EPIC News Items Archive
June 25. Nationally-recognized endangered species policy expert, Ya Wei (Jake) Li, who has served as the Environmental Policy Innovation Center’s (EPIC) Director of Biodiversity since 2017 and helped found the organization, has joined the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Jake Li is truly one of a kind,” said EPIC Executive Director, Dr. Timothy Male. “He has a set of skills that too rarely comes together in a leader in Washington DC - exceptional substantive expertise, creativity, tolerance of the risks associated with innovation and an ability to see other people’s point of view. This makes him extremely good at finding ways to move forward on issues that other people see as stuck.” Read more about the transition here.
June 24. EPIC hosted a webinar, "Addressing Water Affordability through Customer Assistance Programs" with a wonderful set of panelists from utilities and advocacy groups on June 24. See recording here. Our guest column on the same topic was published at Route-Fifty.
June 22. EPIC selected the City of Newburgh, NY as the first municipality to participate in our Lead-Free Water Challenge, with the remaining four municipalities to be selected in early July. More on this selection here.
June 22. We published an article on increasing the capacity of the State Revolving Fund program in Water Finance & Management.
June 3. In collaboration with more than 30 climate-, water- and conservation-focused data tech businesses, investors and non-profits, we shared a concept piece with White House offices, calling for the creation of a federal Digital Service for the Planet.
April 15. We launched the Lead-Free Water Challenge, a program for small municipalities and utilities, where we will provide technical assistance and resources, to help remove lead pipes. See press release. We are also hosting a webinar, "Tackling Lead Service Line Replacement in Small Municipalities" on April 15 at 1pm ET. Register here.
April 2. We released a statement on the water policy highlights of the Biden administration's infrastructure plan. Circle of Blue and E&E News interviewed EPIC staff for our insights on plan implementation and details.
March 1. We released a report highlighting accessible and easy to understand design options for water quality reports.
February 26. We published an article in the American City and County highlighting the stories of small communities working toward lead pipe removal. Our interviews with civic leaders from these communities are captured here, as well as a call for greater oversight of lead testing in California's school.
February 1. We released a report on improving endangered species mitigation.
January 15. Five design submissions were awarded the Water Data Prize. Discussions with utilities, state agencies, and EPA are ongoing to incorporate these design elements in water utility communication.
December 10. We published recommendations for the Biden administration on endangered species policy.
December 1. Our Water Program gained in strength with the addition of Maureen Cunningham as Deputy Director of Water and Katy Hansen as Special Advisor for Water.
November 5. We published in Science ideas for how the next administration can improve endangered species decisions.
October 26. We're speaking on a panel about species conservation opportunities at the nexus of electricity generation, highway construction and maintenance, and pesticide use.
October 16. We published an analysis of public comments submitted to the EPA related to the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions using natural language processing tools.
October 6. We published a policy brief describing a visualization tool to assess opportunities for water utility consolidation at the state level.
June 10. We are hiring for a Chesapeake Bay Conservation Finance Fellow.
April 23. Our new report discusses how data technology can help restore our planet.
April 15. We released our report and summary on opportunities to advance conservation and the military mission. The report was the result of over a year of workshops and research involving many Dep't of Defense staff and their conservation partners.
Jan 30. We commented on Democratic Presidential candidates' water policy proposals in the Circle of Blue.
Dec 12. We reviewed Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Blue New Deal and its freshwater governance policies in the Circle of Blue.
Dec 12. We participated on a panel discussion, convened by Resources for the Future and moderated by Michael Doyle of EENews, on how the revised ESA regulations could be implemented and what future rulemakings are possible.
Nov 7-8. Together with EPRI, we cohosted a workshop on data science applications for managing environmental impacts in the electric power sector.
Oct 29. We presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's endangered species conference on ESA section 4 issues.
Oct 9. Our Sandboxes for Nature paper is featured on Ecosystem Marketplace.