Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) - A network of more than 30 local, regional and national peace and environmental groups representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.
Amazon Alliance - Defends the rights, territories and environment of indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon Basin. Members are organizations of indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon Basin and environmental and support organizations sharing their mission.
Amazon Watch - Works with indigenous and environmental organizations in the Amazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil & gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects.
Amazonia - This site is part of a project of analysis and monitoring of public policy in the Amazon executed by Friends of the Earth - Amazonia Program.
American Water Resources Association (AWRA) - Dedicated to the advancement of men and women in water resources management, research, and education. AWRA's membership is multidisciplinary; its diversity is its hallmark. It is the professional home of a wide variety of water resources experts including engineers, educators, foresters, biologists, ecologists, geographers, managers, regulators, hydrologists and attorneys.
Ancient Forest International (AFI) - AFI develops opportunities for wildlands philanthropists and communities to work together to acquire and protect strategic and invaluable forestlands.
Arctic Council - A high-level intergovernmental forum that provides a mechanism to address the common concerns and challenges faced by the Arctic governments and the people of the Arctic.
ARKive - A "Noah's Ark" for the Internet era - the world's centralised digital library of films, photographs and associated recordings of species, accessible to all via the world wide web. A leading virtual conservation effort - finding, sorting, cataloguing and copying the key records of species, and building them into a comprehensive and enduring audio-visual record.
Association of State and Territorial Solid Management Officials - Focuses on state hazardous waste programs; nonhazardous municipal solid waste and industrial waste programs; recycling, waste minimization, and reduction programs; Superfund and state cleanup programs; waste management and cleanup activities at federal facilities, and underground storage tank and leaking underground storage tank programs.
Audobon - U.S. national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations.
Australian Conservation Foundation - Work includes natural heritage protection, water resource management and global warming, endangered species, uranium mining and sustainable cities. Lobbies governments and works to raise the level of awareness of environmental issues within Australia.
Bay Area Green Business Program - Verifies that businesses meet its higher standards of environmental performance. A partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, minimize waste, and reduce their carbon footprint. Offers businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. More than 2,200 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1996. The Association of Bay Area Governments coordinates the Program, which is implemented by Green Business Coordinators in 9 Bay Area participating counties.
Bay Area Open Space Council - A collaborative of over fifty-five member organizations actively involved in permanently protecting and stewarding important parks, trails and agricultural lands in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
Bioneers - Conducts educational and economic development programs in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration.
Blacksmith Institute - An international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries, where human health is at risk. Since its inception in 1999, Blacksmith has completed more than 50 cleanup projects in 21 countries.
Bluewater Network - A national environmental organization aggressively confronting the root causes of climate change and fighting environmental damage from the shipping, oil, and motorized recreation industries.
California Coastal Coalition - A non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; AMBAG, BEACON, SANDAG and SCAG; along with business associations and allied groups committed to restoring California's coast through sand replenishment, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery and improved water quality.
California Coastal Trail - A network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the entire California coastline.
California Coastkeeper Alliance - Unites 12 local waterkeeper programs to fight for swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters for California communities and ecosystems.
California State Parks Foundation - Each year, the California State Parks Foundation grants financial aid to parks projects. These projects range from adding land to existing parks, helping construct visitor centers and interpretive displays, to building trails, restoring wildlife habitat, and supporting family camping programs for underserved youth.
CALPIRG - Working for clean energy to save California coasts, stop the dumping of toxic chemicals into our air, water and on our land, save the wetlands, protect consumers from fraud, privacy violations, unfair fees and unsafe products, promote government accountability to ordinary citizens, and for a sensible health care system.
CEERT - A coalition of the nation's leading environmental and public interest groups and innovative technology companies working to develop America's clean, renewable energy resources. CEERT campaigns cover a wide range of issues, including sustainable electrical generation policies throughout the West.
Center for a New American Dream - Dedicated to building a movement of individuals and organizations committed to sustainable consumption. Helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice.
