About NRDC, Washington, D.C.
Learn about NRDC's work in the nation's capital to protect America's environment
The NRDC Washington office is committed to fostering innovative solutions to enhance the environment, protect health and make the U.S. more energy independent. As part of that effort, the office also works to ensure that environmental laws are being implemented and extended to deal with emerging threats. Whether supporting groundbreaking laws like the Clean Air Act, holding elected officials accountable for their votes in Congress, or moving the country toward a cleaner energy future, NRDC Washington staff is focused on protecting our health and natural environment.
NRDC Washington staff works on a wide spectrum of issues, both in and outside the Beltway. As with all NRDC staff, the Washington office strives to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today. A few priority work areas include:
Improving air quality
We work to reduce pollution from dangerous chemicals like mercury while fighting polluters and their allies in Congress that are trying to weaken existing clean air safeguards. Click here to learn more about attacks on clean air.
Making sure waters are drinkable, swimmable and fishable
We work to ensure that water quality continues to improve. As with clean air, clean water is also under attack. NRDC works to stop the rollback of these protections that keep our water clean and ecosystems healthy. Click here to help protect the Clean Water Act.
Improving energy efficiency and moving beyond dirty fuels
We need to move toward cleaner fuels to power our businesses, homes, cars and trucks and to make them use less fuel overall. Our work helped lead the Obama Administration to set new fuel economy standards for cars that will save consumers money while reducing U.S. oil consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. We are fighting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would lock us into a dependence on oil while generating massive emissions of carbon dioxide and destruction of Canadian forests. Learn more here.
- Waste Coal Burners, Pennsylvania Senators Attack Clean Air Health Protections
- posted by John Walke, 1/21/15
- 2014 Record Temperatures Put the Heat on Congress's Climate Deniers
- posted by David Doniger, 1/19/15
- New Congress Prepares to Take Away Your Right to Clean, Safe Air
- posted by John Walke, 1/12/15
- Sweeping statements by Speaker Boehner about Keystone XL can't withstand scrutiny
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 1/9/15
- Keystone XL tar sands pipeline still doesn't make sense -- forcing approval puts the cart before the horse
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 11/14/14
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