Green Incubator

Our Mission and Activities

Our mission is environmental education and protection in the Sacramento region. Green Incubator focuses on the sustainability of the region's quality of life and increased appreciation and protection of our region's environmenal qualities and diversity.

In recent years, Green Incubator has provided both financial support and incubator services to worthy local environmental protection activities. These include: habitat protection litigation, Earth Day education activities, an environmental film festival, and education projects carried out by ECOS on smart growth, urban sprawl, and environmentally sound and equitable transportation policy.

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The Organization and Board

Green Incubator is a non-profit educational organization that was originally incorporated as *Friends of ECOS*, a 501-c-3 organization in 1988. It is independent of ECOS [the Environmental Council of Sacramento]. Green Incubator is a volunteer organization with no staff and no offices; it has no members and few expenses. All funds donated to Green Incubator are allocated to worthy environmental projects in our region.

Green Incubator is governed by a Board of Directors led by President Betsy Weiland. Board members are:

Betsy Weiland - President - Betsy is an ECOS Board Member and was honored as a 2005 Environmentalist of the Year for her work on the American River Parkway and habitat issues since 2001. Betsy serves on the Citizens to Save the Bluffs steering committee and represents the Save the American River Association on the American River Parkway Coalition. Betsy is also a member of Habitat 2020 and the California Native Plant Society.

Del Tura - Vice President - Del has made many contributions to local environmental organizations, including Audubon Society, Urban Creeks Council and ECOS. He's a canoeist and works for the County of Sacramento. Del's wife, Alta, is president of Urban Creeks Council.

Kevin McRae - Treasurer - Kevin is an avid amateur botanist, bird-watcher, naturalist and landscape gardener. He is a board member for Friends of Swainson's Hawk and Finance Chair for the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Executive Committee. Kevin has twenty-two years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, including tax and business management consulting.

Judith Lamare - Secretary - Environmentalist of the Year in 1987, Jude is President of Friends of the Swainson's Hawk. She managed the Cleaner Air Partnership for 19 years and is an air quality consultant. Jude is also active in the Sierra Club on both air quality and endangered species and habitat issues.

Linda Whitney - Environmentalist of the Year in 1999, Linda has led several local community organizations including ECOS, Sacramento Old City Association and Green Incubator (formerly Friends of ECOS). She works for the Medical Board of California.

Alan Hirsch - Alan is a local realtor and transit advocate and was the organizer who formed the Sacramento Transportation Equity Network (Sac-TEN) to integrate social equity and environmental concerns into the transportation planning process.

Ralph Propper - Ralph is a clean air advocate and a chemist who works at the Air Resources Board in its research program. Ralph has been a leader in the Environmental Council of Sacramento and in Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails(formerly the American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails), and has served on both boards.

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Green Incubator receives donations and makes financial contributions to a variety of worthy environmental education and litigation projects in the Sacramento Region each year. It has supported 501-c-3 eligible activities by ECOS, as well as a number of other local environmental organizations with specific projects, as well as supporting neighborhood quality of life organizations and social equity groups, such as No Way L.A. and the Sacramento Transportation Equity Network (Sac-TEN).

To make a tax deductible contribution to Green Incubator, click HERE for a form that you can print out and send in with your check.  Make checks payable to "Green Incubator" and mail back with your form to:

Green Incubator
Betsy Weiland, President
4950 Keane Drive
Carmichael, CA 95608

You can designate your contribution for one of the following purposes. If you do not make a specific designation, your donation will be made to the Green Incubator General Fund.

  • Educational Activities - ECOS outreach and education
  • Environmental Litigation - allocated by Green Incubator Board to tax-exempt litigation activities in the Sacramento Region
  • General Fund - allocated by Green Incubator Board to tax-exempt environmental projects in the Sacramento Region
  • Green Incubator Endowment - a permanent fund - revenue deposited in the General Fund but the principle remains unspent

If you would like to make a donation of stock or securities, Green Incubator has an account to which you can transfer your donation.

Please contact President Betsy Weiland for more details about donations or if you would like to include Green Incubator in your will.