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Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

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

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159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Deborah L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The need for Climate Change knowledge is imperative to the survival of our planet and your site is a key to that knowledge. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Ms. Williams introduce me to the company and suggest me to check the entire web page for my interests.

Dan B.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI provides outstanding briefings to Congressional Staff and support for public power groups and electric co-ops to apply for energy efficiency funding. A top-quality bipartisan energy and environment organization.

1 JimHight

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While writing a report for a client, I was very pleased to find EESI's resources on the topic of climate change and insurance. Their August 2018 paper on the role of insurance in managing climate change impacts (by Pfister and Scolari) was the most useful and concise paper I saw on the topic in a couple months of research. Here's the link:
https://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-strengthening-financial-resilience-to-climate-change

1 Clarke P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educating our lawmakers on key environmental and energy issues is vital to making sound policy decisions. EESI provides an objective and non partisan education forum that provides these congressional leaders with the information and resources they need to make informed decisions

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The briefing on nuclear decommissioning was the most comprehensive, fact filled analysis of today's nuclear. The information provided is essential for all policy makers and citizens to review BEFORE any further discussion is had about 'new', costly nuclear options to address climate. We already have the 'least cost solutions' of energy efficiency, and renewables at our finger tips. Let's stop wasting taxpayers dollars, destabilizing the environment AND jeopardizing our national security.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The level of expertise at EESI is extremely deep and savvy. Their contribution to the knowledge sharing and scientific-based briefings on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and staff are widely followed and considered nonpartisan, and extensively quoted and noted. The Institute is run professionally and seemingly not a penny wasted.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in energy and environmental policy work for over 40 years - in both the public and private sector - and over that time I have found few organizations as committed or as successful as EESI in pursuing knowledge with the goal to educate elected officials, especially Congressional members and staff, on the very real environmental and energy challenges confronting our nation. EESI brings together policy experts and practitioners - people whose job is to address the real world impacts of these challenges - in a nonpartisan manner in public forums to discuss some of the most pressing issues that warrant Congress' attention. These forums are not academic discussions. Almost always they include people who have had to deal with the direct impacts of these issues and can offer from experience practical ideas on how to address these challenges. Knowledge is power. Through its forums and publications, EESI seeks to expand policy makers' and the public's knowledge on important environmental and energy matters in the belief that knowledge will contribute to responsible solutions to our pressing environmental and energy challenges. What makes EESI's contribution even more remarkable is how it is able to fulfill its mission so well with such a small, talented and passionate staff lead by a deeply dedicated and widely respected executive director.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

At this critical time, EESI plays an extremely important role by educating Congress and the public about climate change. Founded by a bi-partisan group of Congress people, the organization has credibility on both sides of the aisle. EESI makes us hopeful that something can be done before it is too late.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is takes great pain to ensure they provide non-partisan, factually substantiated information to congressmen, senators, and public, private, and governmental institutions to help society, civilization, and the environment.

As an association executive/CEO of 25 years, I sit on their board, and i know first-hand how carefully and strategically we and the staff move forward to achieve our mission and vision.

Regards,

Joe

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Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI is a superbly run nonprofit with huge impact - dedicated to bipartisan discussion of the pressing challenges facing Congress. Through its briefings - open to all - and its briefing papers on the issues of the day - EESI is a trusted source of information for Members of Congress and staff - and provides high quality content for experts and beginners. As an organization is has a decades long history of top notch staff and provides internships that have led many former interns to top level jobs on the Hill or in Federal agencies. Find EESI briefings online and see for yourself!

2 rottinger

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI plays a critical role, primarily informing Members of Congress about the environmental issues coming before Congress. EESI offers briefings on a wide range of critical issues, such as the means of addressing climate change, the role of climate change in national security, the possibilities and problems of geoengineering, the role of agriculture, biofuels and nuclear energy in resolving climate and pollution challenges. The average attendance at these briefings, open to the public, is more than half congressional staffs. The organization has a major program relating to on-bill financing of renewable energy focused on cooperatives, and a new initiative on resilience measures to deal with cimate change consequences. It is a splendidly managed organization, running balanced budgets and accumulating a substantial surplus. It is an exceptional dedicated staff of experts in the various fields in which it operates.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love their informational reports, their bipartisan work, and their easy to navigate website.

1 Frank M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests is one of the relatively few sources of information on energy policy that sticks to facts and avoids ideological campaigns that characterize much environmentally related discussion in the U.S.

As a policy researcher on this subject, I find the difference between European treatment of energy policy startlingly different from that in the U.S., where we have something like a battle to the death between environmentalists and industry. This is a tragedy, because if we did not have our conflict we could be the world leader in the effort to combat global warming. The U.S. in the past stood out for its bold entrepreneurship and ability to do things that other nations did not. But whereas major industries in Europe are critical parts of environmental policy (e.g. Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Finland) our internal conflict has made collaboration between industry, NGOs and government impossible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sustainable Bio energy, Farms, and Forests is an essential part of my classes. I teach classes in energy and sustainability at a university. I share information with my students during class discussions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Relevant and timely reporting on critical environmental issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

we collaborate with EESI often and they have graciously shared their office space/conference room when needed, for meetings we've initiated. great group doing great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Despite its origination- and advertisement - as a 'bi-partisan' institution, EESI is certainly not centrist, and more importantly, no longer an institute of study as its name suggests.
Its website contains far more projections than data. Perhaps this is because its board is comprised mainly of attorneys rather than scientists (of any stripe). I was disappointed to learn from its listed goals, values and mission statement that EESI essentially has already decided on the solution ("decreasing [our] carbon footprint") to virtually any environmental problem - global, regional, or local. That in itself is not necessarily bad if they are just as dedicated to defending their views with data and logical argument. Sadly, I did not find ANY scientific data on their website, just oodles of political articles. A few scientific sounding titles appeared promising at first, but very unfortunately, the articles themselves were very fuzzy, had little if any detail, and no direct scientific references. If you are looking for a convenient site to access up-to-date scientific literature on environmental topics, as I was, look elsewhere.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is very useful to learn something new. As a interested person in the field of climate change I use this website frequently. It helps me greatly to improve my knowledge and creativity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI sends out a weekly newsletter that I've signed up for in the first week of every new job I've had in the last 10 years. The newsletters are focused and useful, and well-organized into science and policy, and regional and global issues and updates. Thanks for all the great information!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a congressional staff member, I always find EESI's briefings very informative and thorough. They view environmental issues through a multidisciplinary and system-wide lens, and bring in stakeholders that can speak to very different sides of an issue. Information is organized very succinctly and in an easy-to-find on their website, with helpful summaries and fact sheets about the issue areas they cover and the most recent news of the day. Definitely a great source of analysis and unique perspectives on important issues.