Improving Greater Houston’s Air Quality

A unique collaboration among several partners aims to improve air quality by engaging the public. Houston Endowment is providing over $1.6 million in support for a comprehensive media campaign to make air quality information more accessible, actionable and easier to understand.

 


Healthy Environment

Protect the air, land and water resources that benefit the region’s residents

Greater Houston sits at the confluence of a number of distinct ecosystems, each providing benefits to local residents, such as reducing urban flooding and improving air and water quality. Houston Endowment seeks to preserve valuable natural resources so that all residents can thrive as the region grows.

The foundation currently engages in efforts to:

  • Understand and communicate the conditions of the natural environment, estimate future risks and assess opportunities for improvement;
  • Encourage stakeholders to advance policy and practice change;
  • Engage communities in efforts to protect natural resources;
  • Leverage public and private resources to protect valuable lands; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of organizations that carry out strategic resource protection efforts.

Strong Urban Landscape

Ensure sustainable development patterns, efficient transportation and safe neighborhoods

Houston faces housing, mobility and infrastructure challenges that negatively impact access to opportunity, quality of life and the local environment. Houston Endowment seeks to foster urban environments with sustainable development patterns that provide all of Houston’s residents with vibrant neighborhoods, access to efficient transportation and safe streets for walking and bicycling.

The foundation currently engages in efforts to:

  • Understand and communicate the conditions of the urban environment, estimate future risks and assess opportunities for improvement;
  • Encourage stakeholders to engage in urban planning and advance policy and practice change;
  • Engage communities in efforts to advocate for a high-functioning urban environment; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of organizations that carry out strategic urban development efforts.

Preparing for the Future

Increase the region’s capacity to plan for future needs

As one of the fastest growing and most diverse metropolitan areas of the country, greater Houston faces a number of complex challenges related to rapid growth, geographic spread and a multiplicity of public entities. Houston Endowment supports public and private sector initiatives to strengthen the region’s ability to meet the needs of residents today and help its leaders more effectively plan for the future.

While by their nature these types of investments are unique, they may be focused on one or more of the following:

  • Increasing informed civic engagement;
  • Empowering residents to be effective advocates regarding key community issues;
  • Providing reliable data and information to help decision-makers act to protect and enhance the well-being of residents; or
  • Building the capacity of institutions to plan for, prevent or respond to climate change, natural disasters or other serious and widespread threats to the population.

 

A number of initiatives within our other focus areas also contribute toward building the capacity and resiliency of the region.