Success Stories

For over twenty-five years, The Green Incubator (formerly Friends of ECOS) has nurtured grassroots environmental action in the Sacramento Region. Green Inc been part of the evolution of the environmental movement in the Sacramento region – by supporting and nurturing community-based solutions to environmental problems. Here are some of our success stories.

Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS)

The Green Incubator served as “Friends of ECOS” to support the tax-exempt charitable public education work of ECOS until 2010 when ECOS filed for and received its own 501-c-3 status.  We nurtured core activities at ECOS, such as Sacramento Earth Day, and its annual Environmentalist of the Year event.  It has been our proud achievement to support ECOS in its development as a charitable non-profit.

Habitat 2020 and the Heartland Project

For several years, we provided the fiscal sponsorship for Habitat 2020 and its Heartland Project.  Among the activities which we nurtured is the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which benefits the Heartland Project .

American River Parkway Protection Fund

To support Save the American River Association (SARA), we started The American River Parkway Defense Fund to protect the integrity of the Parkway zoning code. Recently this fund was transferred to  Save the American River Association because it had achieved its own 501-c-3 status.  SARA thanked us for being there when they needed a fiscal sponsor for important charitable activities.


Over our history there have been many instances when a group has jumped to the front of the local environmental battle lines because of an important legal principle.  We have been there to provide the fiscal sponsorship to enable ground breaking legal cases to be filed by unincorporated committees and coalitions willing to stand up for environmental protection.  Donors were assured that their donations for environmental defense would be tax deductible and the environment got its day in court.  Among our victories:  Sunrise Douglas , Rancho Cordova General Plan and Preserve at Sunridge, Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation, and Highway 50 Expansion.