Click a category below to learn about national and international organizations dedicated to protecting our resources and making our country more sustainable:
- Multi-Faceted Organizations
- Environmental – Air
- Environmental – Animals
- Environmental – Land / Plants
- Environmental – Water
- Renewable Energy
- Recycling / Waste Management
Multi-Faceted Organizations ^
African American Environmentalist Association – is dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources, increasing African American participation in the environmental movement and promoting ownership of energy infrastructure and resources.
Alliance for Justice – a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments – is a network of nurses from around the country (and the world) who are acting on the notion that our environment and health are inextricably connected. They promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.
American Indian Movement – provides information on a variety of issues on their site. As they continue to build their site, they hope that the information will assist students write term papers and other scholarly work.
American Planning Association – provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA’s Green Team aims to reduce their consumption of energy, natural resources, and manufactured materials, as well as its contributions to greenhouse gas emissions, other air and water pollution, and landfills.
Biomimicry 3.8 – a global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development.
Bioneers- a collaboration of social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute – combines unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. They encourage participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview. Their Buckminster Fuller Challenge offers an annual $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems (due April 11th)
Center for Diversity & The Environment – envisions a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustain-ably and equitably meets the needs of all its citizens through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all.
Center for Eco Technology – The Center for EcoTechnology helps people and businesses in Massachusetts save energy and reduce waste.
Center for Green Schools – established to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
The Center for International Environmental Law – uses the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society.
Center for a New American Dream – provides tools and support to families, citizens, and activists to counter our consumerist culture and creates new social norms about how to have a high quality of life and a reduced ecological footprint, and more.
Ceres – mobilizes investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.
Congress for the New Urbanism – the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
Conservation International – works to ensure a healthy, productive planet for everyone, because people need nature to survive.
Earth Day Network – works to green schools, promote green economic policies at home and abroad and inform populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels.
Earth First! – guided by a philosophy of deep ecology, Earth First! does not accept a human-centered worldview of “nature for people’s sake.” Instead, they believe that life exists for its own sake, that industrial civilization and its philosophy are anti-Earth, anti-woman and anti-liberty. Their structure is non-hierarchical, and they reject highly paid “professional staff” and formal leadership.
Earth Island Institute – for 25 years, Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.
Earth Justice – a public interest law organization dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.
Earth Lab Foundation – a leading climate crisis community that provides a practical guide to green living through community interaction, exclusive environmental news, advice from experts and key analysis.
Earth Policy Institute -provides a global plan (Plan B) for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path, providing examples demonstrating how the plan would work, keeping the media, policymakers, academics, environmentalists, and other decision-makers focused on the process of building a Plan B economy.
EarthRights International – a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which they define as “earth rights.”
EarthWatch Institute – brings individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet.
EarthShare – a national non-profit federation with 25 years of experience in connecting people and workplaces with effective ways to support critical environmental causes.
Ecotrust – fosters a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
Environment America – researches the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions.
Environmental Law Institute – makes law work for people, places, and the planet. Their mission is to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.
Environmental Literacy Council – dedicated to helping teachers, students, policymakers, and the public find cross-disciplinary resources on the environment. The Council offers free background information on common environmental science concepts and more.
Environmental Working Group – conducts original, game-changing research that inspires people, businesses and governments to take action to protect human health and the environment.
Friends of the Earth – strives for a more healthy and just world. They understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures and pushes for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy. They are members of Friends of the Earth International, a global network representing more than two million activists in 74 different countries.
Global Greens – the partnership of the world’s Green parties and political movements, working cooperatively to implement the Global Greens Charter, a unique and inspiring document sets out their core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity.
GRACE Communications Foundation - develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future.
Green Drinks – every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. They have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business and community leaders.
Greenpeace – defends the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
Green America – harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. They work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
Green For All – is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. They work in collaboration with business, government, labor and grassroots communities to increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.
Green Sports Alliance – a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 200 sports teams and venues from 16 different sports leagues.
Honor the Earth – is a Native-led organization, established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in 1993 to address the two primary needs of the Native environmental movement: the need to break the geographic and political isolation of Native communities and the need to increase financial resources for organizing and change.
International Dark-Sky Association – is the recognized authority on light pollution. IDA is the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light pollution, works with manufacturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.
Keep America Beautiful – is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating orgs including state recycling orgs, they work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver sustainable impact.
