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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

119 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.

Keon M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at EESI last summer. The staff are reputable and devoted to the their cause and thoroughly understand the scope of environmental issues they seek to tackle. I worked primarily in its development department, writing grants, communicating with donors, and drafting other reports. EESI has a great working relationship with its donors. That's because its congressional briefings are highly informative and effective for decision makers in Washington D.C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Environmental and Energy Study Institute provides well-balanced, objective, credible, thoroughly researched information on critical environmental and energy topics: climate change, transportation, buildings, energy and sustainability; and helps making better policy solutions.
As an intern at EESI I have witnessed outstanding professionalism and dedication among organization staff. They are experts in each respective areas, and in the field of energy and environment in general. EESI are highly efficient, and achieve outstanding results with very small staff. In addition to all professional qualities, EESI staff is a team of wonderful people, and I greatly enjoyed being a part of this team during my internship. Carol Werner, Ellen Vaughan, Ned Stowe, Laura Parsons, Jan Mueller, - shared with me invaluable insights on sustainable energy and environment. They also helped me to shape my career objectives and life goals. I am currently using the knowledge and experience obtained through EESI internship to pursue a doctoral degree in environmental and energy management.

Ellie W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a climate activist, I find EESI's Climate News indispensable for my work. I do a lot of publicity for climate abatement, and I quote new and valuable information from CN every time I present. I also post news from CN on my community's "Climate" bulletin board and update it every week.

In short, it's an invaluable resource.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI is an invaluable organization on Capitol Hill because it presents well-attended briefings and widely read publications about environmental and energy issues and policies - all while maintaining a nonpartisan stance.

Ginty

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think EESI is one of the most effective groups on Capitol Hill. They rely on credible scientific information to make the case for solid policy. I have worked in energy policy for many years and I turn to EESI for information because I know I can find the latest developments from the nation's experts in the field.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) during the summer of 2010 and it was a great experience. The staff at EESI are all kind, enthusiastic and knowledgeable people and are doing great work informing Congress and the public about environmental and energy issues. From an intern's perspective, it was a great learning experience and from the perspective of someone who just wants to know more about environmental issues, EESI is a great go-to organization for thoroughly researched and unbiased information.

Clare C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Environmental and Energy Study Institute, I have gained invaluable knowledge on the delicacy of policy and legislation. EESI is a stable and modest educational force in the world of congress. The staff here work tirelessly to educate our policymakers and the general public on energy and environmental issues relevant to our economy, politics, and lifestyles. I can't imagine where U.S. environmental and energy policies would be right now without guidance from EESI these past 27 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time as an intern with EESI, I have gained valuable knowledge of the intricacies of government policy with regard to environmental issues. The staff at EESI is extremely hard-working and dedicated to their mission, and it is clear by the high attendance at our Congressional briefings that we are making an impact. EESI is a unique organization in that it seeks to educate the public and members of Congress on environmental issues without an agenda and without using scare tactics.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EESI provides insightful, non-partisan information which is highly useful for both policy creation and for the wide ranging clean energy industry segments. Their ability to research data and assemble into reports and presentations is excellent. As a clean energy professional I have attended their briefings and use their database of information routinely in marketing endeavors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The energy field is complex, and it remains a great source of untapped opportunity in our country. It ranges issues from energy efficiency, domestic and foreign fuel consumption, clean and renewable energy as well as security, jobs and the environment. EESI plays an important role in helping people in the industry as well as congressional leaders understand both substance and nuance. Please keep up the good work.