2017 • 1 year • Climate Solutions
The Natural Resources Defense Council – an organization that employs dedicated staff to partner with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild – is collaborating with the Climate Policy Initiative’s India office to lead the creation and management of an advisory group to support innovative financial solutions as part of the Government of India’s commitment of up to $20 million under the US-India Catalytic Solar Finance program. The provision of this critical technical assistance and advisory support on behalf of India’s Ministry of Renewable Energy enables the design, assessment, and stakeholder development required to implement government-enabled green financing solutions at scale. This initiative increases clean energy deployment in India, with a specific focus on the distributed generation solar targets that represent approximately 40 percent of India’s National Determined Contribution from the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, and that represent the bulk of those communities struggling with access to energy.
2017 • 3 years • Nuclear Challenges
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and its natural systems by using data and science to identify the root causes of the problems that confront us. This award provides general operating support to allow NRDC to conduct its science-based research and advocacy on nuclear policy issues, including on weapons-useable material in the United States and South Korea. It also allows NRDC to assess the status of the global nuclear power industry, which is essential to understanding nuclear technology’s role in addressing climate change and its accompanying proliferation risks.
2017 • 6 months
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and its natural systems by using data and science to identify the root causes of the problems that confront us. This award supports research, analysis, and outreach on the policy debate in the Republic of Korea (ROK) about reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. By producing technical analysis and engaging with key stakeholders on the security implications of reprocessing, this award is designed to inform weapons-useable material policy in the ROK and bolster global security.
2015 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges
The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. The award provides project support for NRDC’s work on the nuclear fuel cycle. NRDC addresses three main issues: the U.S. Department of Energy’s planning for a next federal research reactor project; an alternative fuel cycle to replace a pyroprocessing-based fuel cycle; and a consent-based approach for nuclear waste disposal. The project is intended to constrain and prevent programs for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, and to oppose reactor concepts that use separated plutonium as fuel, because of the unacceptably high nuclear weapons proliferation risks and environmental harms.
2015 • 3 years • Climate Solutions
The Natural Resources Defense Council combines grassroots activism with legal and scientific expertise to promote and defend a healthy, sustainable environment. Over the next few years, the United States can seize an historic opportunity to curb carbon pollution by putting in place the first-ever national limits on carbon emissions from power plants. Certain business interests and state governments already have mounted daunting legal attacks to weaken proposed and existing carbon pollution standards, and additional federal and state court challenges are expected. The Foundation’s support helps ensure that the Natural Resources Defense Council remains a formidable rival to opponents of federal environmental protections. Successfully protecting and enforcing the new and existing pollution standards represent an indispensible element of U.S. leadership on addressing climate change.
2015 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges
The Natural Resources Defense Council is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. The award supports work on the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report. First published in 1992, the report provides independent analysis on energy and nuclear policy on a regular basis. It is a key reference for nuclear analysts, journalists, academics, policymakers, and investment bankers in the United States and around the world.
2013 • 2 years
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group, with 1.4 million members and online activists, as well as the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. NRDC will develop and test a pilot citizen radiation monitoring network to crowd-source radiation information and analyze, map and share data in real time. The network will use: a new generation of hand-held radiation detectors; online networking, social media and dynamic mapping software resources; and radiation health physics expertise. Grant funds will be used for partial staff salaries, consultant fees, travel, publications, detector hardware, and other administrative costs.
2013 • 2 years • International Peace & Security
The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. Through this grant, NRDC’s Nuclear Program intends to analyze and communicate to a wide audience the technical, economic, environmental, and international security risks of a U.S. government or federally-subsidized commercial program to further develop and/or deploy nuclear spent fuel reprocessing. It will also address the risks of spent fuel storage from a terrorism perspective.
2011 • 2 years • International Peace & Security
To secure the global nuclear fuel cycle and verify the storage and elimination of U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons (over two years).
2004 • 3 years • International Peace & Security
In support of policy research and engagement on nuclear disarmament issues and the safety of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex (over three years).