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April 15, 2014

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July 19, 2013

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 t... more

April 15, 2014

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
July 19, 2013

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)

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

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2013

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

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

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 15, 2009

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2013

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July 2, 2013

I was a Congressional staffer for 20 years and White House staff for 6 years. I grew to respect and support EESI because it is a trusted source of excellent, substantive information on some of the most complex issues of our time. This non-profit makes a unique and necessary contribution to the understanding and problem solving needs of Congress, state and local government, corporations and NGOs. I am glad I can finally give back to EESI through Board service.

Ways to make it better...

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

Enlarge the audience for their briefing and products. They get excellent reviews from the most improtant players on all sides of every energy and environment issue. Our challenge is to expand their reach and provide their services to more people who will benefit.

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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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 6, 2013

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June 6, 2013

EESI's sole focus is to provide the best scientific, economic and business data to Members of Congress about energy and the environment. The plethora of briefings and reports that they assemble are 1) topical 2) timely 3) fact based and 4) foundational for developing policy.

Throughout my
career, I have served as a Board member for many NGOs and EESI is by far the best....and the only one that works directly and constantly with Congress. And, as a former Congresswoman - I can state without hesitation - that this congress would be lost without EESI.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would expand the communications office from 1 person to two...so that all of the data that EESI compiles could be shared with the public through national exposure

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 26, 2009

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1 previous review
February 25, 2009

I joined the EESI Board of Directors in the very beginning when Congressman Richard Ottinger and I had been instrumental in getting "PURPA" passed. I am considered by many as the author of PURPA and ... more

February 26, 2009

I have been on the Board of Trustees for EESI since the beginning when I was very involved with Congressman Dick Ottenger in putting PURPA together. EESI has done a great job in educating the congressional staff and the congress on the importanc of clean renewable energy. EESI has been very helpful to Decker Energy International, Inc. and Midland Energy, L.L.C. in making contact and commuicating with congress. The fact that Preident Obama has a goal of doubling the amount of renewable energy produced in the U.S.A. in the next three years is evidence of EESI's good work.

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

the education of congress and congressional staff in the importance of developing our energy supply of clean energy so we can eliminate importing so much foreign oil.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the objectives and goals we now have.

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

contacts I have made with so many organizations and people that has helped me to carry out my passion for developing clean renewable energy that will cut down on our importing so much foreign oil

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

very dedicated and competent to carry out the objectives and goals of EESI.

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

accomplish its objectives and goals moe completely and effectively.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend in the briefingsand operations of EESI during the last several years like I was able to do in the early years of EESI.

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

continuing to raise the funds necesary to carry out our objectives and goals.

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

Keep up the fine work you are doing.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Decker Energy International, Inc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2009

I joined the EESI Board of Directors in the very beginning when Congressman Richard Ottinger and I had been instrumental in getting "PURPA" passed. I am considered by many as the author of PURPA and Dick Ottinger is the one that got it passed. Decker Energy International, Inc. is a biomass company and has benefited from EESI's support and educational programs. For example; Carol Werner, Executive Director of EESI set up meetings for DEI with congressional staff. DEI still supports EESI in some of their educational meetings. I look foreward to setting up meetings with Obama's energy team when I am in Washington, D.C. for our next EESI Board Meeting to further develop President Obama's goal of doubling our renewable energy production and helping to reduce our oil imports. I am very happy that President Obamahas chosen Dr. Chu for his Secretary of Energy because his background is so well suited to developing renewable energy for our country. EESI is doing a very important job and doing it very well.

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

educating the congressional staff and congress itself in moving the U.S.A. to realize the benefits of using clean renewable energy.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the objectives and goals of promoting and educating congress and their staffs on becoming independent of foreign oil and continue to develop our own renewable energy technology.

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

The many wonderful, dedicated people I have had the privilege to know and work with and share in their accomplishments.

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

Highly dedicated and competent.

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

do more to educate congress and other organizations

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to take advantage of the services that they offered to get the country off foreign oil and on to using our own clean energy resources.

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

Continue to fund the organization

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Decker Energy International, & Midland Energy, L.L.C.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 24, 2009

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February 24, 2009

This organization serves an educational and advocacy function on critical environmental issues. With a dedicated staff developing credible and highly authoritative presentations for the staff of the U.S. Congress, EESI has impressed me as highly factual and relevant to decision makers affecting all our lives.

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

totally dedicated to protecting the environment and developing long term solutions to policy challenges impacting the environment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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