In the first half of 2019 alone, six states took strong action to rein in plastic pollution.

To protect our environment, our staff and members do plenty to hold our elected officials' feet to the fire. Sometimes, though, elected officials deserve our thanks.

Maine and Colorado are setting the pace for climate action in 2019

By | Ross Sherman
Communications Associate

New governors across the country have grabbed the mantle to address the climate crisis

News Release | Environment America

Environment America highlights 12 outdoor destinations, brought to you by the Land and Water Conservation Fund

America is beautiful for many things, including purple mountain majesties and fruited plains. But protecting and preserving America’s natural wonders requires sustained stewardship -- and money.

News Release | Environment America

House Natural Resources Committee advances key measures to protect oceans and coasts and fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

Our gratitude goes out to the committee for backing a bill that protects both America’s East and West Coasts by banning oil drilling in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning area and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf planning area. 

News Release | Environment America and U.S. PIRG

Statement: Maine and Vermont pass statewide legislation targeting plastic pollution

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill banning single-use plastic grocery bags yesterday, less than two months after signing a first-in-the-nation bill banning plastic foam containers. The bill, which goes into effect next year, requires large retailers and grocers to replace single-use plastic bags with either reusable or paper bags, and it also institutes a 5-cent fee on all shopping bags.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

New report provides best practices for composting waste

Composting all organic waste -- including food scraps and yard trimmings -- could eliminate nearly one-third of all materials sent to landfills and trash incinerators across the United States. That’s according to Composting in America, a new report released today by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study outlines best practices for composting programs, which are critical for mitigating the negative impact of waste on the climate and public health.    

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Composting in America

America throws out immense amounts or trash, most of which is dumped into landfills or burned in trash incinerators. This is a costly system that damages the environment and harms our health. Luckily, communities across the country are turning toward a common-sense and beneficial solution: composting. Composting programs divert organic material – such as food scraps, leaves, branches, grass clippings and other biodegradable material – away from landfills and incinerators and turn it into a valuable product. Compost can replenish and stabilize soil, helping to boost and sustain food production in the future. It can also help pull carbon out of the atmosphere, helping to tackle global warming, and replace polluting chemical fertilizers, protecting public health.

News Release | Environment America

STATEMENT: New bill would finally fully fund America’s best conservation and recreation program

“We love the fact that representatives from both parties are embracing conservation and public lands. Now...Congress needs to pass these bills to finally, fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

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