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Conserve and sustain our natural resources for future generations
Why it Matters
The Triangle’s population grew 130% over the last decade and the conversion of natural and agricultural land to developed land grew a staggering 650%. It is estimated that the Triangle’s population could grow an additional 106% by 2040, placing significant pressure on remaining natural resources that benefit our community health.
Land conservation reduces the effects of climate change. Conservation helps to absorb greenhouse gases and prevents significant greenhouse gas emissions that would result from development — including deforestation, construction and the additional driving required by poorly planned growth. In addition, research shows that children, older adults, and low-income populations are most vulnerable to climate-related effects. Conservation programs targeted at these specific populations are vital to a thriving population.
We’re Working To:
- Expand conservation awareness and support through organizing, education, and advocacy
- Increase public land use for recreation, community gardens, local agriculture, and community conservation education
- Encourage land donations for conservation purposes
View a list of Environmental Conservation nonprofit partners since 2013 here.
Stories of Impact
Featured highlight: Good Hope Farm
“At Good Hope Farm, beginning farmers like Megan are able to grow their organic farming business and connect the community to healthy, local food. This is so important because because almost 14 percent of all Wake County residents are considered food insecure and 34 percent are children. Thanks to Triangle Community Foundation’s support of Good Hope Farm, farmers are able to keep their products fresh before going to market by using our new cold and dry storage, a vitally important piece of the food cycle.” – Elizabeth Zander, Piedmont Conservation Council
You can read more stories of our impact, and the success of local nonprofits addressing environmental issues, here.