Environmental Stewardship

We must take better care of our natural environment as a prerequisite for the survival of our planet and to create a more sustainable way of life. Global warming, ever higher energy prices, and the loss of our green space deserve our full attention.

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What are we doing to create change?

GCF, thanks to its generous donors, is able to make an impact through a collection of investments, grantwriting assistance, and partnerships with other funders. These are long-term problems and we are in it for the long haul. Effective change doesn't happen overnight but the Greater Cincinnati area is making great strides:

  • The Greater Cincinnati metro area, the 28th largest in population in the U.S., was ranked 13th by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in number of ENERGY STAR buildings in 2012. This is up from 25th place in 2011 and the largest jump in the country. ENERGY STAR buildings cost less to operate and are better for the environment.
  • In 2012, Cincinnati was named “Green Power Community of the Year” for 2013 by the EPA. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of the largest green power producers in the region.
  • In 2013, the EPA rated Cincinnati #6 in green power usage.

2 strategies to improve Environmental Stewardship:

  • Strengthen the “green economy” and reduce our carbon footprint by promoting energy and resource efficiency through retrofitting buildings, improving transportation options, and changing individual and institutional behaviors.
  • Protect the natural environment and enhance livability by increasing the availability of local food; and by restoring, maintaining, and improving green space and natural habitats throughout the region.

Read more about GCF's Community Investments in Environmental Stewardship [PDF]

Environmental Stewardship Theory of ChangeTheory of Change

A Theory of Change guides how we think about our community investments. It identifies investment priorities, activities, outcomes and indicators to help assess how our grants are contributing to progress on community-wide goals.

You can help

You can be part of building a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region. When you give to our Environmental Stewardship Community Fund, every dollar goes directly to support real-time grant requests.

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