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 change.

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.