A major thrust of our strategic direction is The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Environmental Forum – a series of conferences focused on varied environmental challenges that demand fresh thinking and new solutions.

Freshwater Forum

The Freshwater Forum was launched in 2009 to engage national experts and leaders in on-going dialogue around complex freshwater challenges, including the intersection of water quality and supply with agriculture, development, municipal water and wastewater services and industrial uses. The goal: to identify how government, business and institutions can more effectively abate the looming crisis threatening U.S. freshwater resources and systems.

In 2010, "Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges" was issued, which was the first comprehensive, cross-sector examination of U.S. freshwater challenges and solutions. The diverse coalition of leaders issuing the report brought their findings and recommendations to federal agency leaders convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and to the public on September 15, 2010. The issuers were compelled to demonstrate their commitment to advancing their vision and recommendations. Each has committed their respective organization to specific action to lead the nation toward a future of sustainable and resilient freshwater resources. These leaders encourage others across the United States to join them in taking the steps necessary to protect our nation’s freshwater resources. For more information about the commitments or the Freshwater Call to Action, contact Wendy Butler, wbutler@johnsonfdn.org.

The report and commitments made by its issuers laid the foundation for what has become a growing network of leading organizations across the U.S. dedicated to finding new solutions to the nation's freshwater issues. Together, we are Charting New Waters. Click here to join us by making your commitment today.

The Freshwater Forum is now focused on exploring the nation's freshwater issues through a Regional Freshwater Forum series to broaden the audience for Charting New Waters’ message of freshwater resiliency. Using its unique convening model, The Johnson Foundation is convening diverse regional interests and experts in informative, civil and collaborative dialogue to grow understanding, bridge differences and identify workable and sustainable solutions to freshwater challenges.

Most recently, Charting New Waters convened the Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum in Denver, which brought together leaders from agriculture, energy, municipal and academic institutions. Click here for more information about the Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum.

Sustainable Consumption Forum

The Johnson Foundation is beginning a new Environmental Forum to consider ways to accelerate new choices for sustainable consumption. The Sustainable Consumption Forum will bring a diversity of perspectives and expertise to the table and their work will focus on three key areas: understanding current and emerging consumption trends, understanding positive and negative drivers of consumption, and defining a new paradigm and strategy for change. Visit us periodically for updates on the Sustainable Consumption Forum series.