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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 influence can be seen in our successful impact on many federal policy initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our resilience to the climate impacts we are already feeling. Our work spans energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, better buildings, and community resilience. Thousands depend on our briefings/livecasts, factsheets, and technical assistance to reinforce and implement winning, workable solutions to climate change. With so much bad news about climate change pummeling us, we wanted to highlight more solutions. This year, we launched our new email newsletter, Climate Change Solutions. The biweekly publication also tracks federal policy related to climate. Our factsheets, issue briefs, and other materials are often used by media professionals, policymakers, educators, and other groups to educate their members, develop strategies, and understand complex situations. We’ve also expanded our use of video. Our recent top accomplishments include: 1. Helping South Carolina electric cooperatives obtain a zero-interest federal loan for $13 million to make low- and moderate-income households more energy efficient. 2. Spreading strategies for the development and/or improvement of on-bill financing and electrification programs 3. Playing an active role in the passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), an important reform that makes it easier for communities to prepare for disasters, and to rebuild better after they have been struck. 4. Setting the stage for passage of the PREPARE Act, which coordinates extreme weather preparedness across the federal government 5. Engaging with Congressional offices and the broader policymaking community on efforts to promote climate resilience across the United States 6. Showcasing the importance of federal energy and housing programs for low-income families 7. Holding Congressional briefings to help advocate for the Farm Bill’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, and environmental conservation provisions 8. Raising awareness of the Administration's efforts to avoid releasing public transit funds that had been appropriated by Congress in 2017 and 2018. Projects that were being deprived of resources were in many cities around the country including Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis. 9. Examining the promise of battery electric buses, inspiring media attention and policymakers. 10. Emphasizing the national security impacts of climate change.

Target demographics: Our policy work focuses on federal policymakers and those who depend on them. These include representatives of state and local governments, industry, labor, embassies, nonprofits, academia, the media, and the general public. In our technical assistance work on clean energy, we assist rural electric cooperatives (co-ops), which serve 14 percent of the nation’s homes–and 93 percent of the nation’s “persistent poverty counties,” where it is difficult to rise out of poverty. During months with peak energy use, many rural customers may spend up to 60-80 percent of their income on energy (much of which is wasted); this can—and needs to—change. EESI also works with public power utilities (or munis), which serve 1,400 towns of populations under 10,000, many of which are isolated and economically depressed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Broadly, we are providing services that can benefit a non-profit, member-driven utility ecosystem that includes 850 electric distribution co-ops, 65 G&T electric co-ops, and 2,000 public power utilities (most of which serve rural communities), and by extension their 89 million combined members/customers. These utilities’ small size and general lack of generation facilities put many in an excellent position to embrace efficiency, energy storage, and/or community energy (e.g., solar)—yet their small size often means they lack the technical and financial capacity to set up such programs independently. Because our goal is to scale energy efficiency retrofits up dramatically, we also seek to serve local nonprofit organizations by providing them with better tools, information, and stories to lay important groundwork for new programs—and to use communication tools to help drive the narrative supporting these programs.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: EESI was founded in 1984 by a bipartisan group of members of Congress to fill a critical need: turning complex concepts into accessible information, inviting decision makers from both sides of the aisle to ask questions and find solutions to climate change, the most urgent threat facing the world today. EESI carries out hard-hitting briefings on important climate- and energy-related critical issues, including building resilience, so communities can respond better to climate impacts. These educational briefings highlight both problems and solutions from all over the country to help us create a more resilient, secure, and climate-adapted country, with an emphasis on nature-based solutions. EESI also highlights relevant federal programs and policies, such as funding for state energy offices, climate science, and energy efficiency for low income households, so that these programs can deliver benefits to the American people. In 2018, EESI organized 17 briefings for 2,999 members of the policy community, bringing attention to how goals of long-term reliability and resilience will help ensure economic resilience, public health and safety, national security, fiscal responsibility, jobs, quality of life, and U.S. competitiveness. EESI also provides technical assistance to small, resource-strapped utilities. "On-bill financing" gives utility customers, especially lower income families, the ability to finance energy improvements that are then repaid over time on their energy bills. This reduces energy costs, improves reliability and comfort, and increases efficiency in households across the country, while reducing fossil fuel use. EESI is supporting the development and/or improvement of on-bill financing programs in twelve states: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. For example, South Carolina’s rural electric cooperatives were awarded a $13 million no-interest federal loan, fueling a big scale-up of their on-bill financing programs across the state, and bringing energy savings to more families! With your support, you’re advancing energy efficiency and helping families save on energy costs—all while reducing emissions to curb climate change.

