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Fred Krupp        

President of Environmental Defense Fund

Under his direction, EDFs full-time staff has increased from 50 to 400, membership has expanded from 40,000 to more than 500,000 and new offices have opened in Raleigh, Austin, Boston, Sacramento and Beijing, China.

Krupp is widely recognized as the foremost champion of harnessing market forces for environmental ends, such as the market-based acid rain reduction plan in the 1990 Clean Air Act that The Economist hailed as "the greatest green success story of the past decade." Today, this approach has become the leading model for solving the problem of global warming.

Krupp broke new ground by engaging American companies to lessen their impact on the environment. Strategic partnerships with McDonalds, FedEx, and DuPont, among others, have resulted in the elimination of millions of pounds of waste, the adoption of hybrid delivery vehicles, and an accord to reduce the environmental risks of nanotechnology. He also helped launch a corporate coalition, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, whose Fortune 500 membersAlcoa, BP, Caterpillar, GE and dozens morehave called for strict limits on global warming pollution. The New York Times says, "Krupp has made a career of successfully pushing companies to make tough environmental changes." (Environmental Defense Fund accepts no payments or contributions from its partners.)

Krupp is coauthor, with Miriam Horn, of Earth: The Sequel The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming, published in March 2008 by W.W. Norton. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the inventors and entrepreneurs developing new clean-energy technologies that could transform the multi-trillion-dollar world energy economy and solve global warming.

Educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, Fred Krupp lives with his family in Connecticut. An avid rower, he won a gold medal in the 2006 world rowing championship sponsored by FISA, the international rowing federation. He was recently profiled in The Wall Street Journal and The New Republicand last year was among 16 people named Americas Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report.

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