Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp, who has guided EDF for more than three decades, is a widely recognized leader of the international environmental community. He is an influential voice on climate change, energy, and sustainability issues, and an eloquent champion for harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment.
Under Krupp’s leadership, EDF has become one of the world’s largest and most influential environmental organizations. Since he took the helm in 1984, EDF’s annual operating budget has grown from $3 million to over $160 million, staff has increased from 50 to more than 550, membership has expanded from 40,000 to over two million, and new offices have opened in China, Mexico and the UK.
In 2011, serving on U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s advisory panel for shale gas production, Krupp was a powerful voice for strong regulation and enforcement to protect local communities from air and water pollution caused by natural gas development. He has focused national attention on the problem of methane emissions – methane is a potent greenhouse gas – from the oil-and-gas system. Krupp has also led EDF’s innovative corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others.
Under Krupp’s leadership, EDF became the architect of the federal market-based acid rain policy that has reduced average U.S. air concentrations of sulfur dioxide by 76% since 1990. In 2002, The Economist called it “the greatest green success story of the past decade.”
An avid rower, Krupp won a gold medal in the 2006 World Rowing Masters Regatta sponsored by FISA, the international rowing federation. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and Bloomberg Businessweek, appears frequently in the national media, and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report. He lives with his family in Connecticut.
Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.
Krupp was educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Haverford College.