League of Conservation Voters – works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities.
Living Cities – harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.
The Lorax Community – promotes a conscious, healthy, self-sustainable way of life based on community ethics, shared values, peaceful co-existence and a profound, harmonious spiritual connection between all beings.
Moms Aware – provides practical assistance to families and individuals displaced by toxic mold, and to raise public awareness of the negative impact of toxic mold, chemicals, pesticides, and other environmental hazards on human health.
National Association of Environmental Professionals – is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions.
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation – is dedicated to promoting Native arts and cultures through philanthropy. The foundation’s grantmaking program is one of its principle strategies for supporting Native artists and arts organizations.
National Main Street Center – works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history.
National Religious Partnership for the Environment – an alliance of four religious organizations and institutions committed to caring for God’s Creation.
Natural Resources Defense Council – is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
New Urbanism – creates livable, sustainable communities.
NSF International – protects and improves global human health. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to them to develop public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. They test, audit and certify products and systems as well as provide education and risk management.
Oakland Institute – increases public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic and environmental issues in both national and international forums.
Olympic.org – the official site of the Olympics, setting new standards for environmental sustainability at large sports events and beyond.
Physicians for Social Responsibility – has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for both the present and future generations. PSR advocates on the issues you care about by addressing the dangers that threaten communities.
Population Connection – formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG, they have been America’s voice for population stabilization since 1968.
Project for Public Spaces – is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.
Protecting Employees Who Protect the Environment – works nation-wide with government scientists, land managers, environmental law enforcement agents, field specialists and other resource professionals committed to responsible management of America?s public resources.
Resources for the Future – conducts independent research, rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences on environmental, energy, natural resource and environmental health issues.
RSF Social Finance – has three focus areas – Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship, considers the long-term impact our investments have on the market as a whole, and the people and places affected by our investments in particular.
Save Our Environment – a collaborative effort of the nation’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations harnessing the power of the internet to increase public awareness and activism on today’s most important environmental issues.
scienceFIST – empowers at risk students through hands on after school science mentoring programs that transform students into leaders.
Seven Generations Ahead – advocates for pro-active community solutions to global environmental issues and works with municipal, business, and community decision-makers to promote green community development, clean, renewable energy, eco-effective products, zero waste strategies, green building design, and fresh, local food raised using healthy practices.
Sierra Club – the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than two million members and supporters. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
Sierra Student Coalition – a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working to protect the environment whose mission is to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories and that develop leaders for the environmental movement.
Smart Communities Network – read about other communities that have discovered the benefits of sustainable development, locate technical and financial resources that can help your community plan and carry out sustainable development projects, and access model codes and ordinances other communities have used to implement sustainable development.
Smart Growth America – advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. They believe smart growth solutions support businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. They also work with communities to fight sprawl and save money.
Society of Environmental Journalists – strengthens the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.
Student Conservation Association – is building the next generation of conservation leaders and inspiring lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
Student Environmental Action Coalition – a student and youth run national network whose mission it is to build a network of diverse grassroots struggles that transcends current fabricated, oppressive constructs by sharing stories, skills, knowledge and radical analysis to dismantle destructive systems, and replace them with sustainable communities of resistance and collective liberation.
Sustainable America – brings together like-minded groups to foster awareness through open dialog and educational outreach, and act as a catalyst for the development and funding of innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to the impending food/fuel crisis.
Sustainable Economies Law Center – provides essential legal tools – education, research, advice, and advocacy – so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
Tellus Institute – works to advance a global civilization of sustainability, equity, and well-being through research, education, and action. We are at the cusp of a new historical epoch – theplanetary phase of civilization – that binds the world’s people and the biosphere into a single community of fate.
Teens Going Green – is a student led global movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious living, empowering this generation and mobilizing action to sustain a healthy planet.
The Conservation Fund – for nearly 30 years, The Conservation Fund has been saving special places across America. They’ve protected 7 million acres of land and water in all 50 states, from the park down the street to historic battlefields, wild areas and favorite destinations of all kinds. Working with community, government and business partners, they strive to balance economic and environmental goals.
The School For Field Studies – creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Their educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work.
Union of Concerned Scientists – puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, they combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
Urban Land Institute – provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.
U.S. PIRG – a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute – inspires, teaches, connects and supports communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.
We Act for Environmental Justice – a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.
