The Environmental Protection Network is focused on building the capacity of environmental agencies and the communities they serve to truly address the most urgent health and environmental crises such as climate change and environmental injustice by:
- Ensuring that EPA not only address the damage done during the Trump Administration, but also advise policies, budgets, and institutional changes to Reset the Course of EPA.
- Providing capacity-building technical assistance and training to environmental justice communities; NGOs’ and under-resourced state, local, and tribal government agencies.
- Providing training and mentoring for EPA staff and managers, and looking for opportunities to recruit and retain underrepresented populations to work at EPA.
- Educating Congress and serving as a critical resource for facts, objective analysis, and scientific rigor for reporters and NGOs.
As background, EPN was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA career staff and political appointees—spanning multiple Republican and Democratic administrations—to provide an informed and rigorous defense against the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the protection of public health and the environment. During the Trump administration, EPN built a volunteer network of almost 550 EPA alumni across the country and worked in a variety of ways, including:
- Providing rigorous objective and scientific analysis of the Trump administration’s proposed budgets, proposed regulatory rollbacks, and other attacks on EPA’s programs.
- Serving as a unique source of expertise to NGOs, congressional staff, and the press, fielding over 1,400 inquiries to provide background information and ground-truth investigative reports.
In August 2020, EPN released Resetting the Course of EPA, with specific and actionable recommendations to help new EPA leadership recommit to the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment. EPN’s summary report, letter of support (signed by six former EPA administrators from both Republican and Democratic administrations) and 17 detailed papers focused on immediate, early, and long-term steps to reset the course of the agency. Resetting the Course of EPA served as a critical roadmap for the Biden-Harris transition team, and will continue to be an important resource for the new administration to rebuild EPA’s ability to advance its mission.
EPN is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service and files IRS Form 990 each year.