GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future. By building partnerships and mobilizing philanthropic resources, we promote consumer actions and public policies that:
GRACE’s food program, Sustainable Table®, works to create a safe, healthy, fair food system by educating people about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and providing tools and resources to empower them to make better food choices.
Sustainable Table offers comprehensive information about food and farming, ranging from introductory to in-depth; practical tips for buying and cooking with sustainable foods; handouts, factsheets and other resources for teachers; and a range of actions we can all take to promote the transition to a sustainable food future. Our projects include: The Meatrix® – an award-winning series of animated movies depicting the ills of industrial livestock production, and Eat Well Guide® – a curated online directory of 25,000+ farms, stores, restaurants, CSAs and other sources of sustainably produced foods.
GRACE's Water Program promotes clean water, sustainable water use and a greater understanding of how our actions affect our water resources. We focus largely on the tremendous amount of “hidden water” involved in producing the goods and services we use every day. Our innovative Water Footprint Calculator allows users to estimate their household water footprint and learn how to save water. We also offer a child-friendly animated video and accompanying materials called “Aqua: Conserve Water”.
Our program’s resources include topic pages and water-saving tips that help people make water conservation part of daily life. We explain how the protection and sustainable use of our water resources benefits everyone – whether at an individual, community or national level – and how such measures can offer positive solutions, not just for the water system, but for our food and energy systems as well.
GRACE's Energy Program promotes clean energy, focusing on renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency. We also shed light on the environmental effects of conventional power generation and highlight the interdependencies among food, water and energy systems through topics like hydrofracking, biofuels and power plant water use.
The program produces in-depth reports and online resources to raise awareness of emerging issues to help advocates, policymakers and the general public stay informed of the rapidly changing world of energy production and efficiency. We illustrate how the transition to a clean energy future will benefit not only the sustainability and security of our energy system, but our food and water systems as well.
We highlight the connections among food, water and energy, promoting a sustainable future through our projects including:
The connection between the food we eat and our health is undeniable. Although the relationship is complicated, you can be sure of one thing: choosing sustainable food is a no brainer when it comes to achieving optimal health.
Spring produce may not be the sexiest; juicy fruits like tomatoes, peaches and watermelons are still way down the road, but the end of winter calls for a strong dose of novelty, and luckily, spring has lots of that.
Mollusks might be nervous: ocean acidification looms. As with rising mercury concentrations in fish, our fossil fueled energy choices are largely to blame. (OK, so maybe mollusks don’t have feelings - but we bet you do, oyster-lovers.) What a great reason to support renewable energy!
In this week’s EcoNews, we feature a lot of stories involving the management of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals. A new study found that common pesticides - like those in RoundUp - might cause antibiotic resistance. And towns are designing wetlands to purify water from pharmaceuticals in sewage.