Woods Hole Research Center – advances scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world’s environmental and economic challenges through research and education on forests, soils, air, and water.
World’s Resources Institute – works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Their work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.
Worldwatch Institute – accelerates the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs; their top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.
Environmental – Air ^
350.org – an international campaign dedicated to fighting climate change. The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.
Burning Issues – provides public education about the medical hazards of exposure to wood smoke and other fine particulate pollution.
Center for Clean Air Policy – their mission is to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policymakers and stakeholders worldwide.
Clean Air Task Force – dedicated to restoring clean air and healthy environments through scientific research, public education, and legal advocacy.
Clean Air Trust – working to achieve a strong and effective Clean Air Act.
Clean Air Watch – is devoted to protecting Clean Air Laws and polices throughout the United States and works closely to monitor clean air and climate policy and seek to present a public-interest perspective grounded in fact and analysis.
EPA – Air & Radiation - some of EPA’s top priorities are to improve air quality, take action on climate change, and clean up our communities.
EPA – Six Common Air Pollutants – these commonly found air pollutants (also known as “criteria pollutants”) are found all over the Unit ed States.
EPA – Indoor Air – lots of tips, resources and programs.
EPA – Tribal Air – designed to strengthen EPA and tribal air quality programs in Indian country by providing timely and user-friendly access to key information, promoting the exchange of ideas, and making available relevant documents to all environmental professionals who live and work in Indian country.
EPA – Assessing Outdoor Air Near Schools – In 2009, as part of a new air toxics monitoring initiative, EPA, state and local air pollution control agencies monitored the outdoor air around schools for toxic air pollutants
Natural Defense Resource Council – Air pollution causes, facts, and solutions to air pollution.
The National Association of Clean Air Agencies – locate state and local air agencies across the nation, access the latest information on important air pollution topics and more
Environmental – Animals ^
American Bird Conservation – conserves native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas; they envision an Americas-wide landscape where diverse interests collaborate to ensure that native bird species and their habitats are protected, where their protection is valued by society, and they are routinely considered in all land-use and policy decision-making.
Animal Protection and Rescue League – garnered national and international media attention, influenced animal protection legislation, conducted numerous rescues of abused factory farmed animals and educated tens of thousands of people about humane eating.
Center for Biological Diversity – believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature- to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants.
Defenders of Wildlife – working on protecting our nation’s wildlife since 1947.
In Defense of Animals – an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.
National Audubon Society – conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
National Wildlife Federation – a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists.
National Wildlife Refuge Association – works to protect America’s wildlife heritage by bringing a unique perspective and creative strategies to conservation. NWRA has created a powerful recipe for success by leveraging the world’s largest wildlife conservation program–the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 150-million acre National Wildlife Refuge System–and engaging other conservation nonprofits, private land owners and refuge Friends groups in safeguarding wildlife.
NatureServe – provides scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
Wildlife Conservation Society – saves wildlife and wild places across the globe. Today, they protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.
Wildlife Society – works to ensure that wildlife and habitats are conserved through management actions that take into careful consideration relevant scientific information. They represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.
World Wildlife Federation – stops the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. In order to achieve this mission, WWF focuses its efforts on two broad areas: Biodiversity and Footprint.
Environmental – Land / Plants ^
The Conservation Campaign – provides leadership, expertise, and resources to mobilize public support to win ballot measures and legislation that create more public funds to protect land and water resources.
Foundation Earth – protects environmentally sensitive properties worldwide.
Fund for Wild Nature – invests in bold grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness.
National Parks Conservation Association – have grown to represent more than 800,000 members and supporters through their DC headquarters and 24 regional and field offices, all working to “protect and enhance America’s National Park System for present and future generations.
Native Forest Council – Their mission: Fully protect and preserve every acre of publicly owned land in the United States.
The Nature Conservancy – the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Nicodemus Wilderness Project – established a large and enthusiastic volunteer network that draws upon the diverse strengths of different races and cultures to accomplish our common goal of restoring the beauty of the natural landscape. The project educates youth about the need to protect the integrity of the environment by promoting stewardship of the wild lands and waters that support Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems.
Rainforest Action Network – campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
Rainforest Alliance – works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Sand County Foundation – a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to working with private landholders across North America on voluntary land management practices that benefit the environment.
Scenic America – protects scenic roads, prevents billboards from trashing our highways and helps people create more attractive communities.
TreePeople – inspires, engages and supports people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.
