CONFLUENCE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Confluence Environmental Center's mission is to bring together streams of thought, action and people to make the environmental movement more robust, inclusive and effective. We launched operations in September of 2011 as a project of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) and in January, 2012 received 501(c)3 tax exempt status.
The Confluence AmeriCorps Program advances environmental justice by creating greater access to resource conservation initiatives, healthy watersheds, gardens and farms, parks and greenspaces, healthy homes and livable communities. We do this by building unique partnerships with community-based organizations, schools and government agencies who also value racial equity and social justice. Confluence AmeriCorps Members are carefully selected and placed within these organizations to lead and support various conservation projects that build leadership while increasing the organization’s ability to empower racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations.
The Fellows Program is designed to improve the environment in the Lents-Foster region of Southeast Portland, by building capacity within community organizations. The Fellows Program also seeks to develop a replicable model for building the capacity of small organizations in other areas of Portland, the state of Oregon and even throughout the Pacific Northwest.