Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resource base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving by disciplines representing engineering, design, and the biological, physical and social sciences.

The mission of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation is to advance the application of science in decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and educate policymakers and the public on managing and conserving renewable natural resources.


Round Table Meeting on Toxic Substances Control Act

The RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy met with Dr. Richard Denison, a lead senior scientist with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in Washington, D.C. on December 9, 2015. Denison discussed the history of TSCA and recent activity surrounding legislative reform.

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New on the RNRF Blog

Physiological Benefits of Nature

Those who enjoy spending time outdoors away from built spaces, whether playing, hiking, birding, or fishing, have all personally experienced the rejuvenating effects of immersion in natural spaces. Increasingly, the physiological effects of nature on humans are being scientifically proven, as well.

Read more about this research on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


Renewable Resources Journal

Volume 29 Number 4
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The Road to Paris and Beyond
Although climate action ultimately occurs at a national scale, international cooperation is needed to help the flow of finance and technology, ensure legitimacy and equity, generate political momentum for domestic reforms, spur innovation and cost reductions in technologies, and provide direct incentives for mitigation in areas where local costs continue to outweigh the benefits. This article discusses these issues and more, including what it means to be on a plausible 2°C pathway and the elements of the upcoming Paris agreement. The authors discuss timely issues relevant to the upcoming negotiations, as well as principles for successful, long-term climate cooperation.

What if California's Drought Continues?
California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The state is increasingly likely to experience this type of drought with low flows and high temperatures as the region’s climate warms. This article discusses what impacts the drought has already had, what to expect if the drought continues, and what steps the state is taking to build drought resilience, with a focus on California’s ecosystems.

MOOCs are massive online open courses, initiated by leading universities with the goal of providing high-quality educational experiences, either for free or for a nominal fee. Advocates claim that MOOCs dramatically expand access to high-quality instruction by significantly cutting the costs of a postsecondary education. However, this article discusses the weaknesses of MOOCs, including the lack of valuable face-to-face interaction, its problematic transmission of knowledge, and difficulties with incorporation into the larger educational system.

RNRF is now accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program. Click here for more information about the Sustained and Outstanding Achievement Awards and the Excellence in Journalism Award.

Congress on Sustaining Western Water
RNRF's 15th National Congress was held on December 1-2, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Speaker presentations are available online. Videos and report coming soon.
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For 50 years, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has safeguarded natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage. After allowing funding for the program to expire on September 30, 2015, Congress issued a three-year reauthorization of the fund on December 16, 2015. The program will be funded at $450 million in 2016, a 50% increase over 2015 funding levels. Click here for more information about this valuable program.

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