Our progress

Assembled below is a list of recent UCS-driven wins, chronicling the many ways we act at the intersection of science and policy. Each success is made possible through the power of our staff, Science Network, activists, and committed members.

UCS Climate Accountability on the Senate Floor

October 2017

In a speech on the Senate floor, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse cited UCS research tying effects of climate change—such as sea level rise—to specific companies.

Win for Clean Cars and Fuels in Oregon

July 2017

After UCS mobilized OR supporters to talk to their legislators, a transportation package passed that provides electric vehicle incentives and protects the state’s clean fuels program.

LA Commits to Zero-Emission Buses by 2030

July 2017

The city’s transit authority voted to convert its fleet of buses to zero emission technologies by 2030; UCS provided testimony, analysis, advocacy, and partnership with local organizations to support the decision.

CA Extends Law Reducing Emissions, with UCS Help

July 2017

UCS was involved in passing an extension to California’s landmark cap-and-trade climate law, along with a companion bill that addresses air quality in communities affected by pollution.

Senate Bill Preserves Earth Monitoring, Other Science at NOAA, NASA

June 2017

UCS brought scientists and other constituents to visit key senators on the Appropriations Committee, helping preserve essential science including earth monitoring satellites, weather forecasting, and more.

UCS Joins Lawsuit against President Trump’s “Two-for-One” Executive Order

June 2017

UCS filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in a case that challenges President Trump’s Executive Order requiring agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they issue.

UCS is among World’s Top 3 Climate Think Tanks

June 2017

For the second year in a row, the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has ranked UCS as one of the world’s top 3 climate think tanks, out of more than 200 assessed.

ExxonMobil Shareholders Vote for First- Ever Climate Considerations

May 2017

After UCS held pre-shareholder-meeting panels in Texas on the urgency of climate action, ExxonMobil shareholders voted in favor of the company reporting how climate change affects its bottom line.

The Power of Science Compels You (to Join)

April 2017

During the March for Science in April, UCS recruited more than 800 new Science Network members and activists, in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

Michigan Environmental Justice Advocates Get Their Seat at the Table

April 2017

At the urging of UCS and partners, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder named representatives from communities affected by environmental racism to the state’s Environmental Justice Work Group—which previously had none. Learn more.

Multimillion-Dollar Budget Increase for Agriculture Research

April 2017

UCS set up meetings between food researchers and key members of Congress before a budget vote. The result: two crucial programs received a combined $27.3 million increase in funding.

Clean Freight Coalition Victory

March 2017

Our California clean freight coalition scored a victory with a state-managed air quality plan that starts the process of reducing emissions from ports, warehouses, and rail yard to cut emissions. Learn more.

College Divests from Fossil Fuels, Cites UCS

March 2017

The Barnard College Board of Trustees voted to divest from all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science—informed by a task force that cited the UCS Climate Accountability Scorecard as a guide.

Massachusetts Moves on Electric Vehicle Access

January 2017

Close to UCS headquarters, Governor Charlie Baker signed into a law a bill expanding access to electric vehicles. UCS worked in coalition to meet with legislators on the bill and tout its benefits.

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