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Margaret Cooney is the campaign manager for the Energy and Environment Department at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Cooney led the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s U.S. Shipping and U.S. Ocean Noise Campaigns, which included assisting in the production of the documentary “Sonic Sea,” as well as pushing for the implementation of pragmatic ocean noise and vessel speed reduction policies.

Previously, Cooney worked as an ocean policy and high seas associate at Marine Conservation Institute, where she focused on strengthening surveillance and enforcement of the Central Pacific’s marine monuments against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing as well as supporting the development and implementation of federal management plans for these areas. She has worked with the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International on Congo Basin conservation and protected area development, and has performed behavioral, nutritional, and reproductive research at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

Cooney holds a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland.

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‘Clean Up To Green Up’: Building a Clean Energy Workforce and a Brighter Future in Detroit Video

‘Clean Up To Green Up’: Building a Clean Energy Workforce and a Brighter Future in Detroit

The Green Door Initiative is using federal investments from President Joe Biden's Justice40 Initiative and the Inflation Reduction Act to ensure that all people—regardless of race, income, or ZIP code—have access to good jobs and live in safe and healthy communities.

Securing Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthy Environment for All Video

Securing Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthy Environment for All

Industrial facilities are most often located in or near Black, brown, and low-income communities who face the brunt of harmful industrial pollution, climate change impacts, and other environmental and public health hazards—something Harold Mitchell experienced firsthand in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Fortunately, the Biden administration’s long-overdue environmental justice investments can ensure that all people—regardless of race, income, or ZIP code—have clean air and clean water and live in safe and healthy communities.

Facing the Fire: Phoenix Airport Workers Demand Protections Against Extreme Heat Video

Facing the Fire: Phoenix Airport Workers Demand Protections Against Extreme Heat

Amid record-breaking temperatures, Phoenix airport service workers filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) complaint against their employer and are demanding action to improve job conditions and safety measures.

A Day in the Life of a Conservation Advocate Video

A Day in the Life of a Conservation Advocate

Follow Tina Sablan, former representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as she goes to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument—and for the inclusion of the Indigenous people of the Mariana Islands in the conservation of their lands and water.

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Special Edition Episode Video

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Special Edition Episode

In this special edition episode, six national marine sanctuary advocates came together for a storytelling event hosted by the Center for American Progress and the National Ocean Protection Coalition at the fifth International Marine Protected Area Congress in Vancouver, Canada, to talk Indigenous-led conservation.

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 4 Video

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 4

In episode 4 of “Under The Pala Pala,” Angelo Villagomez from the Center for American Progress talks about what it’s like for Natives to work for green nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C., with Michaela Pavlat from the National Parks Conservation Association and Javan Santos from The Climate Initiative.

How To Reform and Strengthen Fishery Habitat Protection Report
A fisherman stands on the bow of his boat while fishing in Taylor Pond in Auburn, Maine, on May 14, 2015. (Getty/Gabe Souza)

How To Reform and Strengthen Fishery Habitat Protection

This CAP report analyzes the use of fishing-restrictive area designations and provides recommendations on how the United States can improve them.

Alexandra Carter, Margaret Cooney, Sung Chung, 2 More Carlos Rivero Lopez, Miriam Goldstein

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Would Be an Environmental Disaster Article
A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf at Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010. (Getty/Win McNamee)

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Would Be an Environmental Disaster

The Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan would be disastrous for the environment, leading to seven times more carbon pollution than the entire United States emits each year and causing nearly 100 large oil spills over the next 30 years.

Margaret Cooney, Mary Ellen Kustin

How Marine Protected Areas Help Fisheries and Ocean Ecosystems Report
 (Bright yellow butteflyfish swim in the water near Hawaii.)

How Marine Protected Areas Help Fisheries and Ocean Ecosystems

With U.S. fisheries reeling from climate change and other threats, marine protected areas—especially highly and fully protected MPAs—are powerful tools to rebuild, protect, and sustain fisheries and ocean ecosystems.

Margaret Cooney, Miriam Goldstein, Emma Shapiro

Elevating Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Report
A supercell storm cloud forms on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. (Getty/petesphotography)

Elevating Ocean-Based Climate Solutions

To advance the climate effort internationally, U.S. states and cities can champion the largely overlooked role of ocean ecosystems.

Gwynne Taraska, Margaret Cooney

Trump’s War on Oceans Continues Article
A shark is swimming in the kelp forest in the sea. (Getty/Yiming Chen)

Trump’s War on Oceans Continues

The Trump administration’s oceans agenda remains focused on maximum extraction and minimum oversight, jeopardizing America’s marine resources and national heritage.

Margaret Cooney

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