Who We Are

The Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) is a 501c3 that was founded in 1994 as a grassroots effort to take action on a number of environmental issues. For over 20 years the CEC has been one of the keystones of our local community. Through programs focused on environmental literacy, food and farming education, local food security, energy conservation and climate action, the CEC has established itself as a regional leader in the environmental movement. 

Our mission is to educate, engage, and inspire people to get involved in creating a healthy, sustainable community. The CEC fills an important niche in our community–every year we directly reach more than 15,000 people through the activities of core program areas.

Programs of the Corvallis Environmental Center

Avery House Nature Center

The goal of the Avery House Nature Center (AHNC) is to provide environmentally based programs designed to help people of all ages discover their connection with nature, their place in the ecosystem, and their part in a sustainable community.

Edible Corvallis Initiative (ECI)

The Edible Corvallis Initiative mobilizes our community to make local, fresh and healthy food available to all.

Our programs educate the community about gardening, food, and food issues. The primary programs and activities of the ECI are:

  • Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE)
  • Corvallis Farm to School
  • Community Gardens

Energize Corvallis

Energize Corvallis is dedicated to helping Corvallis become one of the most energy efficient communities in the nation. We have four programs focused on residential energy efficiency and conservation.

  1. Communities Take Charge
  2. Take Charge Corvallis (An effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize)
  3. Direct Install