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Apr
16 - 18

Climate & Energy Funders Group - 2018 Annual Meeting

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Miami Beach, FL

The CEFG 2018 Annual Meeting is taking place in Miami, Florida, a location fraught with the challenges of climate change, yet also a locus for important resilience work. We will take advantage of being in Miami to consider Florida’s potential as a clean energy leader and its extreme vulnerability to climate impacts. We will look beyond Florida to explore global deep decarbonization scenarios to help inform strategic decision-making and bring allied groups closer to consensus on a range of priority climate action strategies. We will delve intoour political context, energy democracy, and current thinking around communication tools and strategies. Lastly, throughout, we will incorporate the idea of 100% clean and how we can launch the necessary transformations to achieve that goal. Please join funder colleagues for this learning and networking opportunity. 

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22

The Environmental Movement in the New Federal Landscape

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Teleconference

New policies emerging at the federal level regarding the environment and climate change have the potential to have profound effects domestically and globally. President Trump’s proposal to cut back the EPA’s budget by 31% is the largest cut of any U.S. agency. Further, some reports cite that his planned policies could lead to an increase in emissions equivalent to 60% of American homes by 2025. Some environmental leaders assert that the planet can ill afford this direction nor the discounted attitude of science itself. What is the environmental movement doing? Please join us for a one hour funder's teleconference to hear from two of our region’s most informed leaders: Ken Kimmell, President of Union of Concerned Scientists and Bradley Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. They will cover the status of policy changes and strategies of defense as well as the hopeful signs that clean energy and a clean environment is a populist interest. 

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$1M Knight Foundation grant to tackle sustainability, resiliency in Miami and Miami Beach

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03/27/2018

The Knight Foundation has granted the Harvard University Graduate School of Design $1 million for a three-year study to create solutions through community engagement for some of the sustainability and resiliency challenges facing Miami and Miami Beach, FL. Focus areas will include urban mobility, housing affordability and climate change. 

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South Florida by the numbers: Pushing back the rising sea

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03/23/2018

The facts can no longer be denied: sea levels are rising, and South Florida is becoming more vulnerable to flooding with each passing year. With a population that continues to grow by roughly 8 percent each year, expanded commercial and residential real estate and the annual threat of hurricanes, the challenges facing our region are significant.

“Keeping Current: A Sea-Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami” has support from Target, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and The Miami Foundation. The program invites interdisciplinary design teams to propose implementable and replicable solutions for three sea-level rise challenges that also address regional issues of economy, ecology and equity. 

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New survey aims to understand the local climate change message

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01/31/2018

The Climate Council of Sarasota-Manatee, which was established by the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida last spring, suggests in a survey to more than 60 organizations — from municipalities to state departments to ecotourism groups to schools — “Let’s Join Voices for Climate Literacy.”

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Waterworld: Who's Funding the Latest Effort to Withstand Sea-Level Rise?

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12/05/2017

In Keeping Current, teams will participate in three separate challenges, with a total budget of $850,000, to design solutions to the consequences of sea level rise in South Florida, with emphasis on bringing together stakeholders from different sectors, and actually implementing the ideas in the area’s infrastructure plans. 

It currently has five funders, including a big player in resilience and city philanthropy, the Kresge Foundation. The Knight Foundation, which funds Miami as one of its target geographies and is a big fan of innovation challenges like this one, is a funder, as are the Miami Foundation and Target, the lone corporate sponsor.

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Mote's coral reef lab aims to be education and research hub

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10/06/2017

Mote’s research facility in the Florida Keys has always had a prime location, but now it has a building to match.

The $7 million, 19,000-square-foot building was funded largely by local donors, including the Gardener Foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Alfred and Ann Goldstein Foundation and Bradenton philanthropist Elizabeth Moore, who supplied the building with its name. Within the laboratories are $1 million worth of new instruments, including a machine that prints out the exact genotype of coral rather than taking almost a year to get that data.

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