Data, Reports & Resources

NRDC is a leader and trusted source in environmental policy and research. 

From reports to issue briefs, we ensure accountability through peer review led by our Science Office, which provides data and scientific analysis that help shape and guide NRDC’s policies and positions. We also offer a range of other resources, such as 101 guides and consumer-focused scorecards to increase access to knowledge about how everyone can be a catalyst for change. 

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Supporting China’s Green Transformation

OverviewChinaAlvin Lin, JingJing Qian

NRDC is working with local and international partners to help reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency and clean energy, and strengthen environmental governance. 

Water Affordability Business Case Downloadable Tool

OverviewUnited StatesLarry Levine, Ed Osann
To help provide safe and affordable water and sanitation to everyone in their communities, this tool allows utilities to assess the business case for implementing a discount program for low-income customers.

Engaging Health Departments: Overview Guide

OverviewUnited States, Colorado, Denver, Tennessee, Nashville, Minnesota, Minneapolis
We outline some of the ways that health inspectors can help educate food facilities on how to prevent wasted food and donate surplus.

Stop Overfishing and Restore Fisheries

OverviewUnited StatesMolly Masterton, Sarah Chasis, Brad Sewell, Dr. Lisa Suatoni
NRDC works to end overfishing, rebuild depleted fisheries, and promote the long-term sustainability of fisheries through firm catch limits based on scientific evidence.

Cost of Building Power Plants in Your State

OverviewUnited States
Use the levelized cost of electricity tool to explore the cost of building and operating a new power plant in your state using different technologies.

Connectivity and Conservation: Grizzly Bears in the Lower 48

OverviewUnited States, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
These interactive maps discuss the issue of grizzly bear conservation and present potential corridors that could help reconnect the Yellowstone grizzlies with populations to the north.

Invest in 21st Century Infrastructure

OverviewUnited StatesStephanie Gidigbi Jenkins, Rob Moore, Becky Hammer, Erik D. Olson, Luke Tonachel, Khalil Shahyd, Douglass Sims, Marc Boom, David Doniger
We promote infrastructure plans that transition us to clean energy, address the changing climate, create jobs, and remedy the negative legacy of the past.

Promote Clean Energy in Latin America

OverviewChile, Colombia, Costa Rica, MexicoCarolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC experts are working with local leaders to reduce their nations’ dependence on dirty and unreliable energy sources by using public policy, innovative technologies, and finance solutions.

Protect Latin America’s Natural Resources

OverviewColombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, ChileCarolina Herrera, Amanda Maxwell
NRDC is working to protect the region’s natural treasures from exploitation and to support sustainable development.

Support Renewable Energy that Protects the Wild

OverviewUnited States, InternationalHelen O'Shea, Katie Umekubo, Bobby McEnaney, Debbie Hammel
We ensure wind and solar projects won't harm ecosystems by identifying potential conflicts from the beginning.

Preserve Regional Ocean Ecosystems

OverviewUnited StatesSarah Chasis, Alison Chase
NRDC is helping create a more comprehensive approach to planning and development to protect ocean ecosystems keep our oceans healthy for generations to come.

Increasing Public Awareness About Food Waste Prevention Guide

OverviewUnited States
Given the magnitude of consumer household food waste, cities can play an important role in both raising awareness and providing action-oriented strategies that consumers can implement in their homes to prevent food from being wasted in the first place.

Climate Change Threatens Health

OverviewUnited States, InternationalDr. Kim Knowlton
Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it can affect them. Children, the elderly, and communities living in poverty are among the most vulnerable.

Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands

OverviewMexico, United States, Canada
The largest desert in North America is home to biodiverse grasslands that store large amounts of carbon and contribute to the livelihood of millions of people. Yet, these grasslands are highly threatened by human activity and a changing climate.

The Need for Flood Protection Standards

OverviewUnited StatesRob Moore
In January 2015, an executive order from President Obama updated the flood protection standard that will guide the design of federally funded projects in or near floodplains or along coastlines.

Climate Change and Health

OverviewInternational, United StatesDr. Kim Knowlton
Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how its impacts—from deadly heat waves and worsening air pollution to the spread of infectious diseases carried by mosquitoes and…