Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities and corporate accountability. They work for solutions that protect both the Earth's resources as well as our communities by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. They expose the health, environmental, economic, social, and cultural impacts of mining and energy extraction through work informed by sound science.

Earthworks was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2000 to 2013.

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Earthworks Grant history


$3,000 - To protect the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery. Opportunity fund


$25,000 - To continue the markets campaign against dirty gold mining practices, advocate for best-practice standards for environmentally and socially responsible mining, and work with state and local groups to support stronger state and national mining policy. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To advance a markets campaign in alliance with retail jewelers, investors and insurance companies to leverage the application of best practices within the mining industry. Place-based conservation


$3,000 - For general support to educate the public, businesses, and land-owners about threats to public lands, and to develop supporting research and materials. Opportunity fund


$30,000 - To advance a markets campaign to leverage the application of best practices within the mining industry. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To protect environmental quality and public health in the Pacific Northwest through the support of a campaign to reform state and federal mining laws and regulations. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To provide general support, with an emphasis on the development of the coordinated Western Mining Reform Campaign. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To support continuation of the reclamation bonding campaign in key western states and to sustain efforts to protect recent hard fought gains in the regulation of hardrock mining. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To continue support of benchmark polling and message development on hardrock mining issues. Place-based conservation


$300,000 - To strengthen the organization and build a stronger constituency for mining reform. Conservation capacity


$25,000 - To support the second phase of the reclamation bonding campaign by educating national and state policy makers, the public, and regulatory agencies in key western states regarding deficiencies in reclamation bonding for hardrock mining. Place-based conservation


$25,000 - To explore options for diversifying income and strengthening advocacy tools. Conservation capacity