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Ben Sonnega
Go Solar Campaign, Associate, Environment America

Recently, I had lunch with a friend who is an energy consultant working on utility issues. As we got chatting, he mentioned that street lamps were among the biggest energy users in cities around the country. Even as someone who spends most of his day thinking about energy issues, that was surprising. When I think of energy efficiency and conservation, I have to admit street lamps aren’t at the top of my list of concerns. But after learning this interesting fact, I decided to do some research.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

As part of my job, I interview a few candidates each week for Environment America’s year-long fellowship program. Generally speaking, I’m talking to college seniors, who are figuring out the very first step in their post-graduation careers. In those conversations, I invariably end up spending some time discussing why I do what I do. Last week, an interviewee asked point-blank how I first got my start in environmental advocacy, and I surprised myself by having to stop and think about it.

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Ian Corbet
Conservation America Campaign, Associate

The Canadian boreal needs our help before it gets flushed down the drain. 

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

I have spent much of my life around the water. Many of my best childhood memories are closely tied to the lakes around my house in Michigan. I grew up in West Bloomfield Township, which is known for its many lakes, where I spent hours and hours each summer canoeing with my friends. My collection of memorable moments grew during my time at Kalamazoo College.

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

A group of 172 House members should be lauded for making the Land & Water Conservation Fund a priority. 

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

What can be said in five minutes of Congressional testimony? John Rumpler, senior attorney and clean water program director for Environment America, testified at a House Appropriations Committee on environmental spending February 6th, urging Congress to dramatically increase federal funding to protect our rivers and bays from sewage overflows and ensure safe drinking water for all Americans.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

For the past few years I’ve worked on Environment America’s national Go Solar campaign. My job was to push for strong solar policies in cities and states across the country. But I recently took the reins of our 100% Renewable Campaign. Today marks my one-month anniversary since stepping into this new and exciting role, and I can already tell it’s going to be a wild ride.

Our work to protect the environment always starts with research. In 2019, Environment America Research & Policy Center together with Frontier Group released reports on promising solutions to global warming, vexing problems for our oceans and wildlife, and exciting gains for renewable energy.  Read on for a recap of 10 things we learned in 2019 from Wendy Wendlandt, Board Chair of Environment America Research & Policy Center. 

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Susan Rakov
Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network; Managing Director, Frontier Group

Imagine a world powered by clean, renewable energy. Environment America’s advocates, organizers and members are spreading this vision to college campuses, cities and states across the country, organizing for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy.

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James Horrox
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

It’s no secret that President Trump has staged a relentless series of attacks on the environment and public lands since taking office. But if the Trump administration has its way, more of its efforts to curb key environmental protections will be able to take place behind closed doors — or at least in ways that limit the public’s ability to voice its opinion.