Edwards Mother Earth Foundation has supported ICAST via grant funding through its ClimateWise Building Initiative since 2016. The Foundation has championed ICAST’s innovative ideas, allowing it to find new and innovative ways to improve climate outcomes for buildings which house low income families. This support has allowed ICAST to explore the limits of net zero energy design in multifamily affordable housing, test aggregating solar financing strategies and create digital energy efficiency education materials utilizing gamification. Most recently Edwards Mother Earth Foundation has funded ICAST to find methods of monetizing its carbon emission reduction in manner that could be replicated by other environmental nonprofits. Without such support ICAST would struggle to pursue these innovative solutions, and it is because of Champions like Edwards Mother Earth that we have continued to provide greater impact, year after year.
Edwards Mother Earth Foundation was established in Washington state as a 501(c)3 private family foundation in 1997 with a broad vision statement for a sustainable planet earth. The original donors were Bob and Jane Edwards, a dynamic pair who met and fell in love at DePauw University in Indiana, then married and headed to Seattle to start a family in 1933. Bob, a real estate developer, pilot, farmer, sailor, thoroughbred horse breeder, and all-around adventurer, instilled in his children a profound love of the earth and all of its infinite possibilities. Jane, a philosophy major and lover of the arts, was a deeply creative and generous force who was the glue of the ever-growing family. Together, they were a charismatic team and a shining light of inspiration for successive generations of the extended family. The Philanthropic Mission of Edwards Mother Earth Foundation is to enhance the sustainable and diverse quality of life by addressing global climate disruption.