Blackstone Ranch Institute has built working relationships with a variety of the leading organizations in North America, a number of which are pioneering important environmental change around the world. We regard the organizations to which we have given financial and logistical support as partners of the institute.
Academy for Systemic Change »
Academy for Systemic ChangeGlobal
The Academy is a 10-year initiative to enable leaders, communities and networks in critical systems to catalyze and facilitate societal, environmental and economic wellbeing on a scale that matters. The Academy convenes leaders to help lay a foundation of shared learnings to accelerate the growth of healthy social, economic and human systems. Areas of focus for the Academy's work will be on emerging leaders, education systems, marine ecosystems and community development.
Architecture 2030 »
Architecture 2030Santa Fe, New Mexico
Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization that was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. It's mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global buidling sector from being the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to being a central part of the solution. Its goal is to achieve a dramatic reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of the world's building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. It's 2030 challenge for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the build environment has been embraced by a wide diversity of architects and builders around the world.
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine »
Arizona Center for Integrative MedicineTucson, Arizona
The mission of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is to lead the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating & actively supporting a community of professionals who embody the philosophy & practice of Integrative Medicine. The Center defines integrative medicine (IM) as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. The Center was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.
Since its inception, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine has focused its efforts on three domains: education, clinical care, and research - with the primary emphasis on education. It offers a broad range of educational opportunities for healthcare professionals with an interest in learning and practicing the principles of integrative medicine and emphasizes the therapeutic relationship, making use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.
Dr. Weil’s overall philosophy is that the health of the planet needs to be taken as seriously as individual health.
Babson College »
Babson CollegeWellesley, Massachusetts
Babson Collge is a highly selective private business school that specializes in entrepreneurship. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as masters degrees in business administration, accounting, management and finance. Babson is one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world, and educates students from around the globe.
The Babson Social Innovation Lab is part of the Lewis Institute at Babson College, and specializes in drawing forth new ideas from a diversity of minds -- students and those from business, government and non-profit worlds -- and developing ways of putting those ideas into action. New concepts in social innovation are prototyped, evaluated and proved in real world contexts.
Biomimcry for Social Innovation »
Biomimcry for Social InnovationMissoula, Montana
Biomimicry for Social Innovation is a platform for the exchange of ideas, insights, and services for applying nature’s intelligence toward a thriving and regenerative human society.
It is part of a growing global network of innovators, designers, biologists, and leaders who are emulating the genius of the natural world to create conditions conducive to life. This niche builds on Biomimicry’s design and engineering successes, focusing on social transformation, business / organizational leadership, and culture change. Biomimicry for Social Innovation works closely with Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute, translating biological knowledge and ecosystem success strategies into tools and practices for the social sector.
Biomimicry 3.8 Institute »
Biomimicry 3.8 InstituteMissoula, Montana
The Biomimicry Institute's mission is to nurture and grow a global community of people who are learning from, emulating, and conserving life's genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.
Biomimicry (bios meaning life; mimesis meaning to imitate) is the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from Nature. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Energy efficient buildings inspired by passive cooling in termite mounds and non-toxic fabric finishes inspired by water repellant lotus plants are examples of biomimicry changing our world today.
BioneersSanta Fe, New Mexico
Founded in 1990, Bioneers promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities.
Dreaming New Mexico is a Bioneers initiative that offers workshops, lectures and networking opportunities that can inform and advance policy change for an ecologically sound and socially just economy. In collaboration with local organizations, Dreaming New Mexico will address the state's alternative energy future, water concerns, racial and environmental issues, food security, urban growth, transportation and more.
Blue Legacy »
Blue Legacy is an initiative started in 2008 by Alexandra Cousteau. The mission of Blue Legacy is to tell the story of our water planet to the world, to inspire people to take action on critical water issues in meaningful ways and to help shape society's dialogue to include water as one of the defining issues of our century and the primary vehicle through which climate change will be felt.
Cascadia Region Green Building Council »
Cascadia Region Green Building CouncilNorthwestern USA and British Columbia
Cascadia's mission is to promote the design, construction and operation of buildings in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work and learn.
The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is one of three original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only international chapter in North America.
It strives to become the first and last word on green building by forging alliances with organizations that have a stake in the future of this region.
