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The Sarah Forslund Fund for Environmental Leadership

Mission

The Sarah Forslund Fund for Environmental Leadership betters the world through furthering the values by which Sarah Forslund lived her life: developing effective environmental leadership, supporting strong communities, and preserving our natural resources. The Fund does this by investing in organizations and campaigns engaged in bringing about critical environmental change.

History

Sarah Forslund was a founding board member of The Sierra Fund, and she was an inspired and inspiring advocate for conservation and community. When Sarah died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2002, The Sierra Fund created The Sarah Forslund Fund for Environmental Leadership as a way of ensuring the legacy of her remarkable life.

The Fund allows those who knew and loved Sarah to continue her life’s work on behalf of the environment. It was originally established as a vehicle to receive memorial donations on Sarah’s behalf. Contributions were used to make grants to environmental organizations working to create the kind of change Sarah wanted to see happen in the world.

Sarah’s family later adopted the goal of making the Fund permanent. An annual appeal to friends, family and colleagues has raised additional funds, and in 2005 a generous grant brought closer to reality the goal of creating a lasting legacy to Sarah. The family established an Advisory Board and created a formal mission statement to guide the Fund’s future.

In its first eleven years of existence, the Fund has awarded over $135,000 in grants and loans to important environmental efforts around the United States.

Read the 2013 Annual Letter here.

 


Awards Granted

2013

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Our Children's Trust $2,000 -- An organization that is amplifying the voice of the youngest generation through film and legal action encouraging local, state and national governments to implement enforceable, science-based Climate Recovery Plans.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail $2,000 -- A project that will help provide recreational, open space, wildlife, flood management and water quality benefits in the Deer Creek watershed for the people of Nevada City and County.  A picnic table along the trail will be dedicated in Sarah's memory. 

2012

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics $2,000 -- A coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care productse stability.

South Yuba River Citizens League $2,000 -- To produce a short film about how local grade-school kids journeyed to the California State Capitol to save their Yuba River State Parks.

2011

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network $2,000 -- Mobilizing a powerful grassroots movement in the region surrounding our nation's capitol to call for state, national and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability.

Mountain Meadows Conservancy $2,000 -- Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty and environmental health of the Mountain Meadows watershed, protecting its significan Mountain Maidu burial and cultural sites, and providing recreation and public access for generations to come. 

2010

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Endangered Species Coalition $2,000 -- Working to protect endangered species and the special places where they live through education, outreach, and citizen involvement. 

Living Lands Agrarian Network $2,000 -- To maintain a network of ecologically minded farmers and community members working together to create a unique and vibrant local food culture. 

2009

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Alaska Conservation Alliance $2,000 -- To protect Alaska's air, land and water by empowering Alaskans to participate effectively in the civic arena.

Save the Air in Nevada County (STAinNC) $2,000 -- To promote and conduct sustainable practices that increase awareness, promote education and inspire action to improve Nevada County's air quality by reducing ozone air pollution.

2008

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy.

Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch $2,000 -- To protect, promote and restore healthy forests and watersheds to maintain quality of life in the Sierra Nevada.

Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund $2,000 -- To protect Maine's environment by increasing non-partisian citizen participation in public policy discussions and the democratic process.

2007

Green Corps $6,000 -- Our annual gift to the organization that has trained hundreds of young leaders in the skills of organizing and advocacy. (It’s also how Sarah and Tom met.)

Friends of Spenceville, $1,000 -- Working to protect critical open space in the Sierra Nevada foothills from a massive development proposal that the Sacramento Bee says “violates just about every principle of modern planning.”

The Gulf Restoration Network, $1,000 -- Based in New Orleans, where Green Corps alum Aaron Viles works to protect and restore the valuable resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

2006

Green Corps, $6,000 -- To train new organizers in the strategies and skills they need to solve tomorrow’s environmental problems, while providing critical field support for today’s environmental battles.

HEAL Utah, $1,000 -- To protect Utah and its residents from nuclear and toxic waste, stopping Utah from becoming the nation’s nuclear dumping ground and fighting to prevent the resumption of nuclear testing.

SRVA: Alliance for Smart Growth, $1,000 -- To help fight an irresponsible development proposal on Mt. Whitney, protecting the vista of sage flats and sculptured granite boulders at the base of the tallest mountain in the continental United States.

2005

Green Corps, $6,000 -- To train new organizers in the strategies and skills they need to solve tomorrow’s environmental problems, while providing critical field support for today’s environmental battles.

Environmental Defense Project of Sierra County, $1,000 -- To stop irresponsible development in the Sierra Valley, ensuring appropriate planning and protection of the natural resources and scenic beauty of this extraordinary intermountain valley in the Feather River Watershed.

Gifford Pinchot Task Force, $1,000 -- To help end logging of ancient forests in southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest, protecting the region’s drinking water and wildlife habitat and creating a model of restored forest ecosystems.

2004

Green Corps, $10,000 -- To train new organizers in the strategies and skills they need to solve tomorrow's environmental problems, while providing critical field support for today's environmental battles.

Dogwood Alliance, $1,000 -- To help protect the hardwood forests and communities of the Southern United States, by working to end unsustainable industrial forest practices.

Mountain Meadows Conservancy, $1,000 -- To help fight inappropriate development that threatens the Mountain Meadows Basin of the Sierra Nevada, securing lasting protection for this unspoiled, high mountain meadow north of Plumas National Forest.

2003

Green Corps, $10,000 -- To train new organizers in the strategies and skills they need to solve tomorrow's environmental problems, while providing critical field support for today's environmental battles.

Northern Forest Alliance, $2,000 -- To create an outreach internship program that would attract new support and build this coalition's capacity to achieve a sustainable future for New England forests.

South Yuba River Citizen's League, $2,000 -- To support the River Teachers program, which helps students deepen their connection to the Yuba River Watershed and develop their role as stewards of the watershed and its salmon population.