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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI believes meeting this goal requires transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend. EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. Founded by a bipartisan Congressional caucus in 1984, EESI today is governed by a diverse Board of Directors made up of environmental, business, academic, and former political leaders. Now an independent organization that receives no Congressional funding, EESI maintains its strong relationship with Congress and serves as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environment solutions. EESI works to achieve its goals through policymaker education, coalition building, and policy development. To educate Congress and other stakeholders, EESI holds highly-respected briefings on Capitol Hill and produces fact sheets, policy papers, and newsletters on the latest science, technology, and policy developments. EESI facilitates communication among diverse stakeholders ― including environmental, business, consumer, national security, public health and other interests ― and their representatives in Washington, DC. We add value to the policy debate as a convener, framer, and synthesizer of issues and ideas. EESI works with Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle to develop "win-win" policy solutions that accomplish multiple objectives such as reducing energy costs for consumers, strengthening national security and global competitiveness, cleaning up our air and water, improving public health, creating jobs, and fighting climate change.

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 who depend on us for news, information, ideas, and insights. We produce three highly acclaimed electronic newsletters. Our Climate Change News, Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests, and EESI Update e-newsletters reach thousands. Our factsheets, policy papers, and other materials are often used by media, policymakers, educators, and other groups to educate their members, develop strategies and understand complex situations. Our top 10 results in 2014 were: 1. Celebrated 30 successful, impactful years of educating national policymakers and furthering win-win sustainable solutions. 2. Greatly expanded our initiative to expand housing retrofits with on-bill financing into a national effort to significantly improve the energy efficiency of homes served by rural electric cooperatives and public units. 3. Alerted the policy community and the media about climate change's impacts throughout the United States by showcasing a milestone report, the National Climate Assessment. 4. Examined the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has helped level the playing field for biofuels competing with petroleum products. 5. Redesigned and re-launched a more visually appealing and user-friendly website that attracts over 16,000 unique visitors every month. 6. Highlighted the hundreds of thousands of well-paid jobs being created by the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors throughout the United States. 7. Received resounding positive feedback from our stakeholders, leading to our fourth accolade in a row as a Top-Rated Nonprofit—one of only three environmental nonprofits in Washington, DC, to achieve this feat. 8. Showcased what can be done to make buildings more resilient while also making them more affordable and sustainable. 9. Played a lead role in organizing a successful Congressional Renewable Energy and Efficiency Expo & Policy Forum to connect the renewables and efficiency industry with Capitol Hill. 10. Shed light on the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions using its existing authority as it finalizes its Clean Power Plan.

Target demographics: EESI focuses on federal policymaker and those who depend on them. These include representatives of EESI's state and local government, industry, labor, embassies, nonprofits, academia, the media, and the general public.public.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 people who depend on our briefings, annual newsletters, and more.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The Energy and Climate Change program advances energy efficiency and renewable energy as a cornerstone of national energy policy. In 2014, EESI organized 22 briefings for over 3,400 members of the policy community. We also expanded our initiative on housing energy retrofits with on-bill financing into a national effort to improve home energy efficiency and comfort without high upfront costs. The Transportation and Sustainable Communities program advances sustainable transportation policies and to help communities make better use of local renewable energy resources and energy efficient technology. The Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program promotes renewable bioenergy as a component in America's climate change mitigation strategy. In 2014, EESI examined the Renewable Fuel Standard, which helped level the playing field for biofuels competing with petroleum. The High Performance Green Buildings Program pushes for policies that reduce energy use while improving comfort and affordability

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Mary Paul J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI gives the most balanced, useful, complete and relevant information on topics concerning the environment and energy. I use their fact sheets and white papers all the time for my work within these fields. EESI is the Go To organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

EESI provides Congressional briefings with expert panelists to inform the influential folks on Capitol Hill about the most pressing policy issues affecting energy and the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at EESI was a truly wonderful experience, both for the nature of the work they do with Congress as well as for the team-work and relationship building within the organisation itself. It was for me a situation where I looked forward to coming to work every morning, knowing I would expand my perspective on clean energy and learn about new, alternative and innovative energy and policy solutions.
I was very impressed by the staff and their dedication which seemed never to falter, and for the general collaboration between staff members.
Most of all, I was inspired by the breadth of impact a small non-profit with limited funds could achieve, through efficient and high quality work. I strongly believe in and support all the work they do educating Congress on clean energy and climate change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former intern at EESI, I am intimately aware of the organization function and the critical role it plays in educating our decision makers. Beginning with its dedicated staff, the organization provides an immeasurable service to the improvement of environmental and energy policy in this country. I am also deeply thankful for the opportunity to have worked there and the connections and opportunities it has brought me since. Keep up the good work.

