The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
NRDC is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization with its principal office located in New York City. NRDC has a long history of litigating and advocating for clean water at both the federal level and in New York State. In 1972, for example, it helped enact the Clean Water Act, America’s bedrock water-protection law, and most recently, in 2015, NRDC was a principal advocate for the issuance of the Clean Water Rule, which returned guaranteed protections under the Clean Water Act to hundreds of thousands of miles of streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands across the country.
ROB FRIEDMAN, POLICY ADVOCATE, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, HEALTHY PEOPLE & THRIVING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM.Rob Friedman focuses on climate and environmental justice advocacy efforts at NRDC. He helps facilitate alignment and build principled partnerships between NRDC and grassroots communities across the country on a number of issues, including fighting fossil-fuel infrastructure, advocating for safe drinking water, and centering equity in the development and implementation of climate policy.
Before NRDC, Friedman worked on water-quality enforcement and community engagement at Riverkeeper in New York’s Hudson Valley. He holds a degree in environmental policy from Bates College and is a trained organizational behavior coach through the Academy for Coaching Excellence. He is based in New York.