Clinton Foundation »
Clinton FoundationNew York, New York
The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders, university students, and private citizens to identify and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges, including poverty alleviation, climate change, global health, and education.
The Clinton Climate Initiative is making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways, by working with 40 of the world's largest cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. CCI is assisting partner cities to make energy-savings improvements to buildings, transit systems, lighting and waste management.
Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara »
Community Environmental Council of Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, California
The CEC is a well-established environmental nonprofit focused exclusively on energy efficiency and renewables, alternative transportation, and climate change. We work from grassroots to policy levels to help community members reduce their carbon footprint and to end our region's dependency on fossil fuels to become "Fossil Free by 2033."
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund »
Community Environmental Legal Defense FundMercersburg, Pennsylvania
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) works with communities around the world to help them develop legal protections for their environmental resources and community integrity. They have been the legal pioneers for the Rights of Nature movement, a global initiative to endow nature with legal rights that can be protected in a court of law.
Diablo Trust »
Diablo TrustFlagstaff, Arizona
The Diablo Trust was formed in 1993 by the Metzger Family, owners of the Flying M Ranch, and the Prosser Family, owners of the Bar T Bar Ranch, to create a collaborative process for developing ideas to assist ranches in the protection of open spaces and healthy habitats. The trust comprises the two ranch properties and adjoining federal lands that occupy an area approximately as large as metropolitan Phoenix. The trust operates in partnership with the federal government to "demonstrate innovative approaches to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a healthy, unfragmented landscape to support a diverse flourishing community of human, plant and animal life in the Diablo Trust land area."
Earth Council Alliance »
Earth Council AllianceGeneva, Switzerland
The Earth Council Alliance (ECA) supports sustainability initiatives aimed at preserving the world for present and future generations. The alliance's goal is to support the acceleration of progress in the achievement of sustainability goals framed by the Earth Charter, Agenda 21 and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. ECA supports programs designed to optimize access and cooperation across sectors, issues and regions to deploy best practices, and to develop platforms for leaders at grassroots and national levels to work together outside the confines of traditional bureaucracies. The ECA is being incorporated as a Swiss Foundation in Geneva and has established offices in San Diego, CA and Beijing, China.
Ecodistricts is an independent and innovative nonprofit that specializes in green city initiatives. The organization brings together leaders from the public, nonprofit, private business and neighborhood sectors to incubate partnerships, drive innovation and solve tough problems on a metropolitan scale.
Through scalable and replicable projects, they transform research into action, promote smart policy, and drive targeted investment in new technologies and practices. One of their prime objectives is to develop initiatives that hold the potential for application in cities everywhere.
Future Farmers »
Future FarmersSan Francisco, CA
Future Farmers is a group of artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers founded in 1995 that are aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us.
"We deconstruct systems such as food policies, public transportation and rural farming networks to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics. Often through this disassembly we find new narratives and potential reconfigurations that propose alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. Our work provides a playful entry point and tools for participants to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry -- not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places we live."
Members of the group teach in the visual arts graduate programs at the California College of Arts in San Francisco, Mills College in Oakland, and in the art and engineering programs at Stanford University.
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature »
Global Alliance for the Rights of NatureQuito, Ecuador
The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is an emergent network of countries that is dedicated to helping communities develop the legal means of protecting their ecosystems. The work of the alliance is based on the recognition that our ecosystems -- including trees, oceans, animals, mountains -- have rights just as human beings have rights. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. Human beings have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce those rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as a defendant in legal procedures.
Efforts to develop legal means to protect nature have been emerging in a number of countries over the past few years, a group that includes India, Nepal, Australia, South Africa and the United States. Ecuador has adopted rights of nature provisions in its updated constitution.
As of the middle of 2013, close to 125,000 people from 122 countries have signed petitions advocating for the adoption of the rights of nature as part of community legal structures.
Green Cities California »
Green Cities CaliforniaCalifornia
The cities of Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and the County of Marin created Green Cities California in 2007 so that they could work collaboratively to accelerate local, regional, national and international efforts to achieve sustainability.
