of Asian Pacific immigrants. The museum is nestled inside a building erected in 1910 as a rooming house and commercial-social hub for the growing immigrant community. You can see immigrants’ one-room apartments, their communal kitchen, their shops and altars to ancestors, as well as representations of more recent experiences that range from making inroads in the fashion industry to homelessness.
It was supposed to be “a kind of temporary, guerilla-style art project” in the words of arts insurgent-turned-administrator Rick Lowe. Swoop in, make a difference and disappear.
Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, today issued a statement concerning the city of Detroit's bankruptcy filing. It’s been a week now since the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. As the reality sets in for all of us here in metropolitan Detroit and for observers across the nation, I want to be clear: We are putting our trust in the reorganization process and remain focused on our current and future work in Detroit.
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: