Armenian Environmental Network (Takoma Park, DC)

Name

  • Name:Serda Ozbenian
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Armenian Environmental Network
  • Address:P.O. Box 56336
    Unit 407
    Takoma Park, DC 20040
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:443 850-0146

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:11/5 Prosyan Street
    Yerevan 0019
    Armenia

User Email

Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) is an organization with a double pronged mission: 1) increase information sharing and distribution among Armenians in Armenia, the Armenian Diaspora and the wider conservation community; and 2) assist and initiate local environmental efforts in Armenia by providing support, including involvement by international environmental experts. AEN accomplishes its mission through a variety of programs, including awareness and empowerment programming aimed at the Armenian general public. AEN aims to be a leading voice in civil society building in the Armenian environmental sector and has become widely recognized as a vital source of environmental information via in-person presentations as well as blog and news posts on its website and media outlets.

  • Overview:
  • The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) was founded in Washington, D.C. in 2007 as a response to the need for an environmentally focused informational network between Diasporans and environmental activists and practitioners in Armenia. In the summer of 2011, AEN was one of a handful of NGOs selected as a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a respected environmental NGO network based out of Berkeley, California.

    Since the launch of its Armenian office in 2011, AEN has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, implementing various environmental educational activities and co-sponsoring and presenting at events to support those working towards the sustainable development of Armenia.

    We work with local and grassroots organizations, as well as NGOs, international organizations, and government authorities to promote sound environmental policymaking, enforcement mechanisms, increased awareness and participation of local stakeholders, and tangible contributions to Armenia’s sustainable development. AEN also works in partnership with like-minded organizations to complete specific environmental projects in Armenia.

    To date, AEN’s focus areas have included, environmental education, waste management, mining policy reform and wildlife conservation.

    CURRENT PROJECTS:

    • #WarOnWaste Campaign – The purpose of this project is to change the mindset of Armenians by providing health and environmental information about current waste management practices. To accomplish this goal, AEN has started production of its first Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Armenian television that will encourage Armenians to reduce, reuse and recycle. Trash cleanups are also being organized throughout the country to engage and empower people. This project is featured on the GlobalGiving.org website (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/raising-public-awareness-on-waste-in-armenia/).

    • Mining Seminar Series – AEN is currently planning a series of seminars in Armenia to be conducted by experts with international experience in successfully mitigating problems of environmental degradation and threats to public health caused by mining operations around the world.

    COMPLETED PROJECTS:

    • Youth Forums in Armenia – These forums are designed to bring together students from ages 15-22 in Armenia with academics, experts and activists in order to dissect and discuss the country’s major environmental and social issues.

    • Berd Integrated Waste Management Project 2012 – AEN along with local partners conducted a series of trainings for teachers in the town of Berd on waste management, composting, re-use and recycling of the waste stream and teaching methodologies that emphasize critical thinking, which has proven to be a useful addition for teachers and has resulted in increased engagement and participation of students. Extensive outreach to community members and local officials were conducted through meetings and a community festival.

    • Berd Landfill Study – AEN recruited a US-based engineer and architect to consult on the construction of a new landfill to international standards project for the community of Berd. . The experts assisted in site identification and a preliminary topographical assessment, which is currently awaiting final approval and permitting from the local government authorities.

    • Vardenis Educational Initiative 2013 – AEN along with local partners conducted a series of trainings for teachers in the Vardenis subregion on waste management, composting, re-use and recycling of the waste stream and new teaching methodologies. Extensive outreach to community members and local officials were conducted through regular meetings and a community festival.

  • History:
  • The Armenian Environmental Network has been in operation since 2007 and was created in response to the perceived need for an informational network between Diasporans and environmental activists and practitioners in Armenia. The idea was to construct an organization that was registered in the United States but active both here and in Armenia. In this manner Diasporan communities would have ready access to timely, and accurate, information from Armenia as well as a forum in which to participate and contribute additional information and much needed assistance. Concurrently, AEN would offer environmental activists, on the ground, a venue for expressing their concerns and soliciting assistance from the international community.

    Initially all AEN activities focused on panel discussions and information sharing on the AEN website which was launched in the spring of 2007. The reality that AEN had no operating capital limited its activities to those mentioned above and towards slowly building a core team of specialists active in protecting and nurturing Armenia’s fragile environment. Our team members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including the non-profit sector and private companies, and from educational, legal and scientific disciplines.

    Our core team, collectively, have over 12 years of experience in Armenian environmental issues, over 20 years of environmental activism and environmental policy experience in the US and internationally, and over 20 years in education program management and grant writing experience. Additionally, our Advisory Board members (apart from our core team) collectively have over 25 years of experience in Armenian environmental issues, and over 35 years of general activism experience internationally.

    We now have the manpower and technical expertise to make a positive impact on the state of Armenia's environment. We have been actively engaging partner organizations since May 2011 and are in various stages of development for a range of environmental projects, including managing the possible construction of Armenia’s first ever environmentally sound urban landfill.

    In the summer of 2011, AEN was one of a handful of NGOs selected as a sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a respected environmental NGO network based out of Berkeley, California. This internationally active environmental organization validated the hard work and effort put forth by AEN by becoming both a fiscal partner and a welcome addition to our network of environmental activism.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:3

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-2889684

Other Organization Web

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942889684
  • Organization Name:EARTH ISLAND INSTITUTE INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2150 ALLSTON WAY STE 460
  • Organization City:BERKELEY
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94704-1375
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):120, 350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Publishing activities, Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$10,715,975
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$11,347,792
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$11,222,807
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:24:19 pm

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