2009 Environmental Program Grants

Grants Paid During 2009
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Antioch University $5,000
Keene, NH

One time grant to implement a four-part strategy to develop and advance the emerging field of Conservation Psychology. That field uses the insights of the social sciences, particularly psychology, to better understand how people think, feel, and act in relation to the natural world and how they perceive their own lives.
(Final payment of a $70,000 grant)

Audubon Vermont $45,000
New York, NY

To refine, replicate, and nationally disseminate Audubon Vermont’s innovative new approach to engaging landowners and communities in sustainable forestry practices to reverse the dramatic decline in the populations of many priority bird species.
(First Payment of a $75,000 grant)

Center for Whole Communities $30,000
Fayston, VT

For the initiative, “Strategy 2042.” The goal of this project is to empower the future leadership of the conservation movement in America to be able to successfully engage people of color. Over three years up to 60 emerging conservation leaders under 35 will go through this intense program. According to Innovative Adoption Theory this is the critical number of early adopters needed to begin to change a system of the scale of the conservation field.
(First payment of a $75,000 grant)

Clean Air – Cool Planet $50,000
New Canaan, CT

To create, test, pilot and promote CHEFS (Charting Emissions from Food Services) Calculator to measure and help reduce global warming impacts of specific food services practices.
(First payment of an $85,000 grant)

Cornell University $25,000
New York, NY

For “Participatory Development of an Urban Forestry Community Engagement Model.” The goal is to develop a model to involve the public in the planning, planting and stewardship of urban forestry efforts.
(Second payment of a $75,000 grant)

In Our Backyards (IOBY) $60,000
New York, NY

To test their NYC pilot online micro-philanthropic initiative supporting local environmental work and to develop a robust model for replication in other cities.
(First Payment of a $90,000 grant)

Oceana $10,000
Washington, DC

One time grant to support its Recreational Fishing Campaign to reduce the bycatch (the unintended and then wasted fish accidentally caught because of fishing techniques) by the commercial fishing industry of big game fish.
(Final payment of a $60,000 grant)

Shelburne Farms $40,000
Shelburne, VT

Seed funding to pilot and launch The Confluence Collaborative at Shelburne Farms. The Collaborative will be both a real and virtual mechanism to enhance the national dissemination of model placed-based and other innovative environmental programs moving people from environmental awareness to action in their own communities. The grant will allow the Collaborative to test and refine its convening and dissemination methodologies, document its impact, expand its network of partner organizations, put in place a dedicated staff, develop national visibility and develop and begin to implement a sustainable business plan for the Collaborative’s continued operation.
(First Payment of a $75,000 grant)