Because of the extraordinary efforts of the record 600 Climate Riders, Runners, and Hikers in 2019, we are awarding over $800,000 in grants. This brings our total impact to more than $6 million since 2008. Our independent efforts to generate powerful grants have resulted in direct support to help fight legal battles for public lands and clean air. We’ve amplified diverse voices in sustainable transportation and provided funds for organizations building safer options for bicyclists and walkers. Our grants have led to renewable energy projects in national parks, relieving pollution in critically impacted ecosystems.
Together we’ve braced an environmental movement that needs new voices and an active citizenry willing to walk the walk and bike the bike.
2019 was a banner year for Climate Ride. We expanded our awards program, which provided unparalleled opportunities for young sustainability leaders to experience the enrichment and inspiration of a Climate Ride. Our inaugural Green Fondo Weekend event engaged a record 250 cyclists – 70% of whom were new to the Climate Ride cause.
We delivered 107 grants to beneficiaries working in sustainability, renewable energy, climate action, conservation, and public health. Below we’ve profiled a few of our Climate Ride grants in action.