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Environmental Organizations

Links to general environmental organizations, particularly in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. See also more specific subcategories in environment.

Pittsburgh Region

  • 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Program
    a partnership of ALCOSAN and the Allegheny County Health Department established to provide county communities with the institutional, technical and financial tools to eliminate wet weather sewer overflows.
  • The Air & Waste Management Association, Allegheny Mountain Section
    Promoting better understanding of problems in the fields of air and water pollution and waste management and providing a means for exchanging information towards resolving those problems.
  • Allegheny CleanWays
    Allegheny CleanWays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2000 to "engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County."
  • Allegheny County Conservation District
    the government agency responsible for conservation of the county's soil resources.
  • Allegheny Land Trust
    Allegheny Land Trust is an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 to protect land of natural value in and adjacent to Allegheny County.
  • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
    The local chapter of the national bird conservation organization
  • Center for Environmental Oncology
    The purpose of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute is to promote further research on the environmental causes of cancer and educate the public about environmental risk factors for cancer.
  • Center for Healthy Environments & Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    CHEC helps individuals & communities in Western Pennsylvania identify their most important environmental problems and develop action plans for more sustainable solutions for a healthy environment.
  • Chatham University: School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE)
    The new School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) will be located on the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm in Richland Township
  • Clean Rivers Campaign
    The Clean Rivers Campaign supports the federally-mandated solution to the sewage overflow problem: stop stormwater runoff from entering the sewage system at its source. They support creating a green infrastructure, such as permeable streets and sidewalks, green roofs, trees, and rain gardens, which use vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls.
  • Conemaugh Valley Conservancy
    The purpose of the Conservancy is to promote the conservation and preservation of natural and cultural resources and to encourage land-use practices along the Conemaugh River corridor.
  • Conservation Consultants, Inc.
    CCI is a non-profit organization whose mission is the responsible energy use in homes and other buildings. CCI offers a wide range of energy consulting services to improve energy efficiency and comfort in new and existing buildings. You can hire them to come do an audit of your house.
  • Duquesne University: Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE)
    The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences offers a five year BS/MS and graduate degrees in their Environmental Science and Management Program.
  • Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
    The Explorers Club of Pittsburgh is a non- profit organization devoted to adventure and education in outdoor & wilderness recreation and conservation. Numerous activites, trips and schools are led by club members and include rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, biking, scuba, skiing, ice climbing, rafting and orienteering.
  • Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
    The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state ó and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat.
  • Friends of the Riverfront
    The Friends of the Riverfront was established to create and is dedicated to the continued expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, a wonderful pedestrian trail and greenway system running for 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Mononghahela and Ohio Rivers in Pittsburgh.
  • GASP: Group Against Smog and Pollution
    A non-profit citizens' organization working for clean air and water in Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Green Building Alliance
    The Green Building Alliance is a non-profit organization that integrates environmentally responsible--and high performance--design, construction and operating practices into the Greater Pittsburgh market.
  • The Green Design Institute
    Promotes environmentally conscious engineering, product and process design, manufacturing, and architecture. The institute has roots in two existing Carnegie Mellon centers: The Engineering Design Research Center, and The Environmental Institute.
  • GTECH Strategies
    GTECH Strategies is a nonprofit that revitalizes Pittsburgh's vacant lots and brownfields through bioenergy gardens. They plants crops, generally sunflowers, which transforms unused land into community spaces, improves soil quality and produces oil for biofuels.
  • Hollow Oak Land Trust
    Focuses on the conservation of resources, especially Montour Run Watershed, located in the five western Allegheny County municipalities (Coraopolis, Findlay, Moon, North Fayette, and Robinson) that make up the Pittsburgh International Airport corridor.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Environmental Committee
    The UJF Environmental Committee is dedicated to its mission of greening Pittsburgh's Jewish community and heightening awareness of environmental issues.
  • Latodami Nature Center
    The Latodami, located in Allegheny County's North Park, north of Pittsburgh, consists of a barn, a pond, stream and wetland habitats, 300 acres of forest and fields, and 13 thirteen trails. Their website contains information about the flora and fauna of Western Pennsylvania
  • McKeever Environmental Learning Center
    Located about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh near Sandy Lake, Mercer County, the McKeever Environmental Learning Center is administered by Slippery Rock University and offers environmental education programs and hiking trails for the public in a natural wooded setting.
  • Montour Run Watershed Association
    The MRWA has as its purpose the protection, remediation, and long-term stewardship of the Montour Run Watershed. This includes land, water, and biological resources of the watershed, as we strive to make the Montour Valley healthier for all its residents.
  • Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy
    The purpose of the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy is to promote the enhancement, growth and careful use of Mt. Lebanonís green space.
  • Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
    The Nine Mile Run Watershed is a small urban watershed located in Pittsburgh's East End. The 6.5 square mile Nine Mile Run watershed includes the boroughs of Edgewood, Swissvale, Wilkinsburg, and part of the City of Pittsburgh. It is home to close to 48,000 people as well as 250 plant species, 22 different mammals, and 189 types of birds. Water from the Nine Mile Run Watershed flows into the Monongahela, then the Ohio, then the Mississippi River, and eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The Outdoor Classroom
