The Field Foundation supported a Chicago environmental justice organization for its advocacy work aimed at enacting new policies for a major energy plant that led to a cleaner diesel fleet. This effort was important for the surrounding majority Latino community and specifically for the nearby elementary school. The grant supported a community organizer to develop leadership and advocacy skills for mothers from the elementary school most impacted by the energy plant.
This organization aligns with our funding as it is a community-based organization working with neighbors on everything from environmental reform to increasing the living wage and promoting local hiring. Working within the community on these systemic issues is a critical component of our strategy.