Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Rating: 4.96 stars   75 reviews

Issues: Environment

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

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI does an excellent work in providing reliable and up-to date knowledge on the hill and to the public about environmental and energy issues.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI produces an incredible amount of reliable, up-to-the-moment information for the public and policymakers (astounding amount for its staff size!). It is my essential go-to for issues involving the environment and climate change. I'm so grateful this organization is here to educate, inform, and provide the unbiased, scientific information people of all political parties and perspectives. Nothing gets lost in the weeds with them - their mission and dedication to evidence is clear in everything they do.

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After working with EESI over the past year, I have constantly been astounded by the amount of excellent work they are able to provide Congress with the limited staffing resources they are granted. They are an excellent non-profit and partner to work with. They are an extremely passionate and driven group that makes sure Congress is informed and up to date about any and all energy and environmentally related issues. I look forward to continue working with them in the future!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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If you wanted to set the bar for an organization with the highest impact per-capita staff member, EESI is it. With a small but eminently qualified, competent and passionate staff, EESI manages to do the thankless work on educating Congress that may literally define U.S. environmental health for generations to come. My students and I have worked with EESI on a number of energy-related issues over the last five years. The experience has been nothing short excellent, both for me as an advisor, and for the students as participants in civic engagement. EESI is truly one of the GREAT nonprofits.

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

None, aside from figuring out a way to endow funds in perpetuity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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I've worked with EESI in a number of capacities, as a former Senate staffer and now as an academic in science policy. Aside from providing an amazing breadth of educational opportunities for those most intimately connected with energy and environmental policymaking, EESI has both vision and competence with shockingly small but hardworking staff. In my most recent association with EESI, Carol Werner and Ellen Vaughan teamed up with a small group of my students to conduct original research on how small businesses view energy efficiency. With EESI's mentoring, the students presented the data to senators and staffers, who used the findings as the basis of letters to several federal agencies. It was a project that not only influenced policy, but the lives and careers of several students. How they find the time and energy to educate Congress AND the rest of us, I'll never know. Hands-down, EESI is among the most engaged and dedicated organization among its peers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several professional contexts, as a staffer and as an academic working on policy.

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

Increase staff size (not too much; bigger isn't always better).

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI does an excellent job of providing solid information about environmental and energy issues that are beeing debated at teh Congressoinal levels. The panels they put together to discuss these issues are wll balance and invariably include experts in the field. They are an asset in Washington!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am continually astounded the quality, scope and effectiveness of this organization I helped to found. Our Executive Director, Carol Werner, is a wonder woman who is always on top of the important environmental and energy issues, puts together stellar briefings on them with top presenters and an average of more than 100 congressional, NGO and industry attendees, puts together impressive coaltions to reach consensus on measures that can pass.

At Pace Law School I started the Pace Energy & Climate Center which works with utility regulators, state energy offices, Independent system operators and other NGOs to put out the facts on the advantages of energy efficiency and renewable energy both for the economy and the environment. We did the first US study on the externalities of power production, for example, that inspired multi-million studies by the U.S. DOE and the European Commission, producing results that are now used by the World Bank and some State commissions to evaluate the true costs of energy options, finding for example that the true costs of coal plants, including the external costs of early deaths, health costs and environmental damage, would double the real costs of coal-based production. The EESI work in this field was invaluable to us.

I am ever so proud of our accomplishments.

Dick Ottinger
Former Member of Congress
Dean Emeritus
Pace Law School

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This is the most effective organizatioin with which I deal on influencing environmental policy, particularly as affects climate change and clean energy which are my specialty fields. EESI briefings to Members of Congress and their staffs, open to the public, average more than 100 participants; the coalitions they have put together to advance important environmental issues have had a demonstrable effect. Carol Werner, its Executive Director, is a wonder of energy and creativity. I and my foundation donate annually and have since EESI's inception.

Richard Ottinger
Dean Emeritus
Pace University School of Law
White Plains, NY
(Former Member of Congress)

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

Not a hair

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This is a spectacularly effective organization educating Congress on environmental, energy and climate change issues;.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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26 people found this review helpful

EESI is extraordinary. It serves as a vital link between Congress and the environmental community as well as private sector organizations involved in environmental and energy issues. It holds about 20 briefings a year for Members of Congress and their staffs, open to the public, with an average attendance of about 100. It puts together coalitions of private organizations and NGOs to formulate passable environmental and energy legislation and stop damaging legislation, with great success. It also assists Members of Congress with handling environmental and energy issues in their districts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation and stopping damaging legislative proposals

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

Do more of the same and try to raise even greater resources.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its very knowledgeable and dedicated Board and staff and the difference they have made in affecting legislation

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Superb

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pass climate change legislation, save billions of dollars in wasted energy and significantly shrink US dependance on imported oil and domestic coal.

Ways to make it better...

There were increased resources to do their important work, though they have achieved extraordinary support from foundations, individuals, companies and matching employee funds, always producing a surplus.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Time and money

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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