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Action for a greener, healthier America

With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We’re a national network of 29 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.

Every day, we see more heartbreaking evidence of the damage being done to our planet: climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever. But we also see the solutions 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 the power of our imaginations and our ideas into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all.

  • <h4>Global Warming Solutions</h4><h5>A greener, healthier world requires each of us to do all we can to eliminate the pollution and practices that are warming the planet and changing our climate. We’re taking concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, including our Regional Climate Action and Destination: Zero Carbon campaigns. <a href='/feature/ame/global-warming-solutions'>More...</a></h5>
  • <h4>Clean Water &amp; Air</h4><h5>When polluters break the law, too often the government fails to hold them accountable and make them stop. Over the past 25 years, our national litigation team has stepped in to file dozens of lawsuits to compel polluters to stop or reduce their emissions — resulting in more than $250 million in court-ordered penalties and pollution reduction actions. <a href='/feature/ame/clean-water-air'>More...</a></h5>
  • <h4>Clean, Green &amp; Renewable Energy</h4><h5>We’re promoting a bold vision of a world powered solely by clean energy harnessed from the sun and the wind. To bring reality closer to this vision, we’re encouraging campuses, cities, states and Congress to commit to 100 percent renewable energy. Already, six states and more than 50 cities have committed to a zero-carbon goal, along with universities from Colorado State to Cornell. <a href='/feature/ame/clean-green-renewable-energy'>More...</a></h5>
  • <h4>Conservation</h4><h5>Our parks, forests, mountains, oceans and the wildlife that depend on them help define our country and who we are as a people. They need our protection, especially as bees and other pollinators die off in unsustainable numbers, public lands and waters are opened up to drilling and mining, and plastic pollution in our ocean puts wildlife at risk. <a href='/feature/ame/conservation'>More...</a></h5>
  • <h4>Environmental Defense</h4><h5>The price of a clean and healthy environment is, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, eternal vigilance—especially now as President Trump and his allies in Congress push to dismantle protections for our rivers, our public lands, our oceans and our climate. We’re building a green firewall in defense of America’s environmental protections. <a href='/feature/ame/environmental-defense'>More...</a></h5>

Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting our environment and advocate for solutions. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we educate the public about what’s at stake and what can be done. Our canvassers and organizers meet people where they are—in public places,door to door or online—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support our work.

We make the case for our environment and help people like you make an impact—through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people, just when it matters most.

You make it all possible.

Our staff work together for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. We stand up for the environment. You make it all possible.

The Environment America approach

Each of our campaigns aims to move us toward a cleaner, greener America in a particular way. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. A clean environment is not a by-product of American prosperity. Rather, a clean environment is the necessary precondition for true prosperity. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but progress comes one step at a time. We don’t make broad statements; instead, we work to protect the American landscape and make a difference in American lives by building support for specific shifts in public policy.

Build on what works. We’ve won policies that have resulted in landmark growth in solar and wind power as well as cleaner air, have reduced global warming pollution in 25 states, and made cuts in single-use plastics. We know which policies work, how they can be improved and what it takes to win their approval. And we’re open to new ideas that could work even better.

Work together. We endeavor to unite people from all across the political spectrum, whether they are farmers in Iowa who benefit from wind turbines on their land, or urban Californians who want to store and share the solar energy generated on their rooftops, or restaurant owners who are finding alternatives to foam containers and straws to reduce single-use plastics. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., work with members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and community activists. Our organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of our members and activists in all 50 states.

Our staff

Environment America has a team of more than 170 researchers, advocates, attorneys and communications experts, working together for more action and results. See our list of staff.

Our network

Environment America and its 29 state affiliates are part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done.

Environment America Research & Policy Center

Find out about Environment America Research & Policy Center, our sister 501(c)(3) organization.