Big Green, Inc. is a project of the Institute for Energy Research that demonstrates money’s influence on energy policy in the United States. The map highlights a group of foundations that spend billions of dollars supporting aggressive climate litigation, the promotion of uneconomic renewable energy sources, and overburdening regulations. This money has helped foment the anti-market sentiment that dominates energy policy in the United States and has played a major role in limiting economic growth in recent years.

The map allows users to track the sources of this funding across a variety of dimensions and to identify the issue areas for which these organizations are receiving money. The map will continue to be updated with new data and new organizations as more recent tax data becomes available.

Click here for a video explainer of how to use the map’s features.

 

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The data for this project was collected from publicly available federal 990 tax returns.

The grants listed in the database are organized in the following categories based on the description provided on the entity’s tax return forms:

  1.    Coal
  2.    Fracking
  3.    Oil and gas
  4.    Climate change
  5.    Water
  6.    Transportation
  7.    Regulations
  8.    General operations
  9.    Public engagement
  10.    Political activism
  11.    Renewables
  12.    Conservation
  13.    Miscellaneous

Questions or corrections regarding the data should be directed to [email protected]

Related & Donor Organizations

  • 350.org
  • Conservation Colorado
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Earth Guardians
  • Earthjustice
  • Energy Foundation
  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Foundation for National Progress (Mother Jones)
  • Grist Magazine
  • NextGen Climate America Inc.
  • Park Foundation
  • PennFuture
  • Sea Change Foundation
  • Sustainable Markets Foundation
  • The Schmidt Family Foundation
  • TomKat Charitable Trust
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
  • WildEarth Guardians
  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • 350.org

    350.org is an international environmentalist organization founded by Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben. The organization has played an instrumental role in blocking new oil, gas, and coal exploration through its organization of environmental protests such as the People’s Climate March.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s networkextends to 188 countries.”

    Location: Oakland, California

    Years Active: 2007 – present

    Funding
    Total assets (end of year 2014): $5,137,543
    Between 2010 and 2014, 350.org received $29,933,476 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    ● 2010 – $3,008,741
    ● 2011- $3,609,859
    ● 2012 – $6,332,569
    ● 2013 – $5,748,443
    ● 2014 – $11,233,864

    Nontaxable lobbying from 2011 – 2014: $1,864,502

    Projects (From website)
    How Do We Work?

    1) Keep carbon in the ground
    ● Revoke the social license of the fossil fuel industry
    ● Fight iconic battles against fossil fuel infrastructure
    ● Counter industry/government narratives

    2) Help build a new, more equitable zero-carbon economy
    ● Promote investment in community-based sustainability solutions
    ● Support communities confronting the impacts of climate change & building climate
    solutions for an economy free of fossil fuels

    3) Pressure governments into limiting emissions
    ● Run local and national campaigns targeting leaders
    ● Capitalize on big regional and international events, like climate negotiations and
    economic summits

    2016 GOTV Fellowship
    “In 2016, our fellowship provided 6 students and 3 team leads in New Hampshire, Colorado and Virginia to organize youth and students on state ballot initiatives and on elections that will keep fossil fuels in the ground and ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy. With organizing
    grounded in justice and long-term movement building, 350 Action fellows organized actions, political education and skills-based trainings, and worked with partners on issue-based GOTV.”

    Campaign to stop Keystone XL
    “350 Action has played a critical role in the campaign to stop Keystone XL. We’ve
    helped organize rapid-response actions across the country, supported actions in
    Washington DC to confront swing voters in Congress, and partnered to build a clean
    energy barn in the pipeline route in Nebraska.”

    Climate Name Change
    “In 2014, we released a video calling on the World Meteorological Organization to
    rename hurricanes — which are becoming more intense due to climate change — after
    climate deniers. The video went viral, racking up over 3 million views, and sparking a
    debate in the national media.”

    Don’t Frack Ohio
    “In 2012, 350 Action partnered with grassroots Ohio anti-fracking groups to organize the largest anti- fracking rally in the state’s history. Focusing on Gov. John Kasich’s failure to regulate the oil and gas industry, over 1000 Ohioans marched through downtown Columbus and occupied the statehouse rotunda, holding a people’s assembly where they unanimously voted to ban fracking.”

  • Conservation Colorado

    Conservation Colorado (also known as the Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund) is a nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in Denver Colorado. The organization advances economically destructive policies such as subsidies for renewable energy, the expansion of public lands, and regulatory obstacles to fossil fuel development. Together, with its sister organization the Conservation Colorado Education Fund, Conservation Colorado has played a major role in inhibiting the development of natural gas and other fossil fuel projects in the state of Colorado

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: Our mission is to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers.

    Location: Denver, Colorado

    Years active: “Over 50 years”

    Funding

    Total assets (beginning of year 2015): $1,760,937

    Between 2011 and 2015, Conservation Colorado received $8,419,729 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $1,024,721
    • 2012 – $1,282,474
    • 2013 – $1,681,691
    • 2014 – $2,135,487
    • 2015 – $2,295,356

    Projects (From website)

    Our Lands

    “Conservation Colorado has been a champion of protecting wilderness and public lands for 65 years.

    Preserving Colorado’s wildlands is critical for our economy, recreation, wildlife, and quality of life. No less than a third of our state is public land, composed of national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered lands.”

    “We work to ensure these lands remain wild and open to everyone so future generations can enjoy the natural heritage that is a defining characteristic of our state. We operate both from Denver and from field offices across the state to ensure lasting collaboration with local stakeholders.”

    Our Water

    “In the West, water is the lifeblood of our communities, economy, and identity. Water must be balanced between our agricultural economy, our growing cities, and our natural environment. Our rivers and streams sustain diverse ecosystems and river recreation activities, which draw visitors to our state. We are at a critical tipping point where our water supply is compromised by competing demands, a changing climate, population growth, and outdated management plans. Unless we learn to better manage and conserve our resources, we’ll be facing a dire water crisis.”

    “Healthy, flowing rivers do much more than just provide a home for fish. Aside from supporting entire ecosystems, water is vital for our economy. From rafting and fishing to agriculture and industry, Coloradans rely on our watersheds.”

    Our Climate

    “Climate change is more than a scientific consensus — it’s our future if we don’t act now. Colorado is especially vulnerable to rising temperatures and a decreasing water supply, which would hugely impact our people, plants, animals, and ecosystems. At the same time, fossil fuel resources are being extracted across our landscapes. We work to make sure that development is balanced with protecting our land, air, water, wildlife, and communities.”

