Zero Waste PA

In Pennsylvania, like all of America, we have a “stuff” problem. We are encouraged to make, use and toss at the greatest possible speed.  That includes items we use once — products such as plastic grocery bags, polystyrene takeout containers, plastic straws and disposable bottles — as well as items we rely on to keep our lives running — such as cell phones, computers and other electronics. But they all share one thing in common: when we’re done with them, there are few easy, affordable, accessible options other than just throwing them away. Only, there is no “away.”

Wildlife Over Waste

Every day people are throwing away tons of single-use cups, containers and other plastic “stuff.” Among the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam (the stuff most of us call Styrofoam), which never fully degrades. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. That’s why we’re calling on state leaders to ban take-out foam cups and containers.

Trouble in the Air

A report created by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group

Trouble in the Air

Tropical Forest Protection

To save endangered species, we must protect the world’s tropical forests. Doing so will also help stabilize our climate. We’re doing our part by urging companies to commit to stop cutting down these great forests—a commitment known as zero-deforestation. Many of the companies that harvest and use palm oil have already agreed to make this commitment. Now we’re focusing on the beef and soybean supply chain.

Together, we make a difference

At Environment America and each of our 29 state groups, our staff work together for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife, open spaces and a livable climate. Our members put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. We stand up for the environment. Your support makes it possible. 

The True Value of Solar

The Great American Outdoors Act

From the Grand Canyon to local hiking trails, our public lands are a big part of what makes this country so great. These wild forests, mountains, lakes and prairies are home to important ecosystems and wildlife. They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends to hike, bike, fish and see wildlife.
For most Americans, the idea that we’ve found some places so special, sacred even, that we made sure they would be protected forever, is one of our proudest achievements. And with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), we’ve been able to do just that.

The Cleanest Energy: Conservation & Efficiency

The cleanest energy is the energy we don’t consume in the first place. The way we currently produce and consume virtually all our energy does lasting damage to our environment, our climate and our health—and to make matters worse, much of that energy goes to waste. If we don’t consume as much energy, we don’t need to produce as much. Less production means less pollution and a healthier climate, planet and people.

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