Science is the foundation of NRDC’s work to protect people and the environment. NRDC scientists work to understand and solve complicated environmental problems and, with our policy and legal experts, to develop and advocate for evidence-based public policies that improve peoples’ lives and protect the natural systems on which we all depend. Our expertise in biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, toxicology, public health, and engineering is a connecting thread through all our issue areas and programs, from climate change and clean energy to sustainable agriculture and health.

NRDC’s Science Center supports and strengthens our use of science—and how we communicate our results clearly and accurately. Staffed by experts in environmental science, public health, data analysis and science communication, the Center provides guidance and resources for research, collaboration, and with the Science Fellows program, training for the next generation. Science Center experts oversee NRDC’s independent peer-review of our own publications—as well as support and develop related communication for media, from scientific journals to animated videos.

OUR PRIORITIES

  • Support scientific research and analysis to identify environmental problems, craft evidence-based policy solutions, and support our advocacy to advance these policies in government, the courts, communities, and with the public. 
  • Enable NRDC to research emerging issues by bringing top-notch postdoctoral Science Fellows to work with NRDC scientists, policy experts, and advocates.
  • Facilitate engagement and collaboration with scientists from universities, research labs, and other institutions to expand the scope of our work.
  • Ensure that all aspects of NRDC’s work are backed by the strongest and most relevant science available.

Portfolio

Blog Post

There are three simple steps you can take to translate science into a plan of action.

Campaign

Climate change threatens our health by warming the planet, exposing us to a range of heat-related illnesses. About two-thirds of Americans—nearly 210 million—live in areas with a greater-than-expected number of dangerous extreme heat days, new NRDC analysis finds.

Blog Post

The blacklegged tick has seen a population explosion in the eastern United States, doubling the number of counties in which it’s established, in less than 20 years.

Issue Brief

Even if you don't live in an area prone to wildfires, your health may be threatened by smoke from fires raging in other parts of the country.

Blog Post

Science is for everyone—and our future depends on it.

Blog Post

Ahmedabad is among the first cities in India where city leaders, state government, and civil society are voluntarily working together to improve air quality.