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Established in 2007, we are a citizen-led, nonpartisan, not-for-profit environmental Association. Through awareness, advocacy and action initiatives, we work with the community to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and to create a  healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington.

Around the Kitchen Table

On November 18, 2007, Burlington resident, Kurt Koster sent a media release to the Burlington Post with an aim to recruit citizens to form a local advocacy group to speak up for the rights of the environment.

A handful of passionate individuals gathered, grassroot efforts took hold, and BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association was born. Since that time, our team has grown, welcoming the valuable contributions of many and our work has expanded to keep pace with the increasing demands that come with a city that is reaching its growth capacity.

While the scope of our work has become more diverse over the years, the key objectives established around the kitchen table at Kurt Koster's home, remain in place today: Through awareness, advocacy and action initiatives, we work with the community to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and to create a  healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington.

We are a welcoming, inclusive organization. Our primary team consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, an Executive Director and  program staff, which varies in size depending upon the amount of funds we have to work with.

While we collaborate with the City of Burlington on some projects and initiatives, we are not affiliated with the City itself.  We operate very lean and spend every dollar wisely. We have chosen to operate without registered charitable status, as doing so could limit our ability to advocate for rights and justice for the environment. The participation and contribution of our many volunteers, along with funding from grants, sponsors and donations from the community, is vital to the strength & sustainability of our agency.

        

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