Center for Environmental Health (CEH) - The problem is serious: powerful industries invent, manufacture, and use dangerous and untested chemicals that are making people sick. This sweeping problem is the field where industries, laws, governments, communities, and consumers all overlap. CEH's Public Interest Litigation Program uses California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act to eliminate toxics from industrial emissions and consumer products.
Center for Health and the Global Environment - Founded in 1996 at Harvard Medical School to expand environmental education at medical schools and to further investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change. By focusing on health, the center is able to reach people in concrete, personal terms they can relate to and understand, and to make the strongest possilbe case that human beings are an intimate part of the environment and that we cannot damage it without damaging ourselves.
Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHJE) - CHEJ believes in environmental justice, the principle that people have the right to a clean and healthy environment regardless of their race or economic standing. Organizing and community empowerment continue to be at the core of the organization's mission. CHEJ was founded by Lois Gibbs, a community leader at Love Canal.
Protecting the environment, including climate change, clean air and water, enforcement issues, environmental justice, toxics, the next generation of environmental policies, natural resources, wildlife and nature;
Centre for Civil Society (South Africa) - Seeking to advance socio-economic and environmental justice by developing critical knowledge about, for and in dialogue with civil society through teaching, research and publishing.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - One of India's leading environmental NGOs with a deep interest in sustainable natural resource management. CSE promotes respect for democracy, people's participation, traditional knowledge and modern science.
Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) - Volunteer organization concerned with environmental pollution and health issues surrounding exposure to toxins. The scientific community and the nuclear industry have undermined citizen's confidence in their ability to understand atomic power and its effects. CAN seeks to demystify these issues, with the goal of enabling citizens to reclaim democratic control over their environment and develop strategies for the prevention and elimination of pollution.
Clean Air Council - Works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.
Clean Water Action - 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.
Coalizão Rios Vivos/Rio Vivos Coalition - A coalition of more than three hundred non-governmental organizations and traditional and indigenous communities working on issues related to Prata River Basin, the Amazonian Basin and other megaprojects such as: the Yacaretá and Porto Primavera Dams; the Araguaia - Tocantins Waterway in the Amazonian Basin and the Bolivia - Brazil pipeline.
Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) - Measures, analyzes, archives, and disseminates coastal environment data for use by coastal engineers, planners, and managers as well as scientists and mariners.
Coastwalk - Inspires, educates and advocates for coastal protection and access.
Common Assets - Brings local, regional and national movements together to activate the American public to defend the commons from misuse, privatization and destruction.
Commonweal - Health and environmental research institute in the Point Reyes National Seashore outside the coastal town of Bolinas, California. Principal areas of work are with (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future.
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) - The mission of CBE is to build people's power in California's communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.
Commonweal - A health and environmental research institute in the Point Reyes National Seashore outside the coastal town of Bolinas, California. Principal areas of work are with (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future.
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) - An environmental health and justice non-profit organization promoting clean air, clean water and the development of toxin-free communities. CBE directly equips residents impacted by industrial pollution with the tools to inform, monitor, and transform their immediate environment.
Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) - New Urbanists aim to reform all aspects of real estate development. Their work affects regional and local plans. They are involved in new development, urban retrofits, and suburban infill. In all cases, New Urbanist neighborhoods are walkable, and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe these strategies are the best way to reduce how long people spend in traffic, to increase the supply of affordable housing, and to rein in urban sprawl.
Conservation International (CI) - Applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.
Conservatree - Information on recycled, tree-free and chlorine-free printing and writing papers.
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) - Promotes coral reef conservation around the world by raising public awareness, building international support, and working with local communities to protect and manage coral reefs.
David Suzuki Foundation - Major projects and issues include climate change and global warming; ecosystem-based forestry, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and biodiversity.
Democracy Center - Working with climate activists - locally, nationally, and globally.
Division of Safety Dams - California - Information relating to dams under California state jurisdiction. This section also includes information on federal dams and reservoirs within the State of California that are not under state jurisdiction and a complete listing of dams within the jurisdiction of the State of California alphabetically ordered by name of the dam.
