RESPONSES FROM THE PUBLIC
If you charged a small fee using paypal for people to generate your reports, and based on the traffic you get, would the system self-sustain? You could also promote the service for people who are researching new homes. Probably just running a small google campaign, something like "Get an pollution scorecard before you buy" and this site would pay for itself. Have you tried that? I just read an article about "the death of environmentalism" and it made me think of this site. The only way people are going to start thinking about this stuff is if it directly affects them. Wouldn't an org like the Sierra Club offer this service to people who sign up as members? And you could get some funding in turn from the Sierra Club?
E. B., yahoo.com
I do not belong to an organization - but I would be willing to pay a yearly fee for the use of Scorecard, if it were reasonable. Other ideas might be to offer your services to be linked to real estate sites and job seeker sites. There are probably a number of sites that you could link with to get individuals to your site and then charge a reasonable amount for people to look up information. I think people today are trying to find cleaner environments to raise families.
A. D., starband.net
Perhaps you could charge a small fee for each search with a subscription offer for those who would use your site repeatedly?
P. M., emich.edu
I hope it doesn't come to this, but I would have to try and raise funds to maintain this service if it becomes necessary. Since I am retired, it would be a heavy burden on me, without income.
I.U., Dallas, TX
I belong to the Society of Environmental Journalists--would they pay? I don't think so, because they'd count on the news organizations that their members work for. I belong to innumerable national, state, and local environmental groups--would they pay? Certain ones might, especially if they had a campaign going related to one of the Scorecard topics, but I don't know how to generate a list, exactly. Would I pay, personally? Well, I'd be willing to make a small contribution, on the order of $10, say, but I'm not sure how many people would be willing to do that, especially since environmental issues are so diversified. Have you considered asking contacting local or state public health departments to see if they'd assist?
I want to thank Environmental Defense for these years of access to the data covered by Scorecard.org. Regardless of whether Scorecard.org is reduced or cut altogether, the citizens and children of the U.S. will be the losers. I believe many industry interests will be delighted; they prefer to control all the spotlights.
RESPONSES FROM EDUCATORS
That is the tough one, isn't it. You might keep tabs on the National Environmental Info Exchange network grants to see if 501 c 3s can apply for any of them. I am happy to send possible funding opportunities when I see it.
S.M., School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
College Park, MD
RESPONSES FROM PROFESSIONALS: MEDIA, GOVERNMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTITIONERS
NAPA's ability to contribute to the costs of Scorecard would depend on what level of funding is needed and how many other contributors can share, but we do not have sufficient resources to support it alone. The Science Committee in the House of Representatives, particulary Rep. Sherwood Boehlert and his staff, as well as Rep. Waxman on the House Environment Committee and Sen. Jeffords on the Senate Envir. Committee, are well aware of the importance of good data for improving environmental protection. They might support direct federal funding for Scorecard or be willing to send letters directing EPA to give ED a grant to continue Scorecard.
S.K., National Academy of Public Administration
I have used the Scorecard site for college students to look up environmental information about their assigned or chosen communities. With this in mind, I believe that colleges and universities with any type of community or environmental program would be a good source of possible funding.
L. M., nku.edu