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MacArthur today announced $19 million in grants to support leadership by civil society, government, and the private sector on climate solutions that enhance the social, economic, and health benefits resulting from less-costly and less-polluting energy sources across the United States. This new funding builds on the Foundation’s work to prevent climate change by curbing emissions and supporting global leadership.
The Foundation is supporting nonprofit and research groups to work with state policymakers and business leaders on low carbon energy projects and policies that benefit businesses and consumers. MacArthur is also helping to strengthen organizations that give a voice to underrepresented communities most impacted by climate change in the policymaking process.
“Progress on climate and clean energy continues at the state and local levels, and we are seeing growing bipartisan support,” said Jorgen Thomsen, Climate Solutions Director at MacArthur. “There is also increasing private sector leadership making the business case for the transition to a low-carbon, clean energy future. While the progress is encouraging, we also want to help foster an informed, inclusive dialogue about the changing role of energy in the economy and in our communities.”
Today’s announcement brings to more than $120 million MacArthur’s total grantmaking in support of its big bet on Climate Solutions launched in 2015. The Foundation is already focused on building and sustaining sufficient climate leadership throughout the United States to ensure that the nation meets its own responsibilities in addressing climate change. It is also supporting civil society organizations in India to work with India’s government on climate policy, spur renewable energy production, encourage the adoption of clean technology, and explore carbon pricing and emissions trading. The Foundation is also working globally with partners on reducing emissions from short-lived climate pollutants, implementing carbon pricing models, and advancing natural climate solutions.
The following organizations will receive MacArthur’s new grants, arranged here by category:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Encourage public discourse and support leadership on climate solutions
Incentivize a low-carbon economy
The Foundation’s efforts to combat climate change build on its nearly 40-year history in conservation and environmental stewardship, from preserving biodiversity, forests, and waterways to making impact investments and grants that have helped promote and advance energy efficiency and renewable energy.