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Frances Beinecke, MA Biography

Former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“We can begin the era of transformation by repowering America with clean energy. This of what this will accomplish: Many Americans are struggling, but we can lift ourselves out of this economic crisis through new, clean energy solutions that create jobs and solve global warming…

We already have better energy choices– like solar, wind and geothermal– that can accomplish all of this. Now we need the smart policies that will bring those benefits to more Americans, things like incentives to make homes and offices more energy efficient and investments to expand America’s public transit and retool our factories to build new fuel-efficient, plug-in cars.”

“A Time for Boldness: How We Can Repower America with Clean Energy,”, Nov. 6, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Dorothy S. McCluskey Fellow in Conservation, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
  • President, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 2006-2015
  • Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, 1998-2006
  • Co-chair, Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry
  • Advisory board member, Yale School of Management
  • Board member, World Resources Institute
  • Board member, Energy Future Coalition
  • Board member, Conservation International Center Environmental Leadership in Business
  • Member, steering committee, US Climate Action Partnership
  • Recipient, Rachel Carson Award, National Audubon Society
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Recipient, Annual Conservation Award, the Adirondack Council
  • Former board member, Wilderness Society
  • Former board member, China-US Center for Sustainable Development
  • Former board member, New York League of Conservation Voters
  • MA, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1974
  • BA, Yale University, 1971
  • She has been with NRDC since 1973 when she started as an intern.
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?