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Sustainability and Community Resilience


glyphFaced with threats from man-made and natural disasters, more and more communities are seeking local solutions to protect their food, water, air, housing and economy. Earth Island Institute supports collaborative solutions to environmental and justice issues. Our projects have helped increase access to healthy food, clean water, local clean energy, and environmental education. While the focus and outcomes of these projects vary, a common approach is to leverage partnerships to build sustainable and resilient communities.

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Recent studies have shown that Native Americans are more likely than any other people group to be victim to institutional-based violence and discrimination. In 2014, Women’s Earth Alliance and Native Youth Sexual Health Network launched a multi-year initiative to document the ways that North American Indigenous women’s safety and health are impacted by extractive industries. In 2016 WEA and Native Youth Sexual Health Network held a Week of Action to End Environmental Violence and launched a report and toolkit entitled “Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies: Building an Indigenous Response to Environmental Violence.”

Alaska Clean Water Advocacy
ACWA, a project of the Earth Island Institute (formerly the Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters (CSAW)), works to prevent the degradation of public waters through advocacy, education, litigation, legislation and market campaigns in support of the fundamental goals of the federal Clean…
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Alter Terra
Alter Terra takes an innovative approach to addressing the environmental and socioeconomic effects of unplanned urbanization by promoting initiatives that reduce poverty, create jobs, and improve general health of neighborhoods that lack sanitation and healthcare. Focusing on biodiversity and watershed-based planning, we…
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California Institute for Community, Art and Nature
By publishing books, sponsoring events and lecture series, encouraging research, and by creating places that promote convivial communities, this project will further and expand upon the work Malcolm did – perhaps more accurately the life he led – for more than four…
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California Trade Justice Coalition
The California Trade Justice Coalition (CTJC) is an alliance of labor, social justice, public health, and environmental organizations working to stop bad trade schemes like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and advance an equitable trade agenda that creates quality jobs for our communities…
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Changing Gears
Changing Gears Bike Shop is a non-profit bike shop that provides full service sales and repairs to the general public, job training to formerly homeless individuals, opportunities for low income people to earn bikes and parts, and a community gathering space for…
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Cultivate Oregon
Cultivate Oregon is a group of leaders who were initially inspired and united through various statewide campaigns around food, agriculture, and environmental issues. We are an alliance of farmers, citizens, organizations, and businesses throughout the state working to expand socially and environmentally…
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Food Shift
Food Shift is dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system that curbs waste, empowers communities, respects the environment and nourishes all people. Food Shift educates and empowers consumers, businesses and communities by increasing awareness about food waste and inspiring…
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Green Life
The Green Life peer education self-sufficiency and eco-literacy program teaches incarcerated individuals and those reentering community the importance of a healthy relationship with the Earth. Past and potentially future activities include teaching permaculture principles, life skills, and emotional readiness to inmates inside…
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Green Schoolyards America
Green Schoolyards America is a national organization that expands and strengthens the green schoolyard movement and empowers Americans to become stewards of their school and neighborhood environments. Our programs support the living school ground movement, build relationships that help it succeed, and…
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Hempstead Project Heart
Hempstead Project Heart uses the power of music and art to raise awareness of the many benefits of hemp for the planet and people.
The Oakland Food Policy Council
The Oakland Food Policy Council is a 21-seat council that studies the Oakland food system and makes recommendations to the City of Oakland on ways to make the system more equitable and sustainable.
The PGM ONE summit convenes hundreds of emerging and established professionals of the global majority to lead the racial equity and inclusion movement in the outdoor and environmental sectors. During the three-day multidisciplinary and intergenerational summit, participants will share, learn, collaborate, heal,…
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Real Food Real Stories
Founded in July 2014, Real Food Real Stories (RFRS) gives voice to the rising food movement and cultivates an empathetic culture based on listening and action. We design powerful experiences where local food heroes are facilitated to connect with their purpose and…
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Richmond Trees
The mission of Richmond Trees is to promote and grow the City of Richmond’s urban forest and green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education and advocacy in order to improve the health and well-being of the diverse Richmond community. Richmond Trees’…
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Rooted in Resilience
Rooted in Resilience, formally known as Bay Localize, confronts the challenges of climate change and economic recession by boosting our region's capacity to provide for everyone's needs, sustainably and equitably. We achieve this equipping grassroots community leaders with flexible tools, models, and…
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Seeding Sovereignty
We are a multigenerational, youth-led model by and for indigenous and non-indigenous women based on mentoring relationships and principles of unity, solidarity, justice, sharing, and respect. Seeding Sovereignty honors the fact that Indigenous sovereignty prioritizes the rights of the Earth, of Plants,…
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Transition Earth
Transition Earth promotes human rights and nature’s rights in a world of unsustainable growth and advocates for global systems change to enable the shift to a sustainable planet for all. Our vision is to foster a healthy, resilient world grounded in holistic,…
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Viva Sierra Gorda
An advocacy group that seeks to raise awareness and participation from concerned global citizens, to bring to life the daily work and generosity of the highlander community to rescue their homelands and support innovation in all sectors and protect Mother Nature and…
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Wholly H2o
Wholly H2o’s mission is to equip Californians in the residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and agricultural sectors with the information and skills necessary to normalize water conservation and efficiency, as well as rainwater, graywater, stormwater and black water reuse/recycling. This effort includes participation…
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WildFutures provides essential tools and trainings for wildlife and habitat groups as well as other conservation organizations. Through facilitation, trainings, campaign planning assistance and other services, WildFutures helps organizations, agencies, coalitions, biologists and individuals advance their conservation goals.
Women's Earth Alliance
WEA equips women with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. In some of the most threatened places on earth, WEA leaders are selling clean cookstoves, launching sustainable farms, protecting land rights,…
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glyphAgriculture & Food Systems glyphClean Energy & Climate Change glyphConservation, Preservation & Restoration glyphEnvironmental Education
glyphInternational & Indigenous Communities glyphLeadership Development glyphOcean & Water glyphPollution & Toxics
glyphSustainability & Community Resilience glyphWildlife Protection glyphWomen’s Environmental Leadership glyphYouth Empowerment