THE COALITION FOR A REGENERATIVE FUTURE

WHO WE ARE

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We believe we can build a regenerative future—a future with a robust local economy that meets human needs abundantly and equitably provides clean air, water, food and energy to all. No single organization can do this alone, so we formed The Coalition for a Regenerative Future. The Coalition is a collaboration of nonprofits, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies and individuals boldly working together to advance solutions for a thriving planet. 

The Coalition’s projects are place-based and local in application, but its model is scalable and replicable both nationally and internationally. The Coalition is now open to national members. Join us today and bring the regenerative revolution to your community.

Save the date for our national launch event on Thursday, October 12th at 3 p.m. MT!

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WHAT WE DO

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We work to build a regenerative future based on the eight building blocks listed below. Informed by deep community listening, these eight building blocks are grounded in four foundational elements: (1) driving systems-level climate solutions (2) through collective action, and (3) weaving equity through all our work to (4) advance well-being for all.

Our work advances solutions that:

  1. Transition rapidly to renewable, distributed and reliable energy. 
  2. Improve soil health, strengthen and support regenerative food systems and communities. 
  3. Prioritize human dignified workforce development. 
  4. Build, engage and support regenerative organizations and industries. 
  5. Adopt regenerative and circular economic models. 
  6. Empower and inform people to crowdsource solutions that work for them. 
  7. Increase civic participation to strengthen democratic systems and pass regenerative policies. 
  8. Design infrastructure through biomimicry and honor the connection to the natural environment

HOW IT WORKS

Guided by the regenerative building blocks and foundational elements, The Coalition prototypes and tests ideas to advance only the solutions that can quickly and equitably mitigate climate change. Working groups convene regularly to accelerate impact. The Coalition’s current projects focus on justly transitioning to clean and renewable energy, drawing carbon out of the atmosphere through soil health, developing the workforce for green industries and crowdsourcing and advancing equitable policies.

The Coalition’s climate and energy projects are pushing for the reduction of emissions, a switch to renewable energy and a just transition for extraction communities and workers by directly engaging them in crafting the solutions.

The Coalition’s regenerative agriculture projects are building and supporting a regenerative food system—a local, diversified, relational and holistic approach to feeding the world by replenishing lands, building healthy communities and supporting rural economies.

The Coalition’s workforce development projects are developing thriving ecosystems to upskill, reskill and nextskill the workforce into the clean energy economy and regenerative agriculture.

The Coalition’s policy work takes an innovative and fresh approach to crowdsource bold, transformational policy ideas from diverse and underrepresented communities and present them to lawmakers, bridging the gap between citizens and legislators.

HISTORY & IMPACT

In early 2020, the world was launched into chaos as an invisible virus shuttered the global economy, upended our health care system and threatened our lives. In Denver, Colorado, a team of change agents concluded that the systems that shaped our lives were changing whether we liked it or not, and we should use this upheaval to build a better future.

The Alliance had been known for hosting in-person meetings. Prior to the pandemic, the organization would convene and mobilize nearly 20,000 people a year through 450 events on average. In April of 2020, we pivoted to create the Colorado Emergence Series: seven virtual meetings facilitated to initiate a community-based conversation on how to emerge from the pandemic with the momentum to create a regenerative future. This conversation would invite Coloradans from all walks of life to share their vision of a regenerative post-pandemic recovery.

245 total people convened, representing diverse sectors, geographic regions, cultures, communities and generations. The virtual room included members of the Governor’s cabinet, farmers, community groups, climate experts, youth leaders, financiers, large corporations, small business owners, private citizens and more. By the end of the series, participants had identified more than 1,000 actionable solutions to help build Colorado forward, which became the Guidebook to a Regenerative Recovery, published in October 2020.

Twelve key themes to building a regenerative economy had emerged. Eight presented as systemic building blocks, while the remaining four are foundational elements that must be present in any project. The building blocks act as the “what” while the foundational elements act as the “how.” These eight building blocks and four foundational elements became the framework for volunteer-led working groups, which identify and advance regenerative projects in their focus areas.

The pandemic was the starting point for the Regenerative Recovery Coalition, now the Coalition for a Regenerative Future. Since then, The Coalition has grown to more than 400 members, representing more than 29,000 Colorado jobs and $7.3 billion in revenue. The Coalition has influenced 66 state laws and directed $1.1 billion in state funding toward regenerative funding.

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