Environic Foundation International
12035 Stonewick Place
Glen Allen VA 23059-7152
Mission Statement

EFI develops people’s capacity to address social, economic and environmental challenges in order to create healthy and sustainable societies.

EFI does this through formal education and public awareness programs. The programs emphasize development of community sustainability goals, design of sustainable approaches, and initiatives that put sustainable approaches into practice thus fostering a culture of sustainable stewardship that maximizes human opportunity and environmental well-being for all as an integral part of a region’s identity and culture.


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Godfrey
Board Chair Mr. Charles B. Swaim Ed.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Thomas Nelson Community College
Contact Information
Address 12035 Stonewick Place
Glen Allen, VA 230597152
Telephone 804 360-9130
E-mail info@environicfoundation.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1970
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
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Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Statements
Mission

EFI develops people’s capacity to address social, economic and environmental challenges in order to create healthy and sustainable societies.

EFI does this through formal education and public awareness programs. The programs emphasize development of community sustainability goals, design of sustainable approaches, and initiatives that put sustainable approaches into practice thus fostering a culture of sustainable stewardship that maximizes human opportunity and environmental well-being for all as an integral part of a region’s identity and culture.


Impact

Past year accomplishments

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

  1. Updated web-based Sustainable Societies-James River BasinTM course to be even more effective developing students’ understanding of sustainability principles and strategies regardless of their academic discipline. (Taught at Virginia Commonwealth University)
  2. Developed half-semester Sustainable Societies: RVA course (Taught in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University)
  3. Co-directed second annual “Sustainable Societies Academy” for high school students in New York City (In partnership with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium)

COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY - SUSTAINABLE RVA (SRVA) Project

  1. Continued development of a database of individuals and organizations who can form a sustainability network to promote regional sustainability goals.
  2. Continued development of a first course for a K-12 sustainability curriculum with teachers at Goochland County Public Schools (initial step of SRVA’s regional sustainability education initiative)
  3. Launched a local composting program (part of SRVA’s “zero waste” initiative)

Goals for coming year

In 2018 EFI is launching a strategic plan initiative to ensure its long-term sustainability and further development of its programs and services. Goals include:

1. Improve management and development processes

2. Strengthen programmatic operations (courses and programs) offered by EFI

3. Increase the brand recognition and use of EFI and its Sustainable SocietiesTM education and SRVA programs

4. Secure funding for EFI to expand, and provide greater access to Sustainable Societies and SRVA

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

  1. Adapt EFI’s Global Sustainable SocietiesTM course for use in a new Drivers of Global Change course in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University
  2. Complete and classroom-test the middle school sustainability course at Goochland County Middle School
  3. Increase use of EFI’s Sustainable Societies – James River BasinTM and Global Sustainable SocietiesTM courses in the Greater Richmond Region

SUSTAINABLE RVA (SRVA) Project

  1. Build relationships with individuals and organizations in EFI’s database who will become allies in SRVA’s network for regional sustainability.
  2. Expand the scope and reach of SRVA’s already started initiatives.
Needs

Improve management and development processes 

            Strengthen programmatic operations (courses and programs)

            Increase the brand recognition of EFI ®, Sustainable SocietiesTM, and SRVA

            Secure funding for EFI to expand, and provide greater access to Sustainable Societies and SRVA

1. Operational support for management, development and media $35,000
2. Program development, management and expansion - $50,000     
3. SRVA Project Director - $35,000
4. Goochland Middle School sustainability course pilot $10,000     
5. SRVA "Zero Waste" initiative $10,000

Note: Interns and volunteers annually provide over 1500 hours of service to EFI.

Background

EFI was founded in 1970 to foster better understanding of the relationship between human enterprise and the natural environment because of concern that the demands humans were placing on the natural resources of the planet would soon outstrip the ability of the planet to satisfy those needs. This field of study was called Environics (the study of conditions).


Scientists believe that around 1980, accelerating population growth, people’s increasing rate of consumption of natural resources, and the quantity of waste produced as a result had brought the planet to a “tipping point”, the point in time when humans were indeed beginning to consume more resources than the planet can sustainably provide.

Since then the problem has continued to grow worse and is now increasingly impacting everyone on the planet to varying degrees. Populations everywhere need to understand how these changing global dynamics will alter their future and learn what adaptation and mitigation strategies will need to be put in place.

Since 2002, EFI has focused on education that addresses these challenges and fosters our evolution to Sustainable Societies by providing a universally relevant education methodology that builds understanding of the challenges and strategies to address them.

In 2005, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), EFI began development a program to mainstream this type of environmental and sustainability education in all universities in Africa. That program, Sustainable Societies in Africa, was officially launched in 2009.

