Green Burial Council International

Placerville, CA   |  https://greenburialcouncil.org

Mission

Our mission is to inspire and advocate for environmentally sustainable, natural death care through education and certification Our vision is to ensure universal access to information and environmentally sustainable death care Our values include: Respect for rituals that create meaning for both the living and the dead Honor the earth and recognize the importance of caring for her in how we bury our dead Honor that funeral and burial traditions and practices are sacred Integrity in all aspects of our operation by holding ourselves to the highest standards Sustainability both environmentally and operationally so that future generations may benefit from our work Leadership in making certifiable, sustainable death-care practices available to all

Ruling year info

2013

Chief Association Executive

John Niedfeldt-Thomas

Main address

2720 Cold Springs Road

Placerville, CA 95667 USA

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EIN

45-4432635

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Forest Conservation (C36)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Green Burial Information

We develop written materials for public consumption that explain the need for more sustainable, environmentally responsible funeral and disposition options, with a particular emphasis on the merits and how-to's of green burial. A comprehensive and easy to use website includes free downloads of these materials and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host an annual conference for green burial operators and the public to learn more about green burial and to locate and interact with other owners and operators, and for potential stewards to meet with mentors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host video hours for stewards and providers to meet and discuss important topics of the day

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host public call in and video chat nights where members of the public can call in and get answers to their burning questions about green burial

Population(s) Served
Adults

We prepare interactive webinars with known experts in their area to explore green burial topics. These topics include types of cemeteries, how to start a green burial cemetery, preparation techniques for burial, myth busting, scientific research, and much more

Population(s) Served
Adults

Changing Landscapes, GBC 310, a course designed to educate funeral professionals to the full spectrum of green funeral service, covers family and professionally directed home vigils, home and cemetery green burials, innovations to funeral service and disposition options, and ways that funeral professionals can adapt to meet the changing environmental and cultural expectations of their families. Designed by Lee Webster for the Green Burial Council, the course has been taught by GBC Advisory Board Member, mortician, and adjunct professor Sam Perry through the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, and is open to all mortuary students and funeral professionals through Pierce Mortuary Colleges. Students have the opportunity to become certified in green funeral service by the GBC upon successful completion of the course.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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How we listen

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Green Burial Council International

Board of directors
as of 3/28/2022
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Board chair

Caitlyn Hauke

Sabrina Dorfman

McCann Health

Elizabeth Dunnebacke

Wake

Jeff Hodes

Cemetery Management Solutions

Hannah Palko

Univ North Carolina

Sarah Beck

UCSF Medical Center

Kate Burns

Stormont Vail Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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