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1 Sam W.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The approach to sustainable energy and resilience for repeatable and transformable use, of less damaging and more affordable electricity and the generation of, this storable and nationwide achievable balance to all who rely on the conveniences of the 21st century are discussed openly and understandably through your site. Nick Egret

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EESI_Susan Thank you so much for your kind review! We deeply value your input and are glad you found our site to be practical and understandable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with EESI is one of the most influential and important experiences I’ve ever had. I was an intern with the organization for about 6 months, and all throughout I learned, grew and felt supported by the staff. EESI is made up of intelligent and caring individuals who are working tirelessly to make a positive change in the environmental field and tackle climate change. The work they do to inform congress and the general public about ongoing environmental and energy policy issues is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a Policy Intern here, and I can honestly say it is my favorite and most rewarding internship I've ever done! From Day 1, the staff was so welcoming, kind, helpful, and smart, and I immediately felt comfortable in the team. Going into it, I knew I would learn a lot about a range of environmental policy topics, but I was still blown away by how much I actually learned about so many different things. This internship instilled strong research and writing techniques, and encouraged learning opportunities by attending events and briefings around DC (including being involved in putting on our own briefings). I can't even stress how valuable this experience was for me. Everything that EESI does is truly a team effort, and they are making such a positive impact in the world, always putting out high quality information and keeping Congress educated on important issues. I look forward to seeing the great work EESI does in the future!

Kristy M.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This work is very helpful for both domestic and international perspectives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI provides relevant information in a timely manner without the partisan bias you often see in communications about critical clean energy topics of the day. I have relied on the information from EESI over three decades and find their material and their briefings to be of great value.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI is a dynamic, focused organization that advances sustainability through direct engagement with members of Congress and their staffs. Their evidence-based analyses on climate, environment, and clean energy issues help decision-makers understand complex subjects in order to make tough decisions that will benefit society and the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having served in Congress for 10 years, I don't know what I would have done without the excellent, informative, comprehensive briefings of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. They assembled experts that even our own Congressional Committees failed to consider!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since joining EESI as a volunteer in the spring of 2019, it has been a privilege to get to know the staff and observe their exceptional, dedicated, and tireless work to promote effective environmental and climate crisis solutions. Under Executive Director Carol Werner's 21 years of outstanding guidance and leadership of the organization before her retirement late last year, EESI acquired a sterling reputation as a source of thorough objective information and policy analysis that Capitol Hill staff rely on to move environmental, energy and climate legislation forward. New Executive Director Dan Bresett brings talented leadership, extensive knowledge of the legislative process, and skills in guiding the organization to achieve its most effective and comprehensive work to bring information analysis to legislative staff and the general public. Spending time in the offices of EESI I have seen first hand an organization of extremely committed and very capable staff members completely dedicated to the task of making a difference in the energy, climate, and environmental challenges facing our nation and the planet. EESI is certainly worthy of the highest rating as a Great Non-Profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI is making a significant and positive impact on climate education of our nations leaders. The value proposition is tremendous.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Climate action supporters are exposed to high volumes of news of climate change every day through various headlines, many of which go unnoticed.
EESI distills the most news-worthy developments in a succinct manner and streamlines the information dissemination process. Through the newsletter many of the most forefront and prominent topics become accessible to the reader. The reader can trust that they remain abreast of the latest developments on a single platform

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an exciting time for this well run and effective non-profit! The issue of climate change is roaring back despite the Current Administration's lack of support for action. EESI is DIRECTLY assisting both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill to understand the urgency of this issue, the complexity of our challenges and solutions - and helping to show the way to a real and timely path forward. EESI is engaged in bringing the voices of Americans facing the consequences of climate change to speak and meet with policymakers. EESI leadership is one of the leading organizations helping to turn the political tide toward justice and progress.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greatly thankful to the EESI for sharing the latest insights on climate security - the briefing "A Security Threat Assessment of Global Climate Change", which was hosted by the Center for Climate and Security and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Looking forward to the next engagement!