E2 - Resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. E2 members come from a broad business base, ranging from clean energy and clean tech to real estate and finance, and beyond. An affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Earth Island Institute (EII) - Provides organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment: Protecting rainforests, marine mammals, sea turtles, and indigenous lands; promoting organic and sustainable agriculture, ecological paper alternatives, and the emerging Russian environmental movement; and pursuing community-based habitat restoration, reduction of marine pollution, and development of urban multicultural environmental leadership.
EarthRights International (ERI) - Activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, our earth rights.
Earthwatch Institute - Promotes sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.
Earthways Foundation - Catalyst for personal growth, global awareness and social and environmental activism. Initiates small-scale projects that are cutting edge models for environmental preservation, human potential and sustainable development.
Ecojustice - Formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund, is Canada's leading non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists devoted to protecting the environment. Since 1990, it has helped hundreds of groups, coalitions and communities expose law-breakers, hold governments accountable and establish powerful legal precedents in defence of our air, water, wildlife and natural spaces.
Ecological Society of America (ESA) - Organization of scientists founded to stimulate ecological research; communicate the science of ecology; promote the application of ecological knowledge to public issues.
Ecology Action Centre - Voice for Nova Scotia's environment. The Centre's earliest projects included recycling, composting, and energy conservation, and these are now widely recognized environmental issues. Current areas of focus include Built Environment, Marine Issues, Coastal Issues, Wilderness, Food, Transportation and Energy Issues.
Ecology Center - Berkeley, California organization providing non-commercial information about household products, ecologically-sensitive methods of living, toxic threats to society and alternatives to those threats.
Energy and Biodiversity Initiative (EBI) - Partnership between industry and conservation organizations "designed to produce practical guidelines, tools and models to improve the environmental performance of energy operations, minimize harm to biodiversity, and maximize opportunities for conservation wherever oil and gas resources are developed."
Environment Agency - Leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.
Environmental Defense Fund (EFD) - A leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem.
Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) - Represents 2,000 businesses that manage solid, hazardous, and medical wastes, manufacture, distribute, and service waste equipment, and offer related pollution-prevention services.
Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) - Works to protect and restore ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species throughout Northwest California. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach, combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation.
ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology, and Conservation) - ETC Group's strength is in the research and analysis of technological information (particularly but not exclusively plant genetic resources, biotechnologies, and [in general] biological diversity), and in the development of strategic options related to the socioeconomic ramifications of new technologies.
European Environment Agency (EEA) - An agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. A major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy. Also see EEA Publications.
Eyak Preservation Council - At the heart of all of EPC's work are the wild salmon, their pristine habitat and the ecosystems that not only sustain the returning salmon but also the traditional heritage and economies that depend on them.
Food and Water Watch - Works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.
Forest Ethics - A nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada and the United States. Seeks to protect endangered forests and wild places, wildlife, and human well-being. Current campaigns focus on wild places in Canada and California's Sierra, and on industries that use products that come from these places.
Forest History Society - Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - An international non-profit organization founded to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. Coordinates an international labelling scheme for forest products which provides a credible guarantee that the product comes from a well managed forest.
Friends of the Earth (FOE) - One of the largest international networks of environmental groups in the world. FOE wins many battles with government and industry, achieving bans on ozone-destroying CFCs, reducing trade in rainforest timber, and increasing support for cleaner energy technologies.
Friends of the Wild Swan - Dedicated to protecting and restoring water quality, fish and wildlife habitat in the wild Rockies of northwest Montana.
Friends of Wild Salmon - A group of residents of British Columbia's North Coast and Skeena watershed who have come together to work towards a common goal: the protection of wild salmon.
Fund for Wild Nature - Provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity.
Gaviota Coast Conservancy - Seeks the permanent protection of the Gaviota Coast's unique natural, scenic, agricultural, recreational, and cultural resources.
