The John Merck Fund

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  • National Wildlife Federation staff and board members celebrate the Block Island Wind Farm with RI Senator Jack Reed. Photo by NWF
    National Wildlife Federation staff and board members celebrate the Block Island Wind Farm with RI Senator Jack Reed. Photo by NWF

    National Wildlife Federation and Special Initiative on Offshore Wind Secure Major Victories in 2016

    “It is not every day you get to witness history. As someone who has spent over a decade trying to spur progress in transitioning to clean energy and advancing solutions to climate change, today was without a doubt the most exciting day of my career.” – Catherine Bowes, Senior Manager at National Wildlife Federation, during a tour to the Block Island wind farm.  Bowes summarizes the landmark progress on offshore wind power achieved in 2016 in this year-end blog post. On December 12, the United States’ first commercial offshore wind farm came online off of Block Island, Rhode Island, and…

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    Regional Food Systems

    The Wellspring Collaborative

    The John Merck Fund is providing critical funding to the Wellspring Collaborative to develop a hydroponic greenhouse called Wellspring Harvest that will provide year-round local produce to institutions and commercial venues in western Massachusetts.  With JMF’s funds, Wellspring put together a detailed business plan, secured land, raised $900,000 in financing including $250,000 through a direct public offering, hired a skilled greenhouse grower and completed a site and building plan.  Final site engineering and permits are in process, with construction to begin this spring.  Wellspring also received a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to research the feasibility of building an…

  • Silent Spring staff and Simmons College students collaborate on a flame retardant study.
    Silent Spring staff and Simmons College students collaborate on a flame retardant study.
    Health and the Environment

    Silent Spring Institute

     “When people think of air pollution, they tend to think of smokestacks spewing nasty stuff into the air.  Our research has shown that the indoor environment is an important, if not more important, source of exposure to harmful chemicals.”  –Robin Dodson, Silent Spring Institute Did you ever wonder what’s in all that dust accumulating under your couch?  Silent Spring Institute has discovered that there is more lurking in it than pet hair and food crumbs.  This past September, Silent Spring teamed up with fellow JMF grantee the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as George Washington University, to release the…

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    Health and the Environment

    Learning Disabilities Association of America

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national leader in translating the science on toxic chemicals and neurodevelopmental disorders into collective action to reduce exposures, especially among pregnant women and children.

Why we’re going out of business

Children with developmental disabilities, victims of climate disruption, families suffering from air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, and communities without access to healthy food should not have to wait for small incremental progress. That’s why we adopted a “spendout” strategy in 2012.

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