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As a major economic engine and the largest historical greenhouse gas producer, the U.S. carries oversized influence and responsibility. What happens in the United States matters not only for Americans but for people around the world.

The United States has a strong tradition of environmental stewardship but also faces major environmental challenges. These include costly extreme weather events, increasing water demand, sprawl and congestion, outdated energy systems and aging infrastructure. U.S. leaders face mounting pressure to ensure that the economic growth is compatible with the well-being of people and the planet.

Founded in Washington DC in 1983, WRI has used its location in the heart of the nation’s capital to advance non-partisan, evidence-based solutions. WRI conducts rigorous, peer-reviewed research to identify practical solutions. We engage with partners to advance policies that benefit people in the United States and elsewhere.

Each of WRI’s six global priorities—climate, energy, food, forests, water and cities—has relevance to U.S. environmental challenges. WRI’s U.S. Climate Initiative has produced ground-breaking research on actions the federal government can take to reduce emissions, how states can advance a low-carbon economy, and how local officials are strengthening communities in the face of mounting climate impacts.

WRI provides technical support to U.S. companies that seek to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and shift to renewable energy. WRI’s electricity initiative, Charge, is collaborating with utilities and regulators to boost production of clean energy through the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. WRI projects are also helping to reduce food loss and waste, monitor deforestation, identify water risk, and promote high-efficiency, low-carbon cities.

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