Global Exchange - A human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world.
Global Green USA - Focused on fighting global climate change through our green affordable housing initiatives.
Global Justice Ecology Project - Building local, national and international alliances to address the common root causes of social injustice, economic domination and environmental destruction. Campaigns include;
Golden Gate Audobon - A volunteer-oriented organization dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds and other wildlife.
Green Alliance- Promotes sustainable development by ensuring that the environment is at the heart of decision-making.
Green Business Certification (GBCI) - Provides third party verification services for certification and credentialing through a scientific process by which a product, process or service is reviewed by a reputable and unbiased third party to verify that a set of criteria, claims or standards are being met.
Green Business League (GBL) - A certification program for Green Businesses that is Earned, and not Bought. No greenwashing allowed, since every company is audited annually by a GBL Certified Green Consultant.
Green Cross International - Green Cross International has been granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It also cooperates directly with the UNEP/OCHA Environmental Emergencies Section, UN-HABITAT and other international organizations.
Green Festival - A project of Green America and Global Exchange. Enjoy more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. Shop in our unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses-everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources.
Green For All - Working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Greenbelt Alliance - San Francisco Bay Area citizen land conservation organization. During its 40 years, we've the Greenbelt Alliance has helped save many wonderful places, including the Napa Valley, Angel Island, Pleasanton Ridge, farmlands in Sonoma and Santa Clara counties, and the San Mateo coastline.
Greenpeace International - International organization dedicated to the protection of the environment by peaceful means. Learn the history of Greenpeace, read its Annual Report, explore the virtual Rainbow Warrior.
Greywater Action - A collaborative of educators who teach residents and tradespeople about affordable and simple household water systems that dramatically reduce water use and foster sustainable cultures of water. Also see Wikipedia's backgrounder on Greywater.
groundWork - An environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in South Africa but increasingly in Southern Africa.
Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) - Ssupports research related to the environment at every level, from undergraduates through senior faculty members. By sponsoring symposia, public lectures, and informal student convocations, the Center connects people with an interest in the environment.
Heal the Bay - Working to make Santa Monica Bay and Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy again for people and marine life.
Health Care Without Harm - A global coalition of 473 organizations in more than 50 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in the health care sector. An international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups.
Heinrich Boll Foundation - A political non-profit foundation affiliated with the party of Alliance 90/The Greens. In cooperation with numerous partner organizations around the world, the Foundation in its international political education work aims to strengthen ecology oriented action and civil society through exchanges.
HOPE - Dedicated to protecting California's Greater Monterey Peninsula natural environment and providing genuine democracy by providing world class vision, advocacy, and public education in environmental science and law, and public participation.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater - Clearwater was founded in 1969 by music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger. The organization began with the launch of sloop Clearwater-a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 106-foot-long tall ship was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, virtually creating the template by which such programs are conducted around the world today.
Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) - Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues. IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) - Promotes just and sustainable societies and protection of the environment. Its members include practitioners and scholars from a variety of developed and developing countries - including lawyers, political scientists, economists and others - representing a diversity of geographic regions, and a wide range of cultural, legal and political traditions.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) - A nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. ILSR works with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.
Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) - Advocates a reconstructive and transformative outlook on social and environmental issues, and promotes a directly democratic, confederal politics.
Institute for Solar Living (ISL) - Over half a million people have visited ISL's 12-acre Solar Living Center located in Hopland, California. The site is powered entirely by working renewable energy systems, and features a 5,000 sq. foot strawbale building with innovative passive solar design and the creative use of recycled materials.
Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) - Europe's leading body for professional involvement in occupational safety representing over 25,000 members working across the full spectrum of industry and commerce from multinational giants to small consultancies.
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) - Research and technical and scientific analysis for environmental regulators. Its mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.
International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA) - Dedicated to healing the planet while providing for the human community-by education and implementation of socially just, ecological, resource-conserving forms of agriculture, the basis of all sustainable societies. The IIEA was founded in 1993 by farmer David Blume as a nonprofit organization focused on promoting permaculture and alternative fuels.
