A few of our historic results
For four decades, we have built a track record of wins that have made a difference
1967: A small group of scientists forms our organization to win a U.S. ban on DDT, which harmed wildlife and tainted mother’s milk.
1975: Our economic model leads California regulators to call for energy efficiency rather than new coal and nuclear plants.
1985: Our scientists help convince federal regulators to phase lead out of gasoline, leading to a dramatic decline in childhood lead poisoning.
1987: We play a key role in the treaty to phase out CFCs, chemicals that damage the Earth’s ozone layer.
1989: A plan we designed with two Western water districts provides conserved irrigation water to city residents.
1990: The Clean Air Act uses our market-based design. Acid rain is reduced faster than expected, at a fraction of the predicted cost.
1991: McDonald’s accepts the recommendations of our joint task force, eliminating more than 300 million pounds of packaging waste.
1997: Our research finds that endangered species tend to be concentrated in “hot spots” where conservation efforts can be focused.
1997: Our cap-and-trade architecture becomes the basis of the U.S. global warming proposal adopted at Kyoto.
2000: Seven of the world’s largest corporations join us in a partnership, setting firm targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
2002: We assemble the science showing that marine protected areas boost fish populations dramatically.
2002: We aid in passing California’s first-in-the-nation law to reduce global warming emissions from vehicles.
2003: Our advocacy helps end Congress’s moratorium on market-based “catch share” methods to protect fisheries.
2003: Deep cuts in unhealthful diesel pollution from farm and construction equipment are spurred by our national and local work.
2004: The first FedEx hybrid-electric trucks hit the road. The new vehicles reduce soot by 96% and go 57% farther on a gallon of fuel.
2005: We help spur the Clean Air Interstate Rule, a cap-and-trade regulation to reduce sulfur and nitrogen oxide pollution.
2006: California passes the nation''s first statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions, a measure we conceived of and helped draft.
2006: A biological jewel in Hawaii is safeguarded, becoming the world''s largest marine reserve, thanks to our key role.
2007: Supreme Court rules favorably in two historic suits we''re party to: one, a win for clean air; the other, a win for curbing global warming pollution.
2007: Our hard-hitting campaign against the Texas utility TXU leads to a landmark buyout deal that blocked a new wave of dirty coal plants.