Tom G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became the development intern at EESI and I've had nothing short of an amazing experience so far. I feel I've already benefited from being around such a hard working staff. Attending briefings at the Capitol has been both exciting and informative. Everyday I have the privilege of getting hands on experience in the fight for clean energy and I'm proud to be a part of such an established and professional organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked in many fields, grew up in a small town of less than 1,000 people, a farm community, worked on farms, in construction, manufacturing, welding, operating forklift, overhead crane, maintenace in plastic molding, received an Associates Degree in Auto Tech, ASE Certified, drove truck ten years, & have been a freight broker for three years, Once a freight broker I found how much waste there is in freight transportation yet the industry, representatives in DC, as with health care refuse to accept, or acknowledge we're on a head-on collision with the next too big to fail. The transportation system we use is outdated, we waste billions of dollars a year, not only in transportation, but due to transportation. Traffic congestion, deadhead miles, accidents, injury, resulting in rising health care costs, & more. In research to better my business as a broker I came across EESI & the information is great, proof backing up all I have found in most everything I have on my site. If we could get our representatives to listen, put this IT ahead of self interest, & contributors we could easily turn this nation around. The 21st century is proving to be a challenge we have not yet realized, many people left behind because they refuse to accept, utilize the information, & IT available. If you look at www.b4dcfreight.com links page you will find information from the FHWA: Table 3-5. Truck Miles by Products Carried: 2002 In 2002 the US had 29 million deadhead freight miles, 20% of total 145,173 million freight, miles were empty trucks. Compare Figure 3-4. Estimated Average Daily Long-Haul Truck Traffic on the National Highway System: 2002 to Figure 3-5. Estimated Average Daily Long-Haul Truck Traffic on the National Highway System: 2035 Freight traffic is projected to increase substantially in the near future. Look at http://ewg.org/ billions handed out to corporate/factory farms while family farmers go under, & rising health care costs a result, to http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ the nation is $2.2 trillion in need of infrastructure upgrades yet according to www.supplycahinbrain.org videos National Freight Policy, US Dept of Commerce with Joe Holecko, We spend $200 billion a year due to traffic congestion, will spend 14% of GDP in 2050. While we're in wars EESI makes the point as Energy Innovation in Our Nation’s Defense America’s energy choices are inextricably linked to national and economic security. America’s oil dependence leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile nations and diverts hundreds of billions of dollars out of the economy each year. Declining oil supplies combined with increased global demand will only increase these pressures and impact our ability to remain militarily strong and agile. DOD is uniquely positioned, because of its own energy security needs, to help drive the market for innovative applications and broad utilization of clean energy technologies. Key partnerships with other federal agencies and the private sector can help DOD unleash the full force of American innovation and investment leadership in clean energy technologies. If you look at the sacrifices young Americans are making, wounded, dying for their country, we spend trillions on these wars, & will spend trillions on health care for Vets, it's impossible to not recognize the importance of sites such as EESI! Of all the sites I have on www.b4dcfreoight.com EESI seems to bring the most valuable information in that it brings the reality of the cost of war, importance of energy independence, & possibly the key to national security. Thanks EESI for a great job, I hope everyone in the nation, if not world wake up to the facts you bring so we can one day find a more intelligent way to solve problems than going to war in which we only compound those problems.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI provides valuable, progressive clean energy and environment knowledge to the legislative community who are continually fed misinformation from high powered lobbying firms representing fossil fuel industries. EESI briefings provide strong content on a variety pressing energy and environment subjects which would otherwise not be heard on Capitol Hill. As the fossil fuel lobby's war chest is enormous with extensive reach, EESI is an important organization to support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI performs a vital service in linking subject matter experts to Members of Congress and their staff on pressing and emerging environmental and energy issues and opportunities. Everyone would be worse off without EESI!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI does a phenomenal job of bringing critical information on energy and the environment to decision makers and other constituents. By brining key experts together to deliver critical messages, they advance the cause of sustainability in ways that few others can claim.

28

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Trustees for EESI since the beginning when I was very involved with Congressman Dick Ottenger in putting PURPA together. EESI has done a great job in educating the congressional staff and the congress on the importanc of clean renewable energy. EESI has been very helpful to Decker Energy International, Inc. and Midland Energy, L.L.C. in making contact and commuicating with congress. The fact that Preident Obama has a goal of doubling the amount of renewable energy produced in the U.S.A. in the next three years is evidence of EESI's good work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the EESI Board of Directors in the very beginning when Congressman Richard Ottinger and I had been instrumental in getting "PURPA" passed. I am considered by many as the author of PURPA and Dick Ottinger is the one that got it passed. Decker Energy International, Inc. is a biomass company and has benefited from EESI's support and educational programs. For example; Carol Werner, Executive Director of EESI set up meetings for DEI with congressional staff. DEI still supports EESI in some of their educational meetings. I look foreward to setting up meetings with Obama's energy team when I am in Washington, D.C. for our next EESI Board Meeting to further develop President Obama's goal of doubling our renewable energy production and helping to reduce our oil imports. I am very happy that President Obamahas chosen Dr. Chu for his Secretary of Energy because his background is so well suited to developing renewable energy for our country. EESI is doing a very important job and doing it very well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization serves an educational and advocacy function on critical environmental issues. With a dedicated staff developing credible and highly authoritative presentations for the staff of the U.S. Congress, EESI has impressed me as highly factual and relevant to decision makers affecting all our lives.