Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.
NRDC is seeking a full-time Senior Policy Advocate to be based in the state of Michigan and reporting to the Midwest Program, whose office is in Chicago. The position will work on both safe water and climate and clean energy issues through NRDC’s Safe Water and the Climate and Clean Energy Initiatives, respectively, to implement safe water and clean energy policy and legislation in Michigan.
NRDC’s Safe Water initiative is a multi-faceted, cross institutional campaign that seeks to make safe, sufficient and affordable water from source to tap an enforceable human right. The effort is centered on addressing the legal, health, environmental justice, and governmental failures that compromise the safety of our water and created the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We know these problems are not unique to Flint and this person will work across the state of Michigan to help tackle the roots of these problems.
NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy Initiative addresses the impacts of climate change and supports the development of a clean energy economy. The Midwest Program advances state-based policy on clean energy and energy efficiency in four priority states, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio, with more limited work in Iowa and Minneapolis. Our key strategies include intervention in utility regulatory proceedings across the nation, coupled with direct negotiations involving utilities and other stakeholders, as well as pursuing legislation at the state level. To achieve our goals, we develop precedent-setting policies and build diverse coalitions with energy companies, small and large consumer groups, low income organizations, clean tech, businesses, housing groups, labor and other environmental advocates, to help us strengthen public support, and effectively implement the policies.
Both initiatives bring together and focus multiple programs and departments within NRDC, including Litigation, Health, Water, Environmental Justice, Government Affairs, Communications, Center for Policy Action and Development. The position will report to both the Deputy Director of the Safe Water Initiative and the Deputy Director of Policy of the Midwest Program.
For the Safe Water Initiative:
For Climate and Clean Energy:
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