Grantee Profile

Natural Resources Defense Council

Grants to Natural Resources Defense Council

  • $150,000

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $3,000,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Climate Solutions

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $400,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — 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.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To secure the global nuclear fuel cycle and verify the storage and elimination of U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons (over two years).

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of policy research and engagement on nuclear disarmament issues and the safety of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex (over three years).

  • $95,695Active Strategy

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — For Reef Check, a global coral reef monitoring program (over three years).

  • $1,200,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — For a project on climate change, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund (over 3 years).

  • $450,000

    1997 (Inactive Grant)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — For a special communications initiative (over three years).

  • $165,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To support biodiversity policy programs focusing on the Global Environmental Facilty (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Natural Resources Defense Council $7,010,695 between 1978 and 2016.

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