Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Rating: 4.96 stars   81 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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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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

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

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As a climate activist, I find EESI's Climate News indispensable for my work. I do a lot of publicity for climate abatement, and I quote new and valuable information from CN every time I present. I also post news from CN on my community's "Climate" bulletin board and update it every week.

In short, it's an invaluable resource.

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

I receive comments on the news items I post.

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

No suggestions.

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I think EESI is one of the most effective groups on Capitol Hill. They rely on credible scientific information to make the case for solid policy. I have worked in energy policy for many years and I turn to EESI for information because I know I can find the latest developments from the nation's experts in the field.

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

Seeing the huge respect they engender on and off the Hill as a practical source of valuable science as it related to public policy

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

Give them secure funding so they can focus on doing their important work

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

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Definitely

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EESI provides insightful, non-partisan information which is highly useful for both policy creation and for the wide ranging clean energy industry segments. Their ability to research data and assemble into reports and presentations is excellent. As a clean energy professional I have attended their briefings and use their database of information routinely in marketing endeavors.

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

finding and providing comprehensive clean energy and environment information as part of my solar industry blog and speaking engagements.

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

increase their public relations function so that their product had a wider audience.

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

Quite 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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Rating: 4 stars  

The energy field is complex, and it remains a great source of untapped opportunity in our country. It ranges issues from energy efficiency, domestic and foreign fuel consumption, clean and renewable energy as well as security, jobs and the environment. EESI plays an important role in helping people in the industry as well as congressional leaders understand both substance and nuance. Please keep up the good work.

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

I attend some of their briefings.

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

No changes suggested at this time.

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

What is unique about this organization?

Their subject matter expertise and access to policy makers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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As a former intern at EESI, I am intimately aware of the organization function and the critical role it plays in educating our decision makers. Beginning with its dedicated staff, the organization provides an immeasurable service to the improvement of environmental and energy policy in this country. I am also deeply thankful for the opportunity to have worked there and the connections and opportunities it has brought me since. Keep up the good work.

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

my work in international development

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create a program targeted towards international policy/climate finance

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11 people found this review helpful

EESI provides valuable, progressive clean energy and environment knowledge to the legislative community who are continually fed misinformation from high powered lobbying firms representing fossil fuel industries. EESI briefings provide strong content on a variety pressing energy and environment subjects which would otherwise not be heard on Capitol Hill. As the fossil fuel lobby's war chest is enormous with extensive reach, EESI is an important organization to support.

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

learning from diverse subject matter speakers who provide detailed information.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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37 people found this review helpful

EESI performs a vital service in linking subject matter experts to Members of Congress and their staff on pressing and emerging environmental and energy issues and opportunities. Everyone would be worse off without EESI!

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

Spend all of its time on identifying and showcasing policy thought leaders rather than fundraising.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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28 people found this review helpful

EESI does a phenomenal job of bringing critical information on energy and the environment to decision makers and other constituents. By brining key experts together to deliver critical messages, they advance the cause of sustainability in ways that few others can claim.

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

their ability to inject high-quality and unbiased information into critical environmental debates

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

extremely knowledgeable and effective organizers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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