Mission: The mission of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) is to increase citizen involvement in decisions that affect our region?s environment. Through community organizing and education, PCEI assists members of our communities in making environmentally sound and economically viable decisions that promote a sustainable future.
Target demographics: connect people, place and community
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,600 students learn about important environmental issues, connected with over 860 volunteers, and planted thousands of trees throughtout the region
Geographic areas served: the Palouse-Clearwater region
Programs: The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) was established in 1986 by citizens of the Palouse Prairie in reaction to local and international environmental issues. Since then, we have actively engaged our community in issues of public health, waste and recycling, fish & wildlife habitat, water quality, sustainable agriculture and pesticide use, transportation, alternative energy, and ground water. PCEI has a history of capitalizing on immediate environmental issues and converting them into educational opportunities for community growth and improvement. As a result, we were recognized as a Founder of a New Northwest by sustainable Northwest, Oregon Solutions, and the Governor of Oregon in 2000. Current programmatic focus areas are Watershed Restoration, Alternative Transportation, Community Gardening, and Environmental Education.
Oh my gosh, where do I even START to say how great PCEI is? I'm lucky enough to live just a few blocks from them and my 11 year old daughter and her friends spend hours playing there on the carousel and exploring the grounds. They have offered so many wonderful community programs for kids and adults such as after-school nature camps and reading programs and stream clean-up days. They enrich our community in so many ways through their education programs and activism in the area. Every single person who works at PCEI is passionately dedicated to making our environment better and teaching people about sustainability and protecting the environment. This non-profit agency is the BEST!
PCEI was one of the first organizations I sought out to volunteer with when I moved to the Palouse. Their work in environmental education re-affirms my own belief that you need to start young for people to care about their natural surroundings and local resources.