Regional Environmental Organizations

Check out nonprofit organizations operating at the regional level:
Pacific Region ^
  • Coalition for Clean Air – from spearheading the original Smog Check program to ensuring the passage of landmark global warming laws, they helped position California as a world leader in improving air quality.
  • Ecotrust – Fosters a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
  • GMO Labeling Yes On 522 –  Voting Yes on 522 would give Washington shoppers more information about what’s in their food and control over their shopping decisions.
  • Label GMOs – a grass-roots organization pushing for GMO labeling in the state of California.
  • 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.
  • Oregon Organic Coalition –  advances the development and growth of the organic industry and community in Oregon. This group was formed to address the lack of unified support for promoting our industry in Oregon.
  • Pacific Environment: San Francisco – partnered with local and indigenous communities in Russia, China, California, and the Alaskan Arctic for more than two decades to protect the living environment of the Pacific Rim.
  • Roots of Change –  brings a diverse range of Californians to the table to build a common interest in food and farming so that every aspect of our food—from the time it’s grown to the time it’s eaten— can be healthy, safe, profitable, affordable and fair.
  • Ruckus Roots – provides community based, sustainable arts education programs to underserved teens and young adults in Northeast Los Angeles.  Their interactive approach fosters positive experiences centered on eco activism and artistic expression.
  • Rural Values – serves Lake County, CA and has great GMO information.
  • Sacramento Vegetarian Society – a volunteer-driven charitable organization governed by an elected board of directors and is dedicated to bringing you information about vegetarian and vegan activities.
  • Save The Redwoods League – since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty.
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – est in 1977, they are an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization whose 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.
  • San Francisco Parks Alliance – inspires and promotes civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks, recreation, and green open spaces.
  • StreetBlog L.A. – a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.
  • StreetBlog San Francisco – a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.
  • Sustainable Silicon Valley – a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to produce significant environmental improvement and resource conservation in Silicon Valley through the development and implementation of a regional environmental management system (EMS).
  • The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition – a diverse non-profit organization engaged in research, advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high-tech industry.
  • Tree People – 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.
NorthWest Region ^
  • Mission Wolf –  connects people with nature using hands-on experiential education through volunteer internships and national traveling education programs, they inspire individuals to become stewards of the earth. They also provide a home for rescued wolves and horses and create opportunities for growth through community service and personal interactions with animals.
  • Montana Organic Association – the voice of Montana’s organic community that provides education, information, support, assistance, promotion, and representation for organic producers, processors, handlers, retailers, consumers, researchers, agricultural service providers, and other interested parties.
  • Montana Wilderness Association – works with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations. They envision a future where from the rugged mountains to the vast prairies Montana’s wild places are protected, connected, and restored because the citizens of their state value wilderness as essential to their heritage and way of life.
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union –  a progressive, grassroots organization dedicated to achieving profitability for family farmers and ranchers, promoting stewardship of land and water resource, delivering safe, healthy food to consumers, strengthening rural communities through education, legislation, and cooperation, and more.
  • Sage Gardeners -is dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors in Montana by providing them with horticulture therapy and accessible organic vegetable gardens through encouragement, exercise, and social interaction.
  • Sonoran Institute –  inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America.
  • Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance – since 1983, SUWA has been the only independent organization working full-time to defend America’s redrock wilderness from unnecessary road construction, rampant off-road vehicle use, and other threats to Utah’s wilderness-quality lands.
  • Wyoming Outdoor Council – their mission is to protect Wyoming’s environment and quality of life for future generations.  They are a nonprofit conservation organization est in 1967, making it the state’s oldest indep statewide conservation organization.
SouthWest Region ^
  • La Semilla Food Center – builds a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
  • Sonoran Institute –  inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America.
  • Sustainable Food Center- cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment – is dedicated to informing and mobilizing Texans to protect the quality of their lives, their health, their communities and the environment. They believe that people have a right to know and a right to act on issues that fundamentally affect their lives and future generations.
Midwest Region ^
  • Bikeways For Everyone – imagine a citywide network of connected bikeways that make everyone from children to grandparents feel safe riding to work, school, the grocery store, or anywhere in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Grow Solar -a partnership of Midwest organizations and municipalities working to build a solar market that provides long-term benefits to communities.