International Marinelife Alliance (IMA) - The IMA condemns destructive fishing practices, advocates environmental defense, popularize alternative livelihood for surplus fisherfolk, promotes "clean" harvesting technology, nurtures environmental activism, propagates environmental causes, supports environmental education, adheres to the principles of sustainable development and safeguards marine biodiversity.
International Rivers Network (IRN) - IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. Works to halt destructive river development projects and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.
Laboratory of Tree Ring Research - University of Arizona, Tucson. The primary mission of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is to apply dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) to improve understanding of natural environmental variability in climatic, hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological systems and their interactions with human societies.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - U.S. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and ball fields in every one of our 50 states were set aside for Americans to enjoy thanks to federal funds from the LWCF. Every year, $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are put into this fund. The money is intended to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.
Land Trust Alliance (LTA) - A national leader in the private land conservation movement, promoting voluntary land conservation across the country and providing resources, leadership and training to the nation's 1,200-plus nonprofit, grassroots land trusts, helping them to protect important open spaces.
LEAD International - A global network of individuals and non-governmental organizations, committed to sustainable development.
Living Lakes - Promotes voluntary international collaboration among organizations that carry out projects benefiting lakes, wildlife, and people.
Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper - Working to restore inundated river canyons, wetlands and the delta, repeal antiquated laws which represent the river's death sentence, reduce water and energy use and their impacts on the river, recruit constituents to aid in reviving the Colorado.
Marin Humane Society - Provides pet foster and adoption services; lost and found and animal behavior hotlines; a low-cost spay and neuter clinic; low-cost vaccination and microchip identification clinics; classroom visits, shelter tours and summer camps.
Marine Mammal Center - Fosters marine mammal survival and the conservation of their habitat tThrough rescue and humane treatment of ill, injured, or orphaned marine mammals, to return healthy animals to the wild, through scientific inquiry, and through education and communication.
Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) - Dedicated to the restoration of natural systems in the Mattole River watershed (Humboldt County, California) and their maintenance at sustainable levels of health and productivity, especially in regards to forests, fisheries, soils, and other native plant and animal communities.
National Audubon Society - Mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
National Land Committee - A section 21 non-governmental organisation comprising a national office and eight affiliated land rights organisations. The NLC actively assists poor black rural people across eight (of nine) provinces to access land rights and development resources.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) - Conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses, and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - UK organization providing research and training in the environmental sciences. Its work covers the full range of atmospheric, earth, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the depth of the oceans to the upper atmosphere.
Nature Conservancy, The - Preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Also see Where We Work page.
Nature Conservancy: California - Learn about nature conservation in California, including environmental issues and resources from The Nature Conservancy.
Nova Scotia Nature Trust - From the blazing colour of an autumn hardwood forest to the stark beauty of a granite barren, Nova Scotia has a rich and diverse natural heritage, and with less than 30% of the province's land publicly owned, private landowners have a vital role to play in protecting these places. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is a non-governmental charitable, land conservation organization whose mandate is to forever protect these irreplaceable natural treasures on private land.
Ohio Citizen Action - Best known for its work on public health and the environment. Chemical right-to-know, clean-up, pesticide in foods, groundwater protection, nuclear reactors - public education, campaigns, alerts, and news.
Oilwatch - The Oilwatch Network was born inspired by the necessity to develop global strategies for communities affected by oil activities and to support the resistance processes of coummunities that do not want to see their territories affected, to work for sustainability and collective rights.
Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC) - A conservation consortium promoting environmental protection by educating the public and influencing the public's servants through legal and legislative processes.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) - A non-profit foundation founded to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
Pacific Institute - Conducts interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity-in California, nationally, and internationally. Based in Oakland, California.
Paso Pacífico - Seeks to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems along Central America's Pacific slope thereby ensuring the connectivity and function of wildlife habitat. Working towards realizing our dream of creating viable wildlife corridors along the Pacific Coast.
