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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

Community Stories

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Mary Paul J.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1

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.

Anietie U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Electric co-ops will be supported through the partnership to develop “on-bill financing programmes” for energy efficiency upgrades, community projects in solar, and clean energy storage. On-bill financing gives electric co-op members the ability to finance energy improvements that are repaid over time on their bill.

I'm excited about working with EESI in rural NC.
Nate Udofia
Grid Development Partners

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I have been a lecturer of Environmental studies at Ruaha Catholic University for about 5 years.Moreover I have been a Subscriber of the magazine called European Environment for a period of 10 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GREAT TO FIND NEW EMERGING TOPICS TO SAVE ENERGY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT.

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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.

1

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