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Our Mission

Climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever—the damage being done to our planet is heartbreaking. But solutions are all around us: better solar panels, better electric cars, and on and on.

Environment America’s mission is to harness our country’s wealth, technology and imagination to make our world a greener and healthier place.

We build support for clean, renewable energy. We’ve persuaded colleges like Cornell and cities like Atlanta to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.

We campaign against pollution and climate change. We’ve won $250 million in penalties and actions from ExxonMobil and other polluting companies and programs to reduce carbon pollution from California to New Jersey.

We protect wildlife. We won the nation’s first statewide ban of single-use plastic bags in California, a big victory for ocean wildlife.

We do what it takes to turn 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.
  • Called on states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to form 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—and made it even stronger.
  • 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 report ranking major water polluters, “Corporate Agribusiness and the Fouling of America's Waterways,” which found that polluters dumped more than 250 million pounds of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways between 2010 and 2014.
  • 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.

Clean Energy

  • Spearheaded California’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
  • Won similar solar initiatives in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Mobilized public support for legislation in California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania that would put those states on a path to achieving 100 percent renewable 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 making positive 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 can be credited for their roles in hundreds of new laws and other policies that have a greener, healthier world.


If you are interested in working with Environment America, fill out this form and we will send you more information about our positions. From there we will connect you to our online application.


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