Having recognized that the Midwest is key to shifting the United States toward a clean energy
future, in 2003 the Garfield Foundation initiated RE-AMP, a collaborative effort involving the
region's leading foundations and advocacy organizations covering Illinois, Iowa, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The RE-AMP Network, now 140
organizations strong, is guided by the goal to reduce global warming carbon emissions 80% by
2050 (from 2003 levels) and transition to electric energy and transportation systems that
produce and use affordable power and fuels that are cleaner, healthier, and safer. Creating good
jobs and increasing regional energy independence and security is central to the RE-AMP strategy.
Learn more about RE-AMP's history, structure and accomplishments.
Grants awarded in the Garfield Foundation's Global Warming Solutions portfolio support the
RE-AMP Network and projects relevant to its mission including:
- Challenging the construction of new dirty coal-fired power plants;
- Retiring old and inefficient polluting power plants;
- Increasing energy efficiency;
- Promoting renewable energy options;
- Supporting a transportation system that is cleaner and more fuel efficient and,
emphasizes better public transit and thoughtful urban planning; and,
- Achieving strong regional global warming policies.
Recognizing the importance of RE-AMP as a networked community, the Foundation also supports
activities and infrastructure designed to encourage organizations in the region to think
systemically and act collaboratively.