The foundation, which was founded by Tommy E. Short, is a non-profit family foundation dedicated to the exploration of human potential and the advancement of sustainable living, always seeking to advance children, the arts, and the environment. It provides support and resources for future-focused organizations that promote understanding, sustainability, love, promise, and growth. In striving to create a new model of giving, the foundation acts as a key player to facilitate the success of other non-profit organizations with shared missions, engaging and collaborating with like-minded organizations and individuals around the world
World Resources Institute
ECA provided support for the World Resources Institute in development of the Millennium Assessment Report. In addition, ECA joined with the institute and Roots of Peace to sponsor a dinner to celebrate the release of the report and to feature former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaking on "sustainable transportation" as part of World Environment Day 2005 programs in San Francisco. The institute is an independent nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators working to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. Its work is concentrated on achieving progress toward four key goals: protect Earth's living systems; increase access to information; create sustainable enterprise and opportunity; and reverse global warming.
ECA has funded a study with Pro-Natura to define the scope and feasibility of a global institute of sustainability to be based in Rio de Janeiro. Pro-Natura's mission is to conserve biodiversity through integrated sustainability development projects adapted as models that are replicable at a regional level, in partnership with public entities, private initiatives, and organized civil society. Pro-Natura promotes an integrated and participatory approach aimed at protecting forest remnants and recuperating degraded landscapes, demonstrating appropriate technologies and strengthening local management capacities in the promotion of sustainable economic activities. Projects, for example, include an Agroforestry Programme in Nigeria.
ECA works closely to support Harmony Foundation projects, which have included development of the publication "GreenCities: a Guide for Sustainable Community Development" to help communities meet the goals of the San Francisco World Environment Day 2005 accords for urban sustainability. Green Cities is was an official document of World Environment 2005 Day and The Urban Environmental Accords. It was written by Harmony Foundation in collaboration with The Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, and includes a foreword by Maurice Strong. Harmony Foundation is a charitable education organization recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in multi-sector cooperation and in creating innovative training programs and educational materials for educators, families, youth, the workplace and communities. The Foundation is the ECA representative in Canada.
Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
Mr. Short is chairman of the board and a Founder's Circle Member of IONS, a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness. The institute explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.
Roots of Peace
ECA supports the Roots of Peace, which was founded in 1997 to rid the world of landmines by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland. The vision - turning "Mines into Vines" - seeks to restore the promise of hope and prosperity to afflicted communities throughout the world, according to founder and director Heidi Kuhn, who established the non-profit NGO based in California's wine country. Roots of Peace provides a comprehensive, long-term solution to landmine-stricken countries and communities on the following four fronts: awareness, removal, treatment, and restoration. In addition, Roots of Peace joined with ECA and the World Resources Institute to sponsor a dinner featuring former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaking on "sustainable transportation" as part of World Environment Day 2005 programs in San Francisco.
With San Francisco's Department of the Environment, Generation Earth showcased the San Francisco Bay Area as a leader in environmental stewardship under the banner, Green Cities: Where the Future Lives. Generation Earth served as the fiscal agent for World Environment Day, and also worked with ECA to expand programs. Generation Earth intends to take the San Francisco Urban Accords to the next international World Environment Day.
ECA has funded projects with IDEA WILD, which supports biodiversity in Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. IDEA WILD was established to conserve biodiversity by providing equipment and supplies in the field. Researchers and educators in developing countries depend on IDEA WILD for basic equipment such as boat motors, computers, and other materials that are necessary to conduct conservation, research, and educational projects. Founded in 1991, IDEA WILD has provided support to more than 600 projects in 30 countries and regions.
The work of the Pachamama Alliance is based on the conviction that people in the modern world share a deep connection with those who call the rainforest their home, each having a critical stake in the health and well-being of this vital element in the global life support system. The organization notes that indigenous people are the rainforests' natural custodians, and key strategies of the alliance focus on strengthening their culture and empowering their ability to stand for and represent their own interests.
ECA supports the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. Surfrider has more than 40,000 members and 60 local chapters in the United States, as well as affiliations in Australia, Japan, France, and Brazil.
University for Peace
Established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980, the University for Peace has the mission of providing "humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations." Maurice Strong, ECA Chairman Emeritus, is the President of the Council of the University for Peace, and Elizabeth Odio, former Vice-President of Costa Rica, is Vice-President.www.upeace.org
Youth Energy Initiative
A nonprofit educational organization, Youth Energy Initiative is dedicated to educating the youth of the world about energy and the role it plays in everyday lives. As a non-profit educational organization, Youth Energy Initiative promotes knowledge of how energy works, the importance of its conservation to our planet, and an equal opportunity for children of all backgrounds in future careers. The goal - inspire a bedrock awareness and commitment to wise energy use to preserve the world for future generations through energy conversation in everyday lives.
