NFWF & USGBC: Working together to protect the great outdoors
To solve the problems that threaten the survival of America’s wildlife and their habitats, we need to explore creative partnerships that bring new resources to the challenge. That’s why the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to welcome the U.S. Green Building Council as a vital new partner in the conservation effort. USGBC has built an international reputation for promoting voluntary programs that catalyze green building around the world.
Our pilot program with USGBC allows projects to earn points for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by supporting a habitat conservation fund administered by NFWF. And that support translates directly into real-world solutions for complex environmental problems.
NFWF is one of the world’s largest conservation funders. Since our charter by Congress in 1984, we’ve focused on bringing the public and private sectors together for maximum impact. We work with federal, state, tribal and local agencies and corporate and private supporters to protect and restore our fish and wildlife.
What sets NFWF apart is our ability to use our federal funding – approximately $42.6 million in 2012 – as a springboard to leverage additional private contributions and grantee matching funds, multiplying the value of our investment by a factor of three to one.
By combining knowledge and resources, we’re able to tackle some of the country’s biggest conservation challenges. Our joint projects help to bring back salmon populations in the Northwest, longleaf pine forests of the Southeast, endangered seabirds in the Pacific and more. Our issues can be as small as an endangered Hawaiian songbird, or as immense as the freshwater needs of our western states. In each case, our approach is the same: we work with public agencies, private partners and local communities, implementing science-based strategies to achieve positive results and balancing the needs of both people and wildlife.
On land, we’re a key partner in efforts to protect migration corridors for pronghorn antelope, bring back endangered whooping cranes, and expand habitat for Florida panthers. At sea, we help fishermen develop new business models to ensure that their livelihood is sustainable and that fish populations rebound.
Over the last 30 years, NFWF’s reputation for effectiveness has grown. In the past 12 months alone, we’ve been chosen to administer $2.5 billion from a settlement resulting from the Gulf oil spill—funds that will be applied to projects that benefit the natural resources of the Gulf Coast impacted by the spill. We’ve also been named to administer $100 million in funding on behalf of the Department of the Interior to restore species and habitats affected by Hurricane Sandy.
With support from the LEED pilot program, NFWF continues to protect and restore the places that are essential to our native fish and wildlife. Our partnership with USGBC, an organization with tremendous credibility in the built environment, will help us to ensure that America’s precious natural legacy endures for future generations to cherish and enjoy.
To learn more about our work, visit www.nfwf.org