Armen Asryan, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As chairman of this organization for ten years I have been overwhelmingly impressed by the dedication of the staff to the mission, and also increasing recognition by outsiders as to the effectiveness of the EESI educational efforts. Frankly there is no better on
Line environmental scan of recent developments in the climate change space then the relaunched “Climate Solutions” newsletter by EESI.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a climate change enthusiast and am presently doing Ph.D. in climate change issues in India. I have had nearly 7 years of experience of working in disaster management areas in government of india. I find EESI selfless initiatives very very appealing and forthcoming for the cause of humankind. The kind of awareness generation you people are doing and the kind of encouragement we people get from your works, is awesome. One day i wish to join EESI in some capacity and contribute my little bit in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction mainstreaming into developmental activities as well as community resilience in this regard.

1 Erin De V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

February 13 was my first EESI briefing. I didn't know what to expect, but within moments after the briefing started I knew what the objectives were and why they were having this particular briefing. I have signed up for the EESI newsletter and hope to hear more about water scarcity, water quality protection efforts, and coastal adaptation and resilience projects throughout the country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI brings critical voices to Washington and beyond to address issues, solutions and pathways forward that are grounded in science and policy that makes sense.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EESI reports are robust, straight-forward and understandable to the average citizen. The interactive version offers an easily digestible portrayal of the state of affairs along with explanations of why the numbers matter. Reports encourage participation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI provides webinars and papers that address the issues pertinent to my community. We are volunteers to Citizens Climate Lobby, members of the local League of Women Voters, and others.) The webinar on electric vehicles contributed to the education of the volunteers who lobbied our city to add charging stations. The Growing Role of Renewable Energy briefing was also shared and earlier webinars on the status of financing renewables. To name a few.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Up-to date information!
I am willing to volunteer in Thailand. I have no formal training. I need suggestions and direction.
Climate change is THE WORLD ISSUE ... all others pail to it.

UDYAMA

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brief Note on UDYAMA

UDYAMA is a Development Catalytic Organization close to three-decades with an emotional relationship with communities , institutions & working with various constituents having strong exposure in implementation Research of agro-ecology development & community-resilience-process . Our enhanced outreach with local, regional, international organizations micro-macro linkages is well built . UDYAMA is deeply advocating localize the SDGs and pursuing for local action & global networking towards risk informed resilient development, community adaptation with special advancement to food, water, nutrition improvement , cluster growth & expansion in western & coastal Odisha and neighboring states. And now UDYAMA is the one of the Partner Organization to Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Powered by FAO & UNEP, it is called as The One Planet Network under the framework of Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP).

UDYAMA, (www.udyama.org ) is embarking on citizen-actions on mainstreaming resilience building with the framework of UNISDRR in order to maximizing benefit of readiness, preparedness, better restoration of Livelihoods Infrastructure rehabilitation. Influencing policy to add value on cross cutting programs like ecosystem & nature based solutions, wise water use, bringing small innovations in livelihoods infrastructure at community is our prime target. Besides sustained effort to minimize loss, damages, allied risks & vulnerability in leveraging resources with END-WATER-POVERTY campaign, deepening governance on water and local biodiversity & capitalizing mainstream resources impact to livelihoods of small holdings connecting climate-justice are well demonstrated. We always advocate a broad based livelihoods in cultivating solutions for people& planet that has added value for money for Eco-prenures connecting social, ecological, human capital as matter to Next-Development-Challenges.

