GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future. By building partnerships and mobilizing philanthropic resources, we promote consumer actions and public policies that:
GRACE’s food program, Sustainable Table®, works to create a safe, healthy, fair food system by educating people about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and providing tools and resources to empower them to make better food choices.
Sustainable Table offers comprehensive information about food and farming, ranging from introductory to in-depth; practical tips for buying and cooking with sustainable foods; handouts, factsheets and other resources for teachers; and a range of actions we can all take to promote the transition to a sustainable food future. Our projects include: The Meatrix® – an award-winning series of animated movies depicting the ills of industrial livestock production, and Eat Well Guide® – a curated online directory of 25,000+ farms, stores, restaurants, CSAs and other sources of sustainably produced foods.
GRACE's Water Program promotes clean water, sustainable water use and a greater understanding of how our actions affect our water resources. We focus largely on the tremendous amount of “hidden water” involved in producing the goods and services we use every day. Our innovative Water Footprint Calculator allows users to estimate their household water footprint and learn how to save water. We also offer a child-friendly animated video and accompanying materials called “Aqua: Conserve Water”.
Our program’s resources include topic pages and water-saving tips that help people make water conservation part of daily life. We explain how the protection and sustainable use of our water resources benefits everyone – whether at an individual, community or national level – and how such measures can offer positive solutions, not just for the water system, but for our food and energy systems as well.
GRACE's Energy Program promotes clean energy, focusing on renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency. We also shed light on the environmental effects of conventional power generation and highlight the interdependencies among food, water and energy systems through topics like hydrofracking, biofuels and power plant water use.
The program produces in-depth reports and online resources to raise awareness of emerging issues to help advocates, policymakers and the general public stay informed of the rapidly changing world of energy production and efficiency. We illustrate how the transition to a clean energy future will benefit not only the sustainability and security of our energy system, but our food and water systems as well.
We highlight the connections among food, water and energy, promoting a sustainable future through our projects including:
The connection between the food we eat and our health is undeniable. Although the relationship is complicated, you can be sure of one thing: choosing sustainable food is a no brainer when it comes to achieving optimal health.
The onomatopoeia for this week’s EcoNews is "gulp." Why? Because we like gulping water and - gulp - we’re a little scared. A new study finds that ocean acidification will negatively impact coastal communities’ economies. Plus, hog CAFOs are poisoning the water. One positive: Ohio is moving to protect Lake Erie from more toxic algae.
"Systemic changes are needed to disrupt the current horrific state of industrial farming and food system. Food needs to be efficient and enjoyable again." Meet one of this year’s TEDxManhattan speakers, Shen Tong. An entrepreneur and founder of Food-X, Shen will discuss the skills and funding needed to help disruptive food innovators create lasting change in our food system.
Meet Marcel Van Ooyen, executive director of GrowNYC, who will speak about "the 99% food problem" at this year’s TEDxManhattan event in March. GrowNYC’s is working to scale up local food distribution to make local less niche, more mainstream, by helping "family farmers to access wholesale distribution channels that make up 99% of the food that enters New York City."