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NRDC.ORG NOMINATED FOR BEST CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS/NON-PROFIT CATEGORY FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS

NRDC.org on the Shortlist for Top International Honor for Websites

New York (April 19, 2005) -- The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for websites, has nominated NRDC.org for the Best Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit website of 2005. NRDC.org is the website of The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group. The site, which is produced by NRDC's web department, was designed and developed by Sullivan, a New York City-based firm. Winners will be announced on May 3, 2005 and honored at The Ninth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 6th.

Hailed as the "online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser and fashion designer Max Azria.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding websites that are setting the standards for the internet," said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and founder of The Webby Awards. "NRDC.org's Webby Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."

"We're thrilled to be nominated and appreciate the opportunity this nomination gives NRDC to showcase our environmental work," said Rita Barol, director of NRDC's web department.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, NRDC.org is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 12th to April 29th at http://pv.webbyawards.com/. Registration is required.

The Ninth Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards is known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.


About NRDC

NRDC uses law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Worth Magazine has named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities, and Charity Navigator has given NRDC four stars (out of a possible four).

About NRDC.org

The NRDC.org website is organized according to readers' interest areas. The site encompasses an online action center, an Environmental News section including breaking news from major newspapers and wire services, and how-to guides offering advice on topics ranging from saving energy to avoiding mercury exposure. Resources on the NRDC.org website are organized by topic and also by level of detail. For example, "In Brief" sections offer quick overviews of environmental issues, while "In Depth" materials are geared toward researchers and environmental professionals. Other noteworthy features of the NRDC website include extensive Spanish-language materials, a learning game for kids called The Green Squad, a weekly scan of the best environmental sites on the web, a new nature-themed desktop wallpaper each month and an online edition of NRDC's quarterly magazine, OnEarth.

About The Webby Awards

Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the Ninth Annual Webby Awards received over 4,000 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: The Creative Group; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; IDG; Fortune and FSB; 2advanced Studius; The Online Publishing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rackspace Managed Hosting.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group.

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