Healthy Environment portfolio

Statewide Program grants awarded: 39

Total awarded: 3,858,350

Our Healthy Environment portfolio’s Statewide Program investments are grounded in the belief that a flourishing Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean and air for all. To that end, we focus on the environment on two levels, by prioritizing efforts that protect and improve the health of the environment and by addressing the underlying disparities affecting specific populations and communities. Meyer supports healthy and adaptive natural systems. We further commit to an environmental movement that is effective and relevant to all Oregon’s diverse communities and statewide efforts to equitably spread environmental impacts and benefits among communities. Ultimately, we aim to support community well-being, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

Goal 1: Achieve the mutual goals of community well-being, economic vitality and environmental stewardship

1000 Friends of Oregon        

Portland        

Multnomah County

$159,300        

For a land-use program that protects rural landscapes, communities and economies through advocacy, outreach and legal actions

BlueGreen Alliance Foundation        

Minneapolis, Minn.                

$40,000        

To establish an Oregon field office for climate and clean energy program and policy work


CUB Educational Fund, Inc.        

Portland        

Multnomah County

$25,000        

To build a base of diverse stakeholders for a statewide energy system reform effort designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and provide consumers with reliable and affordable clean energy

Discover Your Forest        

Seattle, Wash.                

$40,000        

For developing a collaborative for sustainable trails and recreation management in the Deschutes National Forest

Forth Mobility Fund        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$150,000        

For demonstration projects that remove barriers to access and increase adoption of electric vehicles and e-bikes in low-income communities and communities of color

Pacific Rivers Council        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$35,000        

To promote sustainability improvements to forest practices on private land in Oregon

Portland-Oregon Sustainability Institute

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$150,000        

To facilitate the adoption of a legally binding agreement, governance structure and redevelopment plan among stakeholders in the "Innovation Quadrant," a district that includes the south end of downtown Portland on both sides of the Willamette River


Ritter Land Management Team        

Long Creek        

Grant County        

$135,000        

To restore ecosystem health and create jobs in the John Day Basin

Sustainable Northwest

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$250,000        

To pilot and scale efforts to establish community forests in coastal drinking watersheds, enhancing stewardship and benefiting local communities

Goal 2: Ensure that environmental impacts + benefits are equitably distributed among communities
        

350PDX        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$140,000        

For a new climate justice organizer position

Columbia Riverkeeper        

Hood River        

Hood River County

$100,000        

To deepen advocacy work in partnership with Columbia River tribes and dedicate resources to support those partnerships

Ecotrust        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$250,000        

For a pilot program that recruits and trains African American and Native American individuals for careers in Portland's green workforce

Johnson Creek Watershed Council        

Milwaukie        

Multnomah County        

$67,305        

For community outreach to deepen equity, diversity and inclusion impact by engaging more people of color and immigrants from the watershed in stewardship and restoration efforts

Stand Up for Oregon        

Phoenix

Jackson County        

$100,000        

To build a climate movement in southern Oregon led by rural and indigenous communities most vulnerable to negative impacts of climate change

Goal 3: Support a movement for a healthy environment that is effective + relevant for all of Oregon's diverse communities 

BARK        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$30,000        

To implement an organizational equity action plan and provide equity training for staff and board members

Center for Diversity and the Environment        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$100,000        

To provide technical assistance and leadership development for diversity, equity and inclusion in Oregon's environmental movement

Earth Advantage        

Portland        

Washington County

$28,000

To develop partnerships with environmental justice organizations and integrate inclusive practices into a new coalition focused on adoption of zero-energy building practices in Oregon

Ecotrust        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$140,600        

To support the development and implementation of a tribal land repatriation plan

The Freshwater Trust        

Portland

Multnomah County

$20,000

To develop an organizational equity strategy and provide equity training for staff

Friends of Trees        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$155,000        

To strengthen relationships with community-based organizations and establish new partnerships that fortify this Portland organization's greenspace and street tree programs

Friends of Tryon Creek Park        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$42,650        

To support equity, diversity and inclusion work, including building an inclusive culture and developing equitable internal systems

Land Trust Alliance        

Washington, D.C.                

$77,000        

To build equity, diversity and inclusion capacity for Oregon land trusts

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$55,000        

To develop an organizational equity strategy and provide equity training for staff and board members

Native Fish Society        

Oregon City        

Clackamas County        

$30,000        

To develop an organizational equity strategy and provide equity training for staff, board members and volunteers

North Coast Land Conservancy        

Seaside        

Clatsop County

$72,200        

To deepen the organization's equity work, including support to develop its first land conservation deal in collaboration with the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes

Resource Media        

San Francisco, Calif.                

$61,000        

To work with three environmental justice organizations in identifying visual images that portray just, sustainable communities that resonate with communities of color and low-income communities

Urban Greenspaces Institute        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$170,000        

To establish a mentorship program that will train Latinx mentors to encourage youth from diverse backgrounds to engage in conservation organizations

Wallowa Land Trust        

Enterprise        

Wallowa County

$24,795        

To build stronger relationships with tribes and incorporate tribal interests into conservation programming in Wallowa County, and to improve understanding of how to advance equity

Wild Salmon Center        

Portland

Multnomah County        

$27,000        

To develop an organizational equity strategy and provide equity training for staff

Goal 4: Ensure that natural systems are healthy and able to adapt to changing conditions + long-term impacts

City of Newport        

Newport         

Lincoln County

$185,000        

To develop a resource management plan for the Mid-Coast region that integrates the priorities of diverse communities and balances ecosystem health, economic and social justice needs

Harney County Watershed Council        

Burns        

Harney        County

$125,000        

To develop a community-based ground management plan for the Malheur Basin that balances in-stream and out-of-stream needs

Hells Canyon Preservation Council        

La Grande        

Union County        

$100,000        

To support the Wild Connections program, which focuses on enhancing the connectivity of priority fish and wildlife habitats, as well as improving ecological and community resiliency in the northern reaches of the Greater Hells Canyon region

National Forest Foundation        

Missoula, Mont.                

$135,000        

To recruit and engage rural and urban youth, with a focus on Latinos, and connect them to restoration work in Mt. Hood National Forest

Oregon Natural Desert Association        

Bend        

Deschutes County        

$150,000        

To strengthen partnerships with tribes, including integrating conservation practices that reflect traditional knowledge with science-based practices to conserve and restore ecosystem health in eastern

Oregon’s high desert

Pinchot Institute for Conservation        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$50,000        

For research and outreach to develop a climate mitigation fund framework that is accessible to small forest, farm and ranch operations, without harming emission-impacted communities

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council        

Gresham        

Clackamas County        

$132,000        

To diversify financial support and broaden community engagement and stewardship impacts in the Sandy River Basin

WaterWatch        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$100,000        

For operating support for this organization that protects and restores streamflows and reforms water law and policy to secure a sustainable water future for all Oregonians


Western Rivers Conservancy        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$175,000        

To work with four Oregon tribes to permanently protect riverlands on the John Day, North Santiam and Grande Ronde rivers for conservation, while meeting the cultural and resource needs of the tribal partners

Wild Salmon Center        

Portland        

Multnomah County        

$31,500        

To plan a diverse state forest management collaborative that includes conservation and hunting groups

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