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Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

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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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121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI gives the most balanced, useful, complete and relevant information on topics concerning the environment and energy. I use their fact sheets and white papers all the time for my work within these fields. EESI is the Go To organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A tremendous source of quality data and information. Thank you for helping me stay informed on such important topics and issues that are evolving rapidly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI is the go to source for facts. They only use reliable sources and would never want to mislead the public on any information. They have no political slant, and do not favor/put down any companies. They simple want to educate the public and the political sector on environmental and energy facts. More than just educating on the facts, they offer solutions. They do not just present a problem, but they show REAL solutions that have been used and tested and even help implement some of them. EESI helps utilities set up on-bill financing programs for energy makeovers of low-income houses. The loan is repaid through their utility bill each month. They have briefings for Congressional staffers and members of Congress themselves. I think this is so important because often times those with political authority are not able to educate themselves on everything there is to know, so EESI is here to help clear any gaps of uncertainty when it comes to environmental and energy facts. EESI’s fact sheets are the most helpful way to get a solid background on a particular topic. Their articles keep you updated with news and educate you on environmental facts while doing so. I know EESI is making a difference on the Hill and to the general public with education and outreach and I hope to see nonprofits flourish for decades to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Information is timely and reliable; focused on many of the most important issues of the day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI hosts great briefings and provides consistently great updates on environmental issues, agendas, policies. If you're able to attend one of their sessions in person instead of just receiving newsletters, it is an awesome experience. I highly recommend it! Great nonprofit providing the latest information and access to the experts and policymakers at the forefront of environmental issues!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent mission and execution. Keep up the good work!

Holden Hoggatt

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EESI hosted a briefing in DC on resiliency. Learned so much from their professionalism and expertise.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Organizes in-person and live-webcasted briefings in Washington, DC on critical national issues related to energy and the environmentl

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very helpful, very current data for my dissertation. Thanks!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI is consistently an excellent organization to work with and learn from. They organize a plethora of interesting and informative briefings on the Hill, providing reliable straightforward information to stakeholders and decision makers in the energy and environment fields. Carol Werner is an active and very well respected member of the energy and environment policy community in Washington, DC, and her organization is held in the same high regard. I'd encourage anyone and everyone to contribute to and learn from EESI.

1 Joanne48

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI is a great, knowledgeable, thoughtful organization keeping us up to date on climate change related information, often with policy insights. Weekly newsletters such as Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests, along with well-managed, intelligent briefings on Capitol Hill provide opportunities to hear and ask questions of experts in diverse fields covering a wide range of topics.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI has earned great respect on Capitol Hill over decades for quality, expert-based briefings, forums and publications developed to enhance understanding and informed response to climate change. Staff and materials provide a foundation for in-depth analysis and strategy development for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change by a myriad of audiences.

As executive director of an organization dedicated to advocating for understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels as an alternative to petroleum, EESI's briefings, forums, newsletters, connections to decision-makers for policy, advocacy and industry constantly and consistently proves valuable in my work.

EESI staff retain a healthy skepticism and open mind as they help the world, particularly the US, explore evolving information about causes, effects and solutions or responses to climate change.

This organization must continue serving as a crucial guide to the multi-dimensional world of conscientious policy-making and social and business/industrial related to climate change.

EESI should not only continue its current work, but expansion would benefit its value to all of us. There's so much to do. EESI's valuable considered contribution, the expertise it has developed over decades and its culture of evaluation and promotion of wide-ranging ideas must continue. I urge all to do whatever is in your power to make this happen.

1 majordude

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the forefront of policy, energy conservation and low-carbon future

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

EESI provides very informative webinars and a newsletter that helps me keep up with issues that are impacting the developoment of renewable energy.

1 Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI's Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests newsletter is an excellent end-of-week summary of the most timely and relevant topics with the potential to positively and negatively impact bioenergy and other clean technology development and deployment. In addition to capturing important headlines, EESI adds their own perspective to important issues and helps to frame the concerns with fact-based information. This outreach tool is a valuable mechanism for building awareness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI supports their policy analysis with scientific basis. Their briefings are excellent tools for educating decision-makers and the public in general.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I attended to see where colleges and cities are innovating in power generation and conservation. The speakers were wonderfully chosen to provide a broad perspective on methods of achieving power at the lowest cost and least carbon footprint. They were articulate and passionate about their subject and I left with a greater appreciation of how microgrids can help in capacity shortfalls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at EESI are some of the brightest and most hard-working people I've ever met. EESI is committed towards their mission of providing nonpartisan information to the public and policymakers and they do it with gusto. I feel very lucky to have been able to work alongside them for a brief period of time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my summer as an intern for EESI, I was able to learn about the most interesting environmental topics of the day, from renewable energy, to energy efficiency, to sustainable communities, to climate change. Every member of the staff was incredibly knowledgeable about all of these issue areas, and I was extremely impressed by the ability of EESI's relatively small staff to have such a far-reaching impact in the environmental policy world, through their events, web articles, white papers, and weekly newsletters. All of EESI's work truly is helping to advance a more sustainable world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Went to an event and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of discussion and learning.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI puts on great events to bring together industry, non-profit, government, and academics in the renewable energy industry. It plays a vital role and has a much higher profile than many other non-profits in this space.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I Like Very Much Because is Top Solid Platform, on a Easy Simple Way, Well Done.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI is one of the organizations devoted to the environment and energy issues that is very careful not to make the information they present partisan or inject politics into its information. The organization does not demonize but focuses on expertise for how to make changes without affecting affordability and reliability. I read their material, attend their briefings relatively often and have changed my conclusions and deepened my understanding as the result of their work. They are one of the few "adults" in this particular policy space. Their budget is modest and carefully administered but they have an impact on informing public policy that far exceeds their size. I have watched them work for many years and their consistency of focus on their mission has not changed.