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The Sierra Club, a non-profit organization, is the nation’s longest standing volunteer driven environmental organization. Its purpose is to ‘explore, enjoy and protect the planet’. It does this by educating the public and influencing public policy decisions — legislative, legal, and electoral.


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Audubon Society

The voice for birds in NY State.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens Campaign for the Environment was formed in 1985 by a small group of concerned citizens who recognized the need to provide public involvement to advance stronger environmental policy. Today, with environmentalist Adrienne Esposito talking to policy-makers and managing the not-for-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, CCE has grown immensely and continues to work to empower the public by providing members with opportunities to participate in the political process through extensive education, research, lobbying and public outreach programs. By working with other organizations in diverse coalitions and through ongoing communication with local, state and federal elected officials and environmental and public health agencies, CCE has been successful in advancing programs that benefit the natural environment and public health.

Citizens Climate Lobby

The mission of CCL, a national grassroots climate change organization, is to create the political will for a stable climate and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. There are currently over 75 groups across the U.S. and Canada and each group meets monthly and writes letters to the editor and members of Congress to advocate for a carbon fee and dividend approach to battling climate change. The Long Island chapter of CCL began in January 2013.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk

From its magnificent beaches, dunes and waters, to its soaring bluffs and woodlands, Montauk remains one of the last unspoiled outposts on Long Island. For more than 40 years, the Concerned Citizens of Montauk have worked to ensure that 70% of Montauk is preserved.Concerned Citizens of Montauk:
• Advocates for conservation and habitat preservation
• Promotes drinking water protection
• Teaches environmental responsibility
• Supports strengthened environmental legislation
• Opposes the sales of public parks
• Opposes inappropriate and environmentally damaging development
Our Mission is to preserve and protect the unique environment and ecology of Montauk through education, advocacy, and grassroots citizen action.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Nassau / Suffolk

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations. Our educators connect people with the information they need on topics such as home horticulture; food and nutrition; positive activities for youth and families; finances; energy efficiency; economic and community development; and sustainable natural resources. Our ability to match university resources with community needs helps us play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

Grassroots Environmental Education

Grassroots is 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. GEE believes that the cultivation of broad-based public support through education is the key to bringing about positive and lasting change. Their programs are based on science, and our network of environmental experts includes leaders in the field from Yale, Columbia, Harvard, NYU and Tufts Universities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, among others.

Group For the East End

Group for the East End protects and restores eastern Long Island's environment through education, citizen action and professional advocacy. We inspire people to embrace a conservation ethic.

Healthy Planet

Healthy Planet's mission is to promote food choices and lifestyles that respect our bodies and our shared environment. We educate people about the deep connection among all life on Earth, and the powerful effect our everyday choices can have on creating a clean, healthy and compassionate world.

Long Island Green Homes

Long Island Green Homes makes energy efficiency simple and easy. Start by filling out our webform or call us at 800-567-2850. One of our trained Energy Navigators will pre-qualify your family and assist you in identifying rebates, discounts, financing, and ensure that you understand precisely what your household is eligible for. Our Energy Navigator will then arrange for your Free Home Energy Assessment, culminating in a report of your home’s efficiency and a detailed plan for the improvements you can choose to have done to save you money and improve the comfort of your home. 

Long Island Pine Barrens Society

The area known as Long Island's Pine Barrens comprises an ecosystem that provides a home for thousands of plants and animals, many or which are threatened or endangered.According to their website, "The Long Island Pine Barrens Society is an environmental education and advocacy organization focusing on protecting drinking water and preserving open space, especially in Long Island's Pine Barrens."​​

The Nature Conservancy on Long Island

According to their website, "The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to  survive." The Nature Conservancy is an international organization, but you can find information about local chapters on Long Island at http://linature.org.The chapter on Shelter Island serves the sprawling Mashomack Preserve.

North Fork Environmental Council

The NFEC is a grassroots organization, having over 1200 members, supporters and volunteers dedicated to the preservation of the quality of the resources and way of life that make the North Fork a unique place to live, work and visit.

