21. Environmental

21.1 List any environmental problems or actions taken.
21.2 Do any patterns emerge in terms of these events?
21.3 List any environmental organizations that have been monitoring or taking action against the company. Find out more about them.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information on environmental regulation and compliance.  You can search their Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) by both employer and location.

The Right to Know Network is a clearinghouse for a number of databases from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency including: Toxic Release (TRI); Spills and Accidents (ERNS); Risk Management (RMP); Hazardous Waste (BRS & RCRIS); and Superfund (CERCLIS).

States may also have departments that investigate environmental violations.  An example from Massachusetts here.

The Environmental Defense Fund also provides selected environmental information on individual firms.

Good Jobs First’s Violation Tracker may provide information on a company’s environmental violations.

Remember to conduct a general news search, as serious environmental issues are newsworthy.  It is also useful to check with major environmental justice organizations to see if they have campaigns involving your company.  Check with Sierra Club, Greenpeace, 350, USPIRG, and state-level organizations.

UMass Resources (for UMass students only)

The ESG Manager on Campus from MSCI rates firms on environmental, social and corporate governance criteria.