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WRI established its U.S. office in 1982. We work to improve water quality, increase awareness of local climate change impacts, and identify cost-effective emissions-reduction opportunities in the United States. Learn more about our work in the United States.

DC Office - AudioVideo

Video conferencing equipment in our conference rooms help us complete some of our meetings and collaborative work without the need for travel and connect us to WRI’s other offices. Photo by Catherine Easton, WRI.

DC Office - Lighting

Lighting - Sensors in our light fixtures automatically dim the lights when an office is empty – eliminating the need for wall switches. Our system was one of the first installed in the United States. Photo by Catherine Easton, WRI.

DC Office - Chairs

Chairs in the reception area are constructed using seat belts that are remnants, or second-hand material, that did not meet the stringent standards for cars. Photo by Catherine Easton, WRI

DC Office - Flooring

Flooring - The reception area flooring includes both bamboo and cork, two rapidly renewing building materials. Photo by Catherine Easton, WRI

DC Office - Green Roof

WRI’s global office is located in a Washington, DC office building owned by the American Psychological Association (APA) and features a green roof, which helps mitigate run-off and reduce heating and cooling needs throughout the year. Photo by American Psychological Association

The United States submitted its proposed climate action plan, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) for inclusion in the global climate agreement to be finalized in Paris this December. The proposal includes a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, WRI:


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