Garden for the Environment (GFE) – (San Francisco, CA)
Maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden and offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. Since its founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. The Garden is located in San Francisco on 7th Avenue at Lawton Street.
Address: 1663 Mission Street, Suite 320, San Francisco CA
Tel: (415) 558-8246
Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue – (San Francisco, CA)
As San Francisco's largest cat rescue organization, Give Me Shelter has worked tirelessly within the community to help stop the overpopulation of abandoned and unwanted adult and senior cats. It is always striving to expand its reach and success in rescuing as many cats as possible from death row. In order to do this, we need cat-savvy, fun-loving, high-energy people like you to volunteer! The work is fun and the rewards are tremendous!
Address: P.O. Box 411013, San Francisco, CA 94141
Web: Website Link
Global Forest Watch (GFW) – (International)
An interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. Global Forest Watch uses cutting edge technology and science to provide the timeliest and most precise information about the status of forest landscapes worldwide, including near-real-time alerts showing suspected locations of recent tree cover loss. GFW is free and simple to use, enabling anyone to create custom maps, analyze forest trends, subscribe to alerts, or download data for their local area or the entire world.
Web: Website Link
Global Glimpse – (Oakland, CA)
Exists to educate young people about the reality of the world that they will inherit. We inspire and empower high school students to become the global leaders of tomorrow through a 3 week summer experience in a developing country that emphasizes community service, mutual understanding and respect, and college preparation. Our program delivers true socioeconomic, ethnic and experiential diversity. Our students not only learn about the developing world, but also gain deep insight into themselves and the diverse perspectives and experiences of their peers. With this these young people are equipped and inspired to tackle the social, political, and economic challenges of the future.
Address: 101 Broadway, Suite 301, Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (800) 499-0656
Global Trade Watch (GTW) – (International)
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch seeks to ensure that in this era of globalization, all Americans can enjoy economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making in matters that affect them and their communities.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy – (San Francisco, CA)
Mission is to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. We are a community-supported nonprofit organization transforming places—and people—through conservation and improvement of these remarkable national parks. We are dedicated to protecting these PARKS, making them relevant and accessible FOR ALL communities, and instilling a sense of stewardship in this and future generations to ensure their vitality FOREVER.
Address: Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco CA 94123
Tel: (415) 561-3000
The Gorilla Doctors – (international)
Dedicated to conserving wild mountain and eastern lowland (or Grauer's) gorillas through life-saving veterinary medicine and a One Health approach. Our international team of veterinarians is the only group providing these critically endangered animals with direct, hands-on care in the wild. Gorilla Doctors operates in all three countries where mountain and Grauer’s gorillas live: Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While Grauer’s gorillas are found only in the DRC, mountain gorillas live in two protected areas within the region. Partnered with UC Davis Wildlife Health Center.
Address: donations can be mailed to MGVP, Inc., P.O. Box 356, Davis, CA 95616
Tel: development assistant (530) 752-0878
Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)
Catalyzing worker co-ops and the solidarity economy A decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability--a "solidarity economy"--through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.
Grateful Dogs Rescue – (San Francisco, CA)
A volunteer run organization. With no staff, we rely on the generosity of time and talent from the San Francisco bay area dog community to help us save the lives of dogs at risk of euthanization at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter. We currently have the need for the volunteers in the following areas: Foster Homes, Dog Walkers, Boarding Facilities, Case Managers, Foster Coordinator, Writers, PR, Database Management, Adoption Event Coordinator Address: PO Box 411013, San Francisco, CA 94141
Tel: (415) 587-1121
Web: Website Link
Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice – (San Francisco, CA)
A multiracial grassroots organization that works with low-income and working class urban, rural, and indigenous communities to fight environmental racism and build a clean, healthy and just future for all. We mobilize community power to win victories that change government and corporate policies and practices to protect health and to promote environmental, social and economic justice.
Address: 703 Market Street, Suite 501, San Francisco CA 94103
Tel: (415) 284-5600
Green Planet Films, Inc. – (based in Corte Madera)
A non-profit distributor of nature and environmental DVDs from around the globe. We promote environmental education through film. We seek to preserve and protect our planet by collecting and distributing documentaries that can be used to educate the public about the science, beauty, and fragility of the natural world. Our mission is to grow our web-based DVD library, and provide a channel that connects these films to schools, organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals worldwide.
Address: PO Box 247, Corte Madera CA 94976-0247
Tel: (415) 377-5471
Green Sangha – (various chapters in SF Bay Area)
Green Sangha is mindful practice for awakened action. Chapters meet once a month to meditate, educate, and support each other, and to plan environmental actions. These mini-retreats are designed to foster the qualities of calmness, lucidity, and awareness, which are vital to our effectiveness as activists. We incorporate a deep ecological perspective based on Joanna Macy’s work, and find inspiration from the lives of non-violent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, and Julia Butterfly Hill.
