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    Environment – KUPU hale

    Photo provided by KUPU

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    Photo provided by Moriah Jenkins

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    Environment: TNC Scuba

    Photo provided by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawaiʻi - Marine Fellowship Conservation Program

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    Environment: Kanoe goggles

    Photo provided by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawaiʻi - Marine Fellowship Conservation Program

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    Photo provided by Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS)

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    Photo provided by KUPU

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    Environment- Mountain view

    Photo provided by Kalyn Dorheim

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    Photo provided by KUPU

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    Photo provided by KUPU

Programs

Environment

The Foundation’s mission includes promoting stewardship, preservation and protection of the natural environment. As a way of carrying out this mission we have partnered with organizations in Hawaiʻi and internationally.

Internationally, we have partnered with Global Greengrants Fund, an organization that makes small grants to grassroots groups in developing regions around the globe for conservation efforts.

Development of our Hawaiʻi environmental grantmaking strategy began in 2010 when the Foundation engaged Dr. Makena Coffman of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Department of Urban and Regional Planning to assist in researching potential areas of interest in environmental grantmaking. With the help of Dr. Coffman and her team and the many people who supported the process through surveys and one-on-one interviews, the Foundation decided to focus its environmental grantmaking in two areas:

Invasive Species Prevention in the State of Hawaiʻi– The Foundation has partnered with the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) since 2011 and has provided support for numerous prevention projects and key CGAPS staff. Our plan is to support projects identified in the CGAPS strategic plan that have been selected as priorities by the CGAPS steering committee.

Environmental Leadership Pathways (ELP): Developing the Next Generation of Environmental Resource Professionals in Hawaiʻi– We believe that the long-term effectiveness of environmental conservation work and organizations in Hawaiʻi depends upon a new generation of environmental resource managers who mirror the local demographic and come from the communities in which conservation work is needed or taking place. The Foundation has partnered with key Hawaiʻi-based organizations (noted below with “ELP” after their name) that engage and prepare the next generation of environmental leaders in Hawaiʻi.

You can learn more about our overall Hawaiʻi environmental program strategy development here: Environmental Program Overview and about Environmental Leadership Pathways by viewing the graphics below.

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NEWS & UPDATES

Environment Partners

Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species

Formed in 1995, the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) is a voluntary partnership comprised primarily of management-level staff from every major agency and organization involved in Hawai‘i-based invasive species work; including federal, state, county and private entities.  The … Read More

Global Greengrants Fund

Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) is the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale. The organization believes that they can have a greater impact on worldwide environmental and social justice challenges by starting at the local level. … Read More

Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance & Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation (ELP)

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (HCA) is a cooperative collaboration of conservation leaders representing nineteen Hawai‘i focused government, education, and non-profit organizations. Collectively, HCA is responsible for managing the biodiversity of Hawai‘i’s lands and waters. The organization also represents people who work … Read More

KUPU (ELP)

Formed in 2007, KUPU is a Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organization supporting a variety of conservation and environmental efforts. KUPU provides a home organization for the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC), Urban Corps (UC), and Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment (RISE) Program. Through … Read More

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i Ka Pono (ELP)

Started in 2015, Nā Hua Ho‘ohuli i Ka Pono is an internship program based on the island of Maui.  The program offers a new internship experience, to not only develop high-quality candidates for existing conservation jobs, but to cultivate the … Read More

The Nature Conservancy Hawaiʻi- Marine Fellowship Conservation Program (ELP)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. TNC’s Hawaiʻi-based Marine Fellowship Conservation Program is designed to increase the state’s pool of qualified local … Read More

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo – Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (ELP)

Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is a university level project-based internship program housed within the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. PIPES is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of … Read More

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo – Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (ELP)

The Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) program provides graduate training in conservation biology and environmental science to people with baccalaureate degrees and others currently working in the field. The program utilizes the extraordinary biological, physical and cultural complexity … Read More

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – College of Natural Sciences (ELP)

The mission of the College of Natural Sciences is to prepare students to function in a world of rapid scientific and technological change, to teach the meaning and role of scientific method and its importance to society, to prepare students … Read More

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (ELP)

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. Through an integrated, comprehensive, and … Read More

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – Natural Resource and Environmental Management (ELP)

The Natural Resource and Environmental Management (NREM) department emphasizes the science and management of natural resources and their links to environmental quality. The department provides students with scientific knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, economic, social, and policy elements of natural resources management, … Read More