    “We are demanding that our elected leaders tackle climate change and make it a policy priority. Coloradans know from experience that we can use the power of the sun and the wind to fulfill our energy needs AND boost our economy. Reducing carbon pollution goes hand-in-hand with healthier air, cleaner energy, energy efficiency, and more sustainable transportation. These developments reduce energy costs, put dollars back into the pockets of families and businesses, and increase our energy independence.”

    Current Campaigns

    Renewable Energy

    Clean Transportation

    Mining Reform

    Southern Front Range Wildlands

    Continental Divide Wilderness

    Dolores River Canyons

    Greater Dinosaur

    Dirty Fuels

    Public Land Seizure

    Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan

    Healthy Rivers

     

  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a nonprofit environmentalist organization operating in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Jersey. The organization has played a prominent role in blocking the development of natural gas in the Northeast through aggressive litigation.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Delaware Riverkeeper Network champions the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and Tributary Streams that are free-flowing, clean, healthy, and abundant with a diversity of life.”

    Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania

    Years Active: 1988-present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $2,182,566

    Between 2011 and 2015, Delaware Riverkeeper Network received $10,827,229 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011- $1,257,534
    • 2012 – $1,953,569
    • 2013 – $1,967,526
    • 2014 – $2,070,752
    • 2015 – $3,577,848

    Nontaxable lobbying from 2012 – 2015: $981,163

    Projects (From website)

    Advocacy:

    “The Delaware River is the last major, free-flowing river in the East. It flows for 330 miles through 4 states, 42 counties and 838 municipalities. Through past and recent history to present day, communities throughout the region, regardless of political boundaries, have been drawn together by this river, recognizing it as a living resource that supports their lives. Many species of fish, aquatic life, birds, and other wildlife are dependent on the river and its flowing tributaries. The streams, wetlands and floodplain that are part of the Delaware natural system define the river in terms of its natural inventory and the quality of its resources. Boating, fishing, swimming and birding attract eco-tourism to the region from around the country.”

    “But many of the River’s resources are at risk – sprawling development accompanied by increased stormwater runoff has resulted in higher and faster storm flows causing more flooding and greater flood damages. Making matters worse, continuing construction in the floodplain interferes with the floodplain’s ability to absorb and process high flows and puts people and structures in harms way. Sprawling development also means increased demand for water withdrawals from surface and groundwater supplies as well as increased discharges that degrade water quality, ecosystem health, and community quality of life. Overuse of the natural resources found in the Delaware system impose pressures that we may not be able to recover from. And project developers and dischargers who recognize existing opportunities to weaken regulations and/or battle new regulatory proposals are investing heavily in cutting regulatory protections for our environment to the bone. Informed and active professional and citizen activism is needed to challenge these pressures.”

    Litigation:

    “A river has no right to defend itself in a court of law, so the Delaware River needs attorneys who are willing and able to pursue legal action on behalf of the River and its affected communities. A river’s needs too often go undefended and its enemies unchallenged due to lack of access to legal and scientific resources needed to effectively take on the challenge. In the Delaware River Watershed, Delaware Riverkeeper Network has stepped up to defend and give voice to our treasured Delaware River.”

    “But pursuing litigation requires a strong voice, effective legal counsel, and well informed experts, data and information. We have in place a strong, educated, committed and professional legal team here at Delaware Riverkeeper Network to ensure our ability to rise to these challenges with bold advocacy and solid legal action whenever necessary to stop them. The Delaware Riverkeeper, serving as lead client and voice for the Delaware River, works with our River Resources Law Clinic to build the strongest possible cases — ones that protect the River and set valuable precedent for its future protection. It is the ability to walk into the courtroom at a moment’s notice that so often has helped us to achieve our river protection goals.”

    History of using litigation to prevent or delay new energy development

    o Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et. al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    o Gas Drilling Permit Cancelled

    o Judge Allows Delaware Riverkeeper Network to Intervene In Lawsuit to Protect DRBC Drilling Moratorium

    o Tennessee Gas Pipeline NEUP Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Awareness:

    “To inspire citizen action, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network provides citizens with the information, tools and training they need to make a difference for the River. Citizen participation is critical to ensuring protection and proper management of the Delaware River. Through our Awareness-to-Action program, we move citizens from burgeoning awareness to citizen action on behalf of local streams. We employ informative membership materials, publications, motivational and informative presentations, special topic workshops, hands-on training, and networking events. When you become part of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, you will enjoy opportunities to learn about watershed ecosystems, acquire skills that enable you to have a meaningful impact on environmental decision-making, and develop confidence in your abilities to apply these newly acquired skills to protect your local streams.”

  • Earth Guardians

    Earth Guardians is an environmental nonprofit organization that was originally an accredited school in Maui, Hawaii in 1992. The organization moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1997 and now focuses on getting young people politically engaged on environmental issues. The organization’s youth director is currently one of 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal government over environmental issues.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Earth Guardians is growing a resilient movement with youth at the forefront by empowering them as leaders and amplifying their impact. We invite you to join us in our mission to protect the planet for future generations. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference.”

    Location: Boulder, Colorado

    Years active: 1992 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $34,384

    Between 2011 and 2015, Earth Guardians received $357,879 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $21,804
    • 2012 – $16,097
    • 2013 – $73,913
    •  2014 – $102,632
    • 2015 – $143,433

    Projects (From website)

    RYSE

    “The Earth Guardians, Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth (RYSE) Councils are youth-led council’s of solutionaries who are using the arts and their creative passion and skills to create campaigns that address climate and environmental issues in their communities. The Youth Council’s are made up of diverse youth from across the globe using community-wide solutions activation trainings and mentor support to co-create the future they know is possible.”

    Protect Our Earth

    “In Spring, we dedicate the Protect Our Future campaign to the Earth. We focus on the tree plantings and regeneration of the soil, which is vital to our way of life and the health of the planet. Science is emerging about the critical role that soil plays in averting climate disaster. Earth Guardian crews can recruit their schools, businesses, farmers, municipalities, and other engaged groups to help regenerate soil or Protect the Earth in other ways that feel right for them.”

    “Activities could include community event organizing, creating biochar, building biointensive gardens, rotational grazing grassland restoration, street art, grassland and habitat restoration, educational outreach and whatever other creative ideas crews come up with!”

    Protect Our Water

    “Each summer, Earth Guardians come together to Protect Our Future by celebrating, cleaning, healing and protecting the water in communities around the world. Water is vital to all life on this planet, yet there are many industries that are constantly polluting our water sources, people who continually waste precious clean water, and areas where no clean water is available.”

