About RRI

The mission of Resource Renewal Institute is to strengthen society’s ability to secure the future health of the planet by fostering innovative solutions to increasingly complex environmental problems. RRI combines education, advocacy, organizational development, and sustainability analysis to leverage the global adoption of long-term environmental management strategies to benefit natural resources, wildlife, and society. As a lean organization with a small staff, one key RRI strategy is to incubate new initiatives that are each focused on a specific issue which later become separate organizations.

Major project sectors include:

Environmental Leadership Land & Water Management

Fish in the Fields
Co-cultivating freshwater fish and rice to offset the overharvest and industrial use of crucial ocean feeder fish species.

Restore Point Reyes
A grassroots effort to ensure protection and restoration of the only National Seashore on the West coast.

The Forces of Nature: Environmental Elders Speak
Producing an online archive of recorded interviews with environmental leaders for students, citizens, and decision makers.

Defense of Place
Helping communities defend parks from improper sale and development.

The Nigiri Project
Using fallow rice fields as rearing habitat for young salmon.

Green Plans in Action
Promoting policies and best practices for sustainability from around the world.

Green Belt Movement International
Supporting the worldwide tree-planting mission of Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai.

Water Transfers Project
Seeking an IRS ruling on charitable gifts of water rights to sustain rivers and wildlife.

New California Water Atlas
Developing an open source digital archive of water ownership in California.

Extreme Weather Community Resilience Project
Examining the impacts of extreme weather on communities.

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