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Project Description


World Resources Institute

Established in 1982

Mission Statement: WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: .46% of expenses

  • Spans more than 50 countries on six continents

  • More than 700 experts and staff

  • In 2016, 23 cities drafted plans to make buildings more energy efficient with the helps of WRI’s Energy Team

  • Champions 12.3, a group of 40 international business, government, and civil society leaders was formed with the goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030

  • In 2016, donors committed a record $98.2 million to WRI

Featured Programs:

How the World Institute is making a difference


For many people around the world, clean energy is not affordable or accessible. WRI’s Global Energy Program helps build clean energy markets and change institutions. They work with large energy buyers, entrepreneurs, utilities, policy planners, development-oriented institutions and urban leaders to shift energy systems to clean technology that support healthy communities and protect the climate and ecosystems.


WRI works to reduce agriculture’s impact on the climate, ecosystems, and water. It also ensures that food resources and agriculture supports inclusive economic and social development. The World Resources Report develops solutions to food production and consumption problems by identifying food loss and waste. They analyze strategies to sustainably increase food production through restoration, increasing pasture land yields and improving land and water management.


More than a billion people people live in water-scarce regions. Pollution continues to degrade freshwater and coastal aquatic ecosystems and climate change is poised to change precipitation patterns and speed glacial melt, intensifying threats to water systems. WRI seeks to address water quantity and quality challenges through partnerships with businesses, governments, and civil society. The Aqueduct project uses data to produce global water risk maps to assess current and future challenges. They also conduct economic and other analyses to identify cost-effective strategies to reduce water pollution.


WRI works to help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national, and international level to address climate change. This initiative uses analysis, innovation, and partnerships to achieve effective policy. This focuses on ensuring near-term decisions align with long-term goals so all people can benefit from a safer world with thriving economies.

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