The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities, which are guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
Surdna's Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul the United States' low-performing infrastructure, with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities. The Foundation believes in the potential of what they call “next generation infrastructure” to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy efficient, better manage our water systems, and rebuild regional food systems.
The Sustainable Environments Program seeks to create just and sustainable economies in four ways: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; and Regional Food Supply (locally- and sustainably-produced food). The Urban Water Management focus supports efforts to capture stormwater and slowly release it into the existing network of drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse it where it falls to cultivate natural green spaces.
Surdna has donated a few million dollars to climate change related projects in the last few years. A database of grants is provided on the website, searchable by keywords such as climate change.
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