Our Work

EPN’s core work includes detailed analyses of proposed EPA budgets and appropriations bills, rulemakings, and other administration activities related to EPA’s work; pro bono capacity-building technical assistance to under-resourced communities, NGOs, and state, local, and tribal agencies; and building a diversified EPA workforce ready to confront 21st century health and environmental challenges.

National Environmental Policy

EPN's national environmental policy work focuses on preserving, protecting, and improving public health and the environment by ensuring that EPA advances progressive policies, budgets, and institutional changes.

Technical Assistance

EPN’s pro bono Capacity-Building Technical Assistance Program provides assistance to communities; NGOs; and state, local, and tribal agencies disproportionately impacted by environmental and health issues. EPN's network of volunteers assists organizations more effectively and meaningfully participate in government decision-making by helping them navigate EPA, potential grants, regulatory processes, federal policies, and publicly available data to support their work.

Mentoring, Recruitment, and Retention

In partnership with the EPA Alumni Association, EPN conducts numerous activities to encourage people of color and other under-represented populations to work at EPA. These activities include roundtables for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to learn more about what it’s like to work for EPA and provide helpful ideas about navigating the federal hiring process and USAJobs. In addition, our volunteers serve as a resource to teachers and career counselors; guest lecture and speak on panels; and mentor students, young professionals, and current EPA staff.