Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center
Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out — all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. Our staff research the issues, educate the public, and win tangible results.
Investigating problems and crafting solutions
Tackling air pollution in Colorado: Power plants represent America’s single biggest source of air pollution, affecting our waterways, destroying ecosystems, and polluting the air we breathe. Pollution from coal-fired power plants in particular contributes to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic respiratory diseases. Our report, “Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury,” shines a spotlight on the health risks of mercury pollution and sets forth practical policy recommendations for cutting mercury emissions.
Educating the public and making our voices heard
In 2011, we informed thousands of Coloradans about ways to use less energy, save fuel and save money. By taking simple steps at home, the average Coloradan can take control of their energy use, reducing emissions and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center would like to thank the following foundations and organizations for supporting our work: Center for Native Ecosystems, Educational Foundation of America via Wilderness Society, Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, Energy Foundation, Green Tech Action Fund, Harris and Frances Block Foundation, Luff Family Fund of the Denver Foundation, McTaht Gifting Fund, Resource Engineering Group Fund, The Environment Foundation, The New-Land Foundation, Inc., Walton Family Foundation, Western Conservation Foundation, Western Energy Project and Western Resource Advocates.
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Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center gratefully accept bequests, beneficiary designations of IRAs and life insurance, and gifts of securities to support our work. Your gift will assure that we can continue to protect Colorado’s air, water and open spaces for future generations.