Member cities have focused their efforts on:
- Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Extended Producer Responsibility
- Sustainable Land Use, Building and Development
- Waste Reduction
- Water Conservation
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled and Single Occupancy Vehicles
- Equitable Distribution of Environmental Benefits and Burdens
Holistic Management International »
Holistic Management InternationalAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Our primary objective is to help farmers and ranchers, as well as public land managers and development organizations, to achieve the following goals:
• Enhance the efficiency, natural health, productivity and profitability of their land
• Increase annual profits, effectively and significantly
• Provide a framework for family, owners, managers, foremen, communal agriculturalists and other ranch/farm stakeholders to work together toward a common future
• Enable conservation or public land managers to consistently improve the health of the land while minimizing the cost to the public or constituencies
• Enable development agencies working with marginalized farmers or pastoral people to break the cycle of food and water insecurity.
We are committed to furthering Holistic Management education worldwide, to supporting trained Holistic Management professionals, and to forming strategic partnerships that address a wide range of environmental, social and economic objectives.
HollyhockCortes Island, British Columbia
Hollyhock is Canada's premier experiential learning center. It brings together a wide variety of students and teachers dedicated to personal growth, creativity and social change. Each year Hollyhock offers dozens of programs designed to inspire participants to develop self-awareness and their creative potential, and to live life with meaning and a dedication to purposes larger than themselves.
Institute for Sustainable Communities »
Institute for Sustainable CommunitiesMontpelier, VT
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic and social challenges to build a better future that can be shared by all.
ISC brings together practices from the public and private sectors, and uses creative, flexible training and mentoring to help communities produce breakthrough results. To date the organization has managed 70 projects in 19 countries, leaving a legacy of strong community leaders, organizations and networks with the capacity to keep building on its work. It specializes in connecting civic participation with environmental problem solving.
The organization was founded in 1991 by former Vermont governor Madeleine M. Kunin.
LEAN Energy »
LEAN EnergyMill Valley, CA
LEAN Energy US is a national organization dedicated to the accelerated expansion of community choice aggregation (CCA) across the United States. CCA is an energy procurement program that allows local governments to combine, or aggregate, the electric load of its residents and businesses in order to purchase energy on their behalf. CCA is fueled by a belief in consumer choice, an open energy market, lower energy bills, and rapid expansion of local clean energy supply.
LEAN Energy was launched in the spring of 2011 with the help of the Galvin Electricity Initiative for the purpose of providing a not-for-profit hub organization for CCA practicioners, companies, policymakers and advocates interested in expanding the CCA model into new communities and states.
This is the first network of its kind in the United States. LEAN Energy was inspired by the pioneering work of Charles McGlashan and the Marin Energy Authority, the first municipal utility in California that is based upon the enabling legislation of CCA.
Living Futures Institute »
Living Futures InstituteSeattle, WA
The Living Futures Institute is a recently created hub for a group of sustainability networks that include the Living Building Challenge, Cascadia Green Building Council, Natural Step Network USA and Ecotone Publishing. They are the owners of the Living Building Challenge, which is the most advanced and comprehensive set of green building outcome standards in the world. The institute is currently working to integrate these four entitites into a global network that can further the adoption of its green building ideas and standards.
National Geographic Society »
National Geographic SocietyWashington, DC
National Geographic's Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, encourage geography education for students, promote natural and cultural conservation, and inspire audiences through new media, vibrant exhibitions, and live events.
Ocean Recovery Alliance »
Ocean Recovery AllianceHong Kong
Ocean Recovery Alliance brings together new ways of thinking, technologies and collaboration in order to improve the quality of the ocean environment. One of their priorities is to help create business opportunities related to ocean conservation in local communities.
The alliance has been formed as an umbrella organization which operates and organizes a variety of sub-projects, some of which have their own operating teams, budgets and objectives. The Global Alert System for ocean trash is one such project.
Orion Society »
Orion SocietyGreat Barrington, Massachusetts
It is Orion's fundamental conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.
Orion Society currently furthers its mission through three fundamental programs:
• The ideas and inspiration of Orion Magazine
• Community activism through Orion Grassroots Network
• Environmental teaching through Orion Education.
Presidio Graduate School »
Presidio Graduate SchoolSan Francisco, California
Presidio School of Management believes business holds the power to address the world's most critical environmental, economic and social problems. As one of the first business schools to focus on sustainability, Presidio is now a leader in a mainstream movement embraced by some of the world's top companies. Sustainable management is integral to every course in their groundbreaking MBA and Executive Certificate programs. The School places students in leading companies and non-profits to work on real-world solutions.
