Inclusive Clean Economy

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Inclusive Clean Economy

We are inspired by the growing movement to address the climate crisis from an equity perspective and to hold accountable the deeply entrenched political and corporate interests that have left our nation’s infrastructure and communities vulnerable and have stalled the energy and economic transformation we need.

Demand for energy will continue to rise sharply in the decades ahead, as millions around the world gain access to modern energy, primarily electricity. Global energy use is expected to increase nearly 50 percent by 2035, and could double or triple by mid-century. Although this increased demand will reflect improvements in quality of life for billions of people, the need can’t continue to be met primarily by burning fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Without better, cleaner, cheaper energy alternatives, global temperatures will continue to rise, creating an unprecedented crisis.

NCF sees enormous potential in the ingenuity of diverse communities and enlightened leaders to chart a new course for a sustainable future.

We support a just transition to an inclusive clean economy, which reduces carbon emissions and mitigates the adverse effects of climate change on future generations while addressing the needs of people who are already feeling the impact. We encourage creative leadership in communities on the front lines, and support investments and cross-sector collaborations to spur more equitable resource distribution, sustainable development and job creation.

Specifically, we will focus on innovative ideas and programs that:

  • Make communities – particularly those most often left behind – safer and more resilient against the growing threat of climate change;
  • Provide clean energy to everyone and spur more democratic and localized energy opportunities;
  • Develop a range of policy solutions that will reduce emissions and promote equitable and sustainable economic growth in the U.S.;
  • Support and amplify religious, cultural and community leaders working to change the narrative and revitalize community spirit in the face of a changing climate;
  • Hold corporate leaders and policymakers responsible to all constituencies, not just financial interests, for their roles in mitigating the devastating consequences of climate change; and
  • Use grants and impact investments to develop local economies and sustainable climate solutions that can spread nationally or globally.

For information on how to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), click here.