Our impact

With the help of more than 1 million members, we take a pragmatic approach that benefits people and nature.

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EDF does constructive, thoughtful, hard work that gains respect—and results.

George P. Shultz Former U.S. Secretary of State

Restoring: Healthy oceans

Sustainable fishing catches on nationally

  • Impact: 65% of U.S. fisheries are now managed using sustainable methods, reversing decades of overfishing.1
  • Our role: We introduced a type of management known as catch shares, which is now widely used. Catch shares give fishermen a stake in the overall health of a fishery.
  • What’s next: Make sustainable fishing the norm around the world »
Red snapper

Reducing: Climate pollution

Methane pollution gets much-needed scrutiny

Streetview car with methane sensor

U.S. power plant limits earn broad support

  • Impact: EPA took a critical step to address climate change by proposing the first-ever national limits on climate pollution from power plants.
  • Our role: We rallied our members and partners to send comments in support of the Clean Power Plan—part of the more than 8 million positive comments from around the country.
  • What’s next: Defend these limits from Congressional attacks »
2014 climate march

China rolls out climate solutions

  • Impact: China has seven carbon emissions trading programs—encompassing 25% of the country’s GDP—an important part of meeting its pledge to substantially reduce climate pollution.
  • Our role: Our staff in China provided critical technical assistance that helped the markets get off the ground. These programs are based on our previous success solving acid rain in the U.S.
  • What’s next: Work with the government to expand these programs into a national emissions trading system, set for 2016.

Why is China core to our climate strategy? »

Solar panel installation in China

Photo: Jiri Rezac

Hundreds of companies boost energy efficiency

  • Impact: EDF Climate Corps fellows have helped top companies uncover nearly $1.4 billion in wasted energy.2 One in three Fortune 100 companies have hosted fellows.3
  • Our role: We train hundreds of graduate students and embed them at leading organizations to find tangible ways to use less energy. 
  • What’s next: Expand the program in the U.S.—focusing on the states that consume the most energy—and in China, where the potential for energy savings is enormous and largely untapped.

What makes Climate Corps invaluable? »

EDF Climate Corps Fellow

Protecting: Vulnerable ecosystems

Safe Harbor preserves habitat on private lands

  • Impact: 4 million acres of habitat protected.4
  • Our role:  We created and launched Safe Harbor, giving landowners added incentives to protect rare species while avoiding new government restrictions on how to use their land.
  • What’s next: Accelerate the growth of a new program, called habitat exchanges, to protect more wildlife.

Why is protecting wildlife on private land a win-win? »

Golden-cheeked warbler

U.S. agriculture grows more sustainable

  • Impact: Farmers managing over 500,000 acres of cropland in the U.S. are now using optimal levels of fertilizer, which reduces air and water pollution.
  • Our role: We’ve developed collaborations with companies and agribusiness involved at each step of the grain supply chain to showcase the benefits of using fertilizer more efficiently.
  • What’s next: Expand this effort so fertilizer use is optimized on at least half of the corn crops grown in the U.S.

Why is the supply chain the best way to fix this problem? »

Ear of corn

Safeguarding: Human health

Thousands of consumer products get safer

  • Impact: Walmart has a new safer chemical policy that asks suppliers to disclose chemicals in thousands of household products. The policy also targets priority chemicals of concern for phasing out or substitution with safer ingredients.
  • Our role:  We provided scientific guidance to Walmart on how to develop a leadership policy that sets a standard for safer chemicals in the marketplace—continuing our track record of making progress through corporate partnerships.
  • What’s next: Expand leadership on safer chemicals to other retailers and product categories.

How did we pioneer corporate partnerships? »

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  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA Fisheries. (2013). Status of Stocks 2013. pp. 1–8. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/fisheries_eco/status_of_fisheries/archive/2013/status_of_stocks_2013_web.pdf
  2. EDF Climate Corps. http://edfclimatecorps.org/impact/our-impact
  3. EDF Climate Corps. http://edfclimatecorps.org/hosts/advance-your-energy-management-program
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Safe Harbor Agreements with Permits Issued. (Sept 1, 2009)