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

Environic Foundation International (EFI) is a non-profit foundation that specializes in Education for Sustainability (EfS). EFI’s mission is to develop and support leaders who understand the importance of having sustainable social, economic and environmental goals for their community and to develop their ability to make those goals reality. 

EFI does this through formal education and public awareness programs that develop students’ ability to design sustainable approaches, and by facilitating development of community sustainability goals and assisting with initiatives that put those sustainable approaches into action.

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
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Projected Revenue $48,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
Statements
Mission

Environic Foundation International (EFI) is a non-profit foundation that specializes in Education for Sustainability (EfS). EFI’s mission is to develop and support leaders who understand the importance of having sustainable social, economic and environmental goals for their community and to develop their ability to make those goals reality. 

EFI does this through formal education and public awareness programs that develop students’ ability to design sustainable approaches, and by facilitating development of community sustainability goals and assisting with initiatives that put those sustainable approaches into action.

Impact

Past year accomplishments

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

  1. Added to EFI’s existing “Sustainable SocietiesTM” course options by designing and piloting an experiential “Sustainable Societies Academy” curriculum for students from eight high schools in New York City. (In partnership with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium.)
  2. Redesigned EFI’s Sustainable Societies-James River Basin course to be even more effective at developing more students of all disciplines understanding of sustainability concepts and strategies. (Used at VCU.)

COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY - SUSTAINABLE RVA (SRVA) Project

Defined long-term sustainability goals and recommended initiatives for the greater Richmond region and began implementation of three recommendations.

  1. Development of a database of individuals and organizations who can form a sustainability network to promote regional sustainability goals.
  2. Development of the first rung of a K-12 sustainability curriculum ladder for piloting in a Richmond region middle school.

Launched a local composting program as part of SRVA’s “zero waste” initiative.

Goals for coming year

EFI

  1. Restructure the Board of Trustees in order to increase the impact of EFI’s regional education programs and the SRVA project.
  2. Increase the brand recognition of EFI and its EfS and SRVA programs.

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

  1. Complete and classroom-test the middle school EfS curriculum at Goochland County Middle School.
  2. Expand use of EFI’s Education for Sustainability programs by adding a new Sustainable Societies: RVA course offered in VCU’s Honors College.

SUSTAINABLE RVA (SRVA) Project

  1. Build first-tier relationships with individuals and organizations that will become the nucleus of SRVA’s network for regional sustainability.
  2. Expand the scope and reach of SRVA’s already started initiatives.

Needs

  1. Director of Education Programs - $20,000
  2. SRVA Project Manager - $35,000
  3. Phase 2 - SRVA Goochland Middle School sustainability course pilot $10,000
  4. Project Manager for SRVA "Zero Waste" initiative $10,000
  5. Operational support for development, communications, and media $30,000

 

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

EFI was founded in 1970 to foster greater understanding of the relationship between human activities and their effect on the natural environment. The study of this relationship was called Environics.

Around 1980, accelerating population growth, people’s increasing rate of consumption of natural resources, and the quantity of waste produced as a result brought the planet to a “tipping point”. Since then, we have been in a condition of continuously increasing “overshoot” – consuming more resources than the planet can sustainably provide.

This is unsustainable and the effects of overshoot will increasingly impact quality of life in the Richmond region and require putting in place adaptation and mitigation strategies.

The focus of Environic Education has always been understanding conditions and identifying strategies to address them. This method of education is now frequently called Education for Sustainability (EfS). Since 2002, EFI has concentrated on developing EfS.

In 2005, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), EFI began development an EfS program to mainstream environmental and sustainability education in all universities in Africa. The program was launched in 2008.

In 2010, based on the internationally reviewed EfS developed for UNEP and African universities, EFI began to offer EfS courses at VCU and UR. In each of EFI’s EfS versions for Africa and the U.S., the goal has been to develop students’ capacity to put their education into action.

In 2013, to provide a means to put sustainability education into action in the Richmond region, EFI started the Sustainable RVA (SRVA) project. The project’s purposes are three-fold. The first was to identify long-term sustainability goals for the greater Richmond region and recommended actions to achieve them. The second was to begin initiatives that will help the region meet those goals. These initiatives are designed to mitigate the negative consequences of increasing population, economic disparity and climate change. The third goal is to establish an SRVA organization to be the 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 originally based at the University of Notre Dame and its Graduate Program in Environic Studies, then in Maryland. EFI relocated to Glen Allen, VA in 2007.

CEO Statement

The relevance of EFI’s mission has only grown over time.  Being able to “think globally and act (effectively) locally”, is critical for the Richmond region.  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!  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 inter-related social, economic and environmental problems.  EFI is effective at developing such people who then build a culture of responsible problem-solving.


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The relevance of EFI’s mission has only grown over time.  Being able to “think globally and act (effectively) locally”, is critical for the Richmond region.  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!  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 inter-related social, economic and environmental problems.  EFI is effective at developing such people who then build a culture of responsible problem-solving.

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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles B. Swaim Ed.D.
Company Affiliation Thomas Nelson Community College
Term Sept 2015 to Dec 2017
Email chuck@swaim.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David Berdish Ford Motor Company
The Honorable Mickey Edwards Aspen Institute
Mr. William R. Godfrey Environic Foundation
Ms. Cary S Jamieson The Steward School
Ms. Akpezi Ogbuigwe Former Head, Education and Training, UNEP
Ms. Terry P. Sherman Sherman Financial Management, LLC
Mr. Charles B. Swaim Ed.D.Thomas Nelson Community College
Ms. Narelle R. Townsend United Nations Comm on Human Settlements
Mr. Michel Zajur Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 African
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
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 57
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 86
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
Mr. Ed Barry Population Institute
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 being based in the Richmond, Virginia area to more efficiently focus the Foundation’s efforts on EFI's Education for Sustainability (EFS) programs and SustainableRVA project in the region.


The list of Advisory Board members above 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 20 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
Ms. Karin Miller Oureach Director
Staff
Volunteers 20
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
Programs
Description
A survey of the full range of global, social, economic and environmental sustainability issues and trends, resulting in significantly increased awareness and understanding of global sustainability challenges.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
Budget $50,000.00
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.
Budget $115,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The programmatic challenge we face for EFI's EfS programs called "Sustainable Societies" is scaling up to additional higher education institutions.
The challenge for SRVA is obtaining financial support for a program with such a large jurisdictional (regional) footprint and a broad range of program topics. 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 $48,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
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: 
Proposed new business course in partnership with VCU that is to be marketed internationally could provide significant income, especially with VCU Business School underwriting the course development costs.
 
EFI has kept expenses low thru terrific pro bono professional support, volunteer and intern participation. 
 
The audience for EFI's offerings is there.  Marketing by EFI need 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. Thousands of hours of time are donated to the Foundation each year. This includes time spent by legal and accounting professionals, contract staff, progam interns and volunteers as well as donated services by vendors.