Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Rating: 4.96 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1112 16th St NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: Environmental and Energy Study Institute's (EESI) mission is to promote environmentally sustainable societies through transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend. EESI's goal is to be a catalyst for an energy revolution that moves us away from fossil fuels and towards a clean, safe and secure energy future. To accomplish this, EESI educates policymakers; and develops innovative policy solutions through coalition building, media outreach, publications, Congressional briefings, workshops and task forces. EESI brings the best science/ technology information, diverse perspectives and policy options that accomplish multiple goals into policy debates on environmental and energy issues.
Results: EESI's impact can be seen in our successful effect on many policy initiatives over the years and the people who turn to us to learn and become involved. Our network includes more than 15,000 individuals engaged in energy and climate change. We produce 3 highly acclaimed electronic newsletters. Our Climate Change News, Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests, and EESI Update e-newsletters reach thousands, including every Congressional office. Our factsheets, policy papers and other materials are often used by media and other environmental groups to educate their members. Our top ten accomplishments in 2011 were: 1. Completed the installation phase of our pilot project on innovative financing for home energy retrofits in South Carolina. 2. Brought together climate and transportation experts to discuss adaptation planning. 3. Investigated and increased understanding of the role of bioenergy from a climate change mitigation perspective. 4. Highlighted the economic impacts of energy policy. 5. Provided comments to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the proposed Clean Energy Standard. 6. Engaged with policymakers on the role of fossil fuel subsidies. 7. Highlighted China's path to a low-carbon economy. 8. Conceptualized a long-term strategy for moving our nation toward high-performance buildings. 9. Promoted Congressional understanding of complex transportation and vehicle standards in advance of the 2012 Transportation Bill. 10. Advanced awareness of the intersection between national security and climate change.
Target demographics: EESI focuses on federal policymakers. EESI's wide-ranging participants and partnerships include state and local government, industry, labor, embassies, nonprofits, academia, the media, and the general public.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 in our network
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: EESI educates policymakers, builds coalitions, and develops innovative policies to protect the climate and ensure a healthy, secure, and sustainable future for America. This work is accomplished through three main program areas: Energy and Climate, Sustainable Biomass and Energy, and Transportation and Communities.

EESI's Energy and Climate Program educates policymakers on science, technology and policy issues through Congressional briefings, the weekly Climate Change News, and policy analysis. It supports policy changes and strategies that will allow the United States and other countries to mitigate climate change, while also reaping the environmental, economic, national security and public health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
High Performance Green Buildings Initiative Buildings in the United States account for 40 percent of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. EESI is educating Congress on the importance of the building sector and working to develop policies that encourage or require buildings to be energy efficient and use renewable energy.


Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program EESI’s strategy is to have biomass – substantively and politically – become part of any climate change mitigation strategy. Enormous opportunities exist for developing rural America’s clean energy resources, including bioenergy – the production of electricity, useable heat, liquid fuels and biobased products from biomass. The Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program works to develop policies and incentives that will help diversify feedstocks and appropriate technologies to build an environmentally sustainable bioenergy industry.
Sustainable Forest Biomass Initiative Completed in July 2009, this initiative was designed to develop policies and incentives to help diversify feedstocks and technologies to build an environmentally sustainable bioenergy industry, with a focus on the utilization of wood residues, timber slash, and small-diameter, low-quality trees from forest operations and the forest products industry. The project culminated with the publication of a policy paper entitled Sustainable Forest Biomass: Promoting Renewable Energy and Forest Stewardship.


Transportation and Communities Program Transportation accounts for more than one quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and approximately 70 percent of all U.S. oil use, consuming more than 14 million barrels of oil per day. The Transportation and Communities Program works with a wide variety of transportation, energy, economic, and environmental interests to advance policies and programs at the federal and state level to address overlapping energy and climate challenges related to transportation and communities.
Rural Energy Savings Program The Rural Energy Savings Program is an innovative idea to finance energy efficiency improvements for rural homes with low-cost loans that are repaid through customers’ electric bills (known as “on-bill financing”). EESI is partnering with the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) and Central Electric Power Cooperative to implement a pilot project in South Carolina and develop a model that can be replicated across the country.
Community Energy Initiative EESI is working to advance policies that help communities make greater use of local renewable energy and energy efficiency resources, and to disseminate the lessons learned from cities, towns, and regions that are pioneering community-oriented approaches to meeting local energy needs.
Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future EESI and the American Planning Association collaborated on this joint project to help planners integrate energy and climate issues into their work. Resources include a database of online tools and a companion report.
Idle Reduction and Clean School Bus Curriculum EESI worked with the Utah Clean Cities Program and the National Energy Foundation to develop a free curriculum to help school officials and bus drivers reduce unnecessary school bus idling. Idle reduction programs using this curriculum have saved fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.

