Insider Podcast

Changing Course: Navigating the Mississippi River Delta’s Future

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi River Delta, home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, a vital fishing industry and a booming port complex. Even before the storm, the Delta’s vast wetlands had been vanishing for decades. But there is hope for the future.

Learn more about the winners of the Changing Course competition, which challenged the world’s top experts to create innovative plans for rebuilding the Delta’s wetlands. Hear how EDF is working with local partners to turn these visions into reality.

David Festa, VP, EDF West Coast & Ecosystems
Steve Cochran, Director, EDF Mississippi River Delta Restoration
Denise Reed, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, The Water Institute of the Gulf

This Webinar was recorded on September 25, 2015

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How can we grow more food while protecting our climate?

2020 goal: Make fertilizer pollution obsolete

On February 12, 2015 EDF hosted the first event in our Strategic Plan Webinar series; a discussion  about EDF’s work with Walmart and other major retailers to drive improved fertilizer practices on at least half of U.S. corn acreage.  The conversation featured:

 David Festa, VP, West Coast & Ecosystems

Jenny Ahlen, Manager, Supply Chain

Suzy Friedman, Director, Agriculture Sustainability

You can hear a replay of the audio as well as download the accompanying visual presentation here:

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EDF Partnering with Farmers to Green Working Lands

Dan Grossman Regional Director, EDF Rocky Mountain Office
David Festa Vice President – Land, Water, Wildlife
Suzy Friedman Deputy Director, Center for Conservation Incentives – Land, Water, Wildlife
Tracy Blackmer, Director of Research, Iowa Soybean Association
Denny Friest, Iowa Farmer

The invention of synthetic fertilizer in the early 20th century transformed the way the world feeds itself. But this life-giving revolution in agricultural productivity has become too much of a good thing. Excess fertilizer not absorbed by crops runs off farm fields and pollutes our rivers, contaminates our drinking water and creates oxygen-deprived “dead zones” in oceans and bays.

EDF is working with farmers and the Iowa Soybean Association to slash pollution in key waterways. What are EDF’s science-based strategies for cleaning our waters, boosting farmers’ income and maintaining agricultural yield?

Find out directly from a farmer why he and thousands of other farmers, normally wary of environmental groups, are embracing this work with open arms.

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EDF Partners with Business for an “Efficient” Climate Solution


David Festa, Vice President, West Coast and Land, Water, Wildlife
Gwen Ruta, Vice President – Corporate Partnerships
Andrew Hutson, Project Manager – Corporate Partnerships

Energy efficiency is often called the lowest-hanging fruit of climate change solutions: it can be achieved now, save consumers and companies money, and yield big environmental gains: an estimated 23% greenhouse gas reduction in the next ten years.

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Special Insider Teleconference: California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 – 10:30-11:30am PDT

David Festa, Vice President, West Coast, EDF
Derek Walker, California Climate Initiative, EDF

With Special Guest:
Mary Nichols, Chairman, CARB

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the boldest global warming law in U.S. history, AB 32, less than 2 years ago. Since that time, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been hard at work on a blueprint detailing how they will implement the landmark legislation. CARB released their final proposed blueprint – dubbed the “AB 32 Scoping Plan” – in early October. CARB chair Mary Nichols joined us to talk about the highlights and the role EDF is playing in the process.

This call was the second in a series of teleconference calls and communications EDF will be offering to keep you informed of new developments and progress on California’s ground-breaking Global Warming Solutions Act.

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Special Insider Briefing: Reversing the Collapse of the World’s Oceans

A landmark study in Science magazine shows that the focus of EDF’s Oceans program – a fisheries management system called “catch shares” – is the only management system that prevents overfishing. In fact, the study finds, catch shares actually reverse overfishing and return fisheries to abundance.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 2pm ET

David Festa, Vice President, West Coast
Diane Regas, Managing Director, Oceans program

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