2015 Grantees

Grantee: American Academy for the Advancement of Science

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To convene a meeting to assess public attitudes about climate change

 

Grantee: Aspen Institute, Inc.

Grant Amount: $230,000

Purpose: To support the Texas Natural Gas Regulatory Modernization Initiative and the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

  

Grantee: Caddo Lake Institute, Inc. 

Grant Amount: $35,000

Purpose: To assure appropriate environmental flows in the Caddo Lake watershed

 

Grantee: Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Inc. 

Grant Amount: $2,500

Purpose: To support The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems 40th Anniversary Symposium

 

Grantee: Center for Public Interest Research, Inc. 

Grant Amount: $7,800

Purpose: To support the Frontier Group's efforts to review the impacts of oil and gas drilling done on University of Texas lands 

 

Grantee: CNA Corporation

Grant Amount: $35,000

Purpose: To conduct an analysis on financing conservation

  

Grantee: Consultative Group on Biological Diversity

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To provide program support to the Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG)

 

Grantee: Duke University

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To address the interplay of state and local governance on shale issues in Texas

 

Grantee: Energy Foundation

Grant Amount: $200,000

Purpose: To support a Texas solution to implementing the Clean Power Plan

 

Grantee: Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, Inc.

Grant Amount: $62,200

Purpose: To build support for clean energy in the state of Texas

 

Grantee: Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated

Grant Amount: $300,000

Purpose: To minimize water and air impacts of energy production and use in Texas

  

Grantee: Environmental Integrity Project

Grant Amount: $93,000

Purpose: To reduce air and water pollution from coal-fired power plants in Texas

 

Grantee: Environmental Integrity Project

Grant Amount: $18,000

Purpose: To reduce air and water pollution from coal-fired power plants in Texas

 

Grantee: Evangelical Environmental Network

Grant Amount: $50,000

Purpose: To expand the coalition of supporters of clean energy in the state of Texas

 

Grantee: Gas Technology Institute

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To enhance awareness of methane emissions mitigation for applications across the natural gas industry

 

Grantee: Hill Country Alliance

Grant Amount: $40,000

Purpose: To protect water resources in the Hill Country through regional collaboration and targeted, strategic education and outreach programming

 

Grantee: Hill Country Alliance

Grant Amount: $3,000

Purpose: To sponsor a rainwater capture conference

 

Grantee: Houston Advanced Research Center

Grant Amount: $65,000

Purpose: To develop a Virtual Well Pad Site to encourage best management practices and engage stakeholders

  

Grantee: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Grant Amount: $50,000

Purpose: To increase freshwater flows into Texas bays and estuaries through strategic development of collaborative water transactions in three Gulf coast watersheds

 

Grantee: National Wildlife Federation

Grant Amount: $75,000

Purpose: To transform the way Texas manages and allocates its water to better protect our natural heritage for future generations

 

Grantee: Nelson H. Nease, P.C.

Grant Amount: $125,000

Purpose: To advise CGMF on energy and shale policy and industry practices

 

Grantee: The Partnership Project

Grant Amount: $10,000

Purpose: To organize communications support for EPA’s Dallas, Texas public hearing on the proposed Methane Pollution Standards for the oil and gas industry

 

Grantee: Pecan Street Inc. 

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To use big data to achieve residential water conservation

 

Grantee: Power Across Texas

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To support the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge

 

Grantee: Public Citizen Foundation

Grant Amount: $50,000

Purpose: To promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Texas

 

Grantee: The R Street Institute

Grant Amount: $82,500

Purpose: To expand the coalition of supporters of clean energy in the state of Texas

 

Grantee: Regents of the University of California, Davis

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To accelerate water conservation in Texas 

 

Grantee: Save Our Springs Alliance Inc. 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To support the Barton Springs University event

 

Grantee: Sierra Club Foundation

Grant Amount: $75,000

Purpose: To create and execute a blueprint for a clean energy future in Texas

 

Grantee: South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To advance energy efficiency in Texas by building support for energy efficiency policies

 

Grantee: Texas A&M Foundation–College Station

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To support the Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference

 

Grantee: Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (HRI)

Grant Amount: $50,000

Purpose: To support Harte Research Institute’s Freshwater Inflows Tools (FIT) Project–a decision-making tool for water resource use and development

  

Grantee: Texas Clean Energy Coalition

Grant Amount: $250,000

Purpose: To expand the coalition of supporters of clean energy in the state of Texas

 

Grantee: Texas Fund for Energy and Environmental Education

Grant Amount: $10,000

Purpose: To promote the SEED Coalition’s work around energy efficiency and renewable energy in Texas

 

Grantee: Texas State University Development Foundation

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To continue research in the Pedernales River watershed through a groundwater gain-loss study to pinpoint strategic conservation and management alternatives

 

Grantee: Texas Tribune

Grant Amount: $120,000

Purpose: To provide coverage of water and energy issues in Texas, and to expand coverage across critical demographic communities on these and other vital issues of politics and public policy

 

Grantee: Texas Water Foundation

Grant Amount: $50,000

Purpose: To support the Goldwater Project in assisting the Region H Planning Group to meet its long-term municipal conservation goal

 

Grantee: Texas Water Foundation

Grant Amount: $2,000

Purpose: To sponsor the Texas Water Foundation's Sustainability Film Contest

 

Grantee: The University of Texas at Austin

Grant Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To support projects related to the nexus of water and energy

 

Grantee: The University of Texas at Austin

Grant Amount: $245,000

Purpose: To support ongoing efforts at integrating sustainability into higher education

 

Grantee: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology

Grant Amount: $200,000

Purpose: To study the interdependence of water and unconventional energy and related land impacts

 

Grantee: Westcave Preserve Corporation

Grant Amount: $5,000

Purpose: To support a summit on technology and sustainability

 

Grantee: Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

Grant Amount: $38,000

Purpose: To develop a network for improving impact of organizations addressing land and water issues in the Hill Country

 

Editor’s Note: The aforementioned grants were made as a part of the foundation’s Sustainability Program. Additional grants were made in 2015, including a $2.5 million grant to the Texas A&M Foundation and a $2.5 million grant to the Carnegie Institution of Washington, both in support of the Giant Magellan Telescope Consortium. The foundation also made a grant of $4.25 million to the Texas A&M Foundation in support of the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy. Information included in this annual report is not intended to replace information included in the foundation’s IRS 990 form. 

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