About Us


Combining legal, legislative and scientific expertise to
protect Minnesota's environment

Our mission:
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) is a nonprofit organization using law, science, and research to protect Minnesota's natural resources, wildlife and the health of its people.

Since our founding in 1974, we have advocated for sound environmental policies which provide positive, long-term solutions to the most critical environmental issues facing Minnesota.
At the heart of our mission is a reverence for nature and a fundamental commitment to sustain and enhance environmental quality for the benefit of future generations.
How we do it:
For 35 years, we’ve worked at the legislature, in the courts, and with public agencies to enact, strengthen, and enforce smart environmental laws. MCEA is the leading legal voice protecting Minnesota’s environment, with deep organizational expertise that includes some of the foremost environmental law and policy professionals in the state. We work on many different issues, especially water, land use & transit, clean energy, natural resources, and mining.
Getting Results
Philanthropedia recently named MCEA one of the most effective and highest-impact environmental non-profit organizations in Minnesota.
Experts were interviewed about many different aspects and activities of environmental non-profits and ranked the top 18 here. MCEA is thrilled and honored to be so high on the list! To learn more, read MCEA's Philanthropedia profile here.
What Others Say
You don't have to take it from us. Here's what other donors and experts in the field have to say about MCEA:

"Now more than ever, we need the legal expertise of MCEA to help protect Minnesota's irreplaceable resources." 

“A long-standing organization that speaks for the environment, because it cannot speak for itself.”

“I'm proud to support MCEA's continued protection of the environment for future generations.”

MCEA protects our most precious resources.”

“Minnesota is known for sky blue waters, golden prairies, green forests, and above average children. Let's keep it that way - help MCEA protect our environment. Give today!”

“This is a fantastic organization of hard-working, dedicated advocates for our environment. They are dogged in their pursuit of helpful legislation and also are alert to environmental problems, advocating for attention where it is needed.”

“MCEA is just plain smart.”

“The depth of their impact across the range of environmental issues (water, land use, transit, community development, etc.) is so important to the State. The mix of policy analysis, project specific technical assistance, and collaborative relationships to move change at multiple levels has led to significant progress in Minnesota.”

MCEA meets all accountability standards for the Charities Review Council.

MCEA is a proud founding member of the Minnesota Environmental Fund.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
26 East Exchange Street, Suite 206
St. Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 223 - 5969

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