Reed Jules Oppenheimer Foundation

Institute for Environmental Innovation

The Institute for Environmental Innovation (I4EI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the utilization of technology to address abject poverty and deforestation. I4EI is a funding mechanism for The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program or TIST. “TIST empowers small groups of subsistence farmers in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and India to reverse the devastating effects of deforestation, drought, and famine. Since 1999, TIST participants have been identifying local sustainable development goals that include tree planting and sustainable agriculture, while creating communication and administrative structures that also addresses health (including HIV/AIDS), education, and nutrition. TIST expects to provide long-term revenue for the Small Group participants through the sale of greenhouse gas credits (GhG). RJOF structured a Project Related Investment funding mechanism to allow for interim operations, while waiting on USAID Funding.  Eric worked directly with TIST making site visits, training facilitators, and maintaining the administrative network that reached over 68,000 small farmers. Sophie worked directly with TIST to provide monitoring and evaluation support to their projects. Click here to visit their website.

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