Lead Sponsors

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.


Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.  The RBF’s grantmaking is organized around three themes:  Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development.  Though the Fund pursues its three program interests in a variety of geographic contexts, it has identified several specific locations on which to concentrate cross-programmatic attention.  The Fund refers to these as “RBF pivotal places”: subnational areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to the Fund’s substantive concerns and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world.  The Fund currently works in three pivotal places:  New York City, Western Balkans, and Southern China.



Rio+20 Lead Sponsor

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of clean-and-green microturbine energy systems, is proud to be a chief corporate sponsor of the Future We Want. Clean energy sources – such as microturbines are critical to creating tomorrow’s more sustainable world.

At Capstone, we believe a holistic approach to clean energy is imperative to reach The Future We Want. Low-emission microturbines are a clean-and-green alternative energy source, and, when considered with solar and wind power, can craft a future where economical, reliable, clean energy is the norm.

Requiring very little maintenance, highly reliable microturbines provide uninterrupted electricity in more than 75 countries, from Australia’s Outback to South Africa, from Siberia to California’s Baja Peninsula. Today, Capstone produces approximately 90% of the world’s microturbines.

Capstone MicroTurbines®

  • Cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 50% when compared to grid/utility power and traditional boilers.
  • Cut criteria emissions, including nitrogen oxide (NOx) up to 95%. NOx creates lung-damaging smog that also destroys the ozone layer.
  • Can produce 24/7 power and thermal energy when needed, which complements solar and wind installations that produce intermittent power.
  • Produce two forms of energy in combined heat and power (CHP) applications — electrical and thermal energy.
  • Thermal energy used to make hot water or steam, and can be fed to absorption chillers to create chilled water for air conditioning.
  • CHP systems can attain more than 80% overall efficiency by generating two forms of power onsite. In contrast, traditional utility power combined with onsite boilers average about 50% energy efficiency.