News Releases

News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Biden expresses transformative vision in ‘Build Back Better’ infrastructure plan

Minneapolis, MN -- President Joe Biden will unveil his “Build Back Better” infrastructure package on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the same Pennsylvania city where he first announced his presidential campaign in 2019. Based on the fact sheet released by the White House on Wednesday morning, his plan focuses infrastructure investments on key measures to improve public health and the environment, including expanding electric transportation, removing lead from drinking water and strengthening our electric grid.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA acts responsibly by relaunching climate science and policy website

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency reinstated its website centered on climate science and policy on Thursday. This information was removed from the EPA website by the previous administration. This relaunch is a strong signal that the Biden administration will restore the role of science in protecting our communities and public health. 

News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center and 130+ other groups send letter to Whole Foods Market calling on company to put “Planet Over Plastic”

Minneapolis, MN -- Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center and more than 130 additional groups from coast-to-coast sent Whole Foods CEO John Mackey a letter Thursday calling on him to commit to a concrete and verifiable plan to reduce the company’s plastic footprint. This letter comes on the heels of a Greenpeace report released last week that found that the chain was failing on its policies and practices aimed at eliminating plastic waste. 

News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

New Report Shows What Minnesotans Tried to Fix in 2020, and the Barriers They Still Face

Minneapolis, MN -- Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center released a new report today, “What are Minnesotans Fixing?” which compiles data from the popular repair instruction website about what items people in Minnesota were fixing the most in 2020. The report also takes a closer look at the broader repair ecosystem that causes Minnestoans to throw away 6,500 cell phones per day. The report examines these repair barriers that make it harder than it should be to perform basic repairs and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the things we were fixing. 

X.X million visitors from STATE went to the repair guide site iFixit last year, but Y of the top 10 manufacturers of consumer electronics don’t provide necessary parts and information to perform basic repairs.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.