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Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment

An educational consortium for environmental sustainability.


The Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, (S.A.V.E.) Inc. fosters a personal awareness and respect for the interrelatedness of ecology, spirituality, and sustainability. S.A.V.E. creates formal and informal life-long learning opportunities in collaboration with organizations at all levels-local, national, and global. S.A.V.E.’s activities are designed to empower individuals to values-based action for a just and sustainable world.

Vision Statement

S.A.V.E. is a catalyst for individual and community action for sustainability.

Who are we?

S.A.V.E. was established in August, 1990 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to make a difference and promote a love and appreciation for our natural world. It is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. S.A.V.E. was recognized for its work by the National Environmental Awards Council, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

S.A.V.E. Actions

  • Sponsors bi-monthly public lectures.
  • Provides scholarships to underserved youth for Science Camps.
  • Provides Special Environmental Awards at Northwest District Science Day.
  • Presents Environmental Awards at the annual Awards Night.
    • Eco-Educator (Elementary & Secondary)
    • Eco-Service
    • Eco-Friend of the Environment
    • Eco-School (Elementary & Secondary)
    • Eco-Community
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter.
  • Presents at local conferences.
  • Recycles used printer copier cartridges and cell phones.
  • Collaborates with the Environmental Wellness Committee of the Sylvania Franciscan Village; the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis; Lourdes University and other outreach programs.

We Believe

  • That all life is connected and when one segment or area is well, then that wellness affects all other forms of life;
  • That we are spiritual beings whose existence is enhanced by beauty;
  • That preservation of planet Earth is in our many hands, and that we are the caretakers of the gift of creation;
  • That even though the pollution of our planet has spawned numerous environmental problems, it is not too late for individuals and groups to seek and apply the needed remedies;
  • That when people with shared values set an agenda of action, link energies and plan strategies, disasters can be avoided, the beauty of nature can be preserved, and people can learn how to appreciate the beauty of planet Earth;
  • That in order to preserve our planet Earth for future generations, educational programs must be provided to people of all ages so that the efforts to preserve the planet are successful.

2018-2019 FREE Public Lecture Series Announced

All lectures are held in the Franciscan Theater and Conference Center, on the Sylvania Franciscan/Lourdes University Campus, Sylvania, OH

September 11, 2018     7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  (Tuesday)
“Agricultural Sustainability, Food Security and the Spiritual Imperative”
By: Brian W. Snyder, MTS, PMBA Executive Director, Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT), The Ohio State University.


September 12, 2018  7:30-9:00 a.m. (Wednesday)
“Practical Strategies for Resilient Food Systems: An Open Discussion”
With Brian Snyder, Ohio State University
Franciscan Center Board Room
Breakfast by invitation only.
Sr. Rosine Sobczak OSF


November 13, 2018      7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  (Tuesday)
“The Role of Wetlands in Mitigating Pollutants in our Landscapes and  Planet”
By:  William (Bill) Mitsch, PhD., Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Eminent Scholar and Director at Everglades Wetland Research and the Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at Florida Gulf Coast University, Naples, Florida.


January 22, 2019   7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  (Tuesday)
“Bringing the Quality Back Into Water Quality: From Rain Gardens to Public Policy”
By:  Kari Gerwin, Director of Water Quality Planning at TMACOG (Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments) and Patekka Pope-Bannister, Commissioner of Plant Operations, City of Toledo.


March 26, 2019   7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.   (Tuesday)
To Be Determined.  Details pending.


April 16,  2019   7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  (Tuesday)
“Pope Francis and the Monarch Butterfly: A Message from Creation”
By: Hal Mann, President of the Oak Openings Chapter of Wild Ones, a non-profit organization engaged in education and action on the use of native plants in home gardens and landscaping.