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Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC

Jacob Scherr
I have recently assumed a new institutional position at NRDC as “Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy”. NRDC has long recognized that the environment does not recognize national boundaries and now we know that we cannot achieve our strategic priorities without engaging in international fora and working in other key countries. What is also clear is that we need to adopt new approaches and take advantage of new technologies to make real progress on climate change and other global environmental challenges. I am very proud of what we been able to accomplish over the last thirty-plus years and looking forward to working with the NRDC Board and staff to strengthen NRDC’s global reach and capacity. When I am not trying to save the planet, I enjoy life in Washington, DC with my family and friends. I like to bike and ski and do photography.

Recent Posts

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

Posted April 1, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Millions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming decades, according to a  just-released report from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change....continued

Los Angeles looks to a Green, Sustainable Future

Posted March 28, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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Matt Petersen, recently appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer for Los Angeles, has a perspective way beyond that city’s limits.  In this interview with reporter Sarah Glazer, Petersen reflects on his earlier experiences responding to major natural disasters in New Orleans and...continued

Cities around the World sharing Climate Solutions via C40

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Solving Global Warming

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On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.  This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities which, according to Bloomberg,  account for  "more...continued

Mega-cities Acting on Climate Change Improve their Economic Competitiveness--and Introduce More Equality

Posted February 7, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Mayors are showing real leadership on the planetary challenge of climate change while improving the quality of the life in their cities.  Here is the next in the series of global-local blogs by reporter Sarah Glazer with an interview with...continued

Giving the Streets Back to People - A Road to a Sustainable Future

Posted January 29, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Recently, the severe air pollution in New Delhi, India, has been getting significant media attention. Yet New Delhi is far from alone. Hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world are choking on traffic, and local officials are feeling more...continued

2014: The Year of Glocalization?

Posted January 6, 2014 by Jacob Scherr in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Could 2014 be the year that global aspirations and local actions are united?  That’s one of the hopes for the meetings this week at the United Nations in New York of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, a...continued

Cities are Key to a New Architecture for a Livable World

Posted November 14, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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A year ago when the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy breached the banks of Manhattan and Queens, Ronald Jumeau was watching from a fourth floor window on Roosevelt Island, the narrow island in New York City’s East River. “So that’s...continued

Signs of Hope for Renewable Energy on Martha's Vineyard

Posted August 15, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Over the years, I have had the opportunity to spend some very special August days on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, including some sightings of vacationing Presidents.  This year I will not be traveling to the Vineyard, but wanted to...continued

Leaders send a message to the United Nations: "Think Globally, Act Locally"

Posted June 24, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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Two recently-issued detailed reports from top political, academic, business, and civil society leaders to the UN called for transformational changes if we are to meet growing human needs and aspirations while protecting the natural systems that support us.  The reports...continued

Two Top-Level "Post-2015" Reports to the UN Call for "Transformations" to Curb Climate Change and Secure a Sustainable Future

Posted June 17, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This last weekend, hundreds of diplomats and others flew home from Bonn after the latest round of UNFCC talks on the next climate treaty.  At the same time, hundreds more from around the world were traveling to New York for the...continued

Beyond Rio+20: Reflections on the Road to Nairobi and Paris

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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I just traveled to Nairobi for the first Universal Session of the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council and then on to Paris for meetings with government officials and civil society on climate change and global goals.  I have...continued

New Hope for a New Generation: Can PINCs save the Planet?

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jacob Scherr in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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At just 24-years-old, Chris Castro is a successful Cuban-American eco- entrepreneur from Orlando, Florida.  I met Chris in New York last week at a UN assembly of youth leaders from around the world.  He was there to celebrate the progress of...continued

Measuring the True Reach of the Rio+20 Earth Summit

Posted August 2, 2012 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The mainstream media, outside of Brazil and particularly in the United States, did not pay a lot of attention to Rio+20 Earth Summit in June.  However, Rio+20 did reach millions of people worldwide.  It was first global summit of the...continued

Reflections on Rio: Encouraging Cloud Over the Earth Summit

Posted July 9, 2012 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Since returning from Rio, I have already participated in a number of debriefings about the Rio+20 Earth Summit. I am pleased to see the interest, but dismayed to find many people have already accepted the message that the Summit had...continued

Reflections on the Race to Rio: The Sky is the Limit

Posted June 12, 2012 by Jacob Scherr in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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“We’d never know how high we are, till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.” – Emily Dickinson The hour is upon us, my friends. This week we...continued

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