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As in the present, so too in the past NNF sought to address the long term problem of attaining sustainable development both by engaging in its own programs and by providing support to other organizations.

With NNF's support, a strategic alliance with City University of New York which resulted in the creation of a course at CUNY devoted to nature in New York, and culminated in the founding of a new institute, the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. With NNF's assistance , NNYN, which was then an independent entity but has since merged with NNF, also created books and supporting educational materials, including one published by National Geographic that teaches about nature in and around New York. With NNF's help, NNYN commissioned a major transit report as well, overseen by Institute of Rational Mobility, about balancing free mass transit with traffic pricing in New York City.

NNF also provided the funds for the establishment of the Kheel Center on Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes which is dedicated to assisting law students, lawyers and law associations as well as corporate and individual members of the public on the resolution of environmental "interest" disputes, that is, disputes that can only be resolved by agreement or voluntary consent as distinguished from "rights" disputes which address violations of environmental laws through litigation.

Preserving old buildings is often called the ultimate recycling project and NNF successfully completed a major project of this nature in renovating a historic building that had been closed for over a decade. The building, which had been completely abandoned, is currently a popular hotel that has played a critical role in revitalizing the downtown area of the city of Easton and has become as well a center of community activity in the town.

NNF also provided support over the years to other organizations whose missions were related to sustainable development issues, such as Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) and the E.O. Wilson Foundation.

NNF's founder, Ted Kheel, was during his lifetime also instrumental in establishing other nonprofits, including the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, which seeks to promote sustainable tourism in a region in the Dominican Republic.

All art on this page is Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY