Worldwatch Institute

The worldwatch institute is a nonprofit independent research organization focusing on environmental and social policy. Lester Brown founded the Worldwatch Institute in 1974 with a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Christopher Flavin has been president since 2001, and Oystein Dahle is chair of the board of directors. Worldwatch Institute has an annual budget of approximately $4 million. Major support comes from foundation grants, the sale of publications, and individual donations. The institute has around 28 full- and part-time staff. An academic advisory panel advises Worldwatch on how it can serve professors and students.

One guiding vision of the institute is to find ways to meet the needs of people without endangering the natural environment or the ...

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