The goal of this program is to engage, organize and empower new constituencies in order to ensure the future protection of our environment. This initiative helps stimulate progress in all areas of funding - Safeguarding Habitat; Creating Solutions for Sustainable Living; and Healthy Planet, Healthy Communities. Geographical priorities in the Growing the Movement program complement those in the above three program areas.
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Its unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities. Recognizing the need for an organization focused solely on educating the next generation the Turner Foundation played an instrumental role in sustaining the Captain Planet Foundation’s pioneering efforts after the foundation nearly closed its doors in 2001.
In order for informed decision making on issues such as climate change to take place, society must better understand the connection between media, environmental science, policy, and politics. Environment News Trust (ENT) produces cutting-edge, environmental news stories to initiate vigorous debate and encourage public involvement in the issues it covers. In 2011, ENT launched its flagship video newsmagazine series, This American Land. Conceived as an informative and entertaining half-hour showcase for serious reports on issues affecting America’s landscapes, waters, and wildlife, the series offers a distinctive survey of conservation topics focused on engaging people and their passion for conserving the natural heritage of our country. It is the only conservation newsmagazine on national television and reaches nearly 80 percent of the US market. Seasons 1 and 2 of This American Land can viewed on ENT’s website.
When the first Ted’s Montana Grill opened in 2002, the Turner family made the commitment to be leaders in sustainability for the restaurant industry. In 2006, TFI provided seed funding to establish a sustainability education initiative in partnership with the largest foodservice trade association in the world, the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The program, called Conserve, helps restaurants implement sustainable practices that demonstrate cost savings and conserve natural resources. Since its inception, Conserve has leveraged industry expertise to create 95 best practices and 64 “how to” videos outlining the best ways for restaurants to reduce their environmental footprint. In addition, Conserve is continuing to build clout by creating an Sustainability Advisory Council---with sustainability experts from Starbucks, Chipotle, and Coca-Cola, among others---as well as dramatically expanding the number of environmental education programs for Association’s annual conference the NRA Show, where approximately 60,000 individuals attend over four days.