2017 • 3 years
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. The first phase of this project built a comprehensive federal framework for methane reduction. Although now challenged by the Trump Administration, the momentum in key states is strong and EDF has laid a strong foundation to continue to make progress despite the dramatic political shift federally. The second phase of the project is driving progress toward a reduction in U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. Reductions at this scale are producing the same 20-year climate benefit as closing 89 coal-fired power plants.
2017 • 1 year • Conservation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends by focusing on the most critical environmental problems. Their Oceans Program works to restore fisheries, protect critical habitat, and improve markets for sustainable seafood. EDF launched its Indonesia country program in 2013, encouraging a promising partnership with Conservation International (CI) in the Birds Head Seascape. With a strong marine protected area network in place in the seascape, the communities that are responsible for stewarding their coastal resources now need to develop and implement a fisheries management plan that will ensure they can fish sustainably in to the future. This one-year award allows EDF to combine its expertise on rights-based fisheries management with CI’s community partnerships in the seascape, to begin developing an integrated fisheries management plan for Kaimana.
2016 • 1 year • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. This project is producing an in-depth scoping study on air quality and market-based mechanisms to manage conventional air pollutants in India. The scoping study includes a landscape analysis of players, stakeholders and organizations, as well as the state of atmospheric monitoring, reporting and analysis. The project is designed to identify existing laws, regulations, and responsibilities that are critical to developing an atmospheric pollution-based climate strategy in India. This includes determining how laws are enforced; whether the system of regulations is flexible; whether incentives to sources are properly aligned; and if the right level of resources are allocated to address the air quality problem. The project is also assessing the availability of fundamental data concerning air pollution and energy use, and is identifying existing air quality, energy, and economic modeling.
2016 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to create solutions that let nature and people prosper. Their Oceans program operates in Cuba to end overfishing, rebuild stocks, improve economic conditions of fisher communities, and protect biologically diverse habitats. This three-year grant allows EDF to build on the momentum in Cuba to expand community-based fisheries approaches. The project has four objectives: 1) assess the challenges facing Cuba’s fisheries and provide technical support to overcome them, 2) establish proof points to demonstrate how Cuba can solve its fisheries problems, 3) build a policy and management environment that supports scaling solutions, and 4) develop a national learning network to expand awareness and best practices about community-based conservation approaches.
2016 • 1 year, 1 month • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF is developing a strategic blueprint for promoting carbon pricing globally. At the core of the blueprint is a Carbon Pricing Hub, created in close partnership with the International Emission Trading Association, which convenes and supports bottom-up stakeholder coalitions to advocate for well-designed market-based climate policies. The Hub engages and empowers business and civil society champions on the ground.
2015 • 1 year • Housing
Guided by science and economics, the Environmental Defense Fund seeks to identify practical and lasting solutions to environmental problems, such as increasing the efficiency of buildings to lessen carbon emissions. The Environmental Defense Fund leads an effort to standardize how energy efficiency savings are projected and documented to meet basic expectations of major capital sources in search of investment opportunities. The grant ensures that the multifamily housing sector will be included in the standardization effort; with this information, it will be easier for multifamily housing to gain access to capital for energy efficiency improvements.
2015 • 2 years • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, EDF is embarking on a concerted effort over the next two federal election cycles to engage a broad cross-section of voters to forge the necessary coalitions and political base for durable action on climate policy by state legislatures and Congress. The Foundation’s award ensures that the Environmental Defense Fund can engage fully in the partnership in order to make action on climate change a central, rather than peripheral, political issue for targeted constituencies. Critical to U.S. leadership on addressing climate change, and its role in ensuring that developing countries, particularly China and India, meet their 2025 carbon emissions reduction targets, is, among other things, a robust and well-informed political debate across the state and federal governments about the dangers climate change poses and the ways to limit its negative impacts.
2014 • 3 years • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Program works to ensure clean energy is a viable option, advocates for laws that protect the climate, engages the private sector in developing affordable environmental measures, and promotes policies that reduce deforestation. This grant will support EDF’s clean energy program, which seeks to decarbonize the U.S. energy system. The program is anticipated to lock in 8.5-13.3% carbon dioxide emission reductions in the U.S. by 2018, and accelerate innovation, efficiency, and clean energy.
2014 • 3 years • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Program works to ensure clean energy is a viable option, advocates for laws that protect the climate, engages the private sector in developing affordable environmental measures, and promotes policies that reduce deforestation. This grant will support EDF’s effort to strengthen the science and regulatory framework for natural gas development in the U.S., in order to minimize methane emissions and human health hazards from production.
2014 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
The Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program works to restore fisheries, protect critical habitat, and improve markets for sustainable seafood. EDF will coordinate a program of work to strengthen interest, understanding, and capacity on rights-based fisheries management in Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape.