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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

