Blueprint 2020

Our most ambitious strategic plan, for today’s complex challenges

No single entity can do all that is needed to address today’s urgent environmental problems — not the United States, not China, not the global business community, certainly not Environmental Defense Fund.

But by working in partnership with many others, we can make a difference. So, for each area of our work — Climate [PDF], Oceans [PDF], Ecosystems [PDF] and Health [PDF] — EDF assessed what needs to be done to meet the world’s most pressing challenges. Then we looked at how EDF is best positioned to help, based on the strengths we bring to the table and the good work others are doing.

The result is this strategic plan [PDF] for 2015-2020. In that time, EDF will concentrate on places and policies where we can make the biggest difference, building on what we’ve done. Our role involves applying the best science and economics — along with smart policies and politics — to harness the power of the marketplace to protect the environment. That’s what we mean by “Finding the ways that work.”

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If you share our vision for change, please donate to support our work. We rely on the contributions of people like you. Individual donors provide 53% of our operating funds.

We can’t protect the planet without you.

See the full plan

Read about EDF’s vision and objectives to achieve by 2020, and find links to more information from EDF and dozens of other organizations.

Right-click the link to download the interactive PDF for offline reading.

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PDF Format: Adobe PDF (5.9 MB)


Download the 2016 update to our climate plan.

PDF Format: Adobe PDF (3.7 MB)

Our vision: Good news

What does success for Blueprint 2020 look like? Get a glimpse with this short video.