Our Mission & Vision

  • Our Mission
    To educate ourselves and others on how to live, work and play harmoniously within the environment. We support students, businesses, and non-profit organizations who are committed to honoring and respecting our natural world.

  • Our Vision
    We envision a healthy planet. A world where every person has the opportunity to drink clean water, breathe fresh air, eat healthy food and spend time enjoying nature. The earth is our only home and should be treated with care and respect. Through education, we are empowered to make wise choices.

Our Board of Directors

William T. Cook
President

I am responsible for the Foundation’s financial investments, tax reporting, annual meetings, grant activities, and daily operations. On behalf of the Foundation, I have given lectures and contributed to magazine articles promoting sustainable building practices.

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Rose M. Cook
Vice President

My Foundation responsibilities include reviewing scholarship, donation and grant requests, planning seminars and scheduling board meetings. I have toured numerous LEED buildings, including the Metro Health Hospital and Health Village, a sustainable community near Grand Rapids, MI.

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Heather M. Cook
Director

Since signing on as a director in 2001, I am present at all board meetings, select grant recipients and review scholarship applications. I participate in green festivals including Lightning in a Bottle and Burning Man. I attend conferences, for example Green Build and International Environment Forum.

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Jai Christopher
Director

I’ve been active as a Foundation director since 2001. I participate in all board meetings, select grant recipients, and review scholarship applications. Through the Foundation I’ve also been able to help fund Native American sweat lodges and donate Asian Art to the Spencer Art Museum.

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The Beginning

In 1967, while enrolled at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), William Cook attended undergrad and graduate business classes taught by Prof. Mauser.  They became friends and handball partners. Later that year Rose, William’s soon to be wife, was introduced to Prof. Mauser. For many years the three of them would enjoy spirited conversations at the Traffic Jam & Snug Tavern. In 1969, Prof. Mauser attended the Cook’s wedding and later became a “third gramps” to their twins Jai and Heather. Prof. Mauser was family and that became abundantly clear when Rose became his primary caregiver later in his life.

For the next several decades, Prof. Mauser and the Cooks discussed the framework and goals of the proposed Mauser Harmony With Nature Foundation. The core concept was simple. The Foundation would promote Prof. Mauser's lifelong dream of educating others about living in harmony with nature. It would also support business practices and products that are environmentally friendly.

The blossoming of the Cradle to Cradle movement had its roots in the fertile soil laid down by early environmental pioneers like Prof. Mauser. He died in 1994 before his dream of creating a foundation could be realized. In 1998, William and Rose Cook established the Mauser Harmony With Nature Foundation to honor the memory of their friend and mentor, Prof. Mauser.

One of the Foundation’s first initiatives was to recognize Prof. Mauser with an annual scholarship at Wayne State University. Through this scholarship, his legacy of teaching about environmental sustainability honors him in perpetuity.