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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

37 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI jumped-started my career in energy and climate policy. They produce a significant amount of valuable work and hold highly informative briefings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a great organization that works tirelessly to inform the public, policymakers, and stakeholders on environmental and energy issues that affect not only the United States, but the entire World. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute has stayed true to its founding mission of providing accurate, non-partisan information on environmental and energy issues that are more important today than ever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The EESI team is extraordinarily effective at bringing people together, educating them on energy and environment issues, and working with coalitions to develop and implement solutions. Their small staff is incredibly knowledgeable, professional and totally dedicated to the cause of clean, renewable, efficiently used, energy – to combat climate change while enhancing job creation and energy independence.

Their briefings and publications are invaluable to Congressional staff. A couple of years ago I first attended, as an interested member of the public, one of EESI’s Congressional briefings. EESI’s Carol Werner was knowledgeable and articulate as the moderator. The panel was a mix of private and government representatives. Their combined knowledge covered all facets of the subject. The very large room was filled. A House staffer in the audience shared that he was doing committee work on legislation to facilitate migration to an “intelligent” electrical grid, to reliably and efficiently transmit electricity generated by clean, renewable energy sources. A crisp, intense dialogue between the panel and the staffer ensued - he relied on the information exchange to gain knowledge and insight, and brainstorm ideas, a critical part of the process to create more effective law and policy. EESI holds dozens of briefings each year on a variety of subjects, often at the request of members of Congress from both parties.

As a volunteer“fellow” at EESI for the last year, I have also seen EESI pull diverse groups of people together, public and private; national, regional, or state; left, right, or middle; to lay the foundation for widespread adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency. One such case was when EESI helped design a pilot program to enable energy efficiency retrofits for rural homes. The project uses an innovative financing mechanism – the resident pays for the retrofit cost by making loan payments through their electric bill. The savings from reduced energy use more than offsets the loan payments. The program is creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing usage of foreign oil – and letting people live more comfortably! Some residents used to live in one room of their homes because they could not afford to heat all of it. EESI is now working toward enabling replication of the program, and proposed rules for a federal program have been published.

These are just a couple of examples of the highly talented, dedicated and efficient EESI team at work! By the way, Charity Navigator, the nation's premiere charity evaluator, has given EESI its top rating—4 Stars—five times in a row, something only 4% of non-profits have accomplished.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a newcomer to the D.C. area, EESI proves to be an exciting place to immerse oneself in the environmental happenings of our capitol. While interning with EESI, I gained valuable insight into the inner-workings of our government and the importance of coalition-building. EESI provides materials that explain important environmental issues in ways that multiple stakeholders can understand and utilize. Furthermore, EESI proves itself as an active voice on the hill by making timely reposes to environmental news events and legislative affairs. They make an asserted effort to attend events across the city to learn from the research of other organizations and engage in progressive dialogue. The employees of EESI are dedicated to informing policymakers and citizens alike about the importance of achieving innovative solutions to our country's greatest environmental needs. They are central force bringing together important figures in the environmental community to have critical dialogue that drives the policy formation here in D.C. Many thanks for all their hard work and dedication!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI's commitment to educating congress in an unbiased and informative way is fantastic. Their congressional briefings constantly get positive feedback and their newsletters are comprehensive and informative. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, sustainability, the list goes on. In addition, they are able to convey their expertise in an understandable and clear manner making it accessible to both policy makers and the general public.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They hold Congressional briefings on the Hill that are immensely beneficial for the dissemination of information on renewables and energy efficiency. Their weekly Climate Change News (CCN) publication is a succinct rundown of the most significant advancements and happenings in climate change both domestically and globally. EESI Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs offer great insight on selected topics. This non-profit is invaluable to the cause of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental consciousness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EESI does a fantastic job of collaborating with experts and integrating their own expertise to address the most relevant environmental and energy policy issues. I have been an intern here for the last four months and have found the staff to be not only extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields but also eager to help foster my own development. It has been an outstanding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at EESI for 5 months this past summer and it was a wonderful experience. Not only is the staff knowledgeable in this field, but they were all very helpful in providing advice and guidance for a recent college graduate like me.
During my time as an intern, I had the opportunity to attend many of the Congressional briefings that EESI puts together on relevant topics relating to energy and environmental issues. From these briefings, I was able to see firsthand the volume of people that attend (from varying sectors of governmental and nongovernmental agencies, as well as staff from Congressional offices) to hear from experts on these topics.
Having access to that sort of information is invaluable.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

EESI provides Congressional briefings with expert panelists to inform the influential folks on Capitol Hill about the most pressing policy issues affecting energy and the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at EESI was a truly wonderful experience, both for the nature of the work they do with Congress as well as for the team-work and relationship building within the organisation itself. It was for me a situation where I looked forward to coming to work every morning, knowing I would expand my perspective on clean energy and learn about new, alternative and innovative energy and policy solutions.
I was very impressed by the staff and their dedication which seemed never to falter, and for the general collaboration between staff members.
Most of all, I was inspired by the breadth of impact a small non-profit with limited funds could achieve, through efficient and high quality work. I strongly believe in and support all the work they do educating Congress on clean energy and climate change.

Tom G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became the development intern at EESI and I've had nothing short of an amazing experience so far. I feel I've already benefited from being around such a hard working staff. Attending briefings at the Capitol has been both exciting and informative. Everyday I have the privilege of getting hands on experience in the fight for clean energy and I'm proud to be a part of such an established and professional organization.