Peace Action - Peace and justice organization promoting global nuclear disarmament, cuts in military spending, and an end to the international arms trade.
Peaceful Uprising - A nonprofit collective committed to action to combat the climate crisis and build a just, healthy world.
Pembina Institute, The - Seeks to advance sustainable energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy.
Planning and Conservation League (PCL) - Working in the California State Legislature and at the administrative level in state government to enact and implement policies to protect and restore the California environment.
Raincoast Conserevation Foundation - A team of conservationists and scientists empowered by their research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) - Protects the Earth's rainforests and supports the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
Rainforest Foundation - Supports indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.
Red List of Threatened Species - IUCN (The The World Conservation Union), through its Species Survival Commission (SSC) has for four decades been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties and even selected subpopulations on a global scale in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation. The taxa assessed for the IUCN Red List are the bearers of genetic diversity and the building blocks of ecosystems, and information on their conservation status and distribution provides the foundation for making informed decisions about preserving biodiversity at local to global levels.
Safe Energy Communications Council (SECC) - Ten environmental and public interest media groups educate the public and the media about energy efficiency and renewable energy's potential to produce a larger share of our nation's energy and the economic and environmental liabilities of nuclear power.
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission - In recognition of the need to restore and protect the Santa Monica Bay and its resources, the State of California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project (SMBRP) as a National Estuary Program in December 1988. The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission continues the mission of the Bay Restoration Project and the collaborative approach of the National Estuary Program but with a greater ability to accelerate the pace and effectiveness of Bay restoration efforts.
Santa Monica BayKeeper - Its mission is to protect and restore the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. Works to achieve this goal through litigation and regulatory programs and by involving the public in stewardship programs such as its Kelp Restoration Project using volunteer scuba divers and its Beachkeeper Storm Drain Monitoring program.
Save the Bay - Seeks to preserve, restore and protect the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta Estuary as a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) - Established in 1977, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Its mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Also see Zero Tolerance campaign page.
Second Nature - A nonprofit organization that helps colleges and universities expand their efforts to make environmentally sustainable and just action a foundation of learning and practice.
Sierra Club - Advances the protection of the natural environment by empowering the citizenry, especially democratically-based grassroots organizations, with resources to further their causes. Also see Sierra Club Near You page.
Small Planet Institute - Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe founded the Small Planet Institute in 2001 to help define, articulate, and further an historic transition: a worldwide shift from the dominant, failing notion of democracy as a set of fixed institutions toward democracy understood as a way of life, a culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability infuse all dimensions of public life.
Smart Growth America (SGA) - A coalition of nearly 100 advocacy organizations that have a stake in how metropolitan expansion affects our environment, quality of life and economic sustainability. SGA's coalition partners include national, state and local groups working on behalf of the environment, historic preservation, social equity, land conservation, neighborhood redevelopment, farmland protection, labor, town planning.
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) - An international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity.
Solid Waste Association of North Americam (SWANA) - The leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves over 8,000 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment - The go-to place for Stanford faculty, researchers and students to collaborate on environmental research. Their interdisciplinary work crosses sectors and disciplines, advancing solutions to the most critical, complex environmental and sustainability challenges.
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) - Non-profit organization working to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable.
Surfrider - A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting oceans, waves and beaches.
Tahoe Fund - Working to improve the natural environment of the Claifornnia/Nevada Lake Tahoe Basin.
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) - Dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation.
Tomales Bay Institute - The commons is everywhere. It is the air we breathe, the words we speak, the traditions we respect. The commons as a broad concept has significant power to help us understand the world around us. The problem is that the commons is ceaselessly invaded, colonized and destroyed by the market economy's drive for short-term profit. Confronting this dilemma, TBL advocates: 1) Putting boundaries on market activity. For example, putting limits on pollution, advertising and corporate campaign contributions. 2) Making polluters pay. 3) Shortening patent and copyright terms.
