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Frances Beinecke


Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC. NRDC, one of the nation’s most influential environmental action groups, uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Under Ms. Beinecke’s leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC’s efforts on solving today’s biggest environmental challenges, including curbing global warming, stemming the tide of toxic chemicals, and accelerating the greening of China. Ms. Beinecke serves on the board of the World Resources Institute and the Energy Future Coalition and is on the steering committee of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. She now co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry, is a member of the Yale School of Management’s Advisory Board and a former member of the Yale Corporation.


Water is key not only to nature but to many businesses—INCLUDING craft brewers THAT back protections to keep waters clean and flowing

Obama’s Climate Plan: Bold Action that translates to big savings

It’s not exactly flower power, but the military is making some of the most interesting advances when it comes to clean energy.

If you build it—sustainable, energy efficient, low impact and with recycling, that is—they will come

Making buildings greener saves money, helps the environment and generates enthusiasm in both business and government leaders

Fracking—hydraulic fracturing—is exempt from some safeguards, which concerns environmentalists and those who live near such operations

Businesses, from ranchers to retailers, are in many cases the ones responding to Extreme Weather stemming from climate Change

businesses join activists in addressing earth’s Problems—even while government decisions lag

And how regulating new power-plant emissions are part of the answer

Clean Cars, Not Dirty Pipelines

clean energy isn’t a job killer—to the contrary, it’s a job maker

studies show that regulations don’t kill jobs, they make them

How we can really save money at the pump

A visit to China provides a lesson in the importance of legislation to preserve clean air

Climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009 may have garnered far more attention, but in the end, Cancun produced a more formal agreement.

As The Chinese government embraces clean energy, the U.S. falls behind

The latest enlistees in the green movement are not so surprising when you consider what’s at stake with energy innovation

Countries such as china have already realized the business potential of green industry and are moving forward at a swift pace

Careless stewardship of marine resources has an economic impact as well as an environmental one.

Today’s challenges require a new approach that will benefit business as well as the environment

Preparing your business for a carbon-constrained world is key to developing a competitive advantage.

Concern over the environment is translating into technological innovation, bringing with it the benefits of an entrepreneurial new industry.