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What is Missing?

Posted by on Jan 20 2016 | 2014, 2015, 2016, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category


What is Missing?
2016 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2015 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2014 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project

Maya Lin is an artist and environmentalist. She established the What Is Missing? project to create, through science-based artworks, an awareness about the present mass extinction of species due to habitat degradation and loss, and to emphasize that by protecting and restoring habitats, carbon emissions can be reduced and species & habitats protected. Designed as Maya Lin’s last memorial, the What Is Missing? project takes place in multiple sites and forms dedicated to creating a connection between people and the species and places that have disappeared or are predicted to become extinct.

This project is a call to action and helps participants and viewers reimagine the human relationship to nature.  It creates hope by showing individuals what they can do to make a difference through their own consumer choices. The What Is Missing? project is made up of sound and media sculptures, traveling exhibitions, video installations, a physical and digital book and a website. Part of the website is devoted to introducing Greenprint for the Future, which when completed will help visitors examine their land use and resource consumption patterns and will demonstrate how changing these practices can effectively help the planet.


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Outdoors Empowered Network

Posted by on Jan 20 2016 | 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category


Outdoors Empowered Network
2018 – $10,000 Grant for Capacity Building
2017 – $10,000 General Support
2016 – $5,000 General Support
2015 – $7,500 General Support
2014 – $10,000 General Support

Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) grew out of the Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) program that has provided overnight nature experience for over 30,000 young people since 1999 through the dedication of trained teachers and youth workers. BAWT is committed to sustaining young people’s’ commitment to nature through breaking the barriers of fear, equipment and transportation through leadership training and outdoor gear libraries.

OEN is working with affiliate programs in Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago in order to create opportunities for youths in these regions to experience nature overnight, using the BAWT model. Additionally, OEN is publicizing and promoting their work at a national summit of potential affiliate programs and supporting organizations who share their vision of developing a world with youth that have a sustaining relationship with outdoor activity and the living planet.


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SF Nature Mapping Project

Posted by on Dec 10 2014 | 2014, Ecology, Education, Grantees


SF Nature Mapping Project
2014 – $5,000 General Support

The Children in Nature Map will be the first interactive map of the SF Nature Mapping Project and the first map tailored to families who want to find places to play in San Francisco’s nature.  The map is being created in partnership with the San Francisco Children in Nature Forum and GreenInfo Network.

 The SF Nature Mapping Project seeks to connect people to nearby urban nature through online interactive maps. As people move into cities many assume that this means less time that they can spend in nature, but this project challenges that myth by showing clearly where we can access nature in San Francisco.


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SF Environment

Posted by on Jul 07 2014 | 2013, 2014, Architecture, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Type

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SF Environment
2014 – $10,000 Biodiversity Program
2013 – $10,000 Biodiversity Program

Under the San Francisco Department of the Environment, a Biodiversity Program, led by biodiversity coordinator Peter Brastow, creates programs, plans and strategies for the management and stewardship of San Francisco wildlands, biodiversity and public biodiversity education.

The Biodiversity Program will create a Strategic Biodiversity Action Plan, with a blueprint for the program and San Francisco. It will also create the infrastructure to act as the hub for biodiversity planning, policy-making, coordination and education city-wide.


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Mission Creek Conservancy

Posted by on Jul 07 2014 | 2014, Architecture, Ecology, Grantees


Mission Creek Conservancy
2014 – $5,000 Interpretive Signage

Mission Creek Conservancy (MCC) preserves and enhances the tidal community at Mission Creek, a 24 acre area of land and tidal water within historic Mission Bay. It is home to a rich ecology of mudflats, rock, piling and float marine invertebrate forests, fish, bird and marine mammal populations.

MCC will create and install two signs. One for the Mission Creek Tidal Wetlands, showing interdependent groups of wildlife nurtured by tidal waters, mudflats and invertebrate habitats. A second for the bird and butterfly habitat in Huffaker Park showing crucial relationships with larval food plants, nectar and food source plants.


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Sutro Stewards

Posted by on Jul 07 2014 | 2014, Ecology, Grantees


Sutro Stewards
2014 – $5,000 Living Seed-Bank Project

Sutro Stewards brings to life local open space areas, biodiversity, and the benefits that indigenous plant species provide to wildlife. They enable thousands of volunteers to help transform a sixty-one acre open space in the heart of San Francisco into a destination for exploration, recreation and stunning views.

