About

What is the problem we are trying to solve?

The Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization was founded in the summer of 2008 by a bunch of nature loving teenagers who wanted to make a difference. We envision a sustainable world with enough resources for everyone, where people don’t live in toxic surroundings and where everybody considers their impact on the Earth. MEVO carries out volunteer work to promote environmental sustainability throughout local communities. We plant trees, clean-up polluted areas, rehabilitate soil erosion, start natural agriculture farms, organize electronic recycling drives, educate students on recycling, distribute recycling bins and give away compact fluorescent light bulbs. We want to get people involved in improving their society and working to solve our worst environmental problems.

Trail construction

Moving stone stairs for low-impact and long-lasting hiking trial construction.

Recruiting students

Volunteers recruiting students to join our super cool organization.

Click to watch our mission video, see what MEVO is all about!

Why is it important to us?

Our planet is our Eco-system, the place where the entire 7 BILLION population lives. Generations that follow won’t have the same opportunities we do if we don’t live in partnership with the Earth by keeping it clean and managing its resources. We are students, leaders and above all we are the ones will inherit our planet and society. We need to take action now to ensure the safety and health of children in the future. It isn’t hard. We can do it! But reducing our impact on the environment is only possible if we work together to solve our waste, food and pollution habits. Taking action now will create an even more beautiful Earth tomorrow.

Old car seats

Finding some old car seats buried in the forest. MEVO saves the day again!

Botanical gardens

Gardening, leaf cleaning and maintenance at the New Jersey Botanical Gardens.

What is our plan of action?

A bunch of super awesome youth, students and the occasional adult get together for weekend environmental volunteer events. These events are planned by youth, led by youth, managed by youth and carried out by youth as an example of our generation’s passion for change. We have organized over 56 events involving more than 243 people in environmental community service. We have handed out 2,610+ compact fluorescent light bulbs. This amount of bulbs is the equivalent to removing 135 cars off the road and preventing 1,099,828.77 lbs (500 tons!) of CO2 emissions. We have planted well over 200 trees, rehabilitated at least 9 miles of badly eroded hiking trails and helped build about 6 miles of long-term low-impact hiking trails. We have collected hundreds of bags of trash, recycling and scrap metal. We have educated hundreds of students on the importance of recycling by hosting assemblies throughout many public schools. We have painted 196 recycling bins and distributed 100 of these to schools and business to create a more effective and efficient collection of recycling. This is all in days work. We have only been operating for a little over three and a half years! Imagine what we can and will do in five or ten.

Dave and Mike

Volunteers Dave and Mike cleaning-up trash in a heavily littered area.

Recycling bins

Making recycling bins out of industrial shipping containers for distribution to schools.

How can you help?

We need youth. We need student leaders. We need volunteers. We need professional advisers. We need academic interns. WE NEED YOU! Do you think what we do is cool? Well my sister or brother, we think you rock! We love passionate people and we want you to help us MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We need people who want to dedicate some of their time volunteering to change the way communities approach environmental sustainability. Do you want to volunteer on the weekend? Want to be a student leader of one of our programs? Want to organize an academic internship? Have a great idea for a new project? Need help getting your project off the ground and think we could provide some resources? Email us and let us know mevo@mevoearth.org and/or sign-up to volunteer with us HERE! This is our Earth, our Eco-system, and we need all the help we can get.