Tellus Institute - Nonprofit environmental research and consulting group. Tellus projects address policy and planning issues in such areas as energy, water, waste, and land use.
Trees for Life - Scotland's leading conservation volunteering charity. Seeks to restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest to a spectacular wilderness region of 1,000 square miles of mountains and glens to the west of Inverness and Loch Ness.
Trees Foundation - Striving to restore the ecological integrity of the biologically-rich North Coast region by providing affiliate groups with free technical, financial, administrative, and outreach support.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Works to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices. Its activities cover a wide range of issues, from atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and information, to an early warning and emergency response capacity to deal with environmental disasters and emergencies.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation - Having access to safe drinking water and sanitation is central to living a life in dignity and upholding human rights. Yet billions of people still do not enjoy these fundamental rights. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation was established to examine such issues and provide recommendations to Governments, to the United Nations and other stakeholders. Catarina de Albuquerque was appointed in September 2008, and began her work on the mandate in November 2008.
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. Programs concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine, mountains and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. We also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.
United Water Defense (UWD) - Committed to halting mountaintop removal coal mining (otherwise referred to as cross ridge or contour mining) in Tennessee.
Utah Tar Sands Resistance - A grassroots organization of people determined to prevent the imminent threat of tar sands and tar shale mining in Utah, the Colorado Plateau region and, ultimately, the world.
Ventana Wilderness Society - Current program areas include Species Recovery focusing on California condor reintroduction, conservation ecology, conservation education, and habitat restoration.
Water.org - Working to empower others toward a better life with safe water and toilets.
WaterAid (U.S.) - An international charity dedicated to helping people escape the stranglehold of poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation.
Also see WaterAid (UK).
Water Environment Federation (WEF) - Technical organization for the water quality industry. Information on water quality issues, cost-cutting design and implementation strategies, EPA enforcement activities, and time-saving operation techniques.
What's on Tap? - This June 2003 NRDC study of drinking water quality in 19 U.S. cities finds that pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing are sometimes delivering drinking water that might pose health risks to some residents -- and unless steps are taken now, tap water will get worse. The report issues grades to each municipal water system studied in three problem areas - water quality and compliance, source water protection, and right-to-know compliance - and outlines a plan for protecting the nation's drinking water supply.
WILD Foundation - Project focus is on wilderness conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
WildEarth Guardians - Works to protect and restore wildlife, wild places and wild rivers in the American West.
Wilderness Committee - Canada's largest membership-based citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization.
Wilderness Society, The (TWS) - Works through public education, scientific analysis, and advocacy to protect America's wilderness and develop a nation-wide network of wild lands.
Wildlands Network - Working toward the the creation of four Continental Wildways, large protected corridors of land running coast to coast, and north to south throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico - providing enough Room to Roam to protect wildlife and people for the long-term.
Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) - A national conservation organization established by Environment Canada, provincial wildlife agencies and conservation agencies within the wildlife habitat coalition. WHC works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to find effective solutions to complex environmental problems facing wildlife habitat.
Woodland Trust - UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to the protection of its native woodland heritage.
World Conservation Union (IUNC) - The world's largest conservation-related organisation, bringing together 76 states, 111 government agencies, 732 NGOs, 36 affiliates, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership that assists societies throughout the world to value and conserve the integrity and diversity of nature.
World Monuments Fund - Leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world's most treasured places, applying proven techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe.
World Water Council - Established in 1996 on the initiative of renowned water specialists and international organisations, in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community. The World Water Council's mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth.
WWF [formerly the World Wildlife Fund] - WWF originally stood for "World Wildlife Fund ". In 1986, WWF changed its name from World Wildlife Fund to the World Wide Fund For Nature. The United States and Canada, however, retained the old name. Climate change, forests, living waters, endangered speices, toxics and socio-economics programs.
WWF-UK - Conservation organization in UK, the first national organization in the WWF network.
Worldwatch Institute - A public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.
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