Clean water, breathable air, and ample natural resources are things most Americans take for granted. But Earth’s precious resources are under threat every day. SAGE believes that the earth our children inherit should be clean, livable, and support a diversity of life.

To ensure coming generations can live in such a world, members volunteer for environmental organizations, support conservation campaigns, and roll up their sleeves to plant trees and clean rivers. At home, members change their own behavior by driving less, buying local and recycling more.

Read our member stories (right side of this page) for great examples of the many ways that members are giving forward for the environment.

For more examples and inspiration, read our Impact Report.

You can protect the air or bring a river back to life. What’s your role? Consider investing your time and talent with the following nonprofit groups.

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

John F. Kennedy

Lori Davidson

Lori shares her skills with Millennials to help them achieve their potential.

Roberta Schwarz

Roberta Schwarz is building a park in her hometown.

Walt Mintkeski

Walt helps preserve water quality and improve energy efficiency for future generations

Nonprofit Environment Partners

Columbia Land Trust conserves and cares for the Northwest places you love—the places that provide all of us well-being and an unrivaled quality of life. You can volunteer with Columbia Land Trust as an extra field hand, an office helper, a photographer, a junior board member, or other roles. Click here to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities.

Forest Park Conservancy protects and restores over 5,000 acres of public and private land within the Greater Forest Park ecosystem. You can help remove invasive plants or repair trails by joining a stewardship work party. Call 503-223-5449.

Willamette Riverkeeper protects and restores the Willamette River so that it supports natural habitat, clean water, fishing and swimming. You can learn more about the river and volunteer through many different initiatives such as joining a stewardship work party or helping to connect with the public at festivals, markets and other meetings. Call 503-223-6418 or email [email protected]

Northwest Earth Institute believes that every person has the power to create positive action. Discover change together and inspire people to take responsibility for Earth. You can lead one of NWEI’s discussion courses with friends, church members or co-workers on a variety of subjects such as actions to reduce your carbon footprint, or challenge yourself to adopt a new behavior through the EcoChallenge. Call Liz Zavodsky, 503-227-2807 or email [email protected]

Center for Earth Leadership trains and motivates Northwest citizens to become agents of local change in forging a sustainable culture. Take advantage of one or more of the Center’s programs such as participating in their Agent of Change course to learn to implement sustainable practices and influence others in your neighborhood, workplace, or other locales. Call 503-227-2315 or email [email protected]rg.

Climate Solutions accelerates practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Stay informed and take action in support of regional climate solutions campaigns to reduce global warming pollution and transition Oregon to a clean and energy-efficient economy. Sign up for action alerts or join their Business Leaders for Climate Solutions.

Natural Resources Defense Council is a national advocacy group to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. Take action on numerous advocacy campaigns.

Columbia Riverkeeper protects and restores the Columbia River and all life connected to it. We work to organize and empower local communities, enforce environmental laws, and build strategic coalitions. You can get involved in our Adopt-A-River Program and care for a stretch of the Columbia River. During the year, there are also opportunities to volunteer in other ways, such as at events, hearings and with water quality monitoring. Stay connected and learn about volunteer opportunities by clicking here to join our email list.

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