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 member advocacy led to strengthened funding in the FY19 federal budget for climate resilience programs through FEMA, to help individuals and communities prepare for the effects of climate change.
Using the 2016 Climate Accountability Scorecard as a resource, a major shareholder pushed fossil fuel giant ConocoPhillips to disclose when it pays $50,000 or more to trade organizations supporting disinformation.
Thanks in part to UCS members and supporters pressure on elected officials, the 2018 federal budget bill restored resources for critical environmental and energy research programs, cleared the way for resumption of gun violence research, and increased funding for sustainable agriculture research.
After a threat to funding for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants Program, UCS staff worked with a flood policy coalition to successfully protect crucial federal funding for homeowners of flood-prone properties.
Through strategic local action, working with supporters and partners, UCS successfully pushed back against the nomination of climate change denier Kathleen Hartnett-White to a key federal regulatory position.
UCS has filed a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for changing the makeup of the agency’s advisory boards in order to limit the participation of scientists from academia and nonpartisan nonprofit organizations.
Despite working on behalf of the chemical industry, Michael Dourson was nominated to oversee EPA chemical safety. He withdrew his nomination after backlash, including strategic pressure from UCS supporters in key states.
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.
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.