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.
PCEI is one of my favorite places to experience for many reasons, these are a few...
1) The outdoor campus inspires learning and positive engagement for the environment.
2) Several internships and service projects are open for young people to build their skills and resume.
3) PCEI creates forums for the free exchange of views and ideas.
PCEI is great for all ages to experience...it's an amazing place!
I am a current Board member and have been volunteering since 2006. I started volunteering in the native plant nursery when I first moved to Moscow, ID as a "trailing spouse." Then I successfully applied for the Community Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps position. My research on community organizations and volunteerism (in that delightfully juicy, messy, and complicated intersection among poverty-environment-resilience-social capital) helps me to understand PCEI's importance within the community. The learning opportunities organized by PCEI staff and volunteers are amazing, as are the development of rich networks and community connections. PCEI is welcoming of many points of view, and is a great place to find information about a wide variety of potential solutions to environmental problems. The two Nature Centers are delightful respites from everyday bustle, and the events that PCEI sponsors bring many fun and interesting people together. Connecting People, Place, and Community is our theme.