Courage to Lead 2012 | "Making Big Ideas Happen" | (5:00)

Since 1982, the World Resources Institute has been making big ideas happen at the intersection of people and the environment. Here are three WRI success stories that give only a glimpse into the richly diverse work that we do.

Courage to Lead 2012 | "The Passionate Pragmatist," a video tribute to former WRI President Jonathan Lash | (4:04)


Courage to Lead 2012 | "A Champion for Sustainable, Livable Cities," a tribute video to Related Chairman and CEO Stephen M. Ross| (5:15)



Courage to Lead 2012

About the Event

WRI turned 30 in 2012!

WRI celebrated its 30th Anniversary on May 23, with the “Courage to Lead” dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. At the dinner, WRI recognized the contributions of its special guest, philanthropist and Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and honored Stephen Ross, chairman, CEO and founder of Related Companies; and Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and WRI’s former president.

The dinner emcees were Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Andrew Steer, president-elect of WRI and current special envoy for climate change at the World Bank, gave remarks.

The dinner raised more than $1 million to help the organization fulfill its mission and respond to new and emerging challenges. Around 350 people, from a mix of government, business, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations, attended the dinner.


Thanks to our donors for helping us make big ideas happen!

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