Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. HQ

aka NRDC   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.nrdc.org

Mission

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

Ruling year info

1970

President, CEO

Ms. Gina McCarthy

Main address

40 West 20th Street

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

13-2654926

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Curbing Global Warming and Creating the Clean Energy Future

Climate change is the single biggest environmental and humanitarian crisis of our time. The world must unite to combat this crisis, and our best weapon is clean energy. Renewable power, conservation, energy efficiency in buildings and elsewhere, more efficient vehicles and clean fuels-these are the solutions that will reduce the impacts on our climate, revive our economy, and create jobs. NRDC works to jumpstart the clean energy future not only here in America, but also in China, where we have worked on energy issues for more than a decade, and in India, where we have established a new program to promote clean energy policies.

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Powerful forces have pushed the world's oceans to the brink of ecological collapse. NRDC believes we can restore marine vitality by ending overfishing, creating marine protected areas and improving oceans governance. By focusing on these solutions, we can achieve the broadest, most long-lasting benefits for our oceans and those who rely on the more than 2 million oceans-related jobs in America. We will also combat emerging threats, such as carbon pollution that has caused ocean waters to become overly acidic and climate change that has led to ice melts which expose the Arctic Ocean to fishing, shipping, drilling, and mining.

Population(s) Served

Wild places across the Americas are being threatened by a surge of reckless industrialization. The destruction of these wildlands means the loss of vast troves of biological diversity, critical regulators of global climate, and irreplaceable sanctuaries for recreation and contemplation. Through our BioGems program, NRDC's advocacy team joins forces with online activists and local partners to defend some of our hemisphere's most imperiled ecosystems.

Population(s) Served

Toxic chemicals in our environment, such as mercury, lead, and certain manmade chemicals, have been linked to cancer, birth defects and brain impairments. Reducing or eliminating the load of these dangerous chemicals in the products we buy, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink can help reduce the toll of human disease and suffering. NRDC's health experts use law, science and the power of international commerce to keep the worst toxic chemicals off the market, out of the air, and away from our bodies.

Population(s) Served

Clean and plentiful water is the cornerstone of prosperous communities. Yet as we enter the 21st century, swelling demand and changing climate patterns are draining rivers and aquifers and pollution is threatening the quality of what remains. NRDC is integrating our expertise in pollution prevention, water efficiency and climate change to sustain America's precious water resources. We're helping cities build green infrastructure that will keep pollution out of waterways and bolster drinking water supplies. And we're working to advance smart water efficiency policies to ensure that communities get the water they need while keeping our lakes, rivers, and streams full and healthy.

Population(s) Served

With their dense populations, opportunities for mass transit, greater energy efficiency, and potential for green jobs, cities across the nation have the ability to become incubators for environmental innovation. Indeed, the right policies can turn cities into cleaner, healthier, safer and more prosperous centers of human community. NRDC is combining the expertise of our urban, health, open space, smart growth, energy and transportation teams to promote those shifts and create more just, sustainable and livable cities.

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Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2013

Financials

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Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Horn

Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, The Walt Disney Studios

Term: 2016 - 2021

Patricia Bauman

President, Bauman Foundation

Wendy Neu

Chairman and CEO, Hugo Neu Recycling

Robert Redford

Actor, Director, Conservationist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/12/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2019

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.