Healthy Environment portfolio

Grants awarded: 55

Total awarded: $$5,320,375

Our Healthy Environment portfolio 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 

Multnomah County

$159,300

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

Bonneville Environmental Foundation 

Multnomah County

$165,000

To expand a pilot program that brings community solar projects to serve low-income residents in Oregon

Central Oregon LandWatch 

Deschutes County

$100,000

To advance sustainable city design, improved urban services for underrepresented communities and the preservation of natural resources in Bend and surrounding areas

Deschutes River Conservancy 

Deschutes County

$135,000

To develop a water marketing strategy that will equitably solve long-standing water management issues in the Deschutes Basin

Elkton Community Education Center 

Douglas County

$2,500

To increase rural youth employment and to enhance the local pollinator habitat by adapting ECEC's native plant nursery into a job training site

Elkton Community Education Center 

Douglas County

$75,000

To increase pollinator habitat in the Umpqua River Basin and employment for rural youth and youth with disabilities by adapting Elkton Community Education Center's native plant nursery into a job training site

FSC I&P 

$100,000

For a regional collaborative working to promote and expand the market for sustainably sourced construction materials in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Heartwood Resources

Douglas County

$166,619

To launch a recycled building supply store in Grants Pass that will help provide job opportunities, new recycling streams and economic vitality

Oregon Environmental Council 

Multnomah County

$150,000

For operating support to work on climate, water, and toxic-reduction campaigns that are inclusive and promote equity for low-income populations and communities of color

Oregon Rural Action 

Union County

$125,000

For hiring a bilingual organizer to engage Latinx communities in food, agricultural justice, and energy campaigns

Wallowa Resources 

Wallowa County

$164,078

For collaborative efforts to engage Tribes on landscape-scale management and restoration efforts that will reduce wildfire risk, improve water quality, forest health, and create jobs in Northeast Oregon

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

APANO Communities United Fund 

Multnomah County

$35,000

For technical assistance to design a program that supports Pacific Islander communities' participation in local and state climate policy discussions

Chinook Indian Nation

$50,000

To purchase, protect and restore the Confederated Lower Chinook Tribes and Bands' historically and culturally important 1851 Tansy Point treaty grounds in Warrenton, Wash.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians 

Lincoln County

$185,000

To fund a natural lands conservation planning process that also integrates cultural and healthy traditions goals of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Crag Law Center 

Multnomah County

$100,000

For operating support to continue free and low-cost legal services to communities, conservation groups and Tribes working for environmental justice and stewardship

Institute for Applied Ecology 

Benton County

$62,635

To improve Willamette Valley habitats and connect incarcerated women with job skills and nature-based experiences through a horticulture training program

Lomakatsi Restoration Project 

Jackson County

$185,000

For funding increased organizational capacity so that more Tribal, Latinx and other rural, forest-based communities with low-incomes can have greater access to the management of environmental resources

Neighbors for Clean Air

Multnomah County

$184,800

To fund a paid Executive Director position for this organization that works to reduce air pollution impacts for the benefit of all communities

Nez Perce Tribe 

$136,978

For building a Tribal fisheries program that promotes scientific inquiry and integrates Nez Perce tribal knowledge and indigenous perspectives into Wallowa Lake management

Northwest Environmental Defense Center 

Multnomah County

$100,000

For a collaborative effort to improve health impacts, particularly in low-income communities of color, by influencing regulations and rules governing diesel particulate emissions

NW Energy Coalition 

$100,000

To deepen this Seattle-based organization’s work with environmental justice organizations working to advance more just and inclusive energy policy decisions in Oregon

OPAL 

Multnomah County

$210,000

To help organize low-income communities and people of color impacted by environmental health hazards advance a state-wide, community-led environmental and climate justice platform

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Umatilla County

$176,037

To fund a program that will improve air quality and coordination around prescribed burn fires at The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Verde 

Multnomah County

$150,000

For operating support of this organization that works to secure social and economic benefits for low-income people and people of color through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy

Verde 

Multnomah County

$250,000

To support Living Cully, a collaborative project that will address environmental, housing, health and economic disparities in Portland's Cully neighborhood

Wisdom of the Elders 

Multnomah

$185,000

To train Native American adults living in both urban areas and on reservations about Native plant nursery work and to help them develop agricultural careers and/or micro-enterprises using these new skills

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

Association of Northwest Steelheaders 

Clackamas County

$15,000

To support diversity, equity and inclusion training and planning for both board and staff, as well as outreach to cultivate more women members

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District 

Benton County

$149,388

To fund inclusion assessment, education and planning that prizes diversity, equity and inclusion for a Corvallis-based collective of five conservation organizations

