About Alaska Forum


Our Organization

The Alaska Forum, Inc was originally formed as an organization to support the annual educational event, The Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE). This widely recognized event began in 1990 as the Alaska Federal Facility Environmental Roundtable as an annual conference focused on contaminants, hazardous waste cleanup, hazardous materials management, pollution prevention, etc. at federal facilities. It was expanded by an agreement, called the Statement of Cooperation, with the leadership of environmental regulators, military departments, and federal agencies. Since then, the Alaska Forum, Inc. has become a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support this annual educational event and our extended mission to promote effective cooperation, communication and education in Alaska.

The Alaska Forum Operates


Our Commitment and Mission

The Alaska Forum, Inc. works with agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations in a spirit of cooperation to ensure that environmental issues and concerns can be addressed with an understanding of the diversity of perspectives and a fundamental educational background of the available science, technology, knowledge and Alaskan experiences. Our mission is to promote a healthy environment through communication and education and we welcome support from those who share in this goal. The Alaska Forum, our programs and our projects will not take political or advocacy positions.

The Alaska Forum works to promote a more productive and efficient relationship between government agencies, businesses, organizations, tribes and the public by:

  • Developing a more common understanding and educational foundation;
  • Providing opportunity for the exchange of information and experiences;
  • Providing recognition for outstanding environmental efforts; and
  • Understanding the diversity of perspectives and concerns of others.

Our Funding

The Alaska Forum, Inc. is supported as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.

The Alaska Forum on the Environment
Approximately ten percent of AFE funding is provided by our leadership partners in voluntary contributions and sponsorships. Leadership partners are organizations that have committed to invest both funding and staff resources to the Alaska Forum on the Environment. Five percent of AFE funding is supported by Alaska industries and businesses. The remainder of the event funding is directly supported by the event registration fees.

Alaska Forum Programs and Projects
Alaska Forum training programs and projects are funding funded by available federal or state grant programs from USDA Rural Development, US Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Department of Labor and others.