Full Circle Industries, Inc
This development stage company is dedicated to applying new technologies to convert the municipal waste stream into reusable, commercially viable products for use by businesses and consumers, reversing the cycle of waste and generating new economic opportunities for communities worldwide. Full Circle has the exclusive license for a new technology - Pressurized Steam Classification technology - that extracts fiber by-products from municipal solid waste for sale to the international paper industry.
Clean Earth Partners
The organization provides marketing, communications and branding support for businesses and nonprofit organizations supporting critical sustainability goals for the planet. It has extensive experience developing web-based strategies, as well as other communications that take advantage of new technologies.www.cleanearthpartners.com
EarthVoice was created as the global environmental arm of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Conceived and launched in 1991 by John A. Hoyt, who then served as President of The HSUS, EarthVoice was created with a mandate to extend the concerns of animal protection into the environmental movement and into the global arena. Executive Director of Earth Voice, Jan Hartke, also serves as President of EC USA.
Earth Charter Initiative
The Earth Charter is an authoritative synthesis of values, principles, and aspirations that are widely shared by growing numbers of men and women in all regions of the world. Earth Council is proud to have participated in the creation of the Earth Charter and is committed to using these principles to guide its activities towards achieving a sustainable future for all life.www.earthcharter.org
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Through collaboration with UNEP, ECA served as the NGO Global Sponsor of United Nations World Environment Day 2005. World Environment Day (WED) is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. ECA looks forward to continued cooperation with UNEP through projects such as WED.
William J. Clinton Foundation
ECA proudly sponsored the 2004 Annual Clinton Foundation Energy Forum in New York City, at which the topic of discussion was the relationship between energy policy and security, development and climate change. Through the William J. Clinton Foundation, President Clinton promotes the values of fairness and opportunity for all. His vision is the Foundation'smission: to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.www.clintonfoundation.org
Environmental Management College of China (EMCC)
A leader in Asia, EMCC educates 5,000 students a year and is the only environmental training college of its kind in China. The academic departments of EMCC are environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental supervision, environmental information management, ecological conservation, marine environmental protection and environmental art design. ECA is currently in the process of strategically identifying projects for collaboration with EMCC. www.emcc.cn
Global Village of Beijing (GVB)
Founded in 1996 as one of the first NGOs in China, GVB is a non-government, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and civil society strengthening. GVB's environmental campaigns focus on the promotion of sustainable development and a green life-style. Its main functions include the production of environmental television programs and other publications, the organization of journalist trainings, the development of green communities, the organization of public events and forums and several other projects in the field of sustainable development and consumption.
Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF)
RSF is a pioneer in social finance and is a non-profit organization that provides innovative financial vehicles for investors and philanthropists to create a better future.
State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA)
ECA supports the work of SEPA and hopes to collaborate in future projects to advance sustainability in China.
ECA supports the work of Counterpart International, a non-profit international human development organization founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific. Headquartered in Washington D.C., Counterpart International works in more than 60 countries.
CH2M Hill is an employee-owned, multinational firm providing engineering, construction, operations, communications, security, environmental, and related services to public and private clients in numerous industries on six continents. CH2M Hill has completed a Sustainability Report, which describes the company's commitment and progress toward protecting the integrity of the natural systems upon which all life depends
WRI Center for Transport and the Environment, EMBARQ, acts as a catalyst for socially, financially, and environmentally sound solutions to the problems of urban mobility. ECA supports EMBARQ and was proud to honor their work at the World Environment Day dinner event titled ""Sustainable Transport for Sustainable Cities."
San Francisco Department of Environment
ECA supported and worked closely with the City of San Francisco in producing the World Environment Day activities in June of 2005. San Francisco Department of Environment's mission is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment and to promote San Francisco's long-term environmental well being.
Eco 4 the World
The Eco 4 the World mission is to design and implement a program that touches people deeply and awakes in them a desire to do something positive about the environment, on a personal level. Covering TV, mobile, games and websites, the project has been developed in partnership with UNDP and UNEP.
The Climate Group is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. We are based in the UK, the USA and Australia and we operate internationally. The organization was founded in 2004 by a diverse group of companies, governments and supporters who saw the opportunity to create new momentum in the international effort to stop global warming.