Trends in State Government Progress in Environmental Protection

During the past 10 years, states have become the primary environmental-protection stewards of the nation. Five policy indicators show the growth of the states’ role: delegated programs, fiscal commitments, enforcement of environmental laws, development of innovative programs and contributions to environmental information. This article reviews research conducted over the past 15 years at The Council of State Governments, the Environmental Council of the States and elsewhere that documents this growth.

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R. Steven Brown is the acting executive director of the Environmental Council of the States. He helped to form ECOS while at The Council of State Governments, where he led efforts on environment, technology and public safety for 11 years. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the environment and technology.

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