The McKnight Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Minneapolis, is committing $25 million to expand clean energy policies and jobs in the Midwest, the Star Tribune reports.
The grant money will go to two groups -- Energy Foundation and RE-AMP -- that will focus on developing efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Midwesterners "contribute 22 percent more greenhouse gas emissions per capita than the national average,” McKnight board chair Ted Staryk said in a news release. “That hard truth also means we’re uniquely well-positioned to turn the dial the other direction. With the right vision and collaboration, we have an opportunity now to use the Midwest’s industries, geography, and bipartisan political will to our advantage for greater economic prosperity and an overall better regional future.”
In 2009, McKnight's board committed $100 million over five years to work on climate change policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, MinnPost reported.