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LOW IMPACT HYDROPOWER INSTITUTE

aka LIHI   |   Arlington, MA   |  www.lowimpacthydro.org

Mission

We recognize and support hydropower that prioritizes environmental, recreational, historical, and cultural resource protection. We do this by: • Defining and certifying Low Impact Hydropower using rigorous science-based criteria and public input • Providing education and outreach • Structuring our organization to integrate and evolve with community, conservation, and hydropower interests

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Shannon Ames

Main address

1167 Massachusetts Ave Office 407

Arlington, MA 02476 USA

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EIN

94-3356689

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hydropower has a long history of providing renewable power in the United States. Along the way it has also caused impacts to river ecosystems. Our program encourages hydropower operational decisions that have positive impacts on rivers through recognition and access to renewable energy credit markets.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low Impact Certification Program

LIHI’s mission is to reduce the impacts of hydropower dams through market incentives. LIHI does this through its Hydropower Certification Program, a voluntary certification program designed to help identify and reward hydropower dams that are minimizing their environmental impacts. Just as an organic label can help consumers choose the foods and farming practices they want to support, the LIHI certification program can help energy consumers choose the energy and hydropower practices they want to support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit of the Year 2018

The Cleanie Awards

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LIHI strives to both drive improvements to river ecosystems and provide positive revenue streams to hydropower operators that help them invest in those improvements. In addition, part of LIHI's mission is to provide information on Low Impact hydropower to the public. Our website is one of the most comprehensive and accessible resources on hydropower available.

Through public process and involvement, we have a clearly defined definition of Low Impact hydropower. Our Certification process involves an in-depth review of hydropower facilities based on data and documentation. The program is updated periodically. In addition to the program, LIHI seeks to bring recognition to Certificate holders that will assist them in procuring both long term contracts for their renewable generation as well broadening access to regulatory markets.

Experienced staff, professional independent reviewers, a volunteer board with both environmental non profit expertise and industry professionals all help us administer our Certification program.

Since issuing our first Certificate in 2000, LIHI has grown to 156 active Certificates encompassing 266 powerhouses on 84 rivers in 23 states. Our annual report highlights specific success stories. We are a key voice in policy discussions around hydropower and environmental protection, actively participating in industry events and conversations with key stakeholders interested in both climate change and river protection.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOW IMPACT HYDROPOWER INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brenda Pracheil

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 ? Yes
  • 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 5/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2023

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.