Mendocino Environmental Center (MEC)
The Mendocino Environmental Center (MEC) works through educational outreach, non-violent direct action and the legal system to uphold and promote environmental and social justice in Mendocino County and beyond. The MEC is a resource center, which offers support to grassroots community groups and empowers individuals to work for positive change. The MEC networks with a politically and socially diverse community, encouraging integrity, tolerance, non-violence and a sustainable future.
What is the MEC?
The MEC is a 501 (c4) non-profit membership organization that has a twenty-six year history of working on environmental, peace and social justice issues. We began with a campaign to keep Wal-Mart from opening a store in the Ukiah Valley and followed that with the Save Trout Creek Campaign. Over the years we have given organizational support, office space, computers, insurance, a photocopier, fax, e-mail, message phone and mailing address, for many local and regional activists, groups, campaigns, and issues.
The MEC played a critical role in the campaign to save the Headwaters Forest and the historical Redwood Summer activities were coordinated out of our offices. To this day the Center works to maintain a close rapport with local watershed and direct action groups concerned with forest issues, ocean protection and social justice issues.
The MEC hosts other community organizations working on a variety of issues. Currently the center is being used by organizations like Move-to-Amend, Occupy Ukiah, Transition Town Ukiah and the Mendo-Free Skool. We assisted with the campaigns to label GMO’s and also to close the nuclear plants in San Onofre and at Diablo Canyon here as well.
The three campaigns we are supporting and working on now, include the attempt by citizens to prevent the construction of the Willits Bypass, working with Redwood Nation Earth First! and EcoTrans to keep CalTrans from desecrating Richardson Grove by widening Hwy 101 and to halt the spraying of herbicides in our forests by the Mendocino Redwood Company and the Fisher family which owns the Gap.
The Cloud Forest Institute is the 501(c3) fiscal sponsor of the Mendocino Environmental Center Environmental Education Fund.
Mendocino Environmental Center
106 W. Standley St.
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-3236