“We cannot lead lives of dignity and worth when the natural resources that sustain us are threatened or destroyed. We want to protect this planet and leave it a better place for future generations.” - Samuel C. Johnson

Our mission is to be a catalyst for positive and lasting change leading to healthier environments and communities.


The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread has a long tradition of sponsoring conferences that address environmental quality and community issues, helping people live in harmony with their environment. The Precautionary Principle, a landmark statement on environmental risk, was crafted at a Wingspread conference, as were many of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards for green buildings. More recently, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread sponsored conferences that led to the Presidential Climate Action Plan.

It is not enough, however, that we support others in their work to make the world cleaner and more sustainable; we at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread must also manifest the change that we are calling for. We therefore pledge that our own actions will bear witness to our environmental values and goals. While we always strive to live up to our unique standards of hospitality and conference productivity, we also work to limit our environmental impact and carbon footprint and to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. We seek not simply to adopt the quick fix, but to push the envelope, to be a leader in the local and national philanthropic community and to have The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread serve as an example of environmental performance in our own facilities and programs.