Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development



The Mott Foundation’s Environment program supports non-governmental groups (NGOs) working nationally and globally to change policies and practices of international trade and financial institutions so the environment is protected and people’s standard of living is not adversely affected by projects supported by these institutions.

Some grants made through our Environment program’s interest in improving land use decisionmaking in Michigan, as well as our three other programs — Civil Society, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty — support sustainable development projects. Such projects balance economic growth, environmental protection and human well-being.

Strengthening sustainable development:
A Q&A with Sandra Smithey and Traci Romine

Billion dollar hydroelectric dams. Miles of highways. Oil and gas exploration. Such large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in the developing world and in sensitive eco-regions such as the Amazon rainforest often are promoted as bringing modern development to people in need. However, they also frequently present significant environmental risks and social and economic challenges for those living in the projects’ immense shadows.

For nearly three decades, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported efforts to ensure that the institutions financing these projects:

  • adopt and adhere to responsible development policies and practices;
  • are held accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of the projects they fund; and
  • contribute more directly to poverty alleviation, the well-being of communities and healthy, natural environments.

One of the areas the Mott Foundation’s Environment program focuses on is on international finance for sustainability. The Foundation’s grants in this area have totaled more than $105 million since 1988.

In a Q&A, Mott Program Officers Traci Romine and Sandra Smithey reflect on that grantmaking and the important changes — and challenges — in the field.

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