Promoting environmental justice and equity
The challenge: Families living in disadvantaged communities are more likely to live in toxic environments both outside and within
their homes. Children miss school and adults are unable to work when toxic environments make them sick. Life expectancy can
often be determined by zip code, race or income, and climate change and pollution issues disproportionately affect low-income communities.
Our response: We support programs that promote clean, safe living environments for low-income communities, helping build collaborations
and conversations around these issues and supporting innovative grassroots programs focused on addressing these challenges.
Infographic provided by The Greenlining Institute
"Being funded to plant trees in low-income communities is a huge value not only to us but to everyone. Trees improve air quality, mitigate sound, provide beauty and shade, attract wildlife, and sequester carbon."
– Urban Releaf
Our 2016 Grant Recipients for the Environment
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) responds to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency
and renewable energy and is the lead organizer of the Green Jobs Summit.
Urban Releaf plants trees in low income communities and communities of color, bringing them the environmental benefits of the
urban tree canopy, while providing job training to at-risk youth.
YES Nature to Neighborhoods provides youth, adults and families living in low-income neighborhoods in Central and North Richmond
with access to experiences in the natural environment while promoting youth leadership skills.
Five 4 Five provides low-income youth and young adults the tools to think beyond
poverty through academic achievement, counseling, career coaching, dream building, moral and mental health coaching, soft life skills training,
mentorship, and money management. The Episcopal Impact Fund will be supporting a new project to provide outdoor education to students
at Bayside/ MLK Elementary in Marin City.
GRID Alternatives provides access to solar power for low-income home-owners, while training at-risk youth for jobs in the new green economy.