Investment Area: Sustainable Communities
Over 75 years the Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed approximately $1 billion to conserve and restore critical habitats in Pennsylvania and nationally, to promote sustainable economic development, and to create livable communities. In the process, the Foundation has protected more than four million acres of precious lands across the country and has helped to make Pittsburgh an internationally recognized center for sustainability. The new strategic plan builds on and extends this history of thoughtful environmental stewardship, while also supporting efforts to activate those conserved lands to promote sustainable rural economic development.
The Foundation supports improving environmental quality, sustainability, and the livability of communities in western Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on southwest Pennsylvania, especially Pittsburgh and nearby communities. This includes promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energy, new sustainable technologies, healthier homes, greenspaces, and trails.