About Us

The Rochester Ecology Partners is an organization that intends to improve community connectedness through the power of nature. Our organization hopes to improve individual, community and environmental health and contribute to an educational system that connects people in our city, in particular youth and families to nature, the places they live, and each other.

By building these relationships we will encourage the adoption of an ecological mindset in our community where there is a better understanding of the relationship between our social and environmental systems. Our community’s most pressing challenges can be solved with an approach that considers how everything is connected. Our mission consists of helping all people find nature where they live, work, and play.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to promote environmental health and community well being through partnerships that lead to environmental education and community building. We envision a network of places and programs that lead to an urban community that is connected to their environment and each other in ways that lead to sustainable and equitable economic opportunity, stewardship of our natural ecosystems and community well-being.

Our Partners

We are seeking organizations and individuals that share our mission and vision. Please reach out if you are interested in partnering with us. You can become partners through the get involved page. Our current partners are listed below.

How we plan to meet our community’s needs...

  • Develop place based ecological education programs for young people and families in our city
  • Create opportunities for environmental engagement in the community
  • Elevate and connect efforts to do the same


Board of Directors

Neha Sood

Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology

Erin Thompson

Finance and Operations Manager, MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Chris Widmaier

Founder, Green Collar Collaborations LLC

Michael Boller

Associate Professor of Biology, Center for Sustainability Director, Sustainability Program Director, St. John Fisher College

Kathryn Walker

Kathryn Walker

Project Director, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry