• Our Mission:

    fostering creativity in sustainability
  • Our MissionThe mission of the Human Impacts Institute is to foster sustainable human impacts on ecosystems through inspired engagement, leadership, collaboration, knowledge-building and creative expression.  We promote healthy community development by connecting communities through a shared awareness of, and accountability for, the natural environment.

    Using NYC as a laboratory, the Human Impacts Institute connects global communities in resource sharing and environmental awareness. Our program participants commit to conscious environmental decision-making, take responsibility for their environmental impacts and are dedicated to long-term solutions through:

    Experiential Education
    --participants practice leadership through hands-on problem solving and community service;

    Collaborative Partnerships--organizations unite through resource sharing, joint advocacy, and idea development;

    Participatory Research
    --students and research institutions provide free research services to the Hii community; and

    Creative Expression--individuals use culture and art to inspire others to engage in environmental issues and solutions.

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      Why the Human Impacts Institute?

    • Why Hii?
      The Human Impacts Institute was created to reassess the common misconception of environment as separate from society.  Our organization is founded on the belief that humans are dependent upon, and responsible for, our natural environment.

      We believe healthy communities, stable economies, and social equity cannot exist without environmental sustainability. The Human Impacts Institute inspires individuals, institutions, and communities to challenge the environmental status quo and to use innovation and collaboration to build and maintain a healthy environment and healthy communities.

      We approach social change through a systems-based approach, combining research, education, community-building, policy-making, networking, and grassroots action. Always an advocate for open-source knowledge sharing, we serve as a facilitator between community members, scientists, business, media, and policy makers to "translate" information between sectors for effective collaboration.

      Our goal is to sponsor innovative thinking, while encouraging risk-taking, and maintaining space for the evolution of ideas within the changing needs of communities.  We look forward to working with you to honor our diversity and to engage you as agents of positive change in our communities.

      Thank you for your commitment to fostering creativity in sustainability,

      The Human Impacts Institute Crew