The Foundation seeks to promote the responsible management of public lands by balancing the need for energy resource development with the need to maintain the unique landscapes and vital natural resources that provide our clean air and water, support wildlife and recreation, and are necessary for a diverse and thriving economy.
The Foundation also supports efforts to minimize the externalized costs of development that society currently bears in the form of climate change, pollution, habitat fragmentation, clean water and air.
The Foundation supports projects that demonstrate some or all of the following strategies:
- Promoting an economy that achieves ecological sustainability while striving to meet society’s other needs
- Promoting decision-making that is supported by economic models that recognize long-term and total costs to society
- Conserving and restoring resources to preserve the basis of life and productivity
Recent grants made in Conservation Economics:
The sagebrush landscape has long epitomized the American West. But this unique habitat, home to scores of plants and animals, including the Greater Sage-Grouse, is rapidly disappearing. Due to a range of human activities, including energy development, land fragmentation, wildfires, invasive species, subdivisions and poor grazing practices, less than half of the formerly rich sagebrush landscape remains today.
The Foundation is proud to support Audubon’s critical work to protect and restore this long undervalued ecosystem. Through Audubon’s efforts, unprecedented cooperation among private landowners, states and the federal government has resulted in the development of an historic conservation strategy; one that promotes the health of a productive sagebrush ecosystems for people and wildlife for generations to come.
We Own It
More than 40 million Americans buy electricity from an electric cooperative. Most are currently represented by boards that consistently back fossil fuels and oppose clean energy. We Own It is a national network for rural electric cooperative members who desire reform. Started in 2016, We Own It provides tools, support and resources to co-op members. The goals of the organization’s work include increased access to renewable energy and efficiency, improved co-op governance and increased member satisfaction. The Foundation applauds We Own It’s vision of an economy that works for all, civic leadership, economic security, and long-term sustainability.