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Our Mission

Join Sustainable Conservation in making California a place for big ideas.

Sustainable Conservation believes that protecting the environment can also be good for business. Our climate, air, water and wildlife initiatives promote practical solutions that produce tangible, lasting benefits for California.

Our success in solving California's most pressing environmental issues is driven by our powerful business partnerships, innovative solutions and trusted leadership.

Business Partnerships

Bob Adams at Monrovia

Sustainable Conservation works with California's horticultural industry to stop the sale of harmful invasive plants.

Our visionary founders hailed from the corporate world. Concerned by the time, money and goodwill lost to avoidable courtroom and political battles, they considered the private sector an untapped ally in solving California's pressing environmental challenges. Working with business— not against it— they knew California could achieve true sustainability, balancing both environmental and economic needs.

Over the last two decades, Sustainable Conservation has partnered with some of the state's most vital industries— including the $4.5 billion dairy and $2.6 billion horticultural industries— to make clean air and water, thriving wildlife and a healthy climate business as usual.

Innovative Solutions

A farmer and a cow

Sustainable Conservation helps California farmers turn cow waste into clean, renewable energy.

Sustainable Conservation works hand in hand with private-sector leaders, scientists and academics, government agencies and other nonprofits to develop and expand promising solutions that can be implemented across entire industries.

Our innovative problem-solving has resulted in many firsts for California, including:

  • Cow Power— Partnering with California's dairy industry to trap greenhouse gases and produce renewable energy from cow manure. Since 2003, Sustainable Conservation has reduced California agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions by 12,000 tons— equivalent to taking 40,000 cars off the road. Teaming up with farming, industry and regulatory leaders, we put the country's first "cow powered" commercial vehicles on the road to cut greenhouse gases and promote clean, renewable energy.
  • Clean-Air Farming— Expanding innovative, low-impact farming practices like conservation tillage in California's Central Valley to cut farm-generated air pollution. Through conservation tillage, Sustainable Conservation's farming partners have cut dust and diesel emissions by 70% and 45%, respectively, since 2003.
  • PlantRight— Forging alliances with California plant growers and retailers to keep harmful invasive plants off store shelves. This is a major victory for healthy habitat and wildlife.

Trusted Leadership

Ashley Boren in Sacramento

Sustainable Conservation Executive Director Ashley Boren.

Sustainable Conservation's success as an honest broker in shifting entire industries toward sound environmental stewardship is due in large part to our respected staff and their tireless commitment to a vibrant California.

Ashley Boren, Executive Director
Ashley has directed the strategy, growth and operations of Sustainable Conservation since 1997. Among her many accolades, Ashley received a 2007 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her unwavering commitment to innovative, balanced problem-solving to address a variety of critical environmental problems facing California. More...


Sustainable Conservation has a long history of high marks for our financial strength and ability to leverage donations to maximize impact. Our successful track record includes top honors from the nation’s leading independent nonprofit evaluator, Charity Navigator, seven of the last 10 years.

Sustainable Conservation's work has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NBC-TV, National Public Radio, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and many others.

We've received many awards for our innovative, collaborative approach to solving critical environmental problems facing California.