    “In 2015 the Boulder crew educated their community about the chemical present in the water by doing stream health tests. In Africa, crews built new wells in areas in need and in Kathmandu they used donations to buy water to give to those who didn’t have any. While other crews did clean up around rivers, lakes or beaches. By looking at what your community needs, you will be able to figure out the right focus for your project.”

    Protect Our Air

    “Protect Our Future fall projects focus on air quality and our atmosphere. Air pollution often increases during the fall and winter when people need to heat their homes, and spend more time in their cars to avoid cold weather. To protect the future of our air, we must get creative and think about how can we keep our carbon footprints small as the weather cools down.”

    “In the past crews have handed out flyers to people in their cars to educated about the causes of air pollution, planted trees to clean the air, created eco-friendly kites and other art/music to raise awareness and many more projects.”

    Protect Our Climate

    “We invite our Earth Guardian crews around the world to host local Protect our Future Film Festivals each winter. Winter is a great time to reflect on the work you have done to protect our climate in your own community, and what our global community has achieved over the last year. By reflecting on what we have accomplished together, what we have learned, and how we have grown, we have an opportunity to increase our impact in the coming year.”

    “Coming together for a film festival is a fun and effective way to educate ourselves and our communities about the state of our environment, and discuss ways we can help it improve. We encourage you to choose films that highlight both global and local issues, and invite community elders to host a discussion panel after viewing the films. This is also an amazing opportunity to highlight the creative work being done by Earth Guardians in your community!”

  • Earthjustice

    Earthjustice is a nonprofit law organization that focuses public interest litigation on environmental issues. The organization is headquartered in San Francisco, California; it has been responsible for a significant amount of litigation blocking the development of natural resources in the United States.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)(3)

    Organization description: “Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to preserve the wild, to fight for healthy communities and to advance clean energy to promote a healthy climate.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years Active: 1965 – Present – Originally the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund

    Finances and Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2014): $78,989,760

     Between 2010 and 2014, Earthjustice received $182,251,526 in gifts, grants contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2010 – $29,629,520
    • 2011 – $32,368,669
    • 2012 – $32,609,428
    • 2013 – $42,562,786
    • 2014 – $45,063,123

    Nontaxable lobbying 2011-2014: $4,000,000

    Projects (From website)

    Climate Change

    “If the causes of warming global temperatures are not addressed, we will render the planet unlivable. Already, great shifts are occurring. Polar ice is melting at alarming rates. Superstorms like Hurricane Sandy are bearing down with greater regularity. Droughts and wildfires are intensifying and the oceans are acidifying as they soak up excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

    Oil and Natural Gas

    “We’re in the midst of an oil and gas boom driven by fracking. The whole fracking process is exempted from key provisions of most of our nation’s major federal environmental laws. As drilling has expanded without adequate oversight, communities are contending with polluted drinking water and rampant air pollution, threatening our health and the environment.”

    “Earthjustice is fighting oil and natural gas by:

    • Stopping fracking local communities and on pristine public lands. Earthjustice supports local communities that are standing up to the oil and gas industry.
    • Protecting our public lands from the ever-increasing pressure to drill for oil and gas regardless of the devastating impacts to precious wild lands.
    • Strengthening environmental and health protections by pushing for strong chemical disclosure laws and rules to prevent air and water pollution and stop methane leakage.
    • Stopping dirty energy infrastructure investments that will commit us to fossil fuel-fired future. We are working with affected communities to fight pipelines, export terminals and other major infrastructure projects that will spur more gas drilling and burning for decades to come.”

    “Across the United States, Earthjustice is representing communities in their fight against oil and gas drilling, and we’re winning. Earthjustice has made marked progress in decreasing drilling’s impacts and we will continue to advocate in courts and administrative agencies to protect human health and natural resources from the oil and gas industry.”

    Coal

    “We’re setting our sights on coal by:

    • Addressing waste and emissions through litigation and advocacy that establishes and enforces national regulations for power plant waste like coal ash.
    • Retiring dirty coal power plants through litigation that forces the retirement of the oldest and dirtiest plants, blocks the construction of new ones, and creates incentives for investing in clean, renewable sources of energy.
    • Preventing coal exports through work to prevent the permitting of terminals that would ship mountains of coal overseas to be burned.
    • Stopping extraction and mining through efforts to ban mountaintop removal mining and other extraction practices, to protect the health, air and water of local residents, and to send a signal to the coal industry that coal’s time as an energy giant is nearly done.”

    “Earthjustice litigation led to the shutdown of the Big Sandy coal plant in Kentucky. It was just one victory in our efforts to rid the land of one of the most highly polluting industries in America—coal-fired power plants.”

    Clean Energy

    “Though a clean energy future is already beginning to materialize, dirty energy continues to block its way. Fossil fuel subsidies and lax regulations mean that the current price of coal- and gas-fired power does not reflect the costs of harmful air, water and climate pollution. In addition, our appliances are woefully inefficient, which increases energy consumption. Meanwhile, our energy utilities and state and federal regulators remain staunchly short-sighted when it comes to planning for and creating clean energy pathways.”

    “We’re working around the country to pave the way for clean energy. From Kentucky and Indiana to Colorado and Washington, we are seizing opportunities to generate energy savings and support the rise of rooftop solar and other clean energy resources. In Hawaiʻi, our legal work facilitated a ground-breaking solar initiative that can serve as a model for the rest of the country. In California, Earthjustice litigation helped secure a landmark decision that requires state utilities to meet consumer demand with clean energy first, before using fossil fuel power. And in Washington, D.C., we’re pushing for critical energy efficiency standards that can be applied nationwide, leading to cost savings for consumers and reduced emissions of climate warming gases for the planet.”

