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Jacob Scherr, Senior Advisor, International Program, Washington, DC

Jacob Scherr
After almost four decades as an attorney and director with NRDC, I am now serving as a "Senior Advisor" with the International Program. Since the 1970s, NRDC has 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 decades and looking forward to continuing to help 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 hike and do photography.

Recent Posts

Revised Forecast for UN Climate Summit after the March: Cloudy with Commitments and Much Brighter Prospects Ahead

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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There is no question that Sunday’s huge People’s Climate March in New York  was historic reflecting demands from millions worldwide that our leaders  take action now to deal with the climate crisis.  Tomorrow the focus will shift to the UN...continued

Forecast for UN Climate Summit in New York: Cloudy with Commitments

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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Mark Bittman’s recent  New York Times OpEd  “Let’s Reject the ‘Inevitable’” deserves the attention it is receiving.  While agreeing with him on the critical importance of the People’s Climate March planned for Sunday and the call for rapid transformative change to deal with the climate crisis,...continued

Cleaning up a Global Mess: Hope from the "Commitments Commencement" at Dickinson College

Posted May 20, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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Last Sunday at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Madeleine Albright was blunt in her assessment of our generation’s legacy to the class of 2014:  What I’m saying, dear Graduate, is that the world is a mess. I’m sorry, but it’s...continued

American Cities Targeting Sustainability to Low-income Neighborhoods

Posted May 12, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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Cities have gotten increased attention in the on-going UN deliberations on a new set of global sustainable development goals, but too often one key dimension of sustainability is overlooked or underappreciated - equity.  In this blog, reporter Sarah Glazer speaks...continued

Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theorists Threaten Cities' Sustainability Efforts

Posted April 22, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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I can remember when “Agenda 21” was at the top of NRDC’s international agenda.  In the run-up to the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992, we were actively involved in the final negotiations of Agenda 21 – a 351-page totally-voluntary...continued

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

Posted April 1, 2014 by Jacob Scherr

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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