The Wilderness Society – protects wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. They contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.
The WILD Foundation – protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, working across cultures and boundaries by collaborating with local peoples, organizations, the private sector, and governments to create dynamic practical projects and communications initiatives.
Environmental – Water ^
5 Gyres – conducts research and communicates about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres. Their vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans.
Clean Water Action – a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Their goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work.
Global Water Policy Project – promotes the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water through research, writing, outreach, and public speaking. Founded in 1994 by Sandra Postel, a leading authority on international freshwater issues, the project fosters ideas and inspiration for redirecting society’s use and management of fresh water toward conservation and ecosystem health.
Living Lands and Waters – has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world. Spending up to 9 months a year living and traveling on the barge, their crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.
Rivers Without Borders – a network of Canadian and U.S. member organizations called the Transboundary Watershed Alliance, coordinating efforts on regional environmental, indigenous rights and sustainability issues.
Surfrider Foundation – offers protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
MarineBio – is maintained by volunteer marine biologists, students, professors, and conservation advocates around the world. All work together to share the wonders of the ocean realm while also promoting science education and inspiring awareness and action in marine conservation, research, and a sea ethic.
The Marine Mammal Center – a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions.
The North American Native Fishes Association – is dedicated to the appreciation, study and conservation of the continent’s native fishes.
Oceana – one of the largest international organizations focused solely on ocean conservation.
The Ocean Conservancy – brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, their work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.
The Oceanic Resource Foundation – provides educational materials to increase the knowledge of people whose livelihoods depend upon a viable, productive marine environment. Supports the preservation of marine biological diversity as the path to a healthy and productive marine environment.
Save The Fish – keeps the oceans wild to preserve fishing opportunities for the future by bringing conservation-minded fishermen and pro-fishing environmentalists together to promote a broad, ecosystems approach to fisheries management that reflects our expanding circle of concern for all marine life and the future of fishing.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – est in 1977, they are an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems & species.
Waterkeeper Alliance – defends their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water. Through Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers speaks with a single, powerful voice as they tackle the world’s most pressing water issues.
World Ocean Council – brings together the multi-sectoral ocean business community to catalyze global leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability and “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”.
Renewable Energy ^
Alliance to Save Energy – began in response to a critical period in our nation’s energy history – decades later it continues its mission to create an energy-efficient world.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. They believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation – facilitates the widespread adoption of sustainable, planet-friendly practices.
Energy Action Coalition – founded in 2005 by youth activist leaders from across the country to build a powerful youth movement focused on solving the climate crisis and addressing environmental justice.
Energy Foundation – promotes the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Solar Energy Industries Association – as the national trade association in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the power behind solar energy. Their member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build solar projects domestically and abroad.
Allergy Kids – makes clean and safe food affordable to all children. Their goal is to restore the health of our children and the integrity of our food supply for families today and for future generations.
American Community Gardening Association – builds community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.
American Farmland Trust – the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.
Angelic Organics Learning Center – empowers people to create sustainable communities of soils, plants, animals and people through educational, creative, and experiential programs. The Learning Center, a nonprofit organization, is the educational partner to Angelic Organics, a vibrant Biodynamic community supported farm.
Beyond Pesticides – works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. They feel that without the existence of such an organized, national network, local, state and national pesticide policy would become, under chemical industry pressure, increasingly unresponsive to public health and environmental concerns.
Biodynamic Association – is committed to the transformation of the whole food system, from farm to table, and draws inspiration from the spiritual-scientific insights of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is a worldwide movement for the renewal of agriculture based on an understanding of the spiritual forces at work in nature and in human social life.
Center for Food Safety – a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers – developed the Fair Food Agreement: a historic partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and twelve major food corporations to build a new tomato industry that advances the human rights and dignity of farmworkers. Wendy’s is the only fast food retailer to refuse to join the Fair Food Program.
Cornucopia Institute – engages in educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural issues, they provide needed information to consumers, family farmers, and the media.
Eat Well Guide – an online source of sustainably raised meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy; enter your zip code to find healthful, humane and eco-friendly products from farms, stores, restaurants in your area.
Ecological Farming Association – nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building and advocacy.
Environmental Working Group – conducts original, game-changing research that inspires people, businesses and governments to take action to protect human health and the environment.
Family Farm Defenders – creates a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. To this end, FFD supports sustainable agriculture, farm worker rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty.
