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Environment America Research & Policy Center

Environment America Research & Policy Center is dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives.
294 Washington St., Suite 500, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 747-4449 |

Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out—all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. Our staff research the issues, educate the public, and win tangible results.

Current issues and programs:

  • Stop Fracking - Fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones yet the oil and gas industry is pushing to expand these activities.  We released a report, "Fracking By The Numbers," which looks at the damage to our water, land and climate from a decade of dirty drilling, and continue to push for tighter regulations, better protection of natural areas, and broader education and awareness around this issue.
  • Let's Get Off Oil - On July 29, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending Environmental Protection Agency hearings in support of the standards and we continue monitor progress and influence policy in this area.
  • Nationwide 100% Renewable Energy Commitment - Our national network has done a lot to promote solar, wind and energy efficiency on the state and local levels. We’ve won clean energy policies, from pro-solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states, all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar, and reducing carbon pollution.
  • Global Warming Solutions - The country’s more than 500 coal-fired power plants are America’s No. 1 source of global warming pollution.  This program is focused on supporting the Clean Power Plan which calls for replacing coal plants with solar, wind, and energy efficiency to cut pollution from these power plants by 30% by the end of the next decade.
  • No Bees, No Food - In recent years, beekeepers report they're losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter — twice the loss considered economically tolerable.  We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food.  We are working to address the threats to bees which include global warming, parasites, habitat loss, and insecticides and calling on the EPA to stop the use of bee-killing pesticides.
  • Conservation America - We are banding together to protect our parks, forests, and public lands from mining, drilling, and other threats to preserve these special places for future generations. Our staff conducts research, makes our case to the media, reaches out to critical constituencies, and persuades our leaders to make the right choices.  Past results include helping convince President Obama to declare the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico as a national monument, protecting nearly a half million acres for wildlife and recreational activities.
  • Protect America's Waterways - Right now, nearly 60 percent of America’s streams and 20 million of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development, putting the drinking water for millions of Americans at risk. We are working to close these loop holes in the Clean Water Act.  Our citizen outreach staff has been educating Americans about what’s at stake and so far we have delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water.
  • Clean Water Network - Since 1992, the Clean Water Network has served as a place for groups working to protect our waterway to come together, share experiences and knowledge, and gain expertise and resources to work at the federal level and in their own backyards.  Any group working to benefit the health of our waterways is eligible to join.

Please visit our website for copies of our research reports and more information about these issues, our results, and how you can help.

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