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Our Mission

Environment America and our national network have one mission that drives everything we do: to protect our natural world.

We envision a better, greener America: one that protects and restores more places where all life can thrive and offers us and our children the opportunity to live healthier, more enriching lives. Through our research, public education, advocacy, litigation and action, we find and advance policies and practices that put our country, and our world, on a better path.

In a politically divided country, with a Congress that’s gridlocked more often than not, we keep finding ways to make a positive difference for the planet. For example:

We protect wildlife and wild places. 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. And we've helped make the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most successful conservation and recreation program, permanent and fully funded.

We work to tackle climate change and build support for clean, renewable energy. Our groups have helped convince California, New Mexico, Washington state, Virginia, Maine and Oregon to commit to 100 percent carbon-free electricity in just the past few years. And we’ve won stronger vehicle emissions standards and incentives for electric cars in a dozen states and counting.

We stand up for clean air and water. Our litigation team has won more than 100 enforcement actions and $250 million in penalties and court-mandated anti-pollution upgrades against polluters from San Francisco Bay to Boston Harbor. Recently, we won a record $14 million case against ExxonMobil in Texas — the largest clean air act citizen enforcement suit in history.

Each of our campaigns shares a common approach. We put the earth first, and we work to shift more hearts and minds to share this point of view. We take a strategic approach, thinking big and acting boldly, but understanding that progress comes one step at a time. We build on what works.

And we work together, endeavoring to unite people from across the political spectrum on behalf of a cleaner, greener America.

What We've Done (a few highlights)

Conservation

  • Ran a nationwide campaign to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, America’s most sweeping conservation law in decades. The law makes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most successful conservation and recreation program, permanent and fully funded, giving millions of acres of parks, trails and wild places expanded protections.
  • Won the nation’s first statewide bans on single-use plastic bags in California and single-use polystyrene foam containers in Maine and Maryland. And in just the past year, we’ve helped convince Colorado, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington to join the list of states that have banned some form of single-use plastics.

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, Maine and Oregon that put those states on a path to achieving 100 percent clean energy.

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; 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.
 

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

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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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