Farm Aid – Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001.
Farm-To-Consumer Foundation – expands public awareness about sustainably farmed food and increase choices and access to local sources for the health of the community through nutrient dense food, economic growth and opportunity for conversation that knits communities together for positive change.
Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – protects the rights of the nation’s family farms, artisan food producers, consumers and affiliate communities to engage in direct commerce free of harassment by federal, state and local government interference. It protects the rights of farmers and artisanal producers to make their products available and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.
Farmers Legal Action Group – a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Fix Food – is dedicated to changing the food system, they use videos and social media to raise awareness and partner with leading organizations to help Americans take direct action.
Food & Water Watch – works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. They help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.
Food Day – a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
Food Democracy – a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.
Food Pantries – search a directory for Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations committed to fighting hunger (by state).
Food Research & Action Center – works to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.
Food & Water Watch – works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.
The Food Revolution Network – launched in 2012 by John and Ocean Robbins, their mission is to inform, inspire, and empower people toward positive action for healthy, sustainable, humane and conscious food for all.
GMO Action Alliance – an alliance of grassroots organizations from states across the U.S. working together to educate people about the issues with genetically engineered crops and foods, connect people with their communities, and empower people take back control over their food.
GMO Awareness – believes that genetically engineered foods have no place in farming or in our food system and that they pose a serious threat to health, the land, family farms, nature and the environment.
GMO Free – harnesses education, advocacy, and bold action to foster consumer rejection of genetically modified organisms, until they are proven safe. We support the labeling of GMO foods with the ultimate goal of getting GMOs out of our food system and environment.
GMO Inside – a campaign dedicated to helping all Americans know which foods have GMOs inside, and the non-GMO verified and organic certified alternatives to genetically engineered foods. They believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for themselves, their families, and the environment.
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy – works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
Institute for Responsible Technology – a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. They investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.
Institute for a Sustainable Future – supports and improves ecological health, through advocacy, research, consultation and education. ISF works to build, support and replicate models of success. They provide expertise on environmental toxins, health care design and healthy food systems and has presented and consulted internationally.
Just Food – connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. They empower regional farmers and food producers, CSA organizers and everyday eaters to establish and experience healthy food systems—in every neighborhood.
Just Label It (GMOs) – without labeling of GE foods, we cannot make informed choices about our food. The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods.
Legalize Seeds – Over 300 nonprofit seed libraries in the U.S. might be regulated out of existence due to misapplication of seed laws by several state departments of agriculture.
Local Harvest - maintains a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Their search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area.
Marine Stewardship Council – runs an exciting and ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world’s seafood markets to a sustainable basis. MSC meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification and ecolabelling, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization guidelines and the ISEAL Code.
Millions Against Monsanto – one of Organic Consumers Association’s most popular and influential campaigns against the ‘leader of environmental destruction’…
Morning Star Fisherman – an international aquaponics research and training facility located in Dade City, FL. The MorningStar Fishermen staff and scientists have been pioneering more efficient and productive ways to live sustainable through aqauaponics since 1993.
National Farm to School Network – envisions a nation in which Farm to School programs are an essential component of strong and just local and regional food systems, ensuring the health of all school children, farms, the environment, economy and communities.
National Organic Coalition – works to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
N.E. Organic Farming Association – provides coordination between the chapters, conducts the annual NOFA Summer Conference and acts as an umbrella organization for projects of collective concern to NOFA chapters. Each of the seven state chapters comprising the NOFA provides educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers and land care professionals.
Non GMO Project – offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.
Nourishing the Earth – assesses the state of agricultural innovations—from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy—with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health, as well as productivity. The project aims to both inform global efforts to eradicate hunger and raise the profile of these efforts.
NSF International – protects and improves global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, they develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. They also provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.
Oregon Tilth – supports and promotes biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. They advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.
Organic Consumers Association – an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
Organic Farming Research Foundation – fosters the widespread adoption and improvement of organic farming systems.build the vital infrastructure that supports the success of organic farmers. Their four areas of focus are: policy, education, grant-making, and community.
Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association – develops, protects and promotes the organic seed trade and its growers, and assures that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.
Organic Seed Alliance – advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. They believe seed is part of our common cultural heritage – a living, natural resource that demands careful management to meet food needs now and into the future and accomplish this through research, education, and advocacy.
Organic Trade Association – promotes and protects organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. They represent businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over 60% of their trade members are small businesses.
