About Environment Virginia
Who we are
Environment Virginia is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about Virginia — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it's hiking Old Rag at Shenandoah National Park, canoeing on the Chesapeake Bay or swimming at Assateague Island, Virginia's natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more.
Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Virginia. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center
What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting Virginia's environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about Virginia's environment, our elected officials hear plenty from the oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard, through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Virginia through our monthly giving program or by making a one-time contribution today.
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Putting your support to work
- Protect Virginia's Rivers. Past shortsighted legal decisions have left millions of acres of wetlands and more than half the nation's rivers and streams vulnerable to development and dumping— putting the drinking water for 117 million people across the country at risk. But in 2012, we fought to make sure that the Clean Water Act stays strong and applies to all our waterways and that toxic uranium mining stays out of Virginia.
- Clean Shenandoah's Air. Over the past several years, we've united thousands of Virginians behind our call for new rules to help clear the air at Shenandoah and protect the land from reckless development and mining. In 2012, we continued defending this progress against a variety of brutal attacks in Congress—once again holding the line for one of Virginia's most treasured places.
- Clean Farms, Healthy Virginia. In 2012, we came one step closer to changing the way food is grown in the commonwealth. Strong support from Environment Virginia and more than 44,000 Virginians helped push the U.S. Senate to adopt a new Farm Bill that includes several amendments to sustainable farming.