Private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to preserve, protect and improve the environment.
Scope notes: Includes: Organizations that are involved in pollution control and abatement; conservation and development of natural resources; control or elimination of hazardous or toxic substances including pesticides; solid waste management; urban beautification and open spaces development; environmental education and outdoor survival; and botanical gardens and horticultural societies.
Excludes: Organizations including those that operate refuges and fisheries that focus on the protection and preservation of wildlife (see D-Animal-Related); programs that focus on the protection and preservation of farmlands or soil and water conservation for agricultural, food production purposes (see K-Food, Agriculture & Nutrition); and organizations that develop and maintain recreational parks (see N-Recreation & Sports).
Organizations existing as a support and fund-raising entity for a single institution within the Environment major group area.
Scope notes: This code should be used for all forms of supports as long as financial support is included.
Friends groups are traditionally classified in the "Single Organization Support" category, but in the environment major group a distinction is made between Friends of institutions such as the Friends of the Clearwater Nature Center (C11) and Friends of natural resources such as the Friends of the Chesapeake Bay (C32).