George Gund Foundation grantees are becoming increasingly aware of the threat posed by global climate change and are taking thoughtful steps to promote environmental sustainability, according to global climate change statements that have been part of the Foundation’s application process since September.
“We have received more than 175 climate change statements in the two grant cycles since we began the requirement and are impressed with the many ways in which our grantees are taking positive steps in everything from waste reduction to energy conservation,” said David Abbott, the Foundation’s executive director. “While some organizations are just beginning to think about their role in global climate change, others already have made significant adjustments in their operations.”
Abbott said the Foundation is sharing some of the actions and strategies that had been adopted by grantees on its website to encourage others to think about how they can become more proactive in addressing climate change.
“We are pleased to be able to share this information and are also using it to help reduce our own carbon footprint,” he added. “I am pleased to report that our internal Foundation “green team” has completed the Entrepreneurs for Sustainability Sustainability Implementation Training Program, and that more than 75% of the dollars we spend on office supplies are now purchasing green products. We also have eliminated the use of disposable dishware and individually bottled water as a waste reduction measure, and have conducted an energy audit of our offices.”
In addition to information from the grantee climate change statements, the Foundation’s website also includes sample statements for different types of organizations, online resources to help organizations better understand climate change and reduce their carbon footprint and a list of frequently asked questions about our climate change policy. These resources will be updated periodically to support the evolution of organizations’ practices related to climate change.