Environment and Health

Special Report
21 Pages
2015
This paper examines the history and context of equitable transportation and the philanthropic efforts under way in four regions where funders are aligning with advocates and government agencies to shape once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure investments so they benefit low-income people and communities of color.
Translation Paper
16 Pages
2011
Cities coping with vacant land, food insecurity, and poor food access are increasingly turning to urban agriculture to overcome these and other problems. Authored by Kimberley Hodgson, this paper guides funders from urban agriculture's beginnings to entry points for funding. The paper also highlights examples of places where funder investment has made a difference.
Special Report
27 Pages
2007
A team from the Center for Neighborhood Technology describes the relationship between the housing market and markets for energy and transportation and how these markets affect households and the environment. The paper offers funders a perspective on the relationship between housing issues (affordable housing, specifically), transportation and energy use, and environmental impacts and highlights best practices for consideration.
Translation Paper
12 Pages
2007
Kathleen Blaha, formerly of The Trust for Public Land, describes how new strategies that link parks and greenspace with community development, public health, social justice, access, and opportunity are leading to better decisions about how and where communities grow. She describes philanthropic leadership on these issues, and points to eight funder strategies that support the role parks and green space play in building communities.
Examples From The Field
12 Pages
2005
Gary Moll and Jeff Olson from American Forests provide a road map and tools for improving urban environments and making cities better places to live by fitting natural resources more effectively into city infrastructure. City trees comprise an urban forest that can be thought of as a city's green infrastructure.

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Special Report
21 Pages
2014
With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has worked with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to make the GHHI local sites more visible to the philanthropic community and, where possible, to provide information about the field of green and healthy affordable housing to GHHI's philanthropic partners. In response to a request from TFN members for information about the experience of raising funds for GHHI, TFN conducted a series of interviews in 2013 to understand a sampling of sites' experiences in this realm. This report is a summary of the findings from those interviews.
Translation Paper
16 Pages
2011
This paper, written by Ruth Goldman, addresses the impact of poor development decisions and storm water run-off on the nation’s water supplies and water quality and offers suggestions for more sustainable water management approaches.
Examples From The Field
4 Pages
2007
This unprecedented, multi-year initiative to tackle heart disease and preventable cancer in Minnesota uses community funding efforts to spread active living principles and achieve positive health outcomes.
Special Report
35 Pages
2006
A team from ChildTrends examines how the characteristics of childrens' homes affect their health, social, and emotional well-being, and offers strategies for funders concerned with improving outcomes for children.
Translation Paper
20 Pages
2005
A team from the Center for Clean Air Policy explores the connection between land development patterns, transportation patterns, and air pollution, and how growing smarter can lead to better air quality.