Sustainable Development

Advancing solutions to climate change

  • Rocky Mountain Institute's Carbon-Free City and Carbon-Free Regions handbooks offer achievable, immediate, and impactful actions to put cities, states, and regions on the path to low-carbon futures.
  • Ceres helps mobilize investors, companies, and public interest groups for a sustainable world, as well as to integrate the risks of climate change into their decision-making.
  • Sustainable Development
    The 2030 Challenge is an initiative calling on the global architecture and building community to dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Program Guidelines

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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Funding Strategies

Featured Grantees

News and updates

Standing up for a Sustainable World

A new anthology tells the stories of impact investors and entrepreneurs, climate litigants, frontline defenders, and environmental advocates and activists who have opened pathways to a more sustainable development path.

Increased 2020 Grantmaking Boosts Democratic Integrity, Sustainable Economy, Racial Justice

This year, the RBF committed nearly $9 million in additional funds to support 11 grantees, including both long-term partners and new organizations, coalitions, and initiatives.

The Most Courageous Climate Action Isn't National, It's in the Streets

It’s time to support these young people as they wake up their elders. It may be the only thing that saves us. See you in the streets. I’ll be there, marching beside my daughter.