NRDC has six offices in the United States, including its headquarters in New York City, as well as an outpost in China.
In 1995, NRDC became the first international organization to establish green energy and building programs in China. Our LEED-certified Beijing office sits within walking distance of multiple subways and bus lines to encourage the use of public transportation and boasts a mostly open, light-drenched floor plan that reduces energy use and utility costs.
NRDC’s Montana staff is primarily focused on protecting the land and wildlife of the Northern Rockies region while also promoting sustainable development. From a small office beside Bozeman Creek, our experts marshal local support and combine it with NRDC’s national influence to create breakthroughs in wildlife protection, livestock management, and other issues.
Opened in 2007 to focus primarily on the opportunities and challenges facing the industrial Midwest, this LEED-certified space overlooks the Chicago River in the city’s historic Civic Opera House. The renovation was the first tenant improvement in the world to achieve certification through the Living Building Challenge. Energy-efficient features include lighting systems that adjust to daylight conditions and smart plug sensors that automatically power down electronics.
New York City
Opened in 1989 and retrofit in 2010, NRDC’s LEED-certified headquarters is housed in an Art Deco building in the city’s Flatiron District. Our five-floor space uses about one-third of the energy of a conventional office thanks to abundant natural light, thermal-paned windows, and highly efficient lighting. The space is also powered entirely by renewable energy sources, including solar and wind.
From a LEED-certified office in downtown D.C., NRDC staff work on a wide spectrum of issues both inside and outside the Beltway. Constructed in 2011 using reclaimed and regionally sourced materials, the office is decorated with furniture made of recycled materials. Other green features include abundant daylight, Energy Star® electronics, and a lush living wall.
This LEED v4 Gold-certified and Living Building Challenge-certified office is located in a 1920s high-rise in northeast San Francisco. Strategically placed windows, combined with special fixtures, timers, and occupancy sensors, reduce power usage from lighting to just half of what state standards call for. Additional energy-saving measures include efficient heat pumps and locally sourced, non-toxic building materials.
Our Santa Monica hub, originally built in the 1920s, was one of the first projects in the world to receive a LEED Version 2 Platinum green rating—the highest level of green building design. Located in Santa Monica’s pedestrian center, the office features a water recycling system and its own rooftop solar panels. An environmental learning center on the ground floor educates visitors about issues like ocean protection and climate change.