Grantee Profile

Environmental Defense Fund

Grants to Environmental Defense Fund

  • $2,000,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $500,000

    2016 (Duration 8 months)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $10,000,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Climate Solutions

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $3,000,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Climate Solutions

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $3,000,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Climate Solutions

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $900,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works on conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems, fisheries science and management, ocean energy and other projects in Cuba. The purpose of this grant is to reverse the decline of commercial fish stocks and advance community-based fishery management.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Environmental Defense Fund is committed to averting catastrophic climate change by increasing energy efficiency and developing new and renewable energy resources. Financing for energy efficiency improvements, particularly for multifamily housing, have not succeeded in attracting capital at a large enough scale, nor outside certain markets. In order to attract private capital at competitive rates, investors need a level of certainty regarding the probability of repayment and the reliability of project performance. The Fund will use this grant to develop a new standard and methodology for estimating and verifying savings from energy efficiency improvements made in multifamily housing.

  • $120,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works on conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems, fisheries science and management, ocean energy and other projects in Cuba. The purpose of this grant is to support three workshops in the United States and Cuba for project leaders, participants and policymakers on right-based fishery management tools, and community-based coastal management project design.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Environmental Defense Fund $20,370,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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