UDYAMA is personally & professionally associated with many local, national international institutes
Network member Ecosystem Services Partnership & Global soil Partnership,
Climate Change Technology Network(CTCN) an extended technical wing of UNFCCC,
Life-member of Indian Association of Soil and Water-Conservation, Dehradun, India.
Life-Member of Orissa Environmental Society, Bhubaneswar.
Life member India Water Partnership & Global Water Partnership ,& Global Environment Facility
Life Member of Indian Red Cross society,
Network member to Revitalizing Rain-fed Agriculture (RRA) & SRI India,
Network Member of Stakeholder Forum, AGWA, Water Climate Coalition, CLEAN, member Earth Day Network
Network , member to End Water Poverty Campaign, WSSCCC , SusanA , S2S, Gender and Water Alliance, water allies, Member Global soil Partnership.
Network member asia-sdgs-platform
Network-member of eradication of Hunger & Poverty, Network member APRCEM,
Network member of, UNGLOBAL COMPACT, GACSA-FAO, UNISDR,UNESCAP,
National focal Point & member Regional Steering Committee for Asia at GNDR ,CHS, C4C,SPHERE, member with Urban Poverty Migration , ACCCRN, CANSA, ,weAdapt ,WOCAT-, ICLEI ,SAMHITA, Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves.
Roster Expert UNHABITAT, Observer UNFCCC , Roster-Expert CDKN , Observer-UNCCD ,
UDYAMA is one of the Best NGOs awardees on Rural Reconstruction & Environment in 2006 , International Awardees on Environment 2014 FromKyobo foundation Seoul & Best NGOs on Water Harvesting from UNESCO-2016 and many. For other details please log on links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QdYGPNy7ng&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvxAjj4s3Fo
https://youtube.com/watch?v=_m7LBF5iG1E,https://youtu.be/izUweRS7GpM, http://youtu.be/DYFDxDkl3eM, http://www.linkedin.com/in/udyamapradeepmohapatra, https://www.facebook.com/udyama.pradeep, http://sdt.unwto.org/content/partners-0,
http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=pradeep+mohapatra,+udyama&start=10&sa=N ,
http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=pradeep+mohapatra&btnG=Google+Search&meta
Chronology of Awards & Accolades, Networking
2006- Best NGO Award for Rural Reconstruction & Environment
2008- Participation Award for the year of International Year of sanitation
2009- best Social organization
2010- best organisation in social service
2010- Utkal Gourav award - Sishu samaj
2010-Accredited to End water Poverty Campaign
2012- Accreditation from UNCONGO
2012-Partner To Global Water Partnership
2012- the e-ngo award from DEF -
2014- International Award for Environment -
2014- member organisation Citynets
2014-Accredited to NIOS National Institute for Open Schooling , Ministry of HRD, GoI,
2015 Accredited to Low carbon Development Strategies
2015 Accredited to Sustainable Water and Sanitation for all,
2016 Accredited to Global Environment Facility
2016-UNESCO-water Digest Award for Best NGO on Water Harvesting
2016 Partner In sanitation & Water for All
2017- Partner with Sensitize to Sanitize (S2S)
2017- Accredited to UNEP & UNEA
2017- National focal point of GNDR from South Asia
2017-Multistakeholder Advisor Committee to Sustainable food Systems Powered y FAO/UNEP under SCP-10YFP, Now UDYAMA is one of the Partners
2018- Accredited to Global Soil Partnership
2018- Roster Expert CANADEM
2018 Roster Expert NAP
2018- Accredited Soil Partnership,
2019- Best NGO Award for Environment by BWW
2019- Best NGO Worked to support communities in Cyclone FANI

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Was able to use the fact sheets to better understand the global economy

1 Andreas P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is an abundance of information on Climate change which can often be confusing as various writers often try to impress or exaggerate matters. EESI provides clear, succinct information as well as references for further reading, from reliable sources. It provides the information in a non-'pompous' manner so as to focus on the science behind the issues and the actions which need to be taken rather than who is to blame etc.
I wish them the best of luck in their initiative and I will definitely do my part to help them achieve their goals, which afterall are / should be the goals of mankind.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am Ghanashyam Singh from India, Manipur University. I work here as a PhD research scholar, my work is base on anatomical data of tree to find the climate changes which has happened in centuries, its called dendroclimatology.

Recently in last 2 to 3 decades in our State, Manipur I see the amount of deforestation is at climax stage. To reduce these, I have planted several thousand trees in Koubru mountain and different places called Sacred Groove. I want help from all possible sources to continue doing what I do to help metigate this climate changes due to deforestation.

I am new in this nonprofit and don't have much thoughts about this, but i feel it will give good information about my work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sheet will be used as a work document for french student.
Very interesting

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an association executive for over 20 years, and EESI is one of only a handful of organizations where your donation dollar gets best mileage. EESI is apolitical and dedicated to bringing about a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It's funded by pragmatic people and pragmatic foundations. Its bipartisan agenda gets the ears of those on Capitol Hill and state governments as well.

EESI is truly dedicated to environmental sustainability, and its platform is gaining more credibliity every day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

El sol, es nuestro principal fuente de energía, por una generación más ecoeficiente, usemos energías limpias.

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EESI_Susan 09/09/2019

Muchas gracias por su comentario. Nuestro trabajo es difundir las ideas que necesitamos mas energy limpias y renovables.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A useful source for news and updates which don't appear elsewhere!

