Addressing social and economic causes and effects

Landscapes and livelihoods are interconnected. To make meaningful and lasting change, we must nurture developing economies, direct investment capital toward assets that pay social and cultural dividends, and help rural communities plan for the future as they industrialize.

  • VEGGI Farmers Cooperative has produced 10,000 pounds of produce and the product is grown naturally without use of chemical pesticides, using both traditional in-ground farming as well as aquaponics. The co-op sells to grocery stores around New Orleans and to restaurants such as Domenica's. VEGGI/Propeller

  • Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (Geres) works with local communities in places like Cambodia to make cookstoves that burn less wood, reducing the demand on local forests. Geres' New Lao Stove is used in nearly half of all urban Cambodian households, which has helped save more than 5,000 hectares of forests that would be cut down for a fuel source. Geres

  • A healthy future for Appalachia includes real economic opportunities and a higher quality of life. The movement supports the idea that locally owned and operated enterprises can be at the heart of the region's economic transition. Berea Arts Accelerator Program

  • Examples of blue moon's investments include Zep Solar (through Ecosystem Integrity Fund), a mission-aligned market rate investment to develop a drop-in solar mounting system. Zep Solar's unique mounting system reduces installation time and waste materials, while enhancing the structural properties of solar array, accelerating the use of solar as an alternative to fossil fuel. Solar City

Support developing and transitioning economies

The challenge:

As natural resources are exhausted and extraction industries relocate, communities from Appalachia to Asia need help adapting. Growing alternative,healthy economies comes from listening to what communities need and providing on-the-ground support to create positive change.

The solutions:

Help funders and organizations collaborate, and build coalitions to allow investors to combine forces. Identify and seed innovative projects that can be taken to scale. Offer the opportunity for funders to pool resources and challenge other foundations to put up the funds.

Promote sustainable, ecologically-driven investments

The challenge:

Historically, foundations have a clear distinction and division between their investment portfolios and their grant portfolios, not only in staff responsible for each but also in how the resources are used. When collaboration between teams is limited, so is critical funding for high-impact projects.

The solutions:

Use natural, social, and financial capital to implement new models in high biodiversity regions around the world. Remove the division between program staff and the investment team and have the mission drive both portfolios. Use grant capital to stimulate new thinking and demonstrate the feasibility of new models.

Address rural energy needs

The challenge:

Large rural populations continue to develop in countries such as China, India, and Brazil — and a drastic increase in emissions looms. While energy consumption must be addressed, the rights of rural people to develop their economies and enjoy modern livelihoods must be respected. The international climate change regime has yet to develop a comprehensive framework to addresses these consumption dynamics.

The solutions:

Deploy innovations in technology such as bio-gas, small scale hydropower, energy efficient cook stoves, and solar arrays—all decentralized and ecologically sensitive energy solutions that will enable rural incomes to grow.

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