Athena Institute International (Kutztown, PA)


  • Name:Jennifer O'Connor
  • Title:Chairman

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Athena Institute International
  • Address:183 West Main Street
    Kutztown, PA 19530
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:604-809-1878

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  • Mission:
  • The Athena Institute has a vision of a verifiably more sustainable construction sector. Our mission is to bring an environmental life cycle perspective to the design of buildings and the manufacturing of the materials that go in to them. Our purpose is to provide tools and data enabling smaller footprints in the production and consumption of construction materials.

  • Overview:
  • The Athena Institute is a well-established non-profit think tank and research collaborative with a mandate to reduce the environmental impact of construction. Manufacturing construction materials, building with them, and disposing them at the end of a building’s life involves a tremendous consumption of material and energy resources, and creates significant impacts on air, land and water. Our goal is to mitigate these damages.

    We do that through two primary areas of work: helping manufacturers reduce the footprint of construction materials, and helping architects and engineers reduce the footprint of buildings. This proposal addresses our interaction with architects and engineers. We work in a scientific field called life cycle assessment (LCA), and we are bringing this science to building designers. LCA is an analytical method for measuring actual environmental impacts of a product or process, long used in industry but only recently getting attention as a tool for architects and engineers working on the next generation of sustainable building design. For example, LCA is used to estimate the global warming impact due to all the fossil fuels consumed in making building materials, transporting them to a construction site, and hauling them to a landfill fifty years later. Architects can use this data to explore ways of reducing the “embodied” carbon footprint of their designs. This critical and very large part of the environmental math is almost always ignored in conversations about green or zero-carbon buildings.

    Our work includes developing tools, data and methods that allow architects to measure the environmental footprint of their buildings. We provide all of this free of charge to the public, thanks to the support of our membership base and granting organizations. In addition, we perform other common-good services such as education and advocacy for environmental footprinting in building design.

  • History:
  • The Athena Institute International began life in 2001, as a US expansion of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, a non-profit research collaborative operating from a Canadian base since 1997. From the beginning, the Athena Institute has played a leading role on both sides of the border in advancing sustainability practices in the manufacturing of construction materials and in the use of those materials for building construction. Building construction has a very large yet often overlooked impact on the environment. We are well into our second decade of experience working towards reducing the impact of construction through a variety of projects, often publically-funded. This includes lead development of the US life cycle inventory database (a public resource housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory); studies quantifying the environmental benefit of renovating older buildings rather than practicing demolition plus new construction; and continual improvements to our free software for buildings designers enabling them to make decisions for verifiably smaller building footprints. We have been highly influential in bringing environmental measurement to the codes, standards and other influencers on the practice of sustainable design such as the LEED green building program and the California green building code. We have served on ANSI and ASTM standards committees addressing the practice of life cycle assessment for greener buildings, and have provided many similar advisory roles for other organizations. Our history includes frequent outreach activities such as publishing and teaching (usually pro bono), and we are often sought for guidance by a wide variety of manufacturing industries in how to be better environmental citizens.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:12


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:23-3099315

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:233099315
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% SCOT HORST
  • Organization Address:600 GRINGS HILL RD
  • Organization City:SINKING SPG
  • Organization State:PA
  • Organization Zip:19608-2008
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 2002
  • 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):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:U40
  • Asset Amount:$19
  • Asset Code:1 ($1 - $9,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,138
  • Income Code:1 ($1 - $9,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,138
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:03:58 pm

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