Survey of Members
Key Take-Away Conclusions from the Survey
1. Climate change is far and away viewed as the most important
environmental challenge of the future. Other important challenges
are water resource management, energy sustainability,
and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.
2. Scientific excellence is a critical foundation for EPA’s actions
and future role, especially science directed toward developing
tools and solving problems.
3. Public awareness and consumer information are powerful
sources for moving industry toward sustainability, yet regulations
will still be needed to deal with poor performers.
4. Strengthening the essential EPA-state relationship is critical,
but there are no simple solutions. EPA must continue an active
oversight role, with more emphasis on technical assistance.
5. Public understanding and engagement on environmental issues
is critically important for tackling future challenges. EPA
must use new tools to reach broader audiences with credible
information on science, solutions/policies, and progress.
6. An “all of the above” approach is needed for climate change,
including incentives, partnerships, and mandates. An “Apollo
moon shot” to decarbonize our economy is needed.
7. EPA’s historical strengths in regulation, science, and technology
provide a sturdy foundation for the future, but EPA should improve
its ability to adopt new approaches and form partnerships.
8. Clarity of mission, motivated staff, scientific excellence, and
openness to new approaches are essential ingredients of a
successful future EPA.