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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

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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.

Joanne48

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI has earned great respect on Capitol Hill over decades for quality, expert-based briefings, forums and publications developed to enhance understanding and informed response to climate change. Staff and materials provide a foundation for in-depth analysis and strategy development for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change by a myriad of audiences.

As executive director of an organization dedicated to advocating for understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels as an alternative to petroleum, EESI's briefings, forums, newsletters, connections to decision-makers for policy, advocacy and industry constantly and consistently proves valuable in my work.

EESI staff retain a healthy skepticism and open mind as they help the world, particularly the US, explore evolving information about causes, effects and solutions or responses to climate change.

This organization must continue serving as a crucial guide to the multi-dimensional world of conscientious policy-making and social and business/industrial related to climate change.

EESI should not only continue its current work, but expansion would benefit its value to all of us. There's so much to do. EESI's valuable considered contribution, the expertise it has developed over decades and its culture of evaluation and promotion of wide-ranging ideas must continue. I urge all to do whatever is in your power to make this happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI has the unique ability to both educate key policy-makers and the general public through their well-organized newsletters, fact-sheets and briefings on The Hill. I had the rewarding experience of interning with EESI for several months, and could not be more impressed with the staff's involvement and leadership in today's energy and climate change issues on a national level. Their weekly newsletters and briefings cover a wide-range of issues and are still my go-to news sources.

Max_3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The EESI weekly bulletin "EESI Climate Change News" is the most comprehensive and cleanly presented roundup of important environmental events from the previous week. The formatting and presentation makes it easy to digest, while the topics are all well selected and often cover ground that I haven't seen in other sources. I have recommended this newsletter to other climate enthusiasts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EESI provides weekly news for those of us who are committed to improving the environment, and wished we had time to obtain all the information they provide in a nicely compiled format with summaries.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on and have worked on several boards for nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. EESI is an exemplary model of nonprofit management. EESI constantly evaluates its mission and strategic plan relative to its objectives and tactics. Everyone works in unison. The result is that operations tie in admirably with goals. Really a five-star operation! Staff and volunteers have a commitment to EESI's mission, and they are moving the needle every day.

Joseph S. Cavarretta, CAE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI staff specialize in several different topic areas allowing the organization to address topics that are of interest to all members of the community. In doing so, EESI becomes most remarkable in its ability to address both policymakers and the general public with briefings, fact sheets, and other publications. The institute’s newsletters are note-worthy as they provide the most up-to-date information on environmental and energy issues. EESI’s briefings are always exciting as the organization brings in many different perspectives, allowing for a lively discussion during the Q&A. The organization, with its small size, continues to impress me with all that it does.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI consistently delivers on its mission of providing education and information on energy and the environment. Communicating knowledge is powerful and this organization has it right! The newsletters and briefings are terrific. It is great that the briefings are open to anyone and can also be viewed on-line.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI does an outstanding job of keeping me informed on the great challenges affecting our environment - especially those relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change. EESI's numerous briefings, fact sheets, and policy papers are invaluable to me: I turn to their materials first when I need substantive and concise information regarding these issues. I give the organization five stars for its great work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This bi-partisan think tank serves the public by providing important information in the climate change area. The briefings are held in a venue so that Congressional staff can attend and then they are broadcast to the public. This is a very important organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI is broad. You reach across aisles, you reach across disciplines, you reach across time. But you're also deep. You do amazing analytics to support legislation that is pending. You've worked on the Clean Air Act, the Farm Bill, climate change, air pollution... on an amazing breadth of stuff