American Society for Environmental History (Tacoma, WA)



  • Name:Dr. Lisa Mighetto
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Society for Environmental History
  • Address:UW Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    1900 Commerce Street
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:206.465.0630

Organization Web

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  • Mission:
  • The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) is a 501c3 organization that promotes understanding of current environmental issues by studying their history and background, thereby relating to two missions of the Lawrence Foundation: environment and education. Environmental history is the study of human interactions with the natural world over time, and it is crucial to analyzing and understanding current environmental issues.

    Founded in 1977, ASEH has approximately 1,500 members, most of whom are educators, scholars, and practitioners. ASEH members research issues of current interest, including climate change, natural resource and public lands policy, forestry, agricultural practices, fish and wildlife management, species diversity and extinction, fire management, natural disasters, energy production, public health, environmental justice, and others.

    ASEH promotes scholarship and teaching in environmental history, supports the professional needs of its members, and connects with larger communities. We promote understanding of environmental topics through publication of our peer-reviewed journal Environmental History, annual conferences and workshops, scholarly awards and fellowships, online discussions, conversation with other professional societies, and public outreach.

    ASEH holds an annual conference in a different location every year. This conference draws an attendance of more than 600 people – and our meetings make connections with local communities through restoration projects, public workshops on topics such as fire management, public health, and national parks, environmental film festivals, and other activities. Our next conferences will take place in San Francisco (2014), Washington, DC (2015), and Seattle (2016), and will include off-site events. All are open to the public. ASEH sponsors annual fellowships and travel grants, as well as awards for scholarship, service, and education. More information about ASEH and its programs is available on our website at Information about our quarterly journal is available at

  • Overview:
  • ASEH supports environmental education in the following ways:

    1. Publication of quarterly journal and newsletter (providing research information, teaching units, bibliographies, and announcements). Available in print and online.

    2. Website and social media (providing announcements and some content for educators).

    3. Travel grants and fellowships for students. In 2013 we created a new scholarship for students in partnership with the Newberry Library in Chicago.

    4. Awards for best publications. In 2013, we established two new public outreach awards recognizing educators that engage the public, connecting students and a variety of communities.

    5. Partnerships with government agencies and local green justice groups to bring together students, teachers, natural resource personnel, and community activists.

    6. Educational projects bringing students and teachers together with the National Park Service and USDA Forest Service. Current projects include interpretation of historical sites in Hawaii, a history of the endangered pupfish in Death Valley, and a study of fire history in the Oakland Hills.

    7. Organization of an annual conference that provides environmental information to teachers and students.

  • History:
  • When the American Society for Environmental History was founded in 1977, we had fewer than 100 members. Since that time, our organization has grown steadily, and currently we have approximately 1,500 individual and institutional members from around the world. We began publishing our journal, Environmental Review (now called Environmental History and published by Oxford University Press) in 1977 and we held our first conference at the University of California-Irvine in 1982.

    By the year 2000, attendance at our conferences had grown and we began holding annual conferences and workshops. In 2007, we formed Education and Diversity committees that began organizing events that brought together historians, geographers, scientists, and other scholars with community activists and public school teachers, to discuss environmental issues from a historical perspective.

    ASEH hired its first director in 2007 and is now based at the University of Washington-Tacoma. Our annual conferences typically attract more than 600 people and include a variety of events that span five days. Our most recent conference in Portland, Oregon was held in March 2010 with the National Council on Public History; it drew an attendance of 1,200 people and was covered by C-Span.

  • Year established:1977
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:
  • Advisory board size:17
  • Staff size:1

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Officers:
    Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, President
    John McNeill, Georgetown University, Vice President/President Elect
    Mark Madison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Treasurer
    Ellen Stroud, Bryn Mawr College, Secretary
    Executive Committee:
    Marcus Hall, University of Utah
    Paul Hirt, Arizona State University
    Nancy Jacobs, Brown University
    Tina Loo, University of British Columbia
    Linda Nash, University of Washington-Seattle
    Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Mark Stoll, Texas Tech University
    Ex Officio, Past Presidents:
    Nancy Langston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University
    Douglas Weiner, University of Arizona
    Ex Officio, Executive Director:
    Lisa Mighetto, University of Washington-Tacoma
    Ex Officio, Editor, Environmental History:
    Mark Cioc, University of California-Santa Cruz
    Ex Officio, H-Environment Representative:
    Thomas Wellock, Central Washington University

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lisa Mighetto, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Lisa Mighetto, Executive Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:84-0960966

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:840960966
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:698 CONSERVATION WAY
  • Organization City:SHEPHERDSTOWN
  • Organization State:WV
  • Organization Zip:25443-4024
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1978
  • 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):092, 124
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Literary activities, Study and research (nonscientific)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$602,685
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$286,085
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$286,085
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:44:56 am

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