Northrop Grumman Corporation

Conservation International partnered with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) to assist the company in adopting policies and strategies to reduce its environmental impact and construct a portfolio of activities to enable the company to demonstrate positive impacts from their business operations. Specific activities included a review of best practices, recommending protocols for measurement of impact areas (energy, water, waste and ecosystems) and advising in development of best practices and policies, specifically related to water and waste. The work is part of NGC's greeNG program, and the company has linked their environmental goals to executive compensation.

In 2009, our science team worked with NGC to collect remote sensing data in La Selva, Costa Rica. This initiative represents part of an ongoing effort by Conservation International and its partners within the Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring (TEAM) Network to monitor long-term trends in biodiversity and effectively guide conservation actions.

NGC made this data and derived data products, including digital elevation models, available to Conservation International and gave permission to make this data freely available for scientific and educational purposes through the TEAM portal. Our scientists are now collaborating with scientists at Northrop Grumman, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the Organization for Tropical Studies and Sonoma State University on the analyses of this data to assess forest tree biomass and structure at multiple scales for monitoring ecosystem baselines and trends in the context of climate change.

LEARN MORE: Our work with the Northrop Grumman Foundation

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.


Wes Bush, Chairman of Northrop Grumman Corporation, serves on Conservation International's Board of Directors.

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