Publications

Public outreach, accessibility, and transparency are central to EDGI’s vision of good environmental governance; we apply the same  aspirations for our own work. Documents appearing here reflect that commitment, with a report that recounts our early accomplishments and plans below.

EDGI Reports

Publication Author:
Steven Braun, Kelsey Breseman, Leif Fredrickson, Gretchen Gehrke, Stephanie Knutson, Michelle Murphy, Kevin Nguyen, Christopher Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Kyala Shea, Marianne Sullivan, Aparna Sundar, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Publication Date:
April 8, 2019
In the past year, we have had the opportunity to grow and mature as an organization, to make important contributions to highlighting the dismantling of federal environmental protections, and to think proactively about models of environmental data justice. This annual report is a place to learn about our work, celebrate where we’ve come from, what we’ve accomplished, and what we ...
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Publication Author:
Leif Fredrickson, Marianne Sullivan, Christopher Sellers, Jennifer Ohayon, Ellen Kohl, Sarah Lamdan, Alissa Cordner, Alice Hu, Katarzyna Kaczowka, Natalia Navas, Linda Wicks, EDGI
Publication Date:
May 31, 2019
This report examines environmental enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two years into the Trump administration. Based on extensive interviewing with EPA employees and recent retirees as well as in-depth wide-ranging research into EPA data and documents as well as news coverage, we conclude that the EPA is no longer so capable of fulfilling its mission to ensure ...
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Publication Author:
Stephanie Knutson, Marcy Beck, Steven Braun, Ray Cha, Lindsey Dillon, Gretchen Gehrke, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, Matt Price, Toly Rinberg, Sara Rubinow, Chris Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Kyala Shea, Lourdes Vera, Dawn Walker, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Publication Date:
March 1, 2018
In the last year, we have formed a thriving organization, supported almost entirely by volunteer labor, driven by a shared concern about the dismantling of federal environmental protections. Together, we’ve accomplished more than we could have imagined. We invite you to learn more about our organization and to celebrate all we have done in the past year. Download Report EDGI-Annual-Report-2018 ...
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Publication Author:
Toly Rinberg, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Marcy Beck, Andrew Bergman, Justin Derry, Lindsey Dillon, Gretchen Gehrke, Rebecca Lave, Chris Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Anastasia Aizman, Dan Allan, Madelaine Britt, Raymond Cha, Janak Chadha, Morgan Currie, Sara Johns, Abby Klionsky, Stephanie Knutson, Katherine Kulik, Aaron Lemelin, Kevin Nguyen, Eric Nost, Kendra Ouellette, Lindsay Poirier, Sara Rubinow, Justin Schell, Lizz Ultee, Julia Upfal, Tyler Wedrosky, Jacob Wylie, EDGI
Publication Date:
January 10, 2018
The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its series of reports on the Trump administration’s impacts on environmental policy and data governance. “Changing the Digital Climate” is the third of a multi-part series on the early days of the Trump administration. In this series, EDGI authors systematically investigate historical precedents for Trump’s attack on the EPA, consequences for toxic ...
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Publication Author:
Britt S. Paris, Lindsey Dillon, Jennifer Pierre, Irene V. Pasquetto, Emily Marquez, Sara Wylie, Michelle Murphy, Phil Brown, Rebecca Lave, Chris Sellers, Becky Mansfield, Leif Fredrickson, Nicholas Shapiro, EDGI
Publication Date:
September 19, 2017
The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its series of reports on the Trump administration’s impacts on environmental policy and data governance, this time focusing on Environmental Justice, the right for all communities to human and environmental health. Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration, extensively analyzes recent policy shifts, and highlights EDGI’s interview with ...
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Publication Author:
Christopher Sellers, Lindsey Dillon, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Nick Shapiro, Marianne Sullivan, Chris Amoss, Stephen Bocking, Phil Brown, Vanessa De la Rosa, Jill Harrison, Sara Johns, Katherine Kulik, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, Liza Piper, Lauren Richter, Sara Wylie
Publication Date:
June 19, 2017
In the first report of its kind, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) has conducted an in-depth analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt.  In stark contrast to Pruitt’s June 15 Congressional testimony, our report shows that his administration has already damaged the agency, and currently poses the greatest threat to the EPA ...
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Environmental Data and Governance Initiative
Publication Date:
May 5, 2017
May report covering highlights of EDGI’s projects include monitoring and analyzing changes to federal environmental agency websites, and researching the effects of environmental deregulation and changes at federal agencies, such as EPA, DOE, NASA, NOAA, and OSHA. EDGI also co-coordinates “DataRescue” events to proactively archive public environmental data and ensure its continued public availability. More information about our core working ...
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Publication Author:
Vivian Underhill, Megan Martenyi, Sarah Lamdan, Andrew Bergman
Publication Date:
March 27, 2017
Protecting safe drinking water and healthy air depends on the EPA’s ability to incorporate the best available evidence from all scientific fields of study into its risk assessments and regulation drafting processes. EDGI’s analysis and research here shows that the passage of H.R. 1430 would block the EPA from using the data it needs to fulfill its mission of protecting ...
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Publication Author:
Environmental Data and Governance Initiative
Publication Date:
February 1, 2017
As we follow the impacts of the transition on agency websites, operations, capacities, and policies, we’ll be preparing and posting here other written works, oriented to general as well as more specialized readerships, that summarize and analyze what we find. Among the public outreach activities in the works are roundtables, biweekly reports, and an assessment of the new administration’s first ...
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Academic Publications

When Data Justice and Environmental Justice Meet: Formulating a Response to Extractive Logic Through Environmental Data Justice

Lourdes A. Vera, Dawn Walker, Michelle Murphy, Becky Mansfield, Ladan
Mohamed Siad, Jessica Ogden & EDGI. Information, Communication & Society, 2019,  22:7, 1012-1028.

Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Lindsey Dillon, Rebecca Lave, Becky Mansfield, Sara Wylie, Nicholas Shapiro, Anita Say Chan & Michelle Murphy. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, published online 22 January 2019.


Data Resistance: A Social Movement Organizational Autoethnography of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Lourdes A. Vera, Lindsey Dillon, Sara Wylie, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Aaron Lemelin, Phil Brown, Christopher Sellers, Dawn Walker, and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. Mobilization: An International Quarterly December 2018, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 511-529.


Practicing environmental data justice: From DataRescue to Data Together

Dawn Walker, Eric Nost, Aaron Lemelin, Rebecca Lave, and Lindsey Dillon. Geo: Geography and Environment 5, no. 2 (2018): e00061. First published: 31 October 2018.


History of US Presidential Assaults on Modern Environmental Health Protection

Environmental Data Justice and the Trump Administration: Reflections from the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Dillon Lindsey, Walker Dawn, Shapiro Nicholas, Underhill Vivian, Martenyi Megan, Wylie Sara, Lave Rebecca, Murphy Michelle, Brown Phil, and Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. Environmental Justice. December 2017, 10(6): 186-192.

Commentaries and Blog Posts

EDGI’s Public Comments

Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States” (April 15, 2019)

Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science (August 16, 2018)

Clean Power Plan Proposed Repeal (April 26, 2018)

Risk Management Program Amendment Delays (May 19, 2017)

Website Monitoring Reports

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