News & Updates

Offshore Wind Initiative Begins at the University of Delaware

The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment has launched a program to promote regional collaboration and information sharing on offshore wind across all sectors. The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) focuses on capitalizing on lessons learned from European clean energy efforts, generating objective analytics and communications on the benefits of offshore wind, and fostering collaboration among the states.

Reasons for Optimism on Climate Action

There is reason to be optimistic about climate action, according to Michael Northrop, director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Sustainable Development program. In a recent Huffington Post article, Mr. Northrop highlights factors bringing about new opportunities to mitigate climate change.

Talking Transition Seeks to Empower Public to Shape New York City's Future

With the election of New York City's first new mayor in 12 years comes an opportunity to continue engaging the public in discourse that often fades after the ballots are cast. Talking Transition is a nonpartisan effort to empower New Yorkers as Bill de Blasio takes office. Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantees that are participating, include Make the Road New York, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and The New York Immigration Coalition, among others.

InsideClimate News Wins Pulitzer for National Reporting

InsideClimate News is this year's Pulitzer Prize winner for National Reporting. Journalists Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan, and David Hasemyer were recognized for their coverage of the lasting ecological dangers posed by the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into Michigan's Kalamazoo River in July 2010. InsideClimate News is the third and smallest online-only news organization to win a Pulitzer. Urges Students to Take a Stand on Schools' Investments

A recent New York Times article credits, a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantee, for playing an instrumental role in the latest national movement of students encouraging their colleges and universities to divest endowment holdings in fossil fuel companies. Bill McKibben,'s founder, has been visiting campuses across the country, speaking to sold-out audiences about sustainable investment initiatives and the effects they could have on climate change.