  • Energy Foundation

    The Energy Foundation is a pass-through charitable foundation that directs money from a network of left-of-center organizations to groups promoting a “new energy economy.” As a grant making organization, the Energy Foundation has directed money toward a number of anti-fossil fuel groups as well as groups that support burdensome regulation and corporate subsidies for renewable energy. In 2015, the Energy Foundation was involved in a scandal that led to the resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Energy Foundation’s mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

    Location: San Francisco, California
    Years active: 1991 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $69,727,023

    Grant Purposes

    ● For a climate summit for US governors and provincial and state delegates from
    the European Union, China, and India
    ● For a communications program to promote renewable energy policy
    ● For appropriate renewable energy development and transmission siting on federal lands in the West
    ● For California regulatory implementation
    ● For clean vehicles and fuels policies
    ● To limit greenhouse gas emissions and other externalities from natural gas
    extraction, distribution, and use
    ● To organize activists concerned over the impacts of natural gas extraction on
    communities and the development of clean energy
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in Michigan
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in Texas
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in the Intermountain West, challenge
    federal funding of coal plants, and secure stronger federal standards for coal-fired
    power plants
    ● To oppose new conventional coal-fired power plants in Georgia
    ● To oppose new conventional coal-fired power plants in Arkansas
    ● To oppose the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Kentucky
    ● To promote solar power and other renewable energy in Texas

  • Environmental Advocates of New York

    Environmental Advocates of New York is a nonprofit environmental organization based in Albany, New York. The organization advocates costly regulation on natural resource development and promotes subsidies and corporate welfare for renewable energy.

    Overview

     Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Oganization Description: “Environmental Advocates of New York’s mission is to protect our state’s air, water, land, wildlife, and the health of all New Yorkers.”

    Location: Albany, New York

    Years Active: 1969 – present

    Funding
    Total assets (end of year 2015): $1,309,048

    Between 2011 and 2015, Environmental Advocates of New York received $5,505,767 in gift, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $1,135,685
    • 2012 – $1,096,654
    • 2013 – $1,024,589
    • 2014 – $1,170,422
    • 2015 – $1,078,417

    Nontaxable lobbying 2012 – 2015: $785,946

    Projects (From website)

    2018 Priorities:

    Climate Leadership

    “Local and state leaders must find common ground to turn our bold climate goals into enforceable law. The stability of legislative action is needed to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that is embedded in New York’s culture and history. Further, these new laws must ensure equity for communities on the front lines of climate change impacts: low-income households, seniors, communities of color, immigrants, and vulnerable people who are often the last to get relief and help rebuilding their lives and communities when catastrophes strike.”

    New York must take action in 2018 to legally require that the state’s economy will be completely powered by renewable energy by the year 2050. EA’s Climate Plan of Action to accomplish this includes:

    • Enacting the Climate and Community Protection Act to set legally binding clean energy and climate goals (requiring that half of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and eliminating all human-induced greenhouse gases by 2050) and requiring all state agencies and local governments to screen every decision against climate goals, social equity principles and workforce development;
    • Ensuring that New York strengthens the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) regulations and expands climate pollution pricing across the entire economy. The state must tighten the rules governing the use of RGGI auction revenues, with at least 40% of the revenues going to frontline, environmental justice, and disadvantaged communities. New RGGI standards are expected to create more than 30,000 jobs in New York and save consumers more than $3 billion on energy;
    • Adopting innovative forest and agricultural land-use management strategies to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and,
    • Developing new – and expanding existing – policies at the local and state levels to promote energy efficiency, large scale and community-owned renewables, energy storage, electric grid modernization, and geothermal and offshore wind.”

    Clean Transportation

    “Transportation in New York is the biggest source of greenhouse gases: 34% of the total. We spend a staggering $30 billion (most of which flows to out-of-state interests) on fossil fuels to move people and goods. Strong local and state policies can move the 11.2 million vehicles on our roads rapidly away from dependence on the dirty internal combustion engine of the last century and cut climate pollution, keep billions in our economy, and stimulate innovation. It is imperative that leaders seize the opportunity and begin to transform our transportation sector in the following ways:

    • Substantially increase funding for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and other local transportation systems;
    • Enact policies like congestion pricing that will address the health and environmental costs of our tailpipes and provide funds to modernize the transportation infrastructure that is so vital to our citizens and our economy; and,
    • Lead by example by converting state and local fleets to electric vehicles, ramping up investments in charging infrastructure, and increasing incentives for electric vehicles.”

    Healthy Water

    “It’s easy to take clean water for granted until crises occur. From pollution caused by sewage overflows, to chemical contamination, the quality of our water is seriously threatened.”

    “Water infrastructure investment provides good local jobs and a boost to the economy. The United States Conference of Mayors determined that each public dollar invested in water infrastructure increases private long-term Gross Domestic Product output by $6.35. The United States Department of Commerce has estimated that each job created in the local water and wastewater industry creates 3.68 jobs in the national economy and each public dollar spent yields $2.62 in economic output in other industries. These benefits are unlocked by New York’s water infrastructure grant program (WIIA), which has effectively leveraged other sources of funding to put shovels in the ground.”

    Our Clean Water Plan of Action includes:

    • Increasing funding for WIIA to help fund more communities with clean water infrastructure grants;
    • Ensuring the newly created Drinking Water Quality Council reviews priority chemicals that science has linked to significant human health impacts, develops a model to respond to water contamination, and promulgates recommendations for the Department of Health to adopt;
    • Ensuring the Department of Health (DOH) creates a State “emerging contaminant” list and requires all communities to test their water for listed chemicals;
    • Adopting a pesticide use reduction plan, including a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, which the Trump Administration has abdicated its responsibility to do;
    • Building on New York’s fracking ban to prohibit the disposal of oil and gas waste in New York landfills and the use of such waste as dust and ice control on roads; and,
    • Funding land protection and setting regulatory standards that protect water-bodies and entire watersheds to create healthier ecosystems for wildlife.

    Investments to Protect Us

    “Governor Cuomo and legislators have few responsibilities that impact our lives more than the New York State Budget. The SFY 2018-19 Enacted Budget should:

    • Fully fund and implement the life-saving Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (which legislators have delayed since 2010);
    • Finance the state superfund program ($100M) and the Environmental Protection Fund (at least $300M) and protect the funds from being diverted to non-environmental projects;
    • Eliminate exposure to toxins such as lead in drinking water by funding service line replacement ;
    • Provide more funds to increase staff of environmental and health agencies (e.g. the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Parks, Department of Public Service and Health Department) and more funds so they have the resources to do their jobs.”

    Environmental Rights

    “The New York Constitution should include the civil right to clean water, to clean air, and to live in a healthful environment. New York should once and for all enable its citizens to seek judicial relief from environmental threats and health hazards.”

    Stopping Rollbacks

    “Special interests and their allies in the Legislature work each year to weaken, block, or delay environmental protections. Environmental Advocates will continue to act as a “watchdog” and identify these assaults, sound the alarm with the media, the public, and decision-makers, and work overtime to ensure bad proposals are dead on arrival.”

