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  

The EESI team is extraordinarily effective at bringing people together, educating them on energy and environment issues, and working with coalitions to develop and implement solutions. Their small staff is incredibly knowledgeable, professional and totally dedicated to the cause of clean, renewable, efficiently used, energy – to combat climate change while enhancing job creation and energy independence.

Their briefings and publications are invaluable to Congressional staff. A couple of years ago I first attended, as an interested member of the public, one of EESI’s Congressional briefings. EESI’s Carol Werner was knowledgeable and articulate as the moderator. The panel was a mix of private and government representatives. Their combined knowledge covered all facets of the subject. The very large room was filled. A House staffer in the audience shared that he was doing committee work on legislation to facilitate migration to an “intelligent” electrical grid, to reliably and efficiently transmit electricity generated by clean, renewable energy sources. A crisp, intense dialogue between the panel and the staffer ensued - he relied on the information exchange to gain knowledge and insight, and brainstorm ideas, a critical part of the process to create more effective law and policy. EESI holds dozens of briefings each year on a variety of subjects, often at the request of members of Congress from both parties.

As a volunteer“fellow” at EESI for the last year, I have also seen EESI pull diverse groups of people together, public and private; national, regional, or state; left, right, or middle; to lay the foundation for widespread adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency. One such case was when EESI helped design a pilot program to enable energy efficiency retrofits for rural homes. The project uses an innovative financing mechanism – the resident pays for the retrofit cost by making loan payments through their electric bill. The savings from reduced energy use more than offsets the loan payments. The program is creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing usage of foreign oil – and letting people live more comfortably! Some residents used to live in one room of their homes because they could not afford to heat all of it. EESI is now working toward enabling replication of the program, and proposed rules for a federal program have been published.

These are just a couple of examples of the highly talented, dedicated and efficient EESI team at work! By the way, Charity Navigator, the nation's premiere charity evaluator, has given EESI its top rating—4 Stars—five times in a row, something only 4% of non-profits have accomplished.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a newcomer to the D.C. area, EESI proves to be an exciting place to immerse oneself in the environmental happenings of our capitol. While interning with EESI, I gained valuable insight into the inner-workings of our government and the importance of coalition-building. EESI provides materials that explain important environmental issues in ways that multiple stakeholders can understand and utilize. Furthermore, EESI proves itself as an active voice on the hill by making timely reposes to environmental news events and legislative affairs. They make an asserted effort to attend events across the city to learn from the research of other organizations and engage in progressive dialogue. The employees of EESI are dedicated to informing policymakers and citizens alike about the importance of achieving innovative solutions to our country's greatest environmental needs. They are central force bringing together important figures in the environmental community to have critical dialogue that drives the policy formation here in D.C. Many thanks for all their hard work and dedication!

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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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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI's commitment to educating congress in an unbiased and informative way is fantastic. Their congressional briefings constantly get positive feedback and their newsletters are comprehensive and informative. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, sustainability, the list goes on. In addition, they are able to convey their expertise in an understandable and clear manner making it accessible to both policy makers and the general public.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

They hold Congressional briefings on the Hill that are immensely beneficial for the dissemination of information on renewables and energy efficiency. Their weekly Climate Change News (CCN) publication is a succinct rundown of the most significant advancements and happenings in climate change both domestically and globally. EESI Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs offer great insight on selected topics. This non-profit is invaluable to the cause of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental consciousness.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI does a fantastic job of collaborating with experts and integrating their own expertise to address the most relevant environmental and energy policy issues. I have been an intern here for the last four months and have found the staff to be not only extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields but also eager to help foster my own development. It has been an outstanding experience.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Somewhat badly

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern at EESI for 5 months this past summer and it was a wonderful experience. Not only is the staff knowledgeable in this field, but they were all very helpful in providing advice and guidance for a recent college graduate like me.
During my time as an intern, I had the opportunity to attend many of the Congressional briefings that EESI puts together on relevant topics relating to energy and environmental issues. From these briefings, I was able to see firsthand the volume of people that attend (from varying sectors of governmental and nongovernmental agencies, as well as staff from Congressional offices) to hear from experts on these topics.
Having access to that sort of information is invaluable.

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

seeing the impact that EESI has by providing nonpartisan, factual, and timely information to policymakers and the public through their Congressional briefings, publications, and other educational materials that are available on the Internet and are widely disseminated all across Capitol Hill.

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

try to find ways so that funding for the work that EESI does could be increased. While I firmly believe that their work is invaluable in how useful it is, there is still a monetary value that is needed to help further the cause of educating policymakers and the public. EESI is extremely efficient with their current resources and they have already achieved a lot, but there so much more than can be done to help safeguard our environment and our national security by improving the United State's energy use!

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I have benefited from EESI since the 1980s, when their "green sheets" were the definitive source of information for everything environment and energy-related in Congress, and their briefings on climate change and other topics were the most informative, and balanced, in Washington. As an advocate for renewable energy and my clients who research and develop renewable energy, I know we have all accomplished more and been more effective because we were armed with information from EESI, and because EESI was also educating decisonmakers. Renewable energy has come a long way since the 1980s, and so has EESI. May EESI continue its work for many more.

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

Advocating for renewable energy legislation and policies.

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

Give them more resources and put them on more media.

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?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

For more than five years, I have been attending the Energy and Environment Study Institute (EESI) Capitol Hill's Seminars and Conferences. They are well thought out, hosted, and attended. The accomodations and hospitality are excellent! When I chance to speak with other professionals at these events, they are some of the Energy and Environmental Industry's most talented, and connected. The topics could be ripped from the headlines of the major issues of the day, as our world is forced to deal with the environmental pressures of approximately seven billion people. The integration of these issues with our country's legislative and executive branches of government lend the gatherings a sense that these issues will be dealt with intelligently and forthrightly. Even when I am unable to attend, the EESI staff and professionals offer me the seminar materials in a very easy to access web-based, downloadable format so I might stay current on the issue at hand. The good people at EESI are friendly, courteous, professional and made-to-order for the perfectly insane pace of a world in which we live. I highly recommend the EESI organization, its direction and its excellent professionals.

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

In advising my County Government on its Energy and Ennvironmental Policies

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

I am unsure how I would or could improve the EESI organization. William Kelly Baty, CPG Hydrogeolgist

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern at EESI last summer. The staff are reputable and devoted to the their cause and thoroughly understand the scope of environmental issues they seek to tackle. I worked primarily in its development department, writing grants, communicating with donors, and drafting other reports. EESI has a great working relationship with its donors. That's because its congressional briefings are highly informative and effective for decision makers in Washington D.C.

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

I gained a knowledge about how environmental non-profits work in Washington and how EESI uniquely handled its goals, mainly through briefings on Capitol Hill.

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

Provide it with the monetary resources it needs to meet its annual budget, and more. EESI is full of great potential and money shouldn't hold it back from its great causes.

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