Judy Adler, Senior Program Officer,
Taryn Murphy, Program Officer,
The goal of this program is to help meet the needs of current and future generations by reducing the environmental impacts of our personal, institutional, and community choices. Strategies include strengthening leadership in securing universal access to international family planning and reproductive health; advancing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change solutions; and promoting water management policies and practices that protect water resources for ecosystems while meeting human needs.
In June 2011, the Turner Foundation partnered with the city of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Kendeda Fund, Energy Future Coalition, and Southface Energy Institute to initiate the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC).The goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020. The Atlanta BBC was created to foster new business opportunities, create jobs, and reduce the environmental footprint of Atlanta’s buildings. Benefits of green buildings can include reduction of energy and water use, protection of ecosystems, waste reduction, improvement in occupant health, conservation of natural resources, and improvement in water and air quality.
The Universal Access Project, led by the United Nations Foundation since 2008, is a large-scale, multi-stakeholder advocacy effort which seeks to strengthen the leadership role of the United States in advancing progress toward the International Conference on Population and Development and Millennium Development Goal targets of universal access to reproductive health by 2015. Specifically, the initiative engages and educates policymakers and the public to recognize reproductive health education, services, and supplies as central to the global development agenda and as a priority for U.S. foreign policy. The Turner Foundation began supporting the Universal Access Project in 2012 and assists the group in engaging nontraditional allies in the initiative’s effort to increase US aid for international reproductive health and family planning.