    2018 Action Agenda

  • Food & Water Watch

    Food and Water Watch is an environmentalist organizing group that has played a key role in hindering natural gas development in the United States. The organization emphasizes local bans on hydraulic fracturing, most notably in Colorado and New York.

    Overview

    Tax-exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization Description: “Food and Water Watch’s primary exempt purpose is for research, educating the public, and protecting the environment related to food systems.”

    Location: Washington, D.C.

    Years active: 2005 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $9,409,199

    Between 2011 and 2015, Food & Water Watch received $68,699,742 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $11,447,977
    • 2012 – $11,830,628
    • 2013 – $13,118,608
    • 2014 – $14,637,019
    • 2015 – $17,665,510

    Nontaxable lobbying 2012 – 2015: $3,069,295

    Projects (From website)

    100 Percent Renewable Energy for Los Angeles

    Fighting a Trans-Atlantic Fracking Pipeline to Plastic Waste

    “Fracking in Pennsylvania has scarred the state’s landscape, leaving a trail of water and air pollution, hazardous spills, and public health threats. Instead of slamming the brakes, state officials are poised to encourage more fracking, with some of the fracked gas products heading across the Atlantic to enrich an anti-union Scottish billionaire. The project presents a triple threat to public health, safety and the climate.”

    Clean Energy Revolution

    “The climate crisis is real, and it is urgent. Food & Water Watch is working for policies that move us away from polluting fossil fuels that worsen climate change, and shifting our energy use to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035.”

    Ban Fracking Everywhere

    “Fracking is an extreme method of oil and gas extraction that requires pumping millions of gallons of toxic fluid deep underground to fracture rocks and release oil and natural gas. The process can’t be done safely.”

    We Stopped the TPP!

    “Food & Water Watch fought alongside our progressive allies across the country to make it impossible for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could have demolished important environmental and consumer protections.”

    Save Our Environmental Laws from the Marketplace

    “Food & Water Watch is leading the fight to protect our successful environmental laws and keep the marketplace from undermining critical protections with new credit trading approaches to pollution control.”

  • Foundation for National Progress (Mother Jones)

    The Foundation for National Progress is the nonprofit organization that publishes Mother Jones, a political magazine that emphasizes progressive politics and environmentalism. The magazine is name after Mary Harris Jones, a famous labor organizer and activist who was active during the early twentieth century.

    Tax exempt status: 501(C)3

    Organization description: “A news organization that specializes in investigative, political & social justice reporting.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years Active: 1970 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $1,437,737

     Between 2011 and 2015, the Foundation for National Progress received $36,045,630 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees.

    • 2011 – $4,236,141
    • 2012 – $5,184,690
    • 2013 – $9,080,890
    • 2014 – $8,713,127
    • 2015 – $8,830,782

    Projects (From website)

    What is Mother Jones?

     Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization and the winner of the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2017 Magazine of the Year Award. Our staff does independent and investigative reporting on everything from politics and climate change to education and food (plus cat blogging). Some 11 million people come to this site each month, and we also publish a bimonthly, 200,000-circulation magazine. Last year was our 40th anniversary, and to celebrate we published an award-winning 35,000-word undercover exposé on private prisons, redesigned the site and magazine, and launched an acclaimed food podcast called Bite.”

  • Grist Magazine

    Grist Magazine is a left-of-center nonprofit organization that publishes environmental news and commentary. The organization’s trademarked tagline is “Gloom and doom with a sense of humor.”

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Grist Magazine is an influential and irreverent green media platform. Our mission is to set the agenda by showing how environmental considerations are reshaping our world from homes to businesses to our culture at large. We are committed to cutting through the noise and empowering a new generation to make change.”

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Years Active: 1999 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2014): $3,713,901

    Between 2010 and 2014, Grist Magazine received $16,648,775 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees.

    • 2010 – $3,126,886
    • 2011 – $2,867,348
    • 2012 – $5,707,409
    • 2013 – $2,333,916
    • 2014 – $2,613,216

    Projects (From website)

    About Grist:

    “Climate, sustainability, and social justice are the most important stories on the … well, on the planet right now. The stakes are high: just, you know, our entire frickin’ future. And it’s easy to despair when denial, delay, and doom dominate the headlines.

    But that’s not the whole story, and it never will be. At Grist, we find reasons for hope and optimism every day — while also irritating and shaming those who stand in the way of progress. Our independent, nonprofit newsroom pursues in-depth stories on under-covered topics like clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a better economy. We elevate solutions, expose inequity, and give our readers the context, knowledge, and tools to make a difference.

    Our new venture, The Fix, is taking the next step toward achieving a more just and sustainable future. Each year we feature the most promising green innovators and influencers in our annual Grist 50. Then we bring this unexpected network together to spur conversations and collaborations. Technologists, activists, artists, politicians, storytellers — their integrated skills and connected goals are what we need right now.

    Our mantra these days: Don’t freak out. Figure it out.

    Where, you might ask, do we find this boundless energy and enthusiasm? Turns out, with the right team and plenty of reader support, it’s a renewable resource! Grist was founded in 1999 as one of the nation’s first online-only publications, covering serious topics without taking ourselves too seriously. Time magazine calls Grist “the Colbert Report of climate change … except with real reporting and analytical journalism.”

    Today our publication brings you incisive weekly features and a daily digest of news you shouldn’t miss, while providing a forum for green advocates, influencers, and diverse voices that need to be heard. Have you met our long-running advice columnist Ask Umbra? She’s had a makeover to highlight civic engagement and community action (important stuff in the age of Trump). We’re a founding member of the Climate Desk, sharing stories from some of America’s leading publications. And we produce award-worthy explainer videos that dig deep into important topics with wit and a wink.”

  • NextGen Climate America Inc.

    NextGen Climate America is a nonprofit environmentalist organization founded by billionaire Tom Steyer. In conjunction with NextGen Climate Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, NextGen Climate America promotes climate alarmism. The organization has also played a key role in the development of the costly clean car standards.

    Overview

     Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The mission of NextGen Climate America (“america”) is to establish policies to prevent climate disaster and enable american prosperity. The organization educates the public on issues affecting the environment.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years active: 2013 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $618,003

    Between 2013 and 2015, NextGen Climate America received $6,647,763 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2013 – $100
    • 2014 – $2,877,650
    • 2015 – $3,770,013

    Projects (From website) 

    Climate:

    “We all need clean air to breathe, a fair and prosperous economy, and a safe and secure nation. But climate change and the pollution that causes it threaten all of that and more, putting the health and well-being of all Americans at risk —and hitting hardest those who can least afford it, exacerbating racial, gender, and class inequality. We’re standing up to corporate polluters who put their profits before people, poison our air and water, and hold our economy back. Transitioning to clean energy will prevent damage to our climate, ensure our kids have clean air and water, and create millions of good-paying jobs.

    Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, inextricably linked to our health, prosperity, and equality. Preventing climate disaster is at the heart of NextGen America’s mission.”

    Founder Tom Steyer

    Several media outlets have reported on Tom Steyer’s political donations and the influence his money has on shaping energy policy:

    Eco-Billionaire Gave $500K To Oakland Mayor’s Pet Project Shortly Before Climate Lawsuit

    Arizona Bill Pushes Back Against Tom Steyer-led Ballot Question

    Secret Memo Reveals Tom Steyer May Be Behind #ExxonKnew Climate Lawsuits

    Tom Steyer will plow $30 million into midterms, but won’t run for office in 2018

    Anti-Trump Billionaire Linked To Lawsuits Against Oil Companies

    Tom Steyer’s Very Good Week

  • Park Foundation

    The Park Foundation is a pass-through charitable foundation led by Adelaide Park Gomer, the heiress of the Duncan Hines and Park Communications fortunes. The organization has played a prominent role in funding anti-natural gas projects and initiatives across the United States, including the documentary film Gasland. The Park Foundation has been particularly involved in funding groups working to secure bans on various forms of gas drilling in the Northeast United States.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Park Foundation was formed in 1966. Its original focus was on education and grant-making in communities where Park Communications had interests. When he died in 1993, Mr. Park bequeathed more than 70 percent of his holdings to the Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family.”

    Location: Ithaca, New York

    Years active: 1966 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $385,840,519

    Grant purposes

    • For The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer with a focus on coverage of environmental,
      democracy, election and media issues
    • For environmental protection of Southeastern natural resources
    • For environmental reporting
    • For weekly column, Earth Talk: Questions and Answers About Our Environment
    • For activities related to Marcellus Shale
    • For Capitol News Connection localized environmental reporting and Ask Your
      Lawmaker Interactive Web Module
    • For Oil and Gas Accountability Project – Marcellus Shale
    • For projects, completion of documentary film, Dirty Business – The Selling of
      Clean Coal, and investigation into cap and trade system and global carbon
      commodity markets
    • For the Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration by Mother Jones, Slate, The
      Atlantic, Wired, Grist, the Center for Investigative Reporting and Need to Know
  • PennFuture

    PennFuture is a nonprofit environmental organization working inside Pennsylvania. PennFuture advocates for strong action on climate change including subsidies for renewable energy, continued participation in the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, and the implementation of the Clean Power Plan.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status 501(c)3

    Description: “The mission of PennFuture is to lead the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond PennFuture is protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.”

    Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Years Active: 1998 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $3,790,091

     Between 2011 and 2015, PennFuture received $12,367,196 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $1,713,715
    • 2012 – $2,000,541
    • 2013 – $2,463,115
    • 2014 – $2,492,534
    • 2015 – $3,697,291

    Nontaxable lobbying from 2012 to 2015: $1,143,632

    Projects (From website)

    Climate:

    “Global climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing Pennsylvania and yet we remain the third highest carbon emitting state in the union. The science is clear; rising temperatures must be limited to less than 1.5°C to give society a fighting chance to avert the most dangerous impacts.”

    Energy:

    “From early coal mines in the mid-1700s to the nation’s first oil well in 1859, Pennsylvania is no stranger to extractive energy industries. The commonwealth is the second largest producer of natural gas and the fourth largest producer of coal in the nation. Dirty energy sources emit carbon, methane and other pollutants that contribute to climate change, threaten public health and harm our environment. Pennsylvania is the third largest carbon emitting state, and we have a major role to play in reducing emissions. Clean, renewable energy comes from sources that are naturally renewing, don’t emit significant greenhouse gasses and don’t contribute to climate change, including solar, wind and geothermal. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania only gets about 5% of its energy from renewable sources, but we have a great opportunity to become a clean energy leader. The future is in our hands.”

    “The rapid growth of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania has been staggering. Since the fracking boom began in 2007, Pennsylvania has drilled nearly 10,000 gas wells with another 18,000 permitted as of late 2016 — new growth in addition to the hundreds of thousands of abandoned conventional gas wells. Natural gas is touted as a “bridge fuel” while the nation transitions to clean energy, but the impact on Pennsylvania communities in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions has been devastating. Proposed financial and infrastructure investments to maximize natural gas production will tie us to fossil fuel for decades, while policymakers and the industry downplay the risks to Pennsylvania’s environment, public health, and communities.”

    Protecting Our Public Land & Wildlife

    “Our public lands and waters also serve as habitat for diverse wildlife populations. Hemlock palustrine forests (named for the Pennsylvania state tree, the Eastern Hemlock), provide habitat to wild turkeys and Pennsylvania’s state bird – the ruffed grouse. Small, cold-water mountain streams provide an ideal home for Pennsylvania’s state fish, the brook trout. Fields and forests throughout the Commonwealth also support Pennsylvania’s state mammal, the white-tailed deer, and state insect, the firefly.”

    “Sadly, your public lands are under attack. Many of our forests and game lands have been opened for extensive mineral development in order to balance government budgets. These development interests would prefer to open up even more land for exploitation, threatening to permanently alter the landscapes and recreational opportunities these resources provide to all Pennsylvanians.”

    Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment

    “The Environmental Rights Amendment guarantees Pennsylvanians an enforceable right to ensure their government acts in a manner that protects our right to a healthy environment, and it imposes an obligation on the government to manage our public resources in a manner that conserves them for current and future generations. PennFuture advocates and takes legal actions to ensure that all levels of government are fulfilling their constitutional duty to protect these fundamental rights.”

    Legal Cases

    Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC

    • PennFuture appealed an authorization to build a gas well pad and access road.

