Community / Economic Development

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Over the past several years, the Environment & Health Program at The Heinz Endowments has prioritized work to help the Pittsburgh region become truly livable. But it is hard to imagine how a city with dirty air, a notably toxic built environment, safe...
Pittsburgh Riverfront - Photo Credit Mark Perrott
Catastrophes like the Flint water crisis could happen in Pittsburgh, if we ignore the needs of our community and believe that public health and prosperity cannot go hand-in-hand. Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant writes about why Flint matters and...
Vivian Huang, Campaign and Organizing Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Farhad Ebrahimi explains why the Chorus Foundation is investing long-term grant support in three communities, to speed their just transition to a regenerative economy that works for people, places, and planet.
Phyllis Omido, 2015 Goldman Prize Winner
This blog highlights recent awards recognizing innovative environmental health and justice contributions and champions.
David Fukuzawa, Cecilia Estolano and Miya Yoshitani at HEFN 2014 Annual Meeting
“We have faith in a different vision of 2029, because we have witnessed our own power to change the future.” These encouraging words from Michele Prichard of the Liberty Hill Foundation opened and framed HEFN’s 2014 annual meeting, Fifteen Forward:...
The California Endowment's Jennifer Chheang talks about their work to help communities along the I-710 Corridor in California have their vision for healthier conditions incorporated into a major freeway expansion project.
The Liberty Hill Foundation talks about how their foundation has employed a multi-phased project to tackle environmental health concerns in six Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Pacoima Beautiful Summer Institute 2013 students
The Liberty Hill Foundation is helping introduce a next generation of environmental health and justice advocates through its Clean Up Green Up campaign. Read more in this blog post.
Sandy volunteers Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
April 29, 2013 marks six months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey shorelines. HEFN Communications Associate Lauren Linville outlines opportunities, challenges, and advice HEFN has heard from the field for philanthropy in this blog...
Caitlin Johnson, 2011-2013 Fellow at the George Gund Foundation, describes her experience working on fracking's impact on economic development and civic participation in Ohio.

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Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the...

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