About Environment America
Who we are
Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. We believe there’s something special about our country — and so much worth protecting and preserving for future generations. From stunning waterways like Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes, to beloved national parks like Acadia and Mount Rainier, America’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.
That’s the idea behind Environment America. Together with hundreds of thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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State Policy Advocate, Environment Ohio
Director, Washington D.C. office
What we do
Funded by citizen supporters, we research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about our environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make sure that they hear your voice just as loudly. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make an impact — through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
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Environment America helped fend off nearly 40 Congressional attacks on the Clean Water Act. Our research found polluters dumping 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals into our water, fouling 14,000 miles of rivers and 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries. Armed with these facts, we helped mobilize more than 170,000 Americans, including 438 mayors and other local officials, to call on Congress to restore clean water protections.
If we want to spare our children and grandchildren the worst consequences of global warming, we must dramatically reduce the carbon pollution that we pump into the atmosphere. And, as most scientists agree, we better do it soon. Yet Washington is not doing enough, deterred by the influence of Big Oil and the coal industry, and short-term partisan politics in Congress. But our staff and members are proving each day that there is a way forward on global warming. And it starts in the states.
The gas drilling process known as fracking poses a staggering array of threats to our drinking water, public health and environment. We've documented the threats, exposed the harm and organized citizens to push to ban this dangerous drilling process. In 2012, PennEnvironment trained an army of more than 1,000 anti-fracking activists to stop these threats in their local communities. Across the nation, 15,000 Americans joined us in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to keep our health and environment safe from fracking.