Founded in 1991 with a $50 million investment by MacArthur and matching grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and Rockefeller Foundation, Energy Foundation’s nonprofit mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong, clean energy economy. Today, Energy Foundation and Energy Foundation China support education and analysis to promote policy solutions that build markets for clean energy technology. Advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency can open doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. Grantees include business, health, labor, environmental, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy leaders, military organizations, think tanks, and universities.
Co-founders Hal Harvey and Eric Heitz discuss the early days of Energy Foundation and its work today.