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  • Protect the Earth’s ecosystems through biodiversity and climate change programs
  • Promote science-based environmental and conservation education


Tree People

3M Eco Grant Awardee -- TreePeople, Los Angeles
Nominated by 3M Northridge, Calif., the $46,520 3M Eco Grant will expand environmental education programs for K-5 students with an improved Eco-tour program.  The grant also provides a new program that helps teachers bring hands-on eco-projects and STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) environmental literacy to their schools through professional development workshops.

Protecting the Brazilian Amazon

Protecting the Brazilian Amazon
In the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous territories suffer from illegal encroachment from loggers. Last year, Brazil adopted a national policy to strengthen indigenous peoples’ control of their lands and direct millions of dollars to needed sustainable development and conservation projects. 3M provided a $500,000 gift to The Nature Conservancy to support implementation of the Indigenous Territories Environmental Management Policy, which will help to address indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as protect pristine habitat in the Brazilian Amazon.

Tangible Impact:  Linicia Tikuna studied environmental management, Indigenous rights, and policy at the Amazon Indigenous Training Center, which The Nature Conservancy helped establish. She knew the seeds used to produce her people’s sacred ornaments were disappearing. After graduation, she established a tree nursery in her village to produce the seeds.

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2012 Environment Grants (pdf, 46KB)


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