Earth Island Institute

Building a Better World through Activist Projects, Legal Advocacy, Youth Leadership, and an Award-Winning Journal

Earth Island Institute is a nonprofit environmental organization and fiscal sponsor to more than seventy-five projects working in the areas of conservation, energy and climate, women’s environmental leadership, international and Indigenous communities, sustainability and community resilience, and more. The organization also includes a legal division, Earth Island Advocates, a youth leadership program, New Leaders Initiative, and an award-winning magazine, Earth Island Journal. Founded in 1982 by legendary environmentalist David Brower, Earth Island Institute is one of the leading environmental activist organizations in the United States.

Our Project Support Program

Supporting environmental projects across the United States and around the globe with financial management, administration, training, and peer learning.

Project Newsroom

A narrow path for Biden’s ambitious land conservation plan

Featuring Earth Island's Wild Heritage project
Washington Post,

Earth Day interview with 1000 Fountains

Featuring Earth Island's 1000 Fountains
KRON-TV (San Francisco),

Schools without walls: Lessons in outdoor education

Featuring Earth Island's Green Schoolyards America
CBS Sunday Morning,

New Leaders Initiative

Supporting a new generation of environmental leaders and presenting the premier youth environmental prize in North America, the Brower Youth Award.

Images at the top of this page: Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan, North Cascades, James Patterson/TandemStock; Kikuyu farmer near Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Scott Davis/TandemStock; dolphin off the coast of Ixtapa, a Pacific Coast beach resort in the Mexican state of Guerrero, Christian Vizl/TandemStock; a young boy hugging a tree, Karine Aigner/TandemStock.

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