World Resources Institute

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World Resources Institute
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Formation 1982 (1982)
Founder James Gustave Speth
President & CEO Andrew Steer
Chairman of the Board James A. Harmon
Mission 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.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a non-governmental research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.[1] It was established in 1982 with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation[2] under the leadership of James Gustave Speth.[3] WRI is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies with the intention of protecting the Earth and improving people’s lives.[1]

The efforts of the WRI are focused on six key areas—climate, clean energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transportation.[4] In 2014, Stephen M. Ross, an American real estate developer, gave the organization US$30.5 million to establish the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.[5]

WRI is probably best known for its biennial publication, World Resources, a well-regarded collection of data and in-depth analysis on current environmental issues. The most recent edition of World Resources was titled The Wealth of the Poor and explored the importance of good ecosystem management for the alleviation of rural poverty. The report is a collaborative effort between the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme.


  1. ^ a b "About WRI". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Broder, John M. (March 14, 2012). "Climate Change Envoy to Lead Influential Institute". New York Times: Green Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "James Gustave Speth". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mission & Goals". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Pogrebin, Robin. "Developer Gives $30 Million to Establish City Planning Center". New York Times: ArtsBeat Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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