In 2010, based on that work, EFI began to design and offer Sustainable SocietiesTM courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.

In 2013, EFI started the Sustainable RVA (SRVA) project to provide a means to put sustainability education into action regionally. The project’s three goals are:

Identify long-term sustainability goals for the region and recommended actions to achieve them

Begin initiatives that will help the region meet those goals

Establish an SRVA organization to serve as a catalyzing center and advocacy voice for sustainability initiatives in the region and make a culture of sustainable stewardship that maximizes human opportunity and environmental wellbeing for all an integral part of the region’s identity and culture.

EFI was founded at the University of Notre Dame in its Graduate Program in Environic Studies. Since 2007 EFI has been based in Glen Allen, VA.

CEO Statement

The relevance of EFI’s education and public awareness mission keeps growing each year. Being able to “think globally and act locally” requires understanding what a region's sustainability issues are and how to address them. This is critically important for the Richmond region's quality of life. We need to dramatically reduce our production of greenhouse gases immediately. There are cost effective ways to do that. We need to recycle and re-purpose our waste. There are ways to re-purpose virtually everything. We need to significantly reduce our consumption of freshwater. There are ways to get “more crop per drop”. Most of us just don’t know how to do these things. Because of population growth, increased consumption, increasing amounts of waste and pollution on a finite planet, we need to substantially increase the number of people who are capable of developing solutions for these social, economic and environmental problems. EFI is very effective at developing such people who can then build a regional culture of responsible problem-solving.


Board Chair Statement

At the end of every class we teach, most student evaluations include comments like these: “This course should be a requirement for every student in the university”, “This has been the best class I have ever had at the university”, “Now I know what a university education should be about”, “This class has change my life”, “Now I know how all the pieces fit together”, or “This course has taught me things I will use all my life”.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
Charles City County
Ashland
New Kent County
National
International
Statewide

EFI's Sustainable Societies – James River Basin course serves students regionally and provides other regions with a model for regional sustainability education.

Our Global Sustainable Societies course serves students, locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Sustainable RVA (SRVA) program serves the greater Richmond region.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles B. Swaim Ed.D.
Company Affiliation Thomas Nelson Community College
Term Sept 2015 to Dec 2018
Email chuck@swaim.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
The Honorable Mickey Edwards Aspen Institute
Mr. William R. Godfrey Environic Foundation
Ms. Kathleen J. Godfrey Aspen Institute
Ms. Cary S. Jamieson The Steward School
Ms. Terry P. Sherman CPASherman Financial Management, LLC
Mr. Charles B. Swaim Ed.D.Thomas Nelson Community College
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 71
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Executive
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Peter Adriance National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais
Mr. Edward Bakewell IIIBakewell Investment Company
David Blockstein Ph.D.National Council for Science and the Environment
Suheil Bushrui Ph.D.University of Maryland
Mr. Robert Clarkson Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. Paul Costello Spider Manangement Company
Ms. Eileen Dahlstadt Luck Companies
Mr. William Daughtrey Private Consultancy
Mr. Peter Galuszka Freelance writer
Don Huisingh Ph.D.University of Tennessee - Emeritus
Ms. Eleanor LeCain The Breakthrough Way
Mr. Scott Losee University of Queensland
Gitile Naituli Ph.D.Strathmore University, Kenya
Ms. Akpezi Ogbuigwe Former Head, Education and Training, UNEP
Mr. James A. O'Hara III Center for Science in the Public Interest
Ms. Pamela J. Puntenney UN Commission on Sustainable Development
Debra Rowe Ph.D.U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Noah Salameh Al Khmoor Ph.D.Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconcilliation
Mr. Tom Toles The Washington Post
Ms. Jennifer Whitlock Avertest
Comments

The majority of Board of Trustee members are now based in the Richmond, Virginia area to more efficiently focus the Foundation’s efforts on EFI's Education for Sustainability programs and Sustainable RVA project in the region.

The list of Advisory Board members is only a partial list. There are two types of members within the Foundation's Board of Advisors -- International Subject Matter Experts and Richmond region members representing a variety of sectors within the community.

Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. William Godfrey
Experience

Mr. Godfrey has been EFI president for 21 years. Since 1995, he has:

Revived the foundation by re-establishing an international governing board, relocating the Foundation, overseeing revisions to EFI’s legal and procedure documents, securing its legal standing by receiving registration status ® for EFI, and defining EFI’s program focus. He has designed and trademarked EFI’s Sustainable SocietiesTM education programs, established EFI’s partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme in Africa, and developed continuing on-line sustainability education programs for African universities, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. He is growing the numbers of students taking EFI’s courses, supervising an internship program which now involves ten students a year and thousands of pro bono volunteer hours including professional level positions, and brought in over $500,000 to the Foundation in contributions and course development revenue. Before EFI, Mr. Godfrey was an architect directing development projects around the world.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Professor Patrick Horsbrugh FAIAJan 1975 - July 1995
Mr. LeRoy S. Troyer FAIADec 1970 - Dec 1974
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. William Godfrey President
Mr. Corey Jenkins Technology Director
Ms. Terry Sherman CPATreasurer
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Sustainability Curriculum Consortium
Sustainable World Initiative
United Nations Economic and Social Council
Programs
Description

These are higher education level courses that explore the full range of social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges and strategies to address them. Some examine specific regions and their local challenges. Some examine the issues at global and regional scales. The courses result in students’ significantly increased awareness and understanding of sustainability challenges and ways to address them.

Global Sustainable Societies

Sustainable Societies – James River Basin

Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development

 Regional sustainability courses, such as Sustainable Societies - James River Basin, offer in-depth study of sustainability issues in a specific region so that students gain significant knowledge they can apply in creating locally relevant solutions.

Sustainable Societies for Business is targeted to business students and professionals who want to understand the impacts and opportunities that the global drive toward greater sustainability will have on business.

 
 
 
 
Population Served US& International
Budget $50,000.00
Short Term Success

Many students comment that the courses have given them purpose and helped them decide on their career path

The majority of students have reduced their ecological, carbon and water footprints

Numerous students volunteer for the SRVA project after taking a Sustainable Societies course

Courses fill quickly through word-of-mouth and students cueing up on a waiting list



Long Term Success

At the end of every class we teach, most student evaluations include comments like these: “This course should be a requirement for every student in the university”, “This has been the most useful class I have ever had at the university”, “Now I know what a university education should be about”, “This class has change my life”, “Now I know how all the pieces fit together”, or “This course has taught me information and practices I will use all my life”.

To date approximately 400 students have taken a Sustainable Societies course in Virginia creating an ever-growing network of positive change agents in the Commonwealth.

University sees hundreds, perhaps thousands of students wanting to take a Sustainable Societies course

University Board of Visitors has approved expanding the sustainability course to an eighteen-credit certificate program

Sustainable Societies education is universally relevant and scalable thru a network of academic institutions using the same courseware and methodology and customizing it to their regions’ needs and/or student population.

 
Description

Sustainable RVA (SRVA) -- a multi-year program to:

Develop a long-term Sustainability Action Plan for the Greater Richmond Region;
Launch and maintain individual SRVA initiatives in the region identified by the Action Plan;
Develop and monitor sustainability goals, indicators and metrics for the region;
Serve as a public clearinghouse for regional sustainability resources and information;
Provide coordination infrastructure for regional collaboration among sustainability-minded organizations; and
Promote and advocate for regional sustainability goals.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $55,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

The potential number of institutions and students using Sustainable Societies courses, given their relevance to students in any major, is enormous. The challenges facing expanding use of Sustainable Societies courses are the time and expense of making the market aware of the offering, developing the capability find and to “educate the educators” who would use the courses on how to use and customize Sustainable Societies courses for their audiences, and being compensated by the user institutions based on the number of students using the course materials.

The growth potential of SRVA and its perceived value to the Richmond region are substantial. The challenge for SRVA is obtaining financial support for a program with such a large jurisdictional regional (jurisdictional) footprint and a broad range of program projects. Funding for specific SRVA initiatives and program elements by a variety of mission-compatible funders may be the answer to moving SRVA forward.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,855$22,818$38,489
Administration Expense$8,054$5,665$7,702
Fundraising Expense$0$255$139
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.271.811.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,004$34,263$10,872
Current Assets$3,004$34,263$10,872
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$3,004$34,263$10,872
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 9/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments

Challenges

Loss of course materials use fees is significantly reducing anticipated revenues from courses. Course instructors being paid directly from universities where they are teaching EFI course(s) also reduces income to EFI. However, lack of increase in the numbers of students (failure to scale) paying to take EFI's courses is the overarching challenge.

Opportunities:

EFI is overdue putting a strategic plan together. Since mid-summer 2017 EFI has been working with a pro-bono foundation management and development consultant to develop a workable strategic plan.

Meanwhile, EFI has kept expenses low thru terrific pro bono professional, volunteer, and intern support.

The audience for EFI's offerings is there. Marketing by EFI needs to increase. Currently it is virtually non-existent as we continue to wait on our university partners to grow our programs.

Revenue and expense dollars do not tell the whole story. More than 1500 of hours of time are donated to the Foundation each year. This includes time spent by legal and accounting professionals, uncompensated staff, program interns and volunteers.