Taryn Sherman , Philanthropic Advisor for Youth Engagement Programs,
Healthy Planet & Communities
The goal of this program is to enrich the quality of life and health of our communities and planet. Strategies include protecting families from air pollution and toxic chemicals, and protecting and restoring watersheds.
Clean air priorities include reducing pollution from fossil fuels by cleaning up coal-fired power plants, vehicles, and oil and gas production; and advancing sustainable transportation and land use solutions. Clean water priorities include building the capacity of the grassroots watershed movement, and advancing green water infrastructure solutions that protect, restore, and/or mimic the natural water cycle. Environmental health priorities include advancing chemical policy reform and educating consumers about ways to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals found in food and personal and household products.
The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 20 years. While the United States has made great progress in cleaning up the air since passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, outdoor air can still be unhealthy and dangerous. The American Lung Association works to influence public policy and ensure enforcement of laws that clean up the air. One recent victory resulted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting the nation's most protective limits ever on deadly particulate matter in 2012. The American Lung Association educates individuals on the health risks of and solutions to air pollution and mobilizes individuals to advocate for clean air.
Georgia River Network is working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore, and enjoy their rivers from the mountains to the coast. Georgia River Network is engaging an ever-growing and diverse collective of Georgia citizens in river protection activities, empowering river and conservation groups, and working alongside them to advocate for local, state, and federal policies and decisions that protect Georgia's rivers and streams. The Turner Foundation funds Georgia River Network's grant program to provide financial resources to watershed organizations throughout the state.