    Formerly the Regional Environmental Education Center
    The Outdoor Classroom is an educational facility nestled within 475 acres of Boyce-Mayview Park just 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Paddle Without Pollution
    Paddle Without Pollution organizes primarily kayakers and canoeists to conduct trash pick-ups, assist with habitat restoration, and monitor the conditions of rivers, lakes, and streams.
  • The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh
    Most of the strategic initiatives of this Penn State Center are in the field of environmental science.
  • Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership
    A Pittsburgh-based public private partnership dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation in Pennsylvania. PBP's mission is to conserve biodiversity statewide by promoting communication and cooperation among a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Southwest Office
    Formerly the Allegheny Watershed Network
    A PA Environmental Council project "formed to allow citizen groups and government agencies active within the Allegheny River watershed an opportunity to exchange information and ideas about the protection and enhancement of their local water resources."
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council
    PRC has an office in Pittsburgh. Recognized as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling, the remainder of PRC's work focuses on litter and visual blight prevention, watershed awareness, and composting. They often run workshops on home composting.
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    An advocacy and support group for the four regional parks within the city of Pittsburgh - Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley.
    • Urban Ecosteward Program
      Stewards receive training from Parks Conservancy staff and other program partners and visit their park site throughout the year to remove invasive species, plant native flora, slow erosion, and clean up trash.
  • Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities
    Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities provides information on alternative fuel vehicles, grants available for purchasing an alternative fueled vehicle, and air quality in the Pittsburgh region.
  • Rachel Carson Homestead - Springdale, PA
    Its mission is to preserve, restore, and interpret Rachel Carson's birthplace and childhood home; to design and implement environmental education programs in keeping with her precepts; and to serve as an international resource for information about her life and work.
  • Rachel Carson Institute
    Located at Chatham College, the Institute continues the legacy of its former student by providing a forum for public education and discussions of significant environmental issues.
  • Riverlife
    The Riverlife Task Force was a public-private partnership established in 2000 to guide and advocate for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh's riverfronts. Their primary vision is a Three Rivers Park, an expanse of hundreds of acres along 13 linear miles of waterfront that brings recreation, ecological restoration and economic opportunity back to our waterfronts.
  • RiverQuest
    RiverQuest is a non-profit educational organization that operates a river learning center for students, teachers and the community of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Roaring Run Watershed Association
    An environmental preservation organization whose mission is to restore and protect the watershed that is near Apollo, Pennsylvania, and includes both Rattling Run and Roaring Run, which flow into the Kiskiminetas River.
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
    The ruffed grouse is Pennsylvania's state bird and the Ruffed Grouse Society is headquartered in Coraopolis, PA and consists mainly of grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species.
  • Scott Conservancy
    The Scott Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the active pursuit of the appropriate use, preservation, and development of both the natural and man-made environment.
  • Sierra Club: Allegheny Group
    Sponsors a year-round outings program and is involved actively in environmental issues affecting the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • South Side Pittsburgh Tree Project
    A community effort to grow green space on the South Side
  • Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research
    An institute at Carnegie Mellon University that focuses on Air Quality and the Atmosphere, Energy Systems, Green Buildings and Communities, Green Product Design, Green Practices, Green Chemistry, and Risk Analysis, Management, and Communication.
  • Streets Run Watershed Association
    The Streets Run Watershed Association (SRWSA) is a joint Municipal organization compromised of 8 participating municipalities, including the boroughs of Baldwin, Brentwood, Homestead, Munhall, West Homestead, West Mifflin, Whitehall and the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Sustainable Monroeville
    Helping the suburban municipality of Monroeville move forward in the green economy by offering sustainable solutions.
  • Sustainable Pittsburgh
    Sustainable Pittsburgh, a non-partisan, civic forum, advocates the integration of economic growth, environmental health, and social equity as the foundation for high quality of life and long-term prosperity of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Tree Pittsburgh
    Formerly Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest
    Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting City trees.
  • University of Pittsburgh Certificate Program in Environmental Law, Science, and Policy
    A program in environmental law by the Pitt School of Law which offers an Environmental Law Clinic.
  • Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR)
    WPCAMR is an alliance of 24 County Conservation Districts and cooperative organizations in the bituminous coal region of Western Pennsylvania dedicated to improving water quality and working to halt abandoned mine drainage into Western Pennsylvania's waterways.
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
    Pennsylvania's largest private land conservation organization whose one essential purpose is to conserve water, land, and wildlife.
  • Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club
    Interested in wild mushrooms but afraid to pick and eat them? Learn all about fungi with this local club.
  • Westmoreland Cleanways
    Westmoreland Cleanways sponsors programs for the proper disposal of solid waste through recycling, special collections, and the cleanup of illegal dumpsites and littered areas.
  • Women for a Healthy Environment
    Women for a Healthy Environment, a nonprofit group in Western Pennsylvania, focuses on educating the general public on issues associated with food and consumer product safety, including sources of possible exposure to environmental toxins.
 

