Dr. Lisa White is the Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs at the University of California Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley. She spent more than two decades as a Professor of Geology at San Francisco State University (SF State) and, in addition, headed the US Geological Survey’s Minority Participation in the Earth Sciences program and chaired the Geological Society of America’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Geosciences.

Environment

Our Goal 
Asia is home to some of the world’s greatest natural treasures, unique biodiversity and spectacular topography. Its iconic landscapes are home to billions of people and have strong cultural significance not only for the people who live there, but for visitors from around the world.  And yet this region is coming under increasing and ever more dire environmental threats.  From land and ocean conservation to global warming initiatives, the Ruth Robb Foundation is active in protecting and preserving Asia’s environment. 

Active in conservation since the 1970’s, the Ruth Robb Foundation has funded more than $250 million in projects across Asia, directly tied to preserving ecosystems and species, promoting development that respects the environment, and helping local communities to recognize the benefits the environment provides to health and welfare. 

Our Approach 
The Foundation’s environmental conservation efforts were built upon Ruth Robb’s personal interest  and experience,  and has expanded to touch nearly every country across Asia.  Over the years, the Foundation has supported a wide range of activities to protect these special landscapes—including scientific research, policy research, advocacy, large scale projects and initiatives at the local grass-roots level. 

For almost 50 years, we have supported conservation training, environmental law and policy, and the creation and management of protected areas, among many other interventions to sustain our natural world. We have placed particular emphasis on building the stewardship of local communities to manage resources, and develop sustainably. 

In every project we undertake, we listen. We actively work with grantees to coordinate multiple partners, integrate diverse points of view and adapt to changing circumstances. In partnership with communities, businesses, governments, NGOs and others, we strive to ensure that fisheries, forests and other ecosystems remain healthy, resilient and productive.