Launched by students at Middlebury College, the Wild Hometown Movement is an alliance of place-based, youth-powered environmental clubs and educational programs whose goal is to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. Working on a local scale, student leaders connect youth to the natural world in their college towns and their own hometowns by inspiring young people to be advocates and champions for natural landscapes in the future.
The Charles H.W. Foster award recognizes academic institutions that demonstrate exemplary leadership in land conservation and aims to highlight their continued work as a model for others. The award is named for the distinguished conservation leader and mentor who, throughout a career of leadership in both the academic and public sectors, was a remarkable catalyst of conservation initiatives, serving as a key player in the establishment of both the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.
Each year, ALPINE convenes academic leaders, faculty and students for a day-long meeting focused on topics related to land protection efforts in academic settings. From techniques for permanently protecting academic lands to building relationships with community land trusts to new research and curriculum resources, the event provides inspiration and practical solutions suited for a wide range of practitioners and institutions.
The Conservation Economics initiative helps to communicate the economic value of land conservation and refute claims of negative impacts, to facilitate new funding streams for land conservation. This initiative aims to grow the pool of available funding for land conservation by obtaining the support of non-traditional conservation partners.
The WWF&C Conservation Finance team works through the Conservation Finance Network to connect with a growing community of conservation finance practitioners in the United States and around the world, sharing innovative finance mechanisms for funding land protection and applying them in ways that will conserve more land, more effectively.
The New England Conservation Finance Roundtables bring together regional and national thinkers representing NGOs, foundations, investment advisors, state and federal agencies, universities, and landowners to explore new strategies to confront a troubling upward trend in forest and farmland conversion to development coupled with slowing rates of land protection.
A report including a collection of data on public conservation funding at the federal, state, and local levels for all New England states. It is a reference for conservationists working in New England and a foundation for conversations about current and future avenues for increased conservation funding in the region.