Colcom Foundation’s Support Of Immigration Issues: Grounded In Sustainability

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

As recently reported in the Post-Gazette, Colcom Foundation has focused its national grantmaking on the environmental consequences of immigration over the past two decades.  In the last few years, it has directed more of its grants to this purpose, prompted not by the Trump administration’s policies, but by the desire to focus Americans’ attention on the environmental ramifications of U.S. population growth (which is driven largely by immigration).   As  vice president for philanthropy John Rohe points out, uncontrolled population growth could worsen already congested roads, reduce air quality, and lead to more failing infrastructure – a link noted in the 1960s by Colcom’s late founder Cordelia Scaife May.  

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