The aim of the Consortium is to foster international communication among environmental history organizations. Specific goals include sharing information, learning from the successes and failures of others, and discussing common issues, concerns, and challenges.

ICEHO has four goals enumerated in its Articles of Incorporation:

  1. To provide a structured framework within which organizations and institutions throughout the world that are interested in environmental history can meet and work in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner.
  2. To encourage and promote mutual communication, cooperation, and collaboration between these organizations,
  3. To promote the highest standards of education and research in the field of environmental history,
  4. To foster within the academic community, among the general public, and among policymakers an awareness, understanding, and consideration of the historical dimension of human/environment relationships.