Our health and economy depend on clean water and healthy soils. By focusing on both land and water quality, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for all beings on the planet.

CURRENTLY FEATURED IN ENVIRONMENT


PAST PROJECTS IN ENVIRONMENT

Creekside Center for Water Sciences

Creekside Center for Water Sciences

2017 – The Foundation funds a project to renovate a creek-side facility at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, turning it into a Center for Water Sciences.  This facility will host educational programming, teaching people about the importance of fresh water sources.  The interactive programs will allow people to explore scientific concepts through hands-on exploration of watersheds, wetlands habitats, urban water cycles, and stream ecology.  The facility will also host students on field-trips, teaching them the importance of clean water to our society, and fostering an appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources.

Manatees are Endangered: Challenging the FWS Proposal to Downlist Them

Manatees are Endangered: Challenging the FWS Proposal to Downlist Them

2014 – HWHF provides funding to the Sea to Shore Alliance to challenge the proposal to down list manatees as threatened animals instead of being endangered.

A Three-County View of Ohio Shale Gas Operations from the Sky

A Three-County View of Ohio Shale Gas Operations from the Sky

2013 – Funding is provided to the University of Mount Union to successfully measure, document, and share detailed information about the extent of the Utica Shale gas fracking in the most intensively drilled area of eastern Ohio.

Remove the Rigs, Restore the Sea

Remove the Rigs, Restore the Sea

2013 – Funding is provided to the Ocean Foundation to research the “Rigs to Reef” program, which resulted in a book, Bring Back the Gulf, and extensive media coverage about the environmental fallout from improperly handling spent offshore oil rigs. Such environmental fallout, including leaks and toxins leaching, can cause human health impacts as well as detrimental consequences for local fisheries.

The Marine Conservation Biology Institute Phase II Program to Establish the Northwestern Hawaiin Islands National Marine Sanctuary

The Marine Conservation Biology Institute Phase II Program to Establish the Northwestern Hawaiin Islands National Marine Sanctuary

2005 – The Marine Conservation Institute receives funding from the HWHF to establish the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary, now known as the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.  President George W. Bush signed this into law on June 15, 2006 under the authority of the Antiquities Act.  In 2016, President Barack Obama expanded the area to encompass more than half a million square miles, making it the largest marine protected area in the world at the time.

Seed Money for Environmental Projects, American Coastal Environments

Seed Money for Environmental Projects, American Coastal Environments

1990 – HWHF provides funding for the American Oceans Campaign, which later became Oceana.  Oceana is an international organization focused solely on oceans and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns.  To date, Oceana has won more than 200 victories and protected more than 4.5 million square miles of ocean.


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