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Category: Climate and Clean Energy

COVID-19 Response: Helping Low-Income Households Maintain Access to Essential Utility Services

The Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) — a thought leader on consumer protection policies — to help ensure low-income households maintain access to essential utility services like electricity, water, and telecommunications in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Hope on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Mark Heising, vice president of the Board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, is optimistic about tackling climate change. In a blog post authored for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), he describes why: “We have the technologies needed to cut pollution and continue powering modern society — like electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and LED lighting — we just need to deploy them faster. And in many cases, the clean technology is now the cheapest option available. That means it is incumbent industries, outdated policies, and obsolete infrastructure standing in our way, not economics or technology. These are surmountable challenges.”

COVID-19 Response: $700,000 Grant to the Center for American Progress

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the health and financial crisis, the Foundation has made a $700,000 grant to the Center for American Progress (CAP) — an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans — to continue its ongoing work so that any federal economic stimulus and recovery efforts support the most vulnerable communities, and advance clean energy. 

U.S. Cities and States Stepping Up to Lead on Climate Change and Clean Energy

As more Americans become concerned about climate change, cities and states around the country are taking bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to cleaner sources of energy.

Introducing A New Member Of The Heising-Simons Foundation Climate And Clean Energy Team

The Heising-Simons Foundation is delighted to welcome Laura Wisland as a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program. Laura led the Union of Concerned Scientists’ work on Western power sector issues for the last decade. Prior to that, she was the director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition. Laura has a master’s degree from …

Climate Change Stories From Hispanic Communities

In 2017, a national study conducted by grantee the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) revealed that self-identified Hispanics in the United States are highly engaged with the issue of climate change. Pursuant to this finding, the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program has supported the production of 25 radio episodes of YPCCC’s Climate Connections specifically focused on the Hispanic community, a demographic often overlooked in conversations about climate change.

Green Raiteros: Greening Transportation for Communities that Need It Most

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is critical to meet our goal to protect people from the worst impacts of climate change. Transportation is now the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., accounting for 28 percent of emissions in 2016. Growing transportation pollution also contributes to worsening air quality, leading to serious health problems like asthma and heart problems that hit low-income communities hardest.

The Foundation’s Updated Climate and Clean Energy Program Strategy

The devastating impacts of climate change have hit home recently. Powerful hurricanes ravaged Puerto Rico and parts of Texas and Florida last year. Wildfires rage across the Western U.S. And many parts of the world have been hit even harder. The Foundation recently refreshed its Climate and Clean Energy program strategy, recognizing the importance of efforts to prevent even worse climate change impacts in the future, and the urgency of curbing pollution and accelerating the transition to clean energy.

Supporting Clean Cars Rules to Drive Climate Mitigation, Electric Vehicles, and Fuel Savings

Last week, the federal government formally proposed to roll back the country’s clean car rules and limit states’ rights to address climate change and clean air—a move that would halt in its tracks the country’s first fuel economy improvements since the 1980s, forgo critical greenhouse gas reductions, and cost Americans nearly $17 billion in savings at the pump in 2025.