Address: PO Box 20261, Oakland CA 94620
Tel: (510) 532-6574
Greenbelt Alliance – (Bay Area focus, office in San Francisco)
Envisions a Bay Area where the natural and agricultural lands that provide so much to our region are protected and nurtured and where everyone—regardless of socio-economic status—can live in a neighborhood they are proud to call home. The Bay Area has the best of everything—stunning natural beauty, vibrant cities and neighborhoods, bountiful farms, and a diversity of cultural and economic opportunities. The challenge is how the region handles growth. We have a choice—to create wonderful cities and towns or to sprawl ever outward.
Address: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 510, San Francisco CA 94108
Tel: (415) 543-6771
Greenlining Institute – (Berkeley, CA)
A national policy, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. We ensure that grassroots leaders are participating in major policy debates by building diverse coalitions of grassroots leaders that work together to advance solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. Our leadership Academy has become the "farm system" for tomorrow's social justice leaders, training the best and brightest from our community. Our policy experts conduct research and coordinate multi-pronged strategies on major policy issues, including but not limited to the environment, wealth creation (asset building), philanthropy, health, energy, communications, and higher-education.
Address: 1918 University Avenue, 2nd Floor (near Martin Luther King Jr Way), Berkeley CA 94704
Tel: (510) 926-4001
Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – (national, international focus, office in San Francisco)
Offers affordable adventure bus tours to the best USA and Central American destinations, including Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Cross-Country USA, Alaska, and Mexico that will inspire the active and reflective alike! Our overland holidays and backpacker tours include wilderness adventures, camping, and trekking in America's best National Parks.
Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco CA 94133
Tel: (800) 867-8647 (800) TORTOISE
An award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in its sixth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.
Tel: (206) 337-0375 (voicemail only)
Address: Growing a Greener World, 5665 Atlanta Hwy, Ste 103-342, Alpharetta, GA 30004
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth (film)
This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable. It asks why the population conversations are so difficult to have. Why it’s more important to our society to have economic growth than clean air. Why communities seek and subsidize growth even when it destroys quality of life and increases taxes. Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will be good for us. We’ll be happier and more prosperous!
HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) – (Bay Area focus, office in San Francisco)
Works with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify high-impact, group-based volunteer projects. These projects may meet an ongoing need of an organization or its clients, or they may be one-time, large-scale transformations of facilities or green spaces. We recruit volunteers to get the job done and match each project with a trained Project Leader to ensure that both the community partner and the volunteers are satisfied with the work.
Address: 1504 Bryant Street, Suite 100, San Francisco CA 94103
Tel: (415) 541-9616
Hemp Industries Association (HIA) - (national)
Mission is to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The HIA and HIA Members: * Educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products. * Facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agriculturists, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. * Maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products. * Advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.
Hidden Villa – (regional, Los Altos Hills)
A nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Our mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy.
Address: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills CA 94022
Tel: (650) 949-8650
Hills Conservation Network – (Berkeley, CA)
Latest news on the fight for rational and responsible wildlands management in the East Bay hills.
Address: PO Box 5426, Berkeley CA 94705
Home At Last Rescue (HAL) – (Berkeley, CA)
Over the past several years, significant strides have been made in reducing the rate of dog and cat euthanasia all across the nation. Home At Last Rescue (HAL) plays an active role in this "no-kill" movement by rescuing animals from city shelters, providing temporary foster care, and bringing these animals to the public for placement in high-quality, loving homes. Historically, HAL has operated primarily in the Berkeley area and has been instrumental in lowering the euthanasia rate in the Berkeley municipal shelter from over 60% three years ago, to under 20% this past year.
Address: POBox 2261, Berkeley CA 94702-0261
Tel: (510) 981-0890
Hopalong and Second Chance Animal Rescue – (Northern CA focus, office in Oakland)
A non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals throughout Northern California. Since our founding in 1993, we have collectively saved over 24,000 animals, placing them in loving, permanent homes. We also provide spay/neuter services, animal advocacy and humane education in schools and in after school programs, and community outreach on the benefits of spay/neutering and the critical need for animal adoption.
