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Kresge Announces New Higher Green Building Standards for Challenge-grant Applicants in Higher Education

Beginning in June 2010, Kresge will only award capital challenge grants to colleges and universities building environmentally sustainable facilities.


May 22, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation announced today that it is raising the bar on green building requirements for challenge grants awarded to applicants in the higher-education sector.

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As the Timber Industry Declines, Lane Community College Students Seek New Careers in Nursing and Health-care services

$800,000 capital-challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation will support the construction of a new green health and wellness educational center.


August 14, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – Like many young men in Eugene, Oregon, Travis Moffett was tied to timber. He grew up as the son of a millworker in a "very low" middle-class family. His father, his two brothers, and his sister's husband all labored long and hard in the local lumberyards and mills to support their wives and children.

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Human Services, Health, and Arts and Culture Organizations, Among Others, To Benefit from Kresge Foundation Second-quarter Grants

Economic-crisis relief is an ongoing theme for the Michigan-based private foundation.


August 25, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation’s grantmaking continues to seek a balance between responding to the immediate hardships arising from the economic downturn and the longer-term challenges of addressing enduring social, environmental, and economic problems. At its second-quarter board meeting in June, Trustees awarded 73 grants totaling $26 million for nonprofit organizations in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Ireland.

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With Third-quarter Awards Totaling $43.7 Million, The Kresge Foundation Helps Those Hardest Hit by the Economic Crisis

Awards were made to organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa.


October 12, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – Feeding the hungry, assisting those least able to pursue a college degree, and advancing energy efficiency in low-income communities exemplify The Kresge Foundation’s desire to improve the long-term life circumstances of the poor and, in response to the nation's severe economic contraction, bring some immediate relief to those in greatest need.

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Kresge Foundation Awards $197 Million to 404 Nonprofits in 2009; Significant Focus Continues to be Responding to the Economic Crisis

In the fourth quarter 2009, 147 grants totaling $54 million were awarded to organizations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom.


May 04, 2010

TROY, MICHIGAN – Consistent with their stated intention to directly and aggressively help strengthen the social safety net during the economic downturn, the Trustees of The Kresge Foundation awarded $197 million to 404 nonprofit organizations in six fields of interest during 2009.

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Two Kresge grantees launch a Web-based resource site focused on climate-change adaptation

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange -- CAKE -- provides conservation practitioners and policy analysts with scientific information and networking opportunities designed to build the field of adaptation.


August 25, 2010

TROY, Mich. – A new Web-based Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange, launched in July by two Kresge grantees, Island Press and EcoAdapt, offers a comprehensive toolkit of free online resources that conservation practitioners and policy makers can utilize to develop, implement, and share innovative approaches for adapting to climate change.

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New Report Supports the Expansion of Access to Healthy, Affordable Food in Every Community

“Recipes for Change” provides a comprehensive roadmap for transforming the way food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed in the United States.


August 30, 2010

TROY, MICHIGAN – Expanding access to healthy, affordable food, especially for low-income residents and people of color, and creating a sustainable, equitable food system can go a long way toward improving the physical, economic, social, and environmental health of all Americans, says a new report commissioned by the Convergence Partnership.

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Historic milestone for energy-efficiency advocates

The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code calls for a 30-percent energy savings in homes and commercial buildings.


November 23, 2010

TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation's grant funding empowered four leading environmental organizations to support a historic vote that sets higher energy-efficiency code requirements for buildings under the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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Research identifies top natural resource questions

Experts ask policy makers what scientific research is needed to guide the conservation and management of natural resources.


April 13, 2011

TROY, Mich. – A wide-ranging group of experts has published a set of 40 key environmental questions to help align scientific research agendas with the needs of natural resource decision makers.

The cover story of the April issue of BioScience reports on the results of the work funded with a grant from The Kresge Foundation.

John R. Nordgren

Senior Program Officer
Environment

John R. Nordgren, senior program officer for Environment, developed the Environment Program’s climate adaptation strategy. He manages The Kresge Foundation’s adaptation portfolio, which uses strategic investments and other tools to build society’s capacity to lessen the harmful impacts of climate change on people and nature.