How we work

Our solutions—rooted in strong science and economics—reward people for protecting the environment, not exploiting it.

By working with allies across the political spectrum and partnering with business, we turn ideas into lasting change.

EDF doesn’t just talk about problems.

They help design smart government policies, combine them with private sector know-how and create solutions.

Michael Bloomberg, EDF supporter and founder of Bloomberg, L.P.

Our core strategies

  • Economic incentives

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    The global economy is a powerful force in today’s world. Our results show that markets can be shaped to alleviate environmental problems.

  • Partnerships

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    Landowners, investors, businesses large and small are all essential partners. The environmental stewardship of companies like FedEx and Ocean Spray helps lead the way to market-wide changes.

  • Nonpartisan policy

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    EDF’s policy experts work closely with congressional staff and leaders to find common ground on legislation that helps both the environment and people.

  • Sound science

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    Rigorous science underpins all this work, helping us measure problems and evaluate effective remedies. Our Office of the Chief Scientist assists staff in using the best science for setting and meeting goals.

Case study: Fertilizer pollution

Man in field of corn

The problem: Fertilizer is the engine of agriculture, helping crops grow. But if farmers use too much, the runoff pollutes water and air.

The solution? We call it our Sustainable Sourcing Initiative. Farmers learn science-driven methods to reduce pollution, such as optimizing fertilizer use, planting cover crops, and using no-till methods.

Scale it up: We’re using the supply chain to drive more farmers to reduce pollution, working with leading companies to increase demand for sustainable grains. 

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