Beyond Toxics 

Lane County

$86,000

To fund a collaborative that will address environmental racism, health and justice issues affecting African American, Latinx and immigrant communities in Jackson, Josephine and Lane counties

Cascadia Wildlands 

Lane County

$20,000

For technical assistance to support diversity, equity and inclusion training and planning for board and staff of this organization that works to protect forests along the Oregon Coast

Columbia Slough Watershed Council 

Multnomah County

$20,000

For implementing an organization-wide diversity, equity and inclusion plan that will strengthen relationships with communities of color located in the Columbia Slough wetlands and waterways as well as the surrounding communities of North and Northeast Portland, Gresham and Fairview

Eco-School Network 

Multnomah County

$12,950

For diversity, equity and inclusion training and to develop an organizational equity plan to strengthen school-based sustainability networks in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties

Earth Share of Oregon 

Multnomah County

$25,000

For capacity building support to facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion trainings and peer-learnings for Oregon member organizations of Earthshare

Farmers Conservation Alliance 

Hood River County

$39,824

To design an equity-focused community benefits strategy for integration into Farmers Conservation Alliance's work with communities that carry out irrigation modernization projects in rural Oregon

Friends of Family Farmers 

Marion County

$25,000

For technical assistance that will support diversity, equity and inclusion training and planning for board and staff and also for outreach to engage marginalized voices in agriculture

Friends of Tryon Creek Park 

Multnomah County

$80,000

For connecting both Tribal and youth of color to cultural ecology, restoration and stewardship efforts at Tryon Creek Park

Klamath Lake Land Trust

Klamath County

$15,000

To support diversity, equity and inclusion planning and training for this organization that conserves and stewards land in the Upper Klamath Basin

Lower Nehalem Community Trust 

Tillamook County

$10,125

For capacity building support to provide DEI training and organizational development assistance for this organization that conserves land in the Lower Nehalem-Neahkahnie Mountain region

Native Fish Society 

Clackamas County

$30,000

For capacity building support to operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion strategies at this organization that protects wild, native fish and promotes the recovery and stewardship of the habitats that sustain them

Northwest Environmental Defense Center 

Multnomah County

$15,000

For capacity building support to develop and implement diversity, equity and inclusion training at this organization serving public interest in environmental law

Oregon Wild 

Multnomah County

$120,000

For funding diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities into forest conservation campaigns so all of Oregon's diverse communities benefit from a healthy environment

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility 

Multnomah County

$110,000

To mobilize health professionals in the fight against climate change so that the climate justice movement can better serve the local and statewide communities that are most affected by it

Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers 

Douglas County

$14,070

For technical assistance to support diversity, equity and inclusion training and planning for board, staff and key volunteers

Resources Legacy Fund

$100,000

To help Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians engage Tribes and other constituencies as they shape the debate over Oregon's water policy and funding

Rogue Farm Corps 

Jackson County

$73,000

For integrating equity strategies in sustainable agriculture training programs intended to increase farm ownership by historically marginalized communities

Salmon-Safe 

Multnomah County

$39,986

To incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into organizational programming, policies and culture, including an exploration on how to adapt the Salmon Safe certification program

Sierra Club Foundation 

$140,000

For teaching staff and volunteers the importance of leadership skills built upon the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to then partner with frontline communities on climate justice campaigns

Soul River Inc 

Multnomah County

$77,000

To formalize a partnership program with mainstream conservation organizations that enables young people to work under the guidance of U.S. veterans as they advocate for the protection of Oregon public lands

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde 

Polk County

$249,850

To study and assess the loss in Tribal natural resource services of importance to the governments and members of five tribal communities - The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and The Nez Perce Tribe - as a result of contamination in Portland Harbor and to integrate this information into watershed and habitat restoration in the lower Willamette

Tualatin Riverkeepers 

Washington County

$77,750

To support a community organizer who will deepen equity, diversity and inclusion impact across all programs, with a particular focus on engaging communities experiencing disparities in Washington County

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

Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

Multnomah County

$80,000

For operating support of this network comprised of twenty land trusts working to advance land conservation in Oregon

High Desert Partnership

Harney County

$98,000

To strengthen community-wide wildfire management and forest restoration efforts, while also developing and integrating culturally responsive internal approaches that align with the traditions of Tribal community members

KS Wild

Jackson County

$100,000

For an advocacy program that will influence public land management policies focused on creating healthy ecosystems and rivers in southern Oregon

Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation 

Multnomah County

$20,000

To fund strategic planning of the Elakha Alliance and to further its ability to build coalitions with external partners

Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition

$150,000

For funding a collaboration that will help restore the Columbia Basin salmon habitat to benefit Northwest communities

Wallowa Resources 

Wallowa County

$33,785

For funding collaborative efforts that will create an integrated water resources plan focusing on salmon in northeastern Oregon

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