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Our Mission

The damage we’re doing to the planet is both unsustainable and infuriating: climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever. But the solutions are all around us, practically begging us to adopt them: solar and wind power, electric cars and buses, more walkable and “bikeable” cities, reusing and repairing stuff instead of throwing it away, and on and on.

Environment America’s mission is to transform our ideas and imaginations into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place.

We build support for clean, renewable energy. We’ve persuaded dozens of states to increase the power they get from solar and wind, and we helped convince California, New Mexico, Washington state, Virginia and Maine to commit to 100 percent carbon-free electricity in just the past few years.

We campaign against pollution and climate change. Our litigation team has won more than 100 enforcement actions and $250 million in penalties and court-mandated anti-pollution upgrades against ExxonMobil and other polluting companies. We’ve also won programs to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, cars and other sources, from Colorado to Massachusetts.

We protect wildlife. We’ve won state and local action to ban the most common and problematic bee-killing pesticides. We won the nation’s first statewide bans on single-use plastic bags in California and single-use polystyrene foam in Maine, both big victories for ocean wildlife. We helped make the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most successful conservation and recreation program, permanent and fully funded.

Sometimes we pass laws. Sometimes we bring polluters to court. Sometimes we get corporations to clean up their act. We do whatever we think will be the most effective way to turn the tide of public opinion and political momentum toward a greener, healthier world.

What We've Done (a few highlights)

Global Warming

  • Mobilized tens of thousands of Americans behind Clean Car Standards that will reduce global warming pollution by 270 million metric tons by 2030 — standards that are based on similar policies that we helped win in 14 states.
  • Strengthened the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — our nation’s best regional clean air program which has already cut climate-changing pollution from power plants in half in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
  • Advocated for California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, the nation’s first economy-wide carbon cap and trade program, and defended the program against an oil industry attack by helping to defeat Prop. 23 in 2010.

Clean Water

  • Mobilized thousands of people across the country to defend protections for 2 million miles of America’s streams.
  • Released our partner organization Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Get the Lead Out” report, which examined states’ policies on preventing lead contamination in their schools’ drinking water and recommended policy solutions.
  • Sued big polluters, including a subsidiary of GenOn Energy that illegally dumped toxic pollution into Pennsylvania’s Conemaugh River; and Pilgrim’s Pride, which discharged illegal levels of pollutants into Florida’s Suwannee River; and ExxonMobil, which a judge found had violated the Clean Air Act in Baytown, Texas.

Clean Energy

  • Spearheaded California’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
  • Won similar solar initiatives in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Helped pass legislation in California, New Mexico, Washington state, Virginia and Maine that put those states on a path to achieving 100 percent clean energy.

Things To Know When You Apply

Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network. We're a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore — from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

Throughout The Public Interest Network, we believe that a clear vision, commonsense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. We share a set of core values and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Meet Some of Our Team

Share a passion for the environment?

People who work with Environment America join dozens of advocates, organizers, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others who are dedicated to protecting our natural world and whose work has resulted in hundreds of new laws and other policies that have moved us closer to a greener, healthier world.


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