Genaro Lopez-Rendon, a 40-year-old community organizer and father from San Antonio, Texas, has been selected as President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Genaro is the former Executive Director of the Southwest Workers Union and a third- generation community/Chicano organizer with deep connections to social movements across the country. He will assume the presidency on February 1st. See press release on right side bar and letter from Genaro on his appointment.
“Elite Emissions,” focuses on the climate impacts of some of the most expensive luxury buildings in NYC, which are among the worst carbon polluters in our City. The report called for a mandatory energy efficiency program for NYC’s large buildings that will require a new standard of high-performing buildings that use energy intelligently and responsibly. In conjunction with the release of the report, the Climate Works for All coalition held an action on Billionaire’s Row to call out “elite emitters” and push the City to take the lead on this issue and move beyond voluntary programs. MORE
People with donor advised funds can put their funds to work immediately to address pressing social problems. Unfortunately, most wait a long time to fully disburse their funds, some for as long as 10 years, which has led to $50 billion sitting idle in donor advised funds. This needs to change! To help make that change, we are partnering with donors who want advice about how to make grants to organizations that align with their values. Learn more by watching this video.
Louisiana will receive National Disaster Resilience Competition funding to assist the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians on the Isle de Jean Charles to relocate to a resilient and historically-contextual community. The island has experienced a 98 percent loss of land since 1955 and experts suspect it will be completely submerged within 50 years. The $48 million is about half of the funds needed for the relocation.
The remaining $52 million will help the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians relocate to a “resilient and historically-contextual community.” Experts suspect the island will be completely submerged within 50 years.