Pennsylvania

  • 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
    An alliance of organizations and individuals committed to promoting land use policies and actions that will enable Pennsylvania to strengthen its diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and reduce sprawl. Currently it encompasses over 160 organizations representing over 300,000 Pennsylvanians.
  • The Allegheny Defense Project
    An activist organization comprised of scientists, environmentalists, economists, students, individuals, and organizations working to protect and restore the native forest of the Allegheny Plateau.
  • Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)
    A statewide nonprofit advocacy group that protects Pennsylvania's environment and economy by combatting pollution, encouraging sustainable development and the use of renewable energy.
  • Clean Air Council
    Clean Air Council is a member- supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws. It has offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
    Headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, CELDF provides free and affordable legal services to grassroots, community-based groups and local governments working to protect their quality of life and natural environment through building sustainable communities.
  • Friends of Allegheny Wilderness
    Friends of Allegheny Wilderness works with local communities to ensure that increased wilderness protection is a priority of the stewardship of the Allegheny National Forest.
  • PennEnvironment
    A consumer action group advocating for clean air, clean water and open spaces.
  • Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education
    a non-profit organization which promotes and supports environmental education activities and efforts throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD)
    Organized in 1950 to serve as a collective voice of Pennsylvania's conservation districts, PACD provides districts with education and information to help them in their work in land and water conservation and represents districts at the state and national levels in soil, water, and related resource management.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
    Includes Bureau of Air Quality, Ozone Action in Pennsylvania, Drive Clean Pennsylvania: Vehicle Emission Inspection & Maintenance Program, Weekly Environmental Protection Update, and Information by Subject.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
    This is the website for information on State Parks and Forests, Rails-To-Trails, Topographic & Geologic Survey, Heritage Parks, Rivers.
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council
    The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy.
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation
    Uses citizens' suit powers contained in both state and federal laws to stop pollution, prevent misuse of the land and obtain environmental justice
  • Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education: Wildlife Leadership Academy
    The Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education at Juniata College is dedicated to advancing awareness, knowledge and skills in natural history and conservation of natural resources.
  • Sierra Club: Pennsylvania Chapter
    Includes links to local chapters, publications, events.
  • Southern Alleghenies Conservancy and Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation & Development Area
    The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy is a regionally based non profit, non government corporation with 501 (c) (3) tax status organized to assist local organizations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties) to carry out resource conservation activities which are first suggested by local communities. The Conservancy also acts as a land trust organization and accepts donations of property which owners wish to see preserved.
 

United States

  • Audubon Society
    The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
  • Environmental Defense Fund
    300,000 members working to find solutions to environmental problems.
  • Friends of the Earth US
    Friends of the Earth is a national environmental organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations. As the largest international environmental network in the world with affiliates in 63 countries, Friends of the Earth empowers citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting their environment.
  • Green Party
    A grassroots political party supporting the following values: grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, nonviolence, decentralization, community-based economics and economic justice, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, future focus and sustainability.
  • Greenpeace USA
    Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
  • National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
    a national, non-profit organization working to improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues.
    • Encyclopedia of Earth
      The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council
    A non-profit organization with more than 350,000 members nationwide, NRDC's mission is to preserve the environment, protect the public health, and ensure the conservation of wilderness and natural resources through research, advocacy, litigation and public education.
  • The Nature Conservancy
    The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people. Founded in 1951, it works in all 50 states and more than 30 countries and has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river around the world.
  • Plant Conservation Alliance
    The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 145 non-federal Cooperators who work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem.
  • The Sierra Club
    Founded by John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
  • Student Conservation Association
    Provides people the opportunity to serve and protect our nation's valuable national parks, forests and urban communities.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
    This website offers information on food, vehicles, environment, energy, and security issues. Their current issues include Antibiotic resistance, Biotechnology, Clean vehicles, Forests, Global warming, Invasive species, Missile defense, Nuclear energy, Nuclear weapons, and Renewable energy.
  • United States Green Building Council
    The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

  • US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM)
    The bureau of the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting citizens and the environment during coal mining and reclamation.
  • Wildlife Habitat Council
    A nonprofit, nonlobbying 501(c)(3) group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife.
  • Women's Environment and Development Organization
    a global organization actively working to increase women's visibility, roles and leadership in public policy-making through peace, gender, human rights, environmental and economic justice campaigns; and through international, national, and local advocacy.
  • Worldwatch Institute
    Each January, the Worldwatch Institute publishes a 200+ page "State of the World" report on progress toward a sustainable society. Older volumes are available for free download in .pdf format.
 

International

  • Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
    The CEC facilitates cooperation and public participation to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment for the benefit of present and future generations, in the context of increasing economic, trade and social links between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

  • Conservation International
    "a field-based, non-profit organization that protects the Earth's biologically richest areas and helps the people who live there improve their quality of life. CI uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide."
  • Earthwatch Institute
    The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public. Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization, founded in Boston and now with offices in Oxford, England, Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan, with 50,000 members.
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    An international attempt to coordinate environmental programs.
  • The World Wildlife Fund Internatioanl
    The page below is a directory to the World Wildlife Fund throughout the world.