Interested in the environment and sustainability?

Follow or join the International Environment Forum (IEF)!

The International Environment Forum (IEF) is a Bahá'í-inspired professional organization of scientists and engineers, managers, civil servants and representatives of civil society in fields relevant to the environment and sustainability, as well as students and others with an interest in these fields.

The IEF provides a forum for its members to, among other things:
deepen their understanding of the relevance of the social and ethical principles in the Bahá'í Writings for the environment and sustainable development challenges the world is facing;
explore the application of those principles in their work and activities;
share knowledge and experience, and accompany others in their professional development.

We also seek to share our views and interact with other organizations in various international fora. The IEF was, for example, accredited to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002) as a scientific and technological organization, and again to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, 2012) and other relevant UN events.

The IEF was launched in October 1997 and today we have over 400 members in over 70 countries on all 5 continents. Our annual international conferences have until now been organized in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and USA, and each conference has an electronic version for those who cannot attend in person.

As a virtual organization, IEF does not collect dues or fees from its members. To function without cost we use the Internet as much as possible, including this web site. Members are encouraged to contribute to the web site on topics relevant to the environment and sustainability and related spiritual principles that are the core purpose of IEF. The IEF reserves the right to edit or delete irrelevant or inappropriate material. Much of our communication is also by e-mail to reach members even where Internet access is difficult. While we are a professional association, current employment status is not relevant to membership. The IEF cannot assist its members financially with attendance at its conferences, nor can it provide letters of invitation or assistance in obtaining visas.

Find out more by browsing this website ( or contact us directly:

International Environment Forum
c/o Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl (President)
12 B Chemin de Maisonneuve
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Email: (goes to the General Secretary, Christine Muller)


Membership is open to any person interested in environment and sustainability on the condition that they are sympathetic to the Bahá'í teachings and that they accept to abide by the IEF Statutes, By-laws and the decisions of the Governing Board. It is also possible simply to subscribe to the newsletter and have access to the IEF website.

Applications for membership should be submitted to the Governing Board, which will decide if the above conditions are met. The Board's decision to accept or reject the application need not be justified.

A member will receive all the materials of the Forum and announcements of all activities, may participate in the annual General Assembly, conferences and discussions by e-mail or in person, and is entitled to a single ballot whenever elections take place as provided for in the Statutes and By-laws. A member is eligible to be elected to the Governing Board or to any positions within the Forum that are filled by election. Each member will provide an electronic (e-mail) contact address, if available, for use by the Forum in its electronic mailing list(s), as well as a completed membership questionnaire, resumé or curriculum vitae detailing experience in environment and sustainable development, and ability to provide advice or service to others in the environment field. Members' contact information and summaries in standard format derived from the resumés will be published in the Directory of Members as a pdf document sent annually to all members. Member information without contact information and addresses will be included in the Forum's public directory on the Internet (WWW page), and made publicly available in other appropriate hard-copy and electronic publications.

Interested individuals who do not wish to vote, to be eligible for election, or to appear in the directory may become associates. Associates are placed on the appropriate electronic mailing list(s) and will receive the materials of the Forum and announcements of all activities. They may participate in conferences, discussions and working groups organized by the Forum, and may attend the General Assembly as an observer, without the right to vote or be voted for.

It is also possible simply to subscribe to the IEF Newsletter and be included on its mailing list. Subscribers also have access to the IEF web site and its resources.

To apply to become a member of the IEF, or to subscribe to the newsletter, Create a new Account in the User Login section of the left-hand bar on this web site. A membership application can also be made by e-mail by completing the questionnaire Application for Membership and sending it to the General Secretary of the IEF at the address indicated.