About Tibetan Ecology Foundation

“Knowledge is power” –Francis Bacon

TEF is a non-profit charitable organization established in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and incorporated in December 2006.  Our mission is to provide environmental educational materials in the Tibetan language and to promote environmental conservation on the Tibetan Plateau.

This work is crucial: there is a dearth of environmental material available in Tibetan, yet Tibet, as the source of the seven major river systems of Asia, is hugely influential on the health of the greater Asian and world ecosystems. For Tibetan people to responsibly manage their ongoing modernization, they need to understand environmental issues. In order to protect Tibetan ecology, our first and most important action is education.

We are non-political.  The environment is not a political issue; it is a planetary issue.  We believe the protection of the ecology of the Tibetan Plateau is worthwhile to both China and Tibet, and we believe the responsibility belongs to both the Chinese people and the Tibetan people.  In fact, environmental protection connects all regions and all nations, because we all share in a greater ecosystem.

We work to overcome the language barrier.  An important task we have set for ourselves is the translation of books from Chinese and English into Tibetan.

TEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the US. As such, your donations are tax deductible. We need your support to continue our important work.

Board of Drictors

Tsultrim Gyatso,
Gyatso is the Founder of Tibetan Ecology Foundation and ex-monk from Labrang monastery in Tibet. He used to be a translator. He is also a photographer. 

Wendy Hanophy,
Wendy is retired from Colorado Division of Wildlife.  She is a lifelong environmental educator and is affiliated with Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and National Science Teachers Association. She is also is a board member of TEF.

Laura Kreski,
Art student, the University of New Mexico.

Gene Reetz Ph.D

Gene is retired from the EPA as water specialist and is also a board member of TEF.

Michelle Rice,
Spiritual Healer.