Since 1967, the Environmental Defense Fund has worked to preserve the world’s natural resources. The organization’s priority areas include climate and energy, oceans, ecosystems and population health. The fund uses research, economic analysis, partnership and policy as levers for change. More than 500 scientists, economists and environmental professionals work in concert with other nonprofits, businesses, governments and communities to add value and avoid duplicating work. The New York City executive headquarters and Washington D.C. legislative headquarters are supplemented with five regional offices in six states and international offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom and China.
Climate work focuses on solutions such as removing obsolete rules that hamper the U.S. clean energy market. Fishing projects catalyze reforms, such as catch shares that give local fisherman a stake in the overall health of a fishery. Market-based approaches build demand for sustainable and climate-adaptive farming, ranching and water efficiency. In health, policy reform and corporate responsibility are driving down exposures to pollutants and toxic chemicals.
Our work with the Environmental Defense Fund ranges from establishing an individual fishing quota management system in the trawl sector of the Pacific Groundfish Fishery to supporting the effective management of protected areas in the Terra do Meio, Para reserve in Brazil.