News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senate committee moves to curb sewage pollution but falls short on protecting drinking water

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved two water infrastructure bills this morning.  The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) would increase funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to $3 billion per year by 2024, providing vital resources to curb sewage and runoff pollution.  Unfortunately, the committee failed to include key measures to protect drinking water from lead and PFAS contamination in the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act (DWIA)

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Austin Community College shifts two campuses to 100% renewable electricity

Austin Community College (ACC) announced a plan yesterday to power two campuses, ACC Round Rock and ACC Elgin, with 100 percent renewable electricity beginning in June 2020.  With this announcement, ACC joins other higher education leaders in Texas such as Southwestern University and the University of North Texas in shifting to clean, renewable electricity. ACC is the first community college district in Texas to switch over some of its campuses entirely to wind and solar power. The announcement comes after Environment Texas Research and Policy Center was joined by 100 faculty in a letter in March encouraging ACC to continue its leadership by committing to transition off of fossil fuel energy.

News Release | Environment America

Federal Reserve's new rules open the door to fossil fuel bailout

The Federal Reserve announced new rules on Thursday for its “Main Street Lending Program” designed to help small and mid-sized businesses during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The rule changes allow both larger companies and those carrying more debt to qualify, potentially exposing taxpayers’ money to more risk. The changes also create an opportunity for oil and gas companies to access government assistance.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America, allies challenge dirty water rule in court

Environment America and several conservation groups filed in federal court on Wednesday to overturn the Trump administration’s Dirty Water Rule. That recently enacted rule revoked clean water protections for wetlands and streams that help provide drinking water for millions of Americans. The groups’ legal challenge, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, opens a major court battle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ drastic weakening of the Clean Water Act.

News Release | Environment America

Fast Company chooses Environment America’s 100% Renewable Campaign as a finalist for 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards

The national business magazine Fast Company named Environment America’s campaign for 100 percent renewable energy as a finalist for the media outlet’s World Changing Ideas Awards. The “10 states, 50 cities, 50 colleges, 100% renewable” campaign was one of nine finalists in the Politics & Policy category.