Rainforest Connection »
Rainforest ConnectionSan Francisco, California
Rainforest Connection has been testing a new way of monitoring illegal logging activity in forests in Asia, Africa and South America. It transforms recycled cellphones into autonomous, solar powered listening devices that can monitor and pinpoint chainsaw activity at great distance and monitor illegal logging as it occurs. By connecting the devices to the cloud, real time monitoring of deforestation can be done from anywhere in the world. The listening devices can help indigenous tribes protect their forest from illegal logging, and generate carbon credits that they can invest in health and education programs for their communities.
Resolve is a 30-year old organization that specializes in negotiation and solutions-finding to unlock intractable policy logjams, with a focus on environment and public health issues. It helps communities, businesses, government and NGO leaders get results and create lasting relationships through collaboration that lead to enduring solutions.
Rocky Mountain Institute »
Rocky Mountain InstituteBoulder and Snowmass, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. Our staff shows businesses, communities, individuals, and governments how to create more wealth and employment, protect and enhance natural and human capital, increase profit and competitive advantage, and enjoy many other benefits, largely by doing what they do far more efficiently. Our work is independent, nonadversarial, and transideological, with a strong emphasis on market-based solutions.
San Francisco Office of the Environment »
San Francisco Office of the EnvironmentSan Francisco, California
SF Environment's mission is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco's long-term wellbeing by developing innovative, practical and wide-ranging environmental programs in recycling, toxics reduction, environmental justice, energy efficiency, commute alternatives, and urban forest.
As a city agency, we foster groundbreaking legislation, and educate the public by providing comprehensive and accessible information on a variety of practices, which serve as models for other cities and countries. SF Environment makes it easy for everyone in San Francisco to take care of their environment, and ultimately, the planet.
Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment »
Seattle Office of Sustainability and EnvironmentSeattle, Washington
Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment collaborates with city agencies, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to protect and enhance Seattle's distinctive environmental quality and livability.
Slow Money »
Slow MoneyBerkeley, California
The Slow Money Alliance links farmers, food entrepreneurs, donors, NGOs and investors in cities and states around the country. At its inaugural gathering in September 2009 in Santa Fe, Slow Money hosted 450 attendees from 34 states and six countries and garnered media coverage in the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, TIME.com and BusinessWeek.com. Participants invested over $250,000 in four small food enterprises that presented their initiatives. By their second gathering in June 2010 the number of attendees had expanded to 600, and over $1 million was invested in local food projects.
The Alliance is working with a variety of partners to design several investment vehicles that will allow individuals and larger investors to invest in the development of local food enterprises and local and regional markets for small farms.
Solar CITIES »
Solar CITIESNew York City
Solar CITIES is a non-profit that has emerged from the work of National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer Thomas Culhane, who has spent the past several years introducing biodigester technology to poor urban communities in developing countries. Biodigesters convert household organic waste into usable fuel for cooking and heating, which leads to sanitation, health, energy and environmental benefits. It provides a form of fuel that does not pollute the environment, and an alternative to expensive fuel costs for poor families. Biodigesters are in use in some parts of the world, including India and China. Solar CITIES wants to spread their adoption to as many other countries as possible.
The organization has been built on a growing network of biodigester enthusiasts and experts around the world, many of whom communicate regularly through Culhane's Facebook page. His work gained both recognition and financial support from the first two Blackstone-National Geographic Innovation Challenge grants of 2009 and 2010. Culhane used both grants to extend his outreach to a number of countries in Eastern Africa and in the Himalayan mountain region of Asia.
During 2013 Culhane's work was formalized into Solar CITIES, with executive staff and a board of directors. One of their first projects as an organization is a set of demonstration projects in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro scheduled to coincide with the World Cup Soccer matches in the summer of 2014. In December 2013 they used a Blackstone Ranch Institute grant to formalize a core team of biogas educators from Iraq, Palestine (West Bank), Israel, Egypt, Italy, India, Kenya, Portugal, and the United States.
