Changing Climate Change
And Now The Winners…!
Working to protect the environment is one of our core company values. Long-term solutions to climate change will come from the combined efforts of all of us—nonprofits, for-profits, the government, and individuals. We're very excited by the potential these organizations and projects have to create positive change on this issue globally as well in our own operations.
Each winner will receive a $200,000 grant, payable over five years.
Threats to Coffee-Growing Communities
Winner: CIAT and CRS
We selected the proposal submitted jointly by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, www.ciat.cgiar.org ) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS, www.crs.org ). They will be using their grant to forecast the impacts of climate change in coffee-growing communities and help smallholder coffee farmers identify, evaluate, and implement adaptation strategies.
Based on the latest climate change science, we believe this project has the potential to make a seminal contribution to both the developing world and the coffee industry. The project will help coffee-growing communities and the coffee industry understand and plan for the effects of climate change on both livelihoods and supply chains. The work will directly address adaptation for coffee-growing communities in a participatory manner.
Building Political Will
Ceres ( www.ceres.org ) will mobilize its business and investor partners to make the economic case for bold U.S. climate and energy legislation. These leaders will take their message to legislators and the media.
Through its network, Ceres is uniquely positioned to bring business, investors, and civil society together to deliver a coherent and credible message on climate and the economy to our legislators. Ceres' approach is also rooted in consensus science. As a business, we felt this was the strongest and most appropriate voice we could bring to bear on the political debate over emissions, clean energy, and the addressing both the causes and impacts of climate change.
Empowering Individual Action
Winner: National Parks Conservation Association
The National Parks Conservation Association ( www.npca.org ) will encourage and empower national park visitors to “Do Your Part” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of an online carbon calculator and social network. Outreach will include dozens of national parks and their local communities, the web, and hundreds of schools.
This project will drive action by connecting with individuals around an expressed interest – usage of the National Park System – and providing the information, tools and community necessary to help support long-term emissions-reducing behavior change. With nearly 300 million visitors to the national parks system annually, this project provides tremendous leverage in its ability to reach vast numbers of people in a meaningful and relevant way.
Winner: New England Transportation Institute
New England Transportation Institute ( http://norwichvt.net ), in partnership with the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center ( http://www.uvm.edu/~transctr/ ), will conduct an in-depth analysis of transportation patterns in the rural Northeast to help inform policy-makers on the likely adoption and ultimate effect of different transportation strategies on greenhouse gas emissions levels.
We believe this analysis models the kind of data-based research on transportation patterns that can ultimately make the transition to more responsible transportation methods possible more quickly. This analysis will provide important and powerful information for policy-makers in rural New England and its methodology will be replicable in other regions of the country and the world.
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Our Process - How We Evaluated the Proposals
We formed a core group of six employees with expertise in the relevant grant categories as our grant evaluation committee (the Committee). The Committee went through the following process
Read and evaluate each proposal individually, using the evaluation matrix described below .
Compare evaluations and identify the top 6 – 10 applications in each category, based on matrix evaluation results
Through discussion and consensus, identify the finalists in each group
Perform additional due diligence and research on each finalist to more fully develop our understanding of both the applicant organization and the proposal itself.
Through additional discussion and consensus, identify the winner in each group.
Meet with senior management to review our process and confirm our findings.