The Delta Institute is forging the way toward a green economy by focusing on market-based approaches that yield environmental, social, and community benefits. By funding, developing, and implementing on-the-ground programs that address a variety of green impact areas, Delta Institute is providing demonstrations of solutions that can be scaled up and throughout the economy. Impact areas include green buildings, carbon credits, brownfields, sustainable manufacturing, urban food and agricultural systems, green purchasing, green-collar jobs, and solid waste systems.

They bring together public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to work toward the three primary objectives of:

  • disrupting the energy status quo,
  • catalyzing ecosystem stewardship, and
  • transforming waste from liability to asset.

The organization’s capabilities include:

  • Designing programs for business and residential sectors as well as workforce development.
  • Land management strategies which include green infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment, phytoremediation of industrial sites, and coal community transitioning.
  • Researching market dynamics, including sustainable markets, waste benchmarking, energy benchmarking, and agricultural conservation, to lay the foundation for future initiatives.
  • Facilitating regional and community stakeholders to establish communication, relationships and focus needed to more fully surface the issues and opportunities to address the challenge that unifies them.

The Delta Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that harnesses the energy and innovation of business and markets in ways that will have positive impacts for people, their communities, and the environment. Their work is funded by public and private grants, individual donors, and consulting revenue.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Environment

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Total IIC Funding:

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