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Before moving to my present position I was a Congressional staffer for many years and worked for both political parties. Many of those years, I was working on topics within EESI's sphere of influence and regardless of my position, EESI was a trusted source of information for my colleagues on Capitol Hill and me and a place I could turn for more information. EESI has always had a very talented and knowledgable group of people working for them. They are unparalled in their primary niche of providing timely and objective information on a spectrum of environmental and energy topics to Capitol Hill. I hope they keep up the good work for many years to come.

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get them more resources.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization works tirelessly to promote and support efforts to protect the integrity of our environment.

They do this in a strategic and unique way: by addressing and relating to powers in the education, policy, legislative and industrial sectors.

Further, they address multiple areas of impact and influence: power generation, transportation, agriculture, and finance.

I'm delighted to give them my highest rating.

Barry Scott
State Program Director, The NEED Project

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am just beginning my career in working with climate change and how it relates to public health issues. I had the opportunity to view the briefing, "Climate Impacts in the Midwest: Becoming More Resilient."

This briefing was very well organized and included speakers addressing many different aspects of climate change, including city planning and efficiency of energy use. The information given was very practical and easy to understand, even for a beginner as myself.

I was very impressed.

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A lot

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2014

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Thank you, Linda! Glad to hear it was so helpful. Please join us again for another briefing.

Rating: 4 stars  

The EESI hosts programs on the Hill that are among the most informative and timely of the many I am privileged to attend in DC. The EESI's overall goal is to provide the results of up-to-date, reliable research to legislators, their staffs, and to the general public. The topics are generally related to issues having to do with the environment -- how we use it, manage it, extract what we want from it, and are pushing it to its limits. Over the years, the programs have been more and more concerned with climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth and its resources. I especially appreciate EESI because the presenters are usually people with practical, on the ground experience in the area under discussion, whether it is protecting our national historic landmarks from the ravages of drought and flood, or developing innovative ways to adapt to changes in our relationship to the land that are the inevitable legacy of the scale of atmospheric change we are facing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Possibly include a few programs in which people of different views ( and political preferences) debate about the efficacy of their approach to environmental policy.

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Definitely

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A lot

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2014

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Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions!

Rating: 5 stars  

Before working with EESI, I had very limited knowledge of environmental and policy issues. However, with their informative Congressional briefings, and non-partisan articles and fact sheets, I feel more educated on these issues as a whole. For such a small staff, EESI is able to cover a lot of ground, and they are good at what they do. I am happy to have been given the privilege of working for this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to get EESI's name out there--but that's what social media is for! ;)

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Thanks for interning with us. We appreciate all your hard work on advancing clean energy policies. We couldn't do it without volunteer interns like you.

Rating: 5 stars  

EESI does a great job informing Congress on innovative sustainable solutions. It is a reliable and compelling source of information for policy makers while working with local communities to achieve a greener future. And they do a great job at it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get EESI more exposure in the public

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Definitely

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the general public, I did not know much about environmental issues until I came across EESI. Their materials were easily digestible, and I did not feel like there was any particular slant in their presentation of the facts. The fact sheets were very helpful, and I feel like I am more educated about environmental problems as a result. I looked into EESI's congressional activities as well, and I was pleased by their honest efforts to affect policy decisions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get your name out!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI is a great resource for anyone interested in environmental and energy issues. Before I became involved in the organization, I regularly attended their Congressional briefings and the annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo. One thing that makes this organization unique is the wide breadth of issues it covers--for a small staff size, EESI is able to cover a large number of relevant topics, making the organization an asset for both Hill staffers and NGOs. The fact sheets, issue briefs, and newsletters are also especially helpful and I have been able to use them as a resource in both professional and academic settings.

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Definitely

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Producing non-partisan information about current climate news to the public as well as Congress is important work and I think EESI plays an invaluable role in the nation's environmental and energy industry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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