Effective Solutions to Complex Environmental

About PRI


  • Be the best at promoting, achieving, and maintaining balance between natural and human environment.


  • Deliver effective solutions to complex environmental challenges.

Goals and Objectives

  • Share and adapt best environmental management practices;
  • Actively engage as a partner in our communities to foster mutual understanding and reconciliation of societal and individual human needs with responsibility for physical, natural, and cultural systems;        
  • Improve communication and advance the state of the art among people who deal with the environmental planning, analysis and evaluation; This includes people, communities, and events across Alaska, the United States and the Pacific Rim;
  • Understand environmental permitting and regulation challenges and focus on resolving them by providing creative, responsible, and effective solutions;
  • Encourage and carry out research and education in order to enhance, maintain and protect the quality of the natural and human environment in the Pacific Rim while maintaining a unique focus on Alaska;

Core Values

  • Discharge our duties with fidelity, fairness, and focus on environmental stewardship and quality;
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships at all levels in our stakeholder organizations based on integrity, courtesy, and impartiality;


  • The Institute is governed by a highly committed Board of Directors.  In addition to strategic oversight, board members represent and demonstrate a diversity of opinion in articulating a vision for Alaska and the Pacific Rim that bridges and balances human and natural environment.

Board Advisory Committee

  • The Advisory Committee supports the Institute’s board, mission and core programs. Because it is strongly aligned with the Institute’s mission, committee members make broad intellectual contributions (chairing panels, authoring or contributing to research, compiling best practices, presenting at symposiums, etc.) on behalf of the Institute. Advisory Committee Members meet annually with the Board of Directors to set priorities for coming year. Working together, they identify key issues on which the Institute aims to make advancement and inform decision-makers regarding topics and projects.

List of Board and Advisory Committee Members

  • Kurt Fredriksson, Commissioner of Department of Environmental Conservation (2004-2006). Planner CH2M HILL
  • Kathy Giessel, Alaska Senate Senator, Chair of the Senate Resource Committee
  • Joe Griffith, Matanuska Electric Association, General Manager
  • David Gottstein, Dynamic Capital Mgm,  President 
  • David Harbour, Northern Gas Pipe Lines  Professional Services Consultant
  • Rada Khadjinova, FUGRO-Alaska Corporation, Division Manager
  • Phil Nugent, Phil C. Nugent & Associates, PC   Attorney, LA
  • Ted Rockwell, EPA (Retired), Battelle Alaska Office Operations Officer
  • Steve Sutherlin, Strategic Action Associates, Professional Services Consultant
  • Greg Wolf, World Trade Center AK, Executive Director

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