Western Resource Advocates

Protecting the West's Land, Air & Water

aka WRA   |   Boulder, CO   |  www.westernresourceadvocates.org

Mission

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Mr. Jon Goldin-Dubois

Main address

2260 Baseline Rd Ste 200

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

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EIN

84-1113831

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The West faces profound environmental challenges from a rapidly growing population and climate change. Demand is soaring for energy to heat and cool our homes, power our entertainment, charge our communications, and fuel our transportation. Pressure from development stresses our landscapes and the ability to provide adequate water for communities and to ensure that our rivers of the West continue to flow. At the same time, the search for fossil fuels leads to damaging extractive processes that threaten wildlife and damage the places we love. In addition, our use of fossil fuels has led us into a climate predicament that threatens much of what draws Americans to the West. If we do not work toward clean energy and protection of our lands and water resources, our way of life in the West will no longer be sustainable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers & Lakes, Conserving Western Lands, Clean Air & Water

Western Resource Advocates uses its proven expertise in advocacy, legal strategy, technical analysis, and economics to turn the pressures that degrade our environment and quality of life into opportunities that permanently preserve the beauty of the West and our heritage for generations to come.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of list subscribers

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website sessions

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers & Lakes, Conserving Western Lands, Clean Air & Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers & Lakes, Conserving Western Lands, Clean Air & Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Despite growing environmental problems, Western Resource Advocates remains undaunted by these challenges in its commitment to protect the West. In our vision:

1. Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea.
2. Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy.
3. Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West's natural beauty.
4. The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.

Western Resource Advocates is building on our past successes. Western Resource Advocates has led the conservation community in developing innovative and pragmatic policies that resulted in (among other achievements) closure of coal-fired power plants, leveraging billions of dollars into investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, protection of flows in nine major river systems in the West, and conservation of over two million acres of land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming from energy development. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region.

Western Resource Advocates has almost 30 years of experience in successfully protecting the West's land, air, and water using advocacy, policy, collaboration, and innovation. We are acknowledged in the the conservation community as a trusted source for balanced and accurate information; a trusted collaborator, working to find solutions to the most pressing conservation issues; and a partner for change, finding and facilitating pathways for measurable progress.

WRA's aspirational vision statement for the West's land, air, and water looks to the year 2050. A key WRA accomplishment toward realizing this vision has been through successfully building a respected, talented team of experts and high-functioning partnerships with other organizations for nearly 30 years.
Stream by stream, forest by forest, and with every early retirement of a coal-fired generating station, WRA is accomplishing progress and establishing precedents that can be used across the West. Future generations will know a region where half of our lands are protected and connected for wildlife and recreation, we prosper in a zero carbon economy, and smart water management enables the Colorado to flows to the sea. The West will be known as the leader in balancing conservation of the environment and with a prosperous communities that exist in balance with nature.
View our successes across many aspects of conservation and protection here: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/about/successes/

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Western Resource Advocates

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

Mr. Eli Feldman

Conscience Bay Company

Donna House

No Affiliation

AJ Grant

No Affiliation

Chelsea Congdon Brundige

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Eli Feldman

No Affiliation

Carla Johnson

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Matt Hunt

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Eric Kamisher

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Moroni Benally

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Eric Laufer

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Kim Jordan

Jamie Starr

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

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Disability

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