Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, Inc.

Rating: 4.78 stars   9 reviews


PO Box 8596 1040 Rodeo Dr Moscow ID 83843 USA


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


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.

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Reviews for Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute is my most cherished local nonprofit. Their work is so diverse. From planting trees near a local wetland and educating children about climate change to organizing a reused plate project or donating bikes to Africa, this group is the premier environmental organization in Idaho. They work with the UI to run the McCall Outdoor Science School, the only residential science school in all of Idaho! And the staff, volunteers and members are wonderful people working to make a difference!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the blue tubes placed throughout our watersheds, the intelligent comments of the children educated and in the smiles on the faces of the over 1,000 members the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute serves!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

only do it long enough for the current executive director of 19 years, Tom Lamar, to go on an extended vacation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's dedication to sustainability. From a strawbale stucco structure to waterwise landscaping, composting and solar pumps, this organization has it all.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working and motivated by the good work of the organization. They all were having fun and expressed interest in learning more about what the organization does.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase adjacent land to preserve for open space, and be able to build the wheelchair accessible pathway and restroom so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy their Nature Center!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time or money to donate to such a worthy, community-building cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to raise funds to purchase surrounding open space so that it can be preserved.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization has been the "incubator" of many other successful nonprofits in Idaho such as Idaho Smart Growth, The Village Bicycle Project, the Backyard Harvest, just to name a few. The vision and enthusiasm of PCEI is to be commended.

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