California nonprofits receive grants
San Diego nonprofits working to improve the environment
are the recipients of the first and largest set of environmental grants
provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in California,
since announcing its $20 billion Environmental Initiative to reduce climate
The four Bank of America Charitable Foundation green grants are:
•$250,000 to the San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative to develop
policy solutions at the local government and grassroots level that curb
global warming, and generate public awareness around climate change.
•$100,000 to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
to promote environmentally sustainable practices in the business community
and develop a Clean Technology business cluster, proposed last Spring
by Mayor Sanders.
•$100,000 to La Maestra Community Health Center for the construction
of a green-built, LEED Gold certified health center in City Heights.
•$50,000 for the California Center for Sustainable Energy to offer workshops
for residents to make changes in their daily routines to mitigate climate
change, and to provide residential green-building assistance, particularly
in the rebuilding following the recent wildfires.
The $20 billion environmental initiative announced in March 2007 encourages
development of environmentally sustainable business practices through
lending, investing, philanthropy and the creation of new products and
services. The first significant investments under this plan were in California,
from outfitting the largest solar K-12 school program in the nation,
to preserving redwood forests.