Sustainable Development

  • Sustainable Development
    The 2030 Challenge is an initiative calling on the global architecture and building community to dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Better World Fund is leading the fight for America's farms, forests, and ranches to provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, by 2025: 25x'25.

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth’s life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

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Featured Grantees

Young oysters are growing on this recycled oyster shell in New York Harbor as part of the Billion Oyster Project's habitat monitoring. (Courtesy of Peter Malinowski/BOP)

New York Harbor Foundation, Inc.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Ceres President Mindy Lubber at the April 2012 annual Ceres Conference, which convened over 500 business leaders, investors, environmentalists and policy-makers in Boston, MA. Jackson discussed the significance of Ceres' bringing businesses and other influential players into efforts to protect human health and the environment.
Ceres, Inc.

News and updates

Stephen Heintz Discusses Divestment Progress at European Green Party Conference

RBF President Stephen Heintz spoke about the Fund's experiences around its divestment and impact investment process during a panel discussion organized by the European Green Party and

Finding New York City's Path to 80 Percent Carbon Reductions by 2050

As part of an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2050, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formally requested the energy sector to help identify solutions to power the city government’s operations using renewable energy. RBF grantee Architecture 2030 has published a report, Achieving 80x50 , which recommends that New York City update its building code to meet high-performance standards on efficiency and integration of renewables.

Companies, States, Regions, and Cities Commit to Ambitious Climate Targets

More than 100 corporations, states, regions, and cities around the world have committed to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research published by CDP and The Climate Group, an RBF grantee. At least 40 companies, 13 states and regions, and 74 cities have committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 100 percent, or acquiring 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.