The GE Foundation has awarded a grant to the Institute for Sustainable Communities to develop a series of training classes for Chinese industry and government leaders on the issues of environmental health and safety. These resources allowed the Institute to enact a much bigger vision: the creation of a training academy to vastly broaden the scope and the impact of its educational outreach.
“Our job will be to create a peer learning network from the start,” said Steve Nicholas, the institute’s vice president for U.S. and climate projects. “To learn from each other and coach each other and improve on the work that they are doing.”
Through the grant, ISC will work with the joint HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.
ISC and USAID have partnered together in 17 countries on 31 projects since 1992. In Serbia and Kosovo, ISC and USAID work with nonprofits to help them better represent the needs of ordinary people and become more influential partners with business and government.
Over the last three years, ISC has been working with six pilot schools within the Pearl River Delta area. More than 10,000 students, their families, and other local citizens have been mobilized to help improve the local environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and combat climate change.