Pesticide Action Network – works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.
Rachel Carson Council – promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living. It’s a clearinghouse and library with information at both scientific and layperson levels on pesticide-related issues, which provides answers to the public, produces various publications clarifying pesticide dangers, brings alternative pest controls to the public’s attention, and more.
Rescue Bank – is the national pet food distribution program for animal rescue groups. They support animal rescue and rehabilitation groups by providing services and supplies that make them more self-reliant and improve their standards of care.
Rodale Institute – improves the health and well-being of people and the planet and studies the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.
Rural Coalition – an alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, migrant, and working people from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and beyond working together toward a new society that values unity, hope, people, and land.
Seed Matters – conserves crop genetic diversity, promotes farmers’ roles and rights as seed innovators and stewards, and reinvigorates public seed research and education.
Seed Savers Exchange – conserves and promotes America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Slow Food USA – is part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. Their mission – good, clean and fair food for all.
Small Planet Institute – seeks to identify the core, often unspoken, assumptions and forces — economic, political, and psychological — now taking our planet in a direction that as individuals none of us would choose.
Sustainable Food Trade Association – a non-profit trade association that represents North American, mission-aligned, organic food companies. They support our members in implementing innovative sustainable business practices across the supply chain, from farm to retail.
The Food Institute – is a national & regional network of food associations (not green but great resource).
Truth In Labeling Coalition – has petitions and resources to help USA label GMOs.
Via Organica – a Mexican nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote good nutrition through organic agriculture, fair trade, a healthy way of life and protecting the planet.
WhyHunger – a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
The Weston A Price Foundation – disseminates the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets.
Made in USA Foundation – promoting products manufactured in the USA, as well as products assembled in the USA. We strive to create a community of USA success stories. Our online platform serves as a tool for shoppers, and as a resource for manufacturers.
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41pounds.org – works to eliminate a big personal nuisance and environmental hazard — junk mail. Their name comes from the amount of junk mail the average person receives each year (credit card applications, catalogs, coupon books, etc.) which for the most part goes directly into the trash can or recycling bin.
Automotive Recyclers Association – an international trade association which has represented an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.
Make-A-Wish’s Wheels for Wishes – grants the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions. When you make a car donation, proceeds from the sale of your vehicle donation through the Wheels For Wishes 501(c)(3) charity benefits your local Make-A-Wish.
US Composting Council – provides resources, educational materials, training, networking, and career advancement opportunities for professionals and all those affiliated with the composting and organics recycling industry.
US Zero Waste Business Council – educates, informs and documents the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become more healthy and sustainable.
Driving Electric – a collaboration between major plug-in driver groups to create a one-stop resource for anyone intrigued by electric vehicles. Working together with community and advocacy groups, and soon including automakers and dealers, they launched an online community and searchable directory.
EPA – Transportation & Air Quality – protects public health and the environment by regulating air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them, and by encouraging travel choices that minimize emissions. These “mobile sources” include cars and light trucks, heavy trucks and buses, nonroad engines, equipment, and vehicles.
EPA – Green Vehicle Guide – their team of engineers, scientists, policy analysts, lawyers, and others work together to ensure that cars and trucks on the road are as clean and efficient as possible. Has lots of great information!
League of American Bicyclists – represents bicyclists in the movement to create? safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, they work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to members everywhere.
OpenPlans – working towards cities where communities are partners in shaping neighborhoods, where transportation systems are designed in collaboration with everyone who rides them, and where planners and other professionals are engaging the public in ongoing, productive conversations about positive change.
People for Bikes – the movement to improve bicycling in the U.S. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, they’re uniting Americans to boost bicycling on a national level for results that can be seen locally.
Plug In America – accelerates the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment.
The National Center For Bicycles & Walking – creates bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. The aim of their program is to change the way communities are planned, designed and managed to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can walk and bike easily, safely and regularly.
Transportation For America – an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions.
US High Speed Rail Association – focuses entirely on advancing a state-of-the-art national high speed rail network across the country. They organize and mobilize the industry with a shared vision for a 21st century, 17,000 mile national high speed rail system built in phases for completion by 2030.
Voices for Public Transit – is your one-stop shop for all things public transportation. Whether you want to know where to find transit in your community, calculate your fuel savings or carbon emissions reduction, hear the latest on Capitol Hill or learn more about the industry, VPT has it all.