  • Heartwood – a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment.
  • Kansas City Food Circle – connects eaters with local organic and free-range food producers in order to promote a sustainable food system in the Kansas City region.
  • Local Matter – Transforming the food system in Central Ohio.
  • Local Motion Green –  a Michigan-based ecology center that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.
  • Dakota Resource Council –  is working for preservation of family farms, enforcement of corporate farming laws, soil and water conservation, regulation of coal mining and oil and gas development, protection of groundwater and clean air, renewable energy, and sound management of solid and toxic wastes.
  • Ohio Citizen Action – a 80,000 + member organization joined together to prevent pollution. They were founded in 1975 and practices door-to-door democracy across their state.
NorthEast Region ^
  • Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens – inspires Stamford, CT to explore, examine, understand and appreciate the natural history of the botanical world and its place in their lives.
  • Berkshire Environmental Action Team – works with citizens to help them learn about the environment and their role in protecting it.  BEAT keeps the public informed of current local issues that could have an impact on the environment, and  helps people work together to take action to protect the environment.
  • Connecticut Green Building Council seeks to improve the quality of life in Connecticut through the promotion of intelligently designed and constructed high performance energy efficient building.
  • Fairfield Green Food Guide – is dedicated to providing CT Fairfield County consumers with resources, breaking news and events that support their efforts to eat more local, organic and sustainably grown food.
  • Finger Lakes Climate Fund –  works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening our regional economy and assisting local families in need.
  • Global Awareness Local Action – create a contagious community building model that translates sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun.
  • Grassroots Environmental Education – a New York-based non-profit organization founded in 2000 with a mission to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities.
  • Green Cincinnati – welcomes the public to see, learn and do all things green. Through seminars, tours and hands on projects, green thinkers to learn more about the USGBC methods and practices in designing and constructing energy efficient and sustainable structures for the benefit of the immediate area and the world.
  • GMO Free New York – a volunteer-run grassroots organization allied with other pro-labeling grassroots groups and consumer advocacy organizations in the fight for GMO labeling.
  • Grow Food Northampton – promotes food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.
  • Heartwood – a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment.
  • Nature’s Classroom – gives students and teachers the chance to experience education from another perspective, outside the walls of the classroom.  They are a residential environmental education program with thirteen sites in New York and New England.
  • N.E. Organic Farming Association/NJ – is dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable food, farming, and gardening in New Jersey through education, technical assistance, and policy action.
  • N.E. Organic Farming Association/NY – a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming.
  • N.E. Organic Farming Association/MA –  a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.
  • N.E. Organic Farming Association/RI – an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners and environmentalists working to promote organic farming and organic land care practices.
  • N.E. Organic Farming Association/VT –  an association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.
  • New England Smart Energy – was founded by an energy efficiency advocate who, after years of research came to the undeniable conclusion that energy efficiency is not only the best and “greenest” but also the most cost effective means to combat the multitude of problems resulting from our addiction to fossil fuels.
  • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group – a 12-state network of over 500 participating organizations.  they unite farm and food system practitioners and allies to build a sustainable, just and economically vibrant region.
  • Pascack Sustainability Group – encourages and promotes environmental responsibility and sustainable practices among residences, business owners, schools and government in the Pascack Valley, New Jersey.
  • Post Oil Solutions –  a group of citizens from the Southeast Vermont bio-region with a goal to learn about and develop sustainable practices in our homes, neighborhoods, and larger communities, so as to begin creating the infrastructure in our region necessary for a post oil society.
  • River Keeper – protects the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
  • Second Wind Cottages – helping homeless men find homes and begin to build new relationships. They’ve completed their first 6 cottages with hundreds of hours of volunteer labor and materials discounted or donated by their sponsors.
  • StreetBlog New York – a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.
  • Sustainable Tompkins – a community-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of our region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility.
  • TreeKIT –  builds tools to help city dwellers measure, map, and collaboratively manage urban ecosystems. The project is focused on high density urban areas where the links between human and non-human health are most clearly evident.
  • Vital Communities – a regional nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, VT that works to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to their region’s challenges.
Southeast Region ^
  • 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.
  • Heartwood – a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment.
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International – cultivates markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.  RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States.