    Brian and Dawn Gorsline and Paul and Michele Batkowski v. Fairfield Township Board of Supervisors and Inflection

    • The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted PennFuture’s petition for review of an appellate court decision allowing high volume hydraulic gas drilling in areas zoned as “residential-agricultural.” PennFuture submitted its opening brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on August 1, 2016 and a reply brief on September 19, 2016, presented oral arguments on March 8, 2017, and awaits.
  • Sea Change Foundation

    The Sea Change Foundation is a private foundation established by Nathaniel Simons, the billionaire son of Renaissance Technologies co-founder James Simons.The organization funds a number of anti-fossil fuel groups as well as many others that promote climate change research and corporate subsidies for renewable energy. The Sea Change Foundation has been criticized for receiving millions of dollars worth of funding from Klein Ltd., a Bermuda-based company with significant financial connections to Russian oil interests.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Founded in 2006 by Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons as a private family foundation, Sea Change Foundation is dedicated to achieving meaningful social impact through leveraged philanthropy that addresses the most pressing problems facing the world today. The Foundation is currently working to address the serious threats posed by global climate change and primarily focuses on climate change mitigation and clean energy policy in the United States and internationally.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years active: 2007 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $176,292,676

    Grant purposes: 
    ● For environmental policy research
    ● To advance energy efficiency and renewable energy programs
    ● For promoting strong global climate actions
    ● To promote energy efficiency codes, standards and programs
    ● To expand renewable energy adoption and support green transmission
    ● To promote awareness of climate change and reduce reliance on high carbon
    energy
    ● Mitigate climate change
    ● To educate public about climate and clean energy
    ● To promote clean energy
    ● To reduce reliance on high carbon energy
    ● To raise awareness about climate and clean energy
    ● For Clean Energy Forum conference
    ● To engage businesses in supporting climate mitigation actions
    ● To reduce reliance on energy production from coal power plants
    ● For climate change reporting

  • Sustainable Markets Foundation

    The Sustainable Markets Foundation is a left-of-center environmentalist organization that funds aggressive environmental litigation as well as initiatives to ban natural gas production and natural resource exploration. The organization serves as a pass-through organization, directing money from other charitable foundations (Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tides Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Climate works Foundation) to environmental nonprofits like 350.org and Frack Action.

    Overview

    Tax Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The mission of the organization is to promote environmental protection, energy efficiency, consumer protection, health and safety, and good
    government.”

    Location: New York, New York

    Years active: 2001 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $4,257,554

    Grant purposes: 
    ● Environmental Preservation
    ● Climate Change
    ● Fossil Fuel
    ● Environmental Media
    ● Recycling
    ● Environmental Protection Program
    ● Media Projects
    ● Greenpeace Fund
    ● International Humanities Center
    ● New Energy Economy

  • The Schmidt Family Foundation

    The Schmidt Family Foundation is a grant making organization founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy Schmidt. The organization plays a key role in funding various media projects that have criticized natural gas development in the United States.

    Overview

    Tax Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Schmidt Family Foundation, established by Wendy and Eric Schmidt in 2006, brings philanthropic resources to some of this century’s greatest challenges across the globe. Applying new knowledge and innovation is our model for problem solving and for advancing original research in science, energy and the sustainability of the world’s biosphere.”

    Location: Palo Alto, California

    Years active: 2006 – present

    Total Assets (end of year 2015) $368,589,456

    Grant purposes:
    ● For grant made through Greenpeace Fund
    ● To support U.S. Climate Change Target Audiences Project
    ● To act as fiscal sponsor for Tar Sands Project to support efforts to reduce supply of high- carbon tar sands fuels in Canada and minimize environmental degradation associated with tar sands mining
    ● To develop infrastructure and other startup support related to launch of clean technology/green business advocacy organization
    ● For general operating support to launch new group of scientists and communicators to develop honest, nonpartisan and up-to- date information to help people make sound decisions about climate and energy
    ● Toward Planet Forward project’s PBS programming, as well as web outreach
    ● For Green Design Lab Program
    ● To distribute film, Gasland
    ● Supporting state renewable energy standards
    ● Raising awareness around environmental impacts of fossil fuels
    ● Climate justice
    ● Raising awareness around environmental impacts of fossil fuels
    ● To support raising environmental and health risk awareness surrounding fracking in CA

  • TomKat Charitable Trust

    The TomKat Charitable Trust is a private foundation funded by billionaire Thomas F. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager at Farallon Capital Management, and his wife Kathryn Taylor. The organization has been a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has made significant donations to political organizations such as the Center for American Progress.

    Overview
    Tax Exempt Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description (TomKat Foundation): “The TomKat Foundation creates and
    partners with innovative organizations that envision a world with climate stability, a
    healthy and just food system, and broad prosperity.”

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Years active: 2008 – present (organization is in the process of moving funds to the
    TomKat Foundation)

    Total assets (beginning of year 2015): $132,420,554

    Grant purposes
    ● Beyond Fuel Campaign
    ● Support zero carbon energy policy, natural gas and energy innovation
    ● Establish the Yale Energy Science Institute
    ● Sustainable Energy Sales Training
    ● Create carbon pollution standards
    ● NY climate action initiative
    ● Mothers Out Front
    ● Support for the Energy Policy Project
    ● Climate progress report

  • Wallace Genetic Foundation

    The Wallace Genetic Foundation is a nonprofit organization named after Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd Vice President of the United States. Wallace was also the founder of the Progressive Party and served as its presidential nominee in 1948. The Wallace Genetic Foundation funds a variety of left-wing environmental groups.

    Overview

    Tax exempt 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Henry A. Wallace believed that “the greatest private pleasure comes from serving the general welfare of all.” In order to improve the quality of life for all people, he urged long-term conservation of the soil and of the environment, rather than exploitation of natural resources for temporary profits. The Wallace Genetic Foundation is particularly interested in far-sighted groups and individuals with innovative ideas, and seeks to fund organizations whose work promises to provide long-term national or global benefit.”

    Location: Washington, D.C.

    Years active: 1959 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $188,190,262

    Grant purposes
    ● For Campaign to Advance and Defend the Clean Air Act
    ● For climate policy advocacy work, NRDC’s community Fracking Defense Project and strengthening regulations for hydraulic fracking
    ● For coverage of environmental issues
    ● For Earth Focus, environmental news magazine featuring under-publicized stories on how changes to the Earth’s resources and climate are affecting people all over the world
    ● For environmental programming
    ● For Frontline documentary entitled Heat
    ● For general support for Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program
    ● For Safeguarding Health and the Environment from Fracking Threats
    ● For Screenscope’s film Extreme Realities, which explores links between climate change, extreme
    weather, and threats to our nation’s security
    ● For two weeks of NPR on-air sponsorship and increasing awareness-building
    ● For unsolicited grant toward work in promoting energies, curbing global warming, and most
    important, in continuing the fight to prevent construction of Keystone XL pipeline
    ● For work in Alaska and their comprehensive program to protect the nation’s public lands

  • WildEarth Guardians

    WildEarth Guardians is a nonprofit environmental organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The organization promotes bans on hydraulic fracking as well as other fossil fuel development projects throughout the Southwest United States. In addition to these economically debilitating policies, the organization advances a 100 percent clean energy agenda.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We have four programs focusing on wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy.”

    Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Years active: 1989 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $2,459,005

    Between 2011 and 2015, WildEarth Guardians received $11,868,743 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2011 – $1,441,889
    • 2012 – $1,834,988
    • 2013 – $2,671,792
    • 2014 – $3,138,545
    • 2015 – $2,781,529Nontaxable lobbying from 2012 – 2015: $1,123,348

    Projects (From website)

    Climate and Energy

    “Our vision is simple: a future 100% powered by renewable energy by 2035. To get there, the goal of our Climate and Energy program is reform that prioritizes energy efficiency and conservation, phases out fossil fuels, and embraces environmentally appropriate clean power sources.”

    The Climate Crisis

    “Global warming is real and its effects are being felt hard in the American West. Increased droughts and forest fires, decreased runoff, loss of wildlife habitat, and rising air pollution are all signs of a climate out of control. The reason? Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions.”

    “The total concentration of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas fueling global warming, in our atmosphere is around 385 parts per million. To preserve our planet, science shows that concentration needs to be cut to 350 parts per million, if not lower. That’s why we heartily endorse and are a part of 350.org, a broad-based coalition to bring carbon dioxide down to safe levels.”

    “WildEarth Guardians activities are focused toward meeting the goal of returning to 350 parts per million. We’ve dedicated ourselves to powering past coal in the next 25 years and we’ve also committed to a 10% reduction in greenhouse gases every year from here on out. It’s ambitious, but there’s too much at stake to settle for less.”

    The Key is Clean Energy

    “At the same time, we know a successful defense needs a successful offense. We’re doing our part to help clean energy take root and flourish.”

    “Through incentives, policy reforms favoring distributed electricity generation, an emphasis on conservation and efficiency, a move to sustainable communities, and promoting responsible renewable energy development, we are tipping the balance away from fossil fuels.”

    “Our addiction to fossil fuels is devastating the West’s wildlife, wild places and wild rivers. Clean energy is the key to solving this problem.”

    Campaigns

    Frack-free public lands

    Keep It in The Ground

    Advancing a 100% clean energy future

     

  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

    The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation is a private foundation established by Hewlett-
    Packard co-founder William Redington Hewlett and his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett. The Hewlett Foundation funds several anti-fossil fuel projects at public research universities and is one of the largest funders of the ClimateWorks Foundation.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a
    better world. We have long-standing programs that focus on education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and effective philanthropy, as well as support for disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, we make grants for special projects and address other timely problems, such as challenges related to cybersecurity and U.S. democracy.”

    Location: Menlo Park, California

    Years active: 1966 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $9,020,102,526

    Grant purposes
    ● The New Venture Fund Western Energy Project seeks to protect ecologically important public lands in the Rocky Mountain West that are threatened by fossil energy leasing and development. This renewal grant will support the project efforts to secure oil and gas leasing plans in four Western states, finalize a rule that captures at least 50 percent of fugitive methane emissions from existing and future sources, and ensure implementation of a West-wide plan to protect 36 million acres of critical sage grouse habitat from the impacts of energy development.
    ● Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization working domestically and internationally to increase transparency and accountability of oil and related finance industries. This grant supports a consortium within Oil Change International including Natural Resources Defense Council, Overseas Development Institute, and Global Subsidies Initiative in a global campaign to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Eliminating subsidies is a key element of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    ● The Methane Partners Campaign is a coalition of groups working to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas operations. Methane is a potent global warming pollutant. Oil and gas production and distribution are responsible for a third of all U.S. Methane emissions. The United States has pledged to reduce methane emissions 40-45 percent by 2025. The Methane Partners Campaign supports federal and state policies to achieve that goal.
    ● Energy Foundation mission is to promote the transition to a clean energy future in the United States. This grant will support the Transportation Program with its goal of reducing carbon emissions from vehicles and accelerating the transition to electric drive vehicles. The program main priority for 2017 is the defense of the federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles,
    adopted during the Obama administration, which not only reduce emissions, but also reduce costs for consumers. In addition, the grant will support efforts to develop utility, state, and local policies that encourage electric drive vehicle deployment.
    ● To reduce environmental impacts of oil and gas development in northern Canada
    ● For project to prevent oil shale development in Rocky Mountain West

  • William Penn Foundation

    The William Penn Foundation is a grant making foundation founded by Otto Haas and his wife Phoebe Waterman Haas. Otto Haas was the co-founder of Rohm and Haas, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals that was sold to Dow Chemical Company in 2009 for $15 billion. The organization directs most of its grant making into the state of Pennsylvania and has contributed significant funding to anti-natural gas initiatives in the state.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region.”

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Years active: 1945 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $2,270,024,694

    Grant purposes:

    ● Toward education and outreach on oil and gas policy issues in Pennsylvania
    and the Delaware River Basin
    ● Public outreach and education campaign to inform Pennsylvanians on the
    benefits of a permanent state Conservation Trust Fund that would use
    revenue from oil and gas leases on state forestlands to fund watershed
    protection and outdoor recreation projects.
    ● Toward the development of a common, regional method for evaluating the
    cost/benefits of greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies
    ● Toward partnership with Center for Healthy Environments and Communities
    at University of Pittsburgh to increase transparency and community
    monitoring associated with Marcellus Shale natural gas development in
    eastern Pennsylvania
    ● Toward outreach, communications, and research on issues associated with
    hydraulic fracturing and shale natural gas extraction
    ● Toward research and dissemination on environmental impacts of drilling for
    natural gas in shale formations in Pennsylvania
    ● Toward Consider the Source project, examining political contributions of
    Marcellus shale gas interests in Pennsylvania
    ● Toward exhibition of photographic images of people, communities, and
    landscapes in Pennsylvania affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry, and
    presentation of the exhibition in eastern Pennsylvania, including
    Philadelphia
    ● For Research, organizing, education, advocacy, and possible legal
    intervention to prevent or limit shale gas development from degrading
    watershed forest cover and water quality by preserving forest cover on
    public lands and improving regulatory safeguards
    ● Toward research on cumulative impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas
    drilling on watershed health in Pennsylvania
    ● Toward research and dissemination on environmental impacts of drilling for
    natural gas in shale formations in Pennsylvania

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