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EESI_Susan 09/09/2019

We're pleased you find our news and updates useful! Thank you so much for reviewing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We in west central Dutchess County New York are now experiencing the construction of an
imense methane burning gas plant which is due to fire up late fall or early winter. Although
we live in a beautiful, bucolic , pastoral eden ,our air quality is already compromised . The activation of this plant will not be good .Some local people believe community action may
halt the activation of this plant that is finnanced by global investment . I believe the need
for this plant has to be replaced by the establishment of local energy production collectives.
I accessed this site to research this oppertunity.

1 Mike E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very valuable information on what is being done, and what can be done to counter the looming climate change problem.

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EESI_Susan 09/09/2019

Thank you for saying so! We are glad you find our work to be valuable in finding climate solutions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solid timely clean energy reports on a variety of topics followed by top-tier experts and speakers in the subsequent EESI Capitol Hill educational events. No other group offers this breadth and depth of information and experts within the clean energy field.

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EESI_Susan 09/09/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review, and thank you again for such a kind comment! We work hard to make sure effective solutions against climate change are heard.

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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.

1 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.

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EESI_Susan 09/09/2019

We are so grateful you appreciate our work! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it means a lot.

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 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.

1 Kimberly Louise W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the work they do extremely important in this current state. We need information, a way to stay active and informed, and to protect our world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EESI is a highly reputable organization that has placed large amounts of effort into solving the issue of climate change and other environmental problems.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What makes EESI different is their history of working on a bipartisan basis to provide facts and guidance to lawmakers, regulators, and the public. This is such an important act now that people are talking past each other on the environment and future energy.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current intern at EESI, I have seen firsthand the passion and knowledge that every member of the staff has, as well as their commitment towards providing current, nonpartisan information on pressing environmental issues to policymakers, the media, and the public. In a time where the advancement of commonsense environmental policy is threatened, the work that EESI is doing is more important than ever. I have already benefited so much in my short time with EESI, and I am proud to be part of such an established organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is one of the most comprehensive and proactive environmental organizations. They work to educate the public and Congress on current energy issues in a simplified manner and push the climate-oriented agenda forward. Their staff is also well-versed and passionate about their issue areas. I appreciate their work in different facets such as infrastructure, public health, and renewable energy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There's just so much time in the day to stay informed on various clean energy/technology issues. That's even more true today given expanding markets and volatility in budget and political actions. That's where EESI comes in: a trusted, valuable and timely source of information.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an environmental documentary filmmaker researching a project on sustainability. I discovered EESI about a month ago, and have since then, received their newsletter and turned to their website daily as a source of news. They have made me aware of many stories that I otherwise might never have found. I trust this organization as a source.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am involved with the Citizens Climate Lobby. Its function is to heighten Congressional awareness of the climate change factor. The CCL has a proposal that it believes is an important way to implement the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere and it wants the members of Congress to support this proposal with legislation effecting change.
The EESI has helped me understand and follow the activities that are being done to
confront the climate issue. It provides me with information and guidelines in my role to try and influence my member of Congress. It puts me in a more learned position.
I do not understand why the members of Congress are not using the EESI source more in their work, particularly since Congress established the organization in the 1980s.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at EESI for a semester. My time at EESI has been the most rewarding experience I have had. This internship has been very independent. My supervisors gave me a great amount of freedom throughout the research and writing process and provided helpful guidance and support as needed. I also had the opportunity to get involved in staff meetings, congressional briefings, hearings and other events. I strongly recommend EESI to those who are interested in environmental and energy issues and you will never regret.

1 Madis O.

Advisor

Rating: 3

I am a free time politician and I search arguments to influence the government in Estonia. I can afford it

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Living in Illinois, I need to keep abreast of how renewable energy, agriculture, and other sources impact our hope for clean environment. I frequently forward this letter to friends and other organizations. Thank you for giving a perspective that is not covered elsewhere. Kay Ahaus
Greater Highland Area Concerned Citizens

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consistently provides experts' high quality information critical to decisions of national and global importance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Extremely informative about all aspects of energy and environment, especially climate change.

2 Gelvin S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI keeps me updated on climate and other environmental issues in Washington, with just the right amount of depth and breadth. It is absolutely unique --timely, intelligent and focused. I look forward to reading it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They only do impactful work, making it a MUST-READ. Plus, they tell me what's coming out of Washington that's useful and important.