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  

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

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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)

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

Not a hair

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2013

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

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Life-changing

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26 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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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.

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.

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

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2013

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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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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

continue the objectives and goals we now have.

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.

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2009-1-01

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

2008-1-01

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28 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-2-01

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