About Us

Change starts with science

Environmental Health Sciences is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and science organization that aims to drive good science into public policy and public discussion on our environment and health, including climate change.

We’ve been at this since 2002.

Our core strategy:

  • Alert the public to critical threats.
  • Advance news cycles on core topics.
  • Solve entrenched problems with interdisciplinary collaborations.

We have a network of hundreds of scientists across the globe at universities, research institutions and government agencies. Our two websites, EHN.org and DailyClimate.org, serve up 3 million pageviews per year and have 120,000 followers on social media. We deliver a mix of daily and weekly newsletters to 32,000 subscribers.

We have won national and international awards for our work. And we are passionate about driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health, justice and climate issues.

Environmental Health Sciences’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

EHS brings an equity-rooted focus to its work contextualizing science, improving our health, and making our environment safer and more sustainable for all.

These following guiding principles are simply the foundation of our work to address social and environmental injustice and inequity.

By focusing on equity, we aim to transform the root causes of structural environmental inequity, so we no longer have to remedy its symptoms.

Our values

EHS believes that equity work happens at the intersection of power and opportunity. We work with and within science and journalism to elevate power within communities and create opportunities so that race, gender, and/or ZIP code do not predict your health or environment.

We also believe that equity does not happen by chance, and EHS will act on and invest in efforts that measure, track and close outcome gaps. That requires looking in as well as out, and EHS will spend time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within its board, staff, partners and advisory bodies.

Equity is an intentional, urgent attempt to right historical wrongs through systems-building. Outcome gaps plague our country and region because of practices that harm underrepresented communities. This improved collective wellbeing is a shared right and shared responsibility. We believe that, jointly with science, those whose health is affected by policy should have the driving voices in the creation of those policies.

Our work & commitment

We recognize that structural environmental inequities must be relentlessly exposed, measured and disrupted. We do so using data, history and stories to explain the systems and structures supporting long-standing inequities.

We use science whenever possible, but we also recognize that our goal is to change people’s lives and environments for the better. As we unwind the systems that created historic and ongoing inequities, we use stories and journalism to breathe life into tangible impacts of those inequities – and to highlight paths toward a more equitable future.

We further recognize that we have much work to do within our organization. While we operate from a perspective of urgency, we recognize that these inequities are endemic both within and without our spheres of influence.

Staff

Douglas Fischer

Douglas Fischer

Executive Director

Fischer has been with Environmental Health Science since 2008, when he joined to help launch DailyClimate.org.

Pete Myers

Pete Myers

Chief Scientist And Board Chair

Myers founded Environmental Health Sciences in 2002 and is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

Brian Bienkowski

Brian Bienkowski

Senior Editor

Bienkowski joined EHN in 2012 and had an immediate impact, anchoring a reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention.

Peter Dykstra

Peter Dykstra

Editor, Weekend Reader

Dykstra's deep history in environmental journalism has netted him shares in an Emmy, a Peabody, and a DuPont-Columbia award.

Kristina Marusic

Kristina Marusic

Environmental reporter

Award-winning journalist Marusic joined EHS in 2018 to cover environmental health and justice in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

Gwen Ranniger

Gwen Ranniger

Engagement Manager

Ranniger works to increase reader engagement and interaction across all of EHS' platforms.