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NRDC's gold-rated green office space, San Francisco

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NRDC attracts exceptionally talented people, both those at the top of their field and those who are starting out and show tremendous promise. People here are knowledgeable, dedicated, tenacious and principled. Most of all, they are deeply committed to protecting the environment, from the senior attorney who wins a ground-breaking lawsuit protecting whales to the program assistant who starts an eco-committee to enhance recycling practices in the office.

Bringing together extraordinary people to realize a common mission creates a vibrant, dynamic workplace. Our offices bustle with team meetings, strategy sessions, and thoughtful deliberation. There is an entrepreneurial spirit running through the halls. People have autonomy to pursue victories, but they also have the support of a national organization behind them. And they have the backing of their colleagues, who proudly cheer them on.

Perhaps the best testament to NRDC's workplace culture is the tenure of our staff. Almost 50 people have been with the organization for more than 15 years -- 12 of them have been here almost from the start in 1970. When people join our dedicated, supportive team, they want to stay.

Working in a Green Office

Sunny, airy spaces. Sleek, contemporary design. Comfortable furniture made from recycled materials. The relief of knowing that your energy, water and paper use is as efficient and sustainable as possible. These are some of the extra benefits NRDC staff members enjoy thanks to the organization's commitment to green building. All our offices follow certified green building guidelines. And all of them prove that at the same time green buildings reduce energy, water and material use, they increase comfort, aesthetics and cost-effectiveness.

Location, Location, Location!

What's it like to work at NRDC's headquarters in New York City? Or in NRDC's regional offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago or Beijing?

New York

NRDC's headquarters is home to the president's and founding director's offices as well as a large portion of our administration, including Finance, Human Resources and IT. Communications, Development and Membership are also concentrated here. Programs include Air & Energy, Oceans, Environmental Justice and New York Urban.


Close to government agencies and Capitol Hill, this office has a large number of litigators and policy experts working to secure environmental regulations at federal and international levels. Our legislative work, Advocacy Center and Climate Center are based here. Program-specific projects include public health, air, energy, nuclear, clean water, and international issues.

Los Angeles

Housed in our showcase green building in Santa Monica, the L.A. Urban program's two legal teams focus on water, coastal and clean air issues. This office also serves as a base for broadcast communications work.

San Francisco

Scientists, litigators, and policy experts here focus on public lands, water, oceans, global warming, energy, and public health issues. This office also houses the western branch of Development and Administration.


Opened in 2006, Chicago is home to NRDC's fast growing Midwest office. Working in the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River states, the Midwest team is heavily involved in clean energy and clean water issues at the local, state and regional level, where key policies and concrete investments are being made daily.


Our international team of legal and policy experts work with the government, the legal community and Chinese NGOs and to help promote clean energy, energy efficiency, and to build a strong environmental legal system in China. We also work with Chinese partners on issues of environment and health, and market transformation.

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Barbara Finamore
Senior Attorney, China Program, Beijing, with NRDC since 1996

"Here's what I love about working at NRDC: the unmatched integrity and commitment of the staff and the autonomy that NRDC grants its staff to develop environmental solutions that work."

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