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Community Organizations

Canton Development Partnership

Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
The Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is located on a 164 acre site in Stark County's Washington Township, in the heart of northeastern Ohio.  

Stark Parks

The Wilderness Center
The Wilderness Center is a nonprofit, self-funding institution dedicated to nature education, wildlife conservation, natural history research and community service.

Master Gardeners of Stark County.
Stark County Master Gardeners contribute thousands of volunteer hours per year to Stark County residents in support of gardening, agriculture, and horticulture education and community events. They help design, implement, and manage both large and small projects that continue to enhance the quality of life for Stark County residents and entertain visitors.

The Stock Pile
The Stock Pile provides materials for decent, safe and sanitary housing to low to moderate income families and non-profit agencies.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties
Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Sierra Club, Ohio Chapter
The Chapter advocates for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public transit.

Community Harvest of Stark County
Community Harvest was created to collect perishable and prepared food that would otherwise be wasted from local restaurants, caterers, hospitals and the food industry.  This food is distributed to local soup kitchens, shelters and hot meal programs helping to alleviate hunger.

Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. works to improve the quality of life and employment opportunities for all people.

Northeast Ohio USGBC Chapter Umbrella organization for groups involved in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial green building.

The NEOhaus Institute
The NEOhaus is a collaborative project based in the Akron, Ohio area focused on the development of cutting-edge, affordable and practical green building principles that stimulate economic development in the urban core.

Green Energy Ohio
Green Energy Ohio is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio.

Ohio Environmental Council
The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

General Information

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water and land -- upon which life depends.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization.

TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Planet Green
From home and garden to food and health and tech and transport, there are tons of ways we can make our lives greener, and guides for How to Go Green are here to help.

Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 -- which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things.

Sierra Club
The oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

Energy Star
A joint program of the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Alliance for Climate Protection
A non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to engaging people from all walks of life to solve the climate crisis. 

Local Governments for Sustainability
An extensive listing of case studies, reference guides, toolkits, sustainability rating systems for communities, success stories, news releases and more.