The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) analyzes federal environmental data, websites, institutions, and policy. We seek to improve environmental data stewardship and to promote environmental health and environmental justice.
We have four major program areas: 1) archiving vulnerable environmental data, 2) monitoring changes to information about the environment, energy, and climate on federal websites, 3) interviewing federal employees about threats and changes to environmental health agencies, and 4) imagining, conceptualizing, and moving toward Environmental Data Justice.
Our work in these areas has yielded three major reports, numerous website monitoring reports, academic articles, public comments on regulations, op-ed and analysis pieces written for the public, and extensive coverage in the news.
Our work also entails the development of participatory civic technologies and infrastructures to make data and decision-making more accessible and accountable. We promote models and tools that emphasize community participation at all scales, both within EDGI and in our public-facing tools.
We are an international network of 175 members from more than 30 different academic institutions and 10 non-profit or grassroots organizations, as well as caring and committed volunteers who come from a broad spectrum of work and life backgrounds. We work in collaboration with other organizations and communities concerned about climate change, science policy, good governance, and environmental and data justice.
EDGI formed in November 2016 out of concerns about the possibility that vital environmental data and other information from government websites might be erased or altered, as well as a general concern about the future of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other environment-related agencies.
Today EDGI is viewed as the preeminent watchdog group for material on federal environmental data issues on government websites. Our work is widely acknowledged, including hundreds of mentions in leading national and international media such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN. For more about our accomplishments, read our 2019 Annual Report and 2018 Annual Report.