September 14, 2006 – New York, NY. The Nurture Nature Foundation (NNF) is allocating $1,000,000 over the next year in a joint campaign with Earth Pledge and CUNY (City University of New York) Institute for Sustainable Cities to combat global warming.
This commitment is in response to the call of the Clinton Global Initiative beginning on September 20 for commitments curbing global warming.
“The environmental challenges are so serious,” Theodore W. Kheel, President of NNF, observed, “they must be addressed not only at the international level but by individuals, cities and states throughout the world as well.”
“To strengthen our ability to address the challenge, we have named Leslie Hoffman, Earth Pledge’s executive director, to serve also as NNF’s executive director,” Kheel added.
“I am pleased to be named executive director of NNF, as well as appreciative of the generous contribution to support Earth Pledge,” said Leslie Hoffman. Together with support we receive from the Home Depot Foundation, Bosch, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and others, we are well equipped to fulfill our mission to facilitate the transition to sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through development and promotion of innovative technologies.”
Cities are uniquely positioned to assist in developing environmental solutions as an antidote to global warming. For example, Earth Pledge’s Green Roofs Initiative aims to lower ambient air temperatures and prevent pollution of waterways by creating green roof infrastructure in urban centers.
“Earth Pledge is also currently promoting such relevant environmental solutions as ecologically sound building designs, production of fuel from waste through anaerobic digestion, bio-based materials for apparel and interiors, mass transportation, and local and sustainable food systems,” added Kheel.
“The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities,” said William Solecki, CISC Interim Director, “is excited to join with Earth Pledge in this initiative. To address global warming meaningfully is a central environmental concern of the 21st century. We feel that the Institute, coupled with Earth Pledge, will significantly contribute to this dialogue and progress,”
“The overall mission of the Institute,” Solecki continued, “is to enable urban residents, particularly those in New York City, to better understand the relationship between themselves and the physical environment of their cities in order to identify pathways for environmentally sustainable practices. The Institute’s mission is articulated through a series of outreach activities, educational programs, and scientific projects.”
For more information on the Nurture Nature Foundation, visit www.nurturenature.org
For more information on Earth Pledge, visit www.earthpledge.org