Address: P.O. Box 27507, Oakland, CA 94602
Tel: (510) 267-1915 Fax: (510) 444-3741
Web: Website Link
Horses Healing Hearts – (office and ranch in Pleasanton and Danville, CA)
A non-profit public charity that provides rescue, rehabilitation, temporary assistance and adoption for horses that are at risk, neglected, abused, unwanted or otherwise in need of special care. The organization also works to increase access to the multitude of benefits horses provide to both adults and children through the experiential modality called, Equine Guided Education (EGE) offering sessions, workshops & team-builders to help people see themselves; through the eyes of the horse.
Address for Training & Boarding, The Brown Ranch, 7101 Camino Tassajara Pleasanton, CA 94588
Mailing Address: 3494 Camino Tassajara #411, Danville, CA 94506
Tel: (415) 260-2232
Web: Website Link
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – (national and international focus)
We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.
Address: 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Tel: (202) 452-1100 or (866) 720-2676
Email: They have a different email for each of their many campaigns, check the website for more info
In Defense of Animals (IDA) – (international focus, office in San Rafael)
An international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals. We are supported by a network of tens of thousands of determined activists, dedicated volunteers, interns and donors. We work to expose and end animal experimentation; protect wildlife and restore balance in their natural habitats; end the exploitation and abuse of wild species living in captivity, protect domestic and wild species worldwide from abuse and slaughter for food, conduct cruelty investigations and rescue operations, and provide veterinary care for sick, abused and orphaned animals in our natural habitat sanctuaries.
Address: 3010 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael CA 94901
Tel: (415) 448-0048
Indigenous Environmental Network – (international)
Formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) - (national and international focus)
A community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power. Web: http://www.ips-dc.org/
Institute of Urban Homesteading – (Oakland, CA)
A gathering place to research, ferment and learn together. We feature small class sizes and experiential learning. Based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to * Offer affordable classes in the art of living in an urban environment * Preserve a slower, more intentional, more sustainable and more pleasurable way of life * Rescue the lost arts of the garden, the kitchen and things done by hand * Imbue everyday tasks with wonder and beauty * Promote self-determination and the ability of each person to educate themselves
Address: correspondence can be sent to 839 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94608
Tel: (510) 927-3252
International Anti-Poaching Foundation – (international)
The illegal trafficking of wildlife is now one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with repeated links to terrorism networks. High Target Species such as elephant and rhino are being hunted to extinction. These animals are the most difficult to protect, as poachers go to the most extreme lengths to kill them. If we can safeguard these animals, then entire ecosystems are protected. Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defense for nature. Without the right training, equipment, management and support they cannot defend the World’s natural heritage for future generations. The IAPF fulfills this niche responsibility within its areas of operations, whilst working alongside credible partners who specialize in the other vital components of conserving protected area biodiversity.
Address: offices in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia and the U.S. (Houston, TX)
Email: U.S. contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org Web: Website Link
International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) – (Fairfield, CA)
Formed to provide the expertise and capacity needed to save oiled aquatic birds in emergency situations. Our highly trained staff and dedicated volunteers ensure that each bird receives expert and compassionate care.
Address: 4369 Cordelia Road, Fairfield CA 94534
Tel: (707) 207-0380
International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) - (International - Tibet focus)
Works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet.
International Elephant Foundation (IEF) – (international)
A non-profit corporation of individuals and institutions dedicated to the conservation of African and Asian Elephants worldwide. We are the catalyst for creating a sustainable future where elephants thrive by linking people and elephants for their mutual long-term benefit. IEF creates a sustainable future for elephants. We generate and effectively invest resources to support elephant conservation, education, research, and management programs worldwide. Through our passion, expertise, knowledge, and partnerships we inspire and engage people to ensure a vibrant future with elephants everywhere.
Address: P.O. Box 366, Azle, Texas 76098
Tel: (817) 597-0956
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – (international)
With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. We also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.
Address: 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1220, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (800) 932 4329
International Rivers – (international, office in Berkeley)
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options. We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
Address: 2054 University Avenue, Suite 300 (at Oxford), Berkeley CA 94704-2644
Tel: (510) 848-1155
Web: Website Link
International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) – (Berkeley office)
A non-profit organization promotes locally based alternatives to the global consumer culture. ISEC is dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide. Our emphasis is on education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.
Address: PO Box 9475, Berkeley CA 94709
Tel: (510) 548-4915
Island Cat Resources & Adoption (ICRA) – (Alameda, CA)
Our priority is helping community members who are willing to be actively involved in resolving the problem they call us about. We give urgent situations top priority — pregnant females, newborn litters, injured cats, and so forth. Our focus is “community cats” (free-roaming and unowned cats, whether socialized or not). Our core activity is trap-neuter-return (TNR), which has proven to be the most effective and humane approach to solving the problem of community cats.
Address: PO Box 1093, Alameda, CA 94501
Tel: (510) 869-2584