What We Do
The Bay Area is a remarkable, beautiful place to live and the region is on a path to continue to grow socially and economically. This growth comes brings a high potential for negative environmental consequence. Without strong leadership and swift action, the Bay Area will become more urbanized, leading to open space reduction, natural resource deterioration, transportation congestion, adverse health issues, and further environmental and social inequity in underserved communities.
The U.S. and many other countries are on a similar path of increased urbanization and environmental degradation. Recent studies show that in order to reverse the climate crisis, the U.S. needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 .
Climate change is an acute environmental concern requiring immediate action  on all levels. It is a global issue with local impacts on communities, infrastructure, health and the economy. Across California, state  and local  governments have implemented landmark, aggressive environmental policies.
Environmental change will come not just through legislation, but also by engaging all citizens as leaders and by all sectors partnering on sustainable solutions. Linking underserved communities to the environmental movement - while ensuring equitable development and social justice - will be critical to providing the resources to fulfill the goals of environmental policy.
1 "World needs to axe greenhouse gases by 80 pct: report," article about the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research's findings, Reuters, April 19, 2007 2 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), www.ipcc.ch 3 The Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), (PDF) 4 SFenvironment.org's webpage on environmental legislation and initiatives, sfenvironment.org
Full Circle Fund's Environment / Energy Circle is working to enact positive environmental change and ensure that all communities will be able to participate in the green economy.
In 2007, Full Circle Fund expanded the impact of our engaged philanthropy model by launching our first new issue-focused program since our inception - the Environment / Energy Circle.
To frame the scope of their impact, the Environment / Energy Circle has developed a Theory of Change:
Within this theory, the Circle's project work will center around specific areas of action. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the environmental causes that matter, but rather captures some of the most promising and exciting ways our members hope to tackle the issue.
Full Circle Fund's members also have made personal commitments to green their lifestyles, businesses and homes, and Full Circle Fund has taken many steps to "Go Green" as an organization. Read more...
As Full Circle Fund's newest program, the Environment / Energy Circle will continue to actively evolve its approach and expand its scope.
Current Grant Partners
"The urgency of our world's climate crisis has meant there is great momentum and excitement around this Circle. Many members and potential members are seeking ways to do their part towards halting global warming and making a positive contribution to environmental protection. This new Circle provides great promise for our members to get involved and make a difference on these critical issues. I look forward to the Circle's potential and future growth."
Director, San Francisco Department of Environment
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