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President Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to NRDC Founding Director John Adams (Nov. 2010)
Are you willing to change your lifestyle in order to reduce your environmental footprint?
Yes, I’m happy to follow green tips even if that means reducing comfort or convenience level to some extent, like using a clothesline instead of a dryer;
No, companies and government should be responsible for offering choices that consume less and without affecting our lifestyle.
Yes, but to the extent that comfort and convenience of my life is not sacrificed;
A Beautiful Turnaround: China’s New Environmental Protection Law
Writer: Wang Yan
Date: April 25, 2014
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NRDC's Historical Story 1
Storm King and The Beginning of U.S. Environmental Law

NRDC's Historical Story 2
A Force for Nature: My Journeys with John Adams and NRDC -- Jacob Scherr

* NRDC's President Frances Beinecke in a meeting with the U.S. President Barack Obama

  • Founded: 1970
  • Status: Not-for-profit organization which aims to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
  • Staff: 400+ lawyers, scientists and policy experts
  • “Widely considered the most powerful and effective environmental group in the United States” – Fortune Magazine, 2009
  • Supporters: 1.3 million members and e-activists
  • Offices: New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing

Our Priorities

Curb Climate Change and Create a Clean Energy Future
Revive Our Oceans
Protect Our Health by Preventing Pollution
Defend Endangered Wild Places and Wildlife
Ensure Safe and Sufficient Water
Foster Sustainable Communities

NRDC Milestones

1970 Helped write U.S. Clean Air Act.
1978 Forced phase-out of lead in U.S. gasoline.
1980 Helped win federal protection for 100 million acres of Alaska wilderness.
1983 Won lawsuit compelling the U.S. Department of Energy to comply with federal and state environmental laws by cleaning up the radioactive and toxic waste at nuclear weapons facilities. The lawsuit initiated one of the largest environmental clean-ups in history.

* the Water Cube   © Lin Jinping

  • Started in 1995
  • First international environmental organization to establish clean energy and green building programs in China
  • Staff: about 30 lawyers, scientists and policy experts
  • Working areas: climate change and energy research, environmental law and enforcement, green supply chain

Our Projects in China

Addressing Climate Change
Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Fostering Sustainable Cities and Green Buildings
Reducing Industrial Pollution through Responsible Sourcing
Enhancing Environmental Governance

NRDC Milestones in China

1992 Helped China develop the world’s first Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action for sustainable development, following the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
1996 In collaboration with the Chongqing Municipal Economic Commission, launched China’s first demonstration project to green its fertilizer industry.
1999 Began working with the Ministry of Construction to help develop national energy efficiency standards for residential buildings in two of China’s three major climate zones.
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