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 occupies a unique position, contributing to Congress's work but also talking to general public and other interests. Working in a somewhat similar organization, I judge their work to be excellent, and sometimes unmatched, which is why I have contributed to supporting them for years.

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This organization works tirelessly to promote and support efforts to protect the integrity of our environment.

They do this in a strategic and unique way: by addressing and relating to powers in the education, policy, legislative and industrial sectors.

Further, they address multiple areas of impact and influence: power generation, transportation, agriculture, and finance.

I'm delighted to give them my highest rating.

Barry Scott
State Program Director, The NEED Project

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am just beginning my career in working with climate change and how it relates to public health issues. I had the opportunity to view the briefing, "Climate Impacts in the Midwest: Becoming More Resilient."

This briefing was very well organized and included speakers addressing many different aspects of climate change, including city planning and efficiency of energy use. The information given was very practical and easy to understand, even for a beginner as myself.

I was very impressed.

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thank you, Linda! Glad to hear it was so helpful. Please join us again for another briefing.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Information is powerful; equipping citizens with information is empowering. Shifting our relationships with our Natural Resources begins with shifting Awareness.
EESI efficiently performs the all-important function of cultivating Awareness in the Resource arena.
Resource Management is PEOPLE Management. Illuminating issues and informing citizens catalyzes responsible, innovative decisions in Resource Managment. Thank you EESI for your work~!

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI utilizes a variety of different means to draw attention to important environmental issues facing this country and possible solutions. Through congressional briefings, this year's very successful and informative Energy Expo, fact sheets, and Climate Change News, they work to fulfill their organization's mission. Those working at EESI are both passionate and informed about these issues and always teach me something new, when I have the pleasure of speaking with them.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

EESI's newsletter and incredibly informative, objective, and relative. I highly recommend this newsletter for everyone, no matter their role in society.

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2013

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

Somewhat badly

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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