Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Rating: 4.96 stars   80 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of volunteering with EESI for three months. For such a small organization, EESI is unique in its ability to address a wide range of topics in its articles, fact sheets, and briefings. EESI is unmatched in its understanding of comprehensive, objective climate and energy solutions and its capacity to educate both government officials and the general public. EESI's degree of professionalism, policy knowledge, and dedication to its mission is exceptional. I highly recommend EESI!

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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! ;)

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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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

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI is a staple on Capitol Hill. Their steady stream of informative, interesting briefings provides very important information about renewable energy and environmental issues to staffers, Representatives and Senators. EESI staff are experts, and very willing to collaborate with different organizations and people to make change happen. I highly recommend this nonprofit.

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

Not change a thing.

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?

2013

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