North Shore Land Alliance

The North Shore Land Alliance is a not-for-profit land trust formed to protect and preserve, in perpetuity, the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island's north shore for the enhancement of quality of life and benefit of future generations.

Peconic Land Trust

The Peconic Land Trust works to conserve Long Island's working farms and natural lands. Their work encompasses working farms, natural lands and wildlife habitats, watershed and bays, walking trails and more.

Preserve Plum Island Coalition

TThe goal of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition is to secure the permanent protection of the significant natural and cultural resources of Plum Island..

Perfect Earth Project

Perfect Earth Project (PEP) promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. PEP raises consciousness about the dangers of synthetic lawn and garden chemicals and educates homeowners and professionals about natural, PRFCT (toxin-free) techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost. Sign up for their newsletter to receive weekly tips on maintaining your own landscape without toxic chemicals.

Renewable Energy Long Island

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), established in 2003, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. reLI conducts effective outreach and education activities and provides consumer-friendly information resources such as its SunshineIsFree.org solar calculator and contractor locator, and publishes the Long Island GreenGuide in print and as an online edition with a green business directory.

Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is the only organization in New York State that is authorized to rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured marine mammals and sea turtles. They conduct research on marine life and also operate a 24-hour hotline at (631) 369-9829 for reports of sick or stranded marine mammals or sea turtles.They also offer seal cruises out of Freeport during the winter months.

Seatuck Environmental Association

Seatuck operates two nature centers on the South Shore and manages an outdoor education program at a third site on the North Shore. The three facilities – the 70-acre Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip, the 200-acre South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, and the 80-acre Sherwood Jayne Farm in East Setauket – provide sanctuary and habitat for a diversity of wildlife and are open to the public for many activities, including hiking, bird watching, photography and self-guided nature exploration. Each of the properties also hosts a full schedule of Seatuck’s nature based programs throughout the year. Click on the links below to learn more about each of these unique facilities:

Sustainable Long Island

Rethink. Rebuild. Renew.Sustainable Long Island is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote economic development, environmental health, and social equity for all Long Islanders, now and for generations to come.Sustainable Long Island is a catalyst and facilitator for sustainable development. We cultivate the conditions, identify resources, and provide tools to advance sustainability on Long Island.

The Surfrider Foundation

According to their website, "The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit,environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Surfrider’s coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation’s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. The Eastern Long Island chapter is dedicated to maintaining and acquiring beach and ocean access rights, to preserve our coastline and improve the overall quality of Long Island’s coastal environment.There are two Surfrider chapters on Long Island: The Surfrider Foundation - Eastern Long Island Chapter and The Surfrider Foundation - Central Long Island Chapter.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center

The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the United States. According to their website, "The Mission of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is to connect people with nature while promoting a sense of environmental stewardship through natural science educational programs." They offer nature programs for adults and children and they also conduct research on birds and their habitats. They provide a home for injured birds of prey including hawks, owls and falcons that cannot be released into the wild.

The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP)

As per their website, Peconic Estuary Program (or PEP) "acts as a bridge at the boundary between science and policy, and ensures that an informed citizenry, along with all other stakeholders, have a voice in the decision-making process.". The program's outreach has various divisions focusing on monitoring estuary health, scientific research, public awareness & education and collaborating with political officials and scientists to bring about policy that protects the estuary.

Colleges offering Environmental Programs

Molloy College: The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

This is Long Island's first-ever venture housing sustainability education and policy analysis within an academic institution. The Sustainability Institute team - headed by Executive Director Neal Lewis, formerly of the Neighborhood Network --- will provide community education and advocacy on key issues related to sustainability. There is also a student education component, including classes taught by Sustainability Institute staff.

Sustainability Studies program at Stony Brook University

The Sustainability Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to understand and address the environmental, social, political, economic and ethical issues related to the transformation of our current societies to ones that are sustainable. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

M.S. in Environmental Sustainability at LIU: Post

The M.S. in Environmental Sustainability is a Masters degree program under the Earth & Environmental Science field at LIU Post. A 33 credit course.