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The Center for Environmental Policy aims to improve the nation's ability to address environmental challenges through effective governance.

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air spotlights the ongoing struggle for clean air in the United States. Over the past fifty years, there has been major progress in significantly reducing air pollution across the nation thanks to the Clean Air Act. However, asthma continues to be the number one health issue for children and nearly half of all Americans across the country today are still impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution. This 30-minute film shares stories of communities that are fighting for healthier air and the challenges we face to ensure healthy air for all. Register. Learn More.

Next Gen: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era

May 28, 2020 | 2:00PM EST

Modernizing regulations is an important step toward building a 21st Century model of environmental protection. Noncompliance with environmental rules is a problem that can undermine important public health and environmental protections.

Join us for a free webinar discussion with Cynthia Giles, former head of EPA’s enforcement office, as she presents her series of articles on designing regulations that lead to better compliance and environmental outcomes.

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Environmental Attitudes and Innovations in Rural America

April 15, 2020 | 2-3:30PM EST

Join American University's Center for Environmental Policy for a free webinar that will explore new research about the environmental attitudes of Americans living in rural communities on topics such as stewardship, conservation and regulations, as well as practical approaches for bridging divisions between environmentalists in rural and urban communities. The discussion will also address existing and emerging innovations in sustainable farming and ranching practices using technologies and science-based production techniques.
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Clean Air for All 50 Years of the Clean Air Act

September 29, 2020, National Press Club

In partnership with the American Lung Association and American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, the Center for Environmental Policy is pleased to announce the symposium Clean Air for All: 50 Years of the Clean Air Act. The symposium will feature a full day of moderated panel discussions with practitioners and experts as well as the premiere of a new short film, Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air.

William K. Reilly Awards 2020 Winners

The Center for Environmental Policy has announced the winners of the 2020 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership, Monica Ellis, CEO, Global Environment & Technology Foundation; Global Water Challenge and Frank Loy, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. A date for the ceremony is being identified and will be announced soon. Savonala “Savi” Horne, Executive Director, Land Loss Prevention Project, will deliver the keynote address.
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A Good Life on a Finite Earth wins Charles Levine Prize

Each year, the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance sponsors the Levine Prize, named in honor of Charles H. Levine, an acclaimed member who served on the editorial board of its official journal, Governance. A distinguished committee awards the prize to the best book on comparative administration or public policy published in the previous year.

This year’s committee has selected “A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth,” by CEP Director Daniel J. Fiorino, as the 2019 recipient of the Levine Award.

Moving Forward: Future Directions for EPA and Environmental Protection

In 2018, the Center for Environmental Policy began a partnership with the EPA Alumni Association, to identify the greatest environmental challenges and to suggest “future directions” for the agency. Informed by this partnership, the Center describes six key goals in the report Moving Forward: Future Directions for EPA and Environmental Protection.
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Towards 21st Century Environmental Protection Policies, Technologies, and Institutions

On November 14-15, 2019, the Center for Environmental Policy at American University in partnership with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies convened practitioners and thought leaders to address the critical issues for advancing environmental protection in the future. The summary report is now available.

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A Future Inspired By the Past

This video history, produced by the Center for Environmental Policy, honors William K. Ruckelshaus, for his tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

2020 William K. Reilly Scholars Announced

SPA Master of Public Policy student and winner of the 2020 William K. Reilly Scholarship, Cam Wejnert-Depue, describes his passion for environmental policy.

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Christopher Douglass

SPA Master of Public Policy student and winner of the 2020 William K. Reilly Scholarship, Christopher Douglass, describes his passion for environmental sustainability.

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Reflection on U.S. Environmental Policy

This video history, produced with support from the EPA Alumni Association, honors William K. Reilly’s tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

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Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide on Environmental Issues

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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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Charting a Course for Net Zero Carbon by 2050

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Environmental Protection Experts Analyze Challenges and Opportunities for EPA

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