Stand.earth (formerly Forest Ethics) »
Stand.earth (formerly Forest Ethics)Seattle, San Francisco and British Columbia
Founded in 1994, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada, the United States and Chile.
"Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests. The ForestEthics Approach is based upon the conviction that corporate power can be used to destroy forests--or protect them. We expose corporations that destroy Endangered Forests. We help corporations that want to act responsibly. We use corporate power to permanently protect forests."
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council »
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership CouncilWashington, D.C.
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is a newly launched not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Council has representation from several dozen global companies, government agencies, civic associations, and non-profit organizations, and works with them to prioritize opportunities to influence the social, environmental and economic life cycle impacts of purchased goods and services. It also serves to identify existing leadership standards and benchmark progress toward goals.
The Center for Whole Communities »
The Center for Whole CommunitiesWaitsfield, Vermont
The Center for Whole Communities is a land-based leadership development organization that is dedicated to nurturing the relationship between people and the land. It works with the different sectors of the environmental and social movements whose participation and collaboration is necessary to address the complexities of today's challenges. The center nurtures multi-disciplinary responses among those who attend its facilitated retreats to challenges such as climate change and building economically and equitable communities, and directly confronts the fragmentation that exists in American society around politics, race, class and privilege.
They have worked with over 1,200 activists and leaders working in over 500 organizations and communities around the United States
Urban Sustainability Directors Network »
Urban Sustainability Directors NetworkUSA & Canada
The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from cities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity.
This dynamic network enables sustainability directors and staff to share best practices and accelerate the application of good ideas across North America. USDN has over 135 members representing cities and counties in the United States and Canada with over 70 million in population.
Voices for Biodiversity »
Voices for BiodiversityEl Prado, New Mexico
Voices for Biodiversity is a grassroots, online, multimedia participatory organization that shares the stories of people from around the globe about their relationship to other species and the environment. Our primary focus is on sharing the voices of those who usually would not be heard: indigenous and local peoples, students, and others with direct experience with these issues.
Voices for Biodiversity is based on the belief that humanity must shift from an anthropocentric worldview to an eco-centric worldview if we are to prevent a catastrophic biodiversity collapse. Our principle approach is storytelling about human beings’ connections with the environment and other species and about human failures and successes in caring for ecosystems.
Western Landowners Alliance »
Western Landowners AllianceDurango, CO
The Western Landowners Alliance is a group of privately owned, large scale ranching properties in the American West that advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. When formed in the summer of 2012, the group had the participation of landowners in eleven states and on some 10 million acres of land.
The alliance is the first of its kind, and is based upon the recognition that the best managed lands in the west are very often privately owned. The alliance aims to maintain the economic viability of privately owned conservation oriented lands and build a network for social and policy influence on how such lands are managed. Over time the alliance aims to include a variety of ranch properties of different scales, based upon the best principls and practices of ecologically sound land management. The alliance aims to include lands that work for both people and nature.
Wildlands Network »
Wildlands NetworkTampa, Florida
The Wildlands Network is a national organization whose mission is to ensure a healthy future for nature and people in North America by scientifically and strategically supporting networks of people that are protecting connected wildlands. They operate on the premise that people need nature and that nature needs space to survive. It is working to restore, protect and connect the best wild places of North America.
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network »
Women's Earth and Climate Action NetworkGlobal
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), formerly the International Women's Environment and Climate Initiative (IWECI) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. The initiative engages civil society, grassroots activists, indigenous and business leaders, policy makers and culture shapers in coalitions of collaboration. The purpose is to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while ushering in sustainability solutions through women's empowerment, networking, partnerships, trainings, alliances, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic and social action.
World Green Building Council »
World Green Building CouncilGlobal
The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils in more than one hundred countries, making it the world’s largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace.
The WorldGBC’s mission is to strengthen green building councils in member countries by championing their leadership and connecting them to a network of knowledge, inspiration and practical support.
Green building councils are member-based organisations that empower industry leaders to effect the transformation of the local building industry toward sustainability. With one hundred thousand buildings and almost one billion square metres of green building space registered, the influence and impact of this global network is a significant force for social and environmental change.
World Resources Institute »
World Resources InstituteWashington, DC
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. Their mission is to move society to live in ways that protect the environment and its capacity to provide for the needs of current and future generations.