Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Fighting Global Climate Change Requires Foundations to Give Local

  The following op-ed originally appeared at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. With permission, it is reprinted here in its entirety. By James E. Canales and Kate Wolford Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time — so pressing it brought nearly 170 nations together this spring to sign a landmark agreement. While […]

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Clean Energy Drives Job Growth in the Midwest

Clean energy jobs growing fast We’ve long known that increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy sources leads to cleaner air and water, healthier kids, and a more stable climate. A new report shows that clean energy can also boost our region’s economy by creating new jobs and entirely new industries. In fact, clean energy is supporting […]

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Scrubbing Coal, Supporting Communities

  As of Feb. 1, 2016, the McKnight Foundation’s $188 million bond portfolio is coal-free. It’s a move we made to further align our investments with our grantmaking goals of building a low-carbon economy. And as this economy-wide transformation advances, coal debt is likely to become increasingly unattractive to long-term investors. The process was relatively […]

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Working Toward Equity, Sustainability in 2016 and Beyond

New Year Reflections from Kate Wolford As we begin a new year, I am very mindful of the awesome responsibility and privilege that we have in advancing the mission of The McKnight Foundation. We have a diverse and robust portfolio of program interests, all pointing toward a goal of strengthening socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities. […]

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Elizabeth McGeveran: Fighting Climate Change One Step at a Time

On Thursday, the Minnesota town of Cologne (population 1,500) signed a deal making it our first local government to go solar. This town will host a SunShare community solar garden, which will save $40,000 a year by fueling city buildings and sending electricity into the grid. The municipality looked at its assets, identified a partner, and took action. This […]

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