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Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
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...

Not a hair

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
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?

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

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
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

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Academic international energy and climate work.