The Sutro Stewards Nursery team is gathering locally genetic plants to place into a “living seed-bank” gardens. This “living seed-bank” provides seeds and cuttings in large quantities, allowing successful field planting projects. This project minimizes habitat loss by reintroducing species to new suitable sites.


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Tigers on Market Street

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2013, 2014, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year


Tigers on Market Street
2014 – $5,000 General Support
2013 – $3,000 Habitat Research

The Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio rutulus) has found a home on San Francisco’s Market Street; it lives a complete life cycle in the London Plane trees that line the busy thoroughfare. The canyon of tall buildings lined with trees resemble the butterfly’s natural habitat – river canyons. This project engages the public in this unique butterfly phenomenon, create methods for creative interactions, and connects people to wildlife in one of the densest urban areas.

The Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly habitat will be incorporated into the new design for Market Street, aligning the San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to support this vital habitat.

Tigers on Market’s will use data gathered in their 2013 fieldwork to produce a graphic poster and field guide as a takeaway for those interested in learning more about wildlife living in the downtown and an educational tool for schools in the greater downtown area.


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San Francisco Before (SFB4)

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2013, 2014, Grantees, Grantees by Category


2014 – $10,000 SFB4
2013 – $15,000 SFB4

San Francisco Before (SFB4)  investigates and describes the extraordinary landscape ecology of San Francisco at the time that Gasper de Portolá’s expedition laid their eyes on the bay in 1769. Through a block-by-block understanding of past landscape conditions, one will see the “ecological fundamentals” still shaping the urban landscape.  It’s goal is to suffuse the imaginations of San Franciscans with a vision of ecology so rich and compelling that it shifts perspectives for centuries to come and creates a template for sustainability suited to the particular geographic circumstances of San Francisco—using history to reveal, discover, and re-imagine.

On the project is Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI). He was named an Environmental Hero by Bay Nature Magazine and received the 2014 Carla Bard Bay Education Award from the Bay Institute. He has been featured nationally on NPR for his work on the historical ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and is the author of the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas (University of California Press 2012).

Robin is joined by Eric Sanderson, Ph.D., a Senior Conservation Ecologist at WCS and the author of the bestselling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009). He is internationally known for his work in wildlife and landscape conservation and imagining cities in the past, present, and future. His work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere.


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Congress for the New Urbanism

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2014, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year


Congress for the New Urbanism
2014 – $10,000 Freeway-Free San Francisco Report and Case Study

Founded in 1993, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. Through their initiatives and annual Congress gathering, CNU has created tools that make it easier to put New Urbanism into practice around the world.

CNU’s “Freeways Without Futures” list recognizes the top-ten locations in North America where the opportunity is greatest to stimulate valuable revitalization by replacing aging urban highways with boulevards and other cost-saving urban alternatives.  CNU is planning to add San Francisco’s 280 to the list.

1. Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle, WA
2. Sheridan Expressway, Bronx, NY
3. The Skyway and Route 5, Buffalo, NY
4. Route 34, New Haven, CT
5. Claiborne Expressway, New Orleans, LA
6. Interstate 81, Syracuse, NY
7. Interstate 64, Louisville, KY
8. Route 29, Trenton, NJ
9. Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, ON
10. 11th Street Bridges and the Southeast Freeway, Washington D.C.

CNU’s Freeway-Free San Francisco report will address both community and City-level impact of highway removal. Relevant statistics from CNU’s City of Vancouver case study, which is freeway-free but lacking traffic congestion, will also be included. CNU’s partnership with Walk San Francisco, a local non-profit who speaks up for safer, more pleasant streets for everyone to walk on, will bring depth to the Freeway-Free San Francisco dialogue.


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Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2014, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

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Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art
2014 – $8,000 Art + Environment Conference 

The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) at the Nevada Museum of Art supports the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The CA+E collects and exhibits archives and artworks from national and international artists and designers who are re-defining what it means to interact with the world around us.

The flagship program of the Center for Art + Environment, the triennial Art + Environment Conference, will convene more than 250 international artists, scientists, scholars, designers, and writers for a dialogue that fosters new knowledge in the visual arts and environmental practice at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. The 2014 conference will focus on themes of posthumanism, geoasthetics and fieldworks, with the goal of inspiring new artworks and scholarship that promote a culture of sustainability manifested through art, architecture, and design.


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