Environmental Sustainability

Reichstein will support efforts for Victoria to become one of the world’s most resource efficient, enterprising and low-carbon intensive economies.
And it will support projects that connect sustainable food production and healthy food consumption.

In this area of funding, we develop strategic projects through partners in the field and in the philanthropic sector, rather than public grant rounds.

Climate Media Centre – a project of the Climate Council

Heat records are being smashed all over the country as the climate warms rapidly: 2016 was the hottest year on record. Australian impacts include significant agricultural losses resulting from the dry and warm conditions; a major algae bloom in the Murray River and the worst coral bleaching event in the history of the Great Barrier Reef. The Climate Media Centre (CMC) is a unique organisation which is tackling Australia’s inconsistent and inadequate response to climate change through enhancing the level of debate: in particular by bringing the stories of Australians already contending with the impacts of climate change to the attention of journalists. Established in 2015, the CMC aims to be a go-to resource for reporters and in particular, commercial media who have struggled to tell the climate change story. CMC provides media training, support, preparation and coaching to spokespeople who have an important story to tell about climate change impacts or solutions.

Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network – a project of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition 

Seed launched as a semi-autonomous branch of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) in July 2014, and has rapidly grown to be a powerful, national grassroots network led by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to run campaigns to protect country from the causes and impacts of climate change whilst building the skills and confidence of young people to take action. At this crucial time in Seed’s growth, the Reichstein Foundation is providing core support so that Seed can invest in the development of its staff and volunteers as it sees fit and continue to build and maintain a strong and strategic Indigenous youth-led network.

Australian Farmers for Climate Action 

Farmers are facing the everyday impacts of climate change on lands and livelihoods but to date they not had a strong presence in the debate. Quietly, patiently, over the past year FCA has galvanised peers, governments and communities including the National Farmer’s Federation. In addition to a strong policy focus, FCA is providing farmers across the country with the practical tools to adapt to changing rainfall, water tables and soils as climate change makes an impact.

Fight for the Reef – Australian Marine Conservation Society 

The health of the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, with the level of damage due to development and pollution pressures being assessed as likely to reach irreversible levels within 15 years. Driving this decline in health is the prospect of dumping of capital dredge spoil in the Reef’s waters, port expansion in the Fitzroy Delta, transhipping in the marine park and climate change. Environmental values and economic activity that relies on a healthy reef are endangered.

The Reichstein Foundation, in collaboration with a group of grantmaking members of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, is supporting AMCS to raise awareness about the threats to the Reef.

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) was founded by community members in 2014, with the aim of powering their small town in north east Victoria with 100% renewable energy. TRY is an outstanding example of community resolve and resourcefulness: the journey from 50% to 100% is harder than many who have not tried it could imagine. Along the way TRY has supported households, businesses and community services to install solar panels; facilitated very high levels of cooperation between households leading to a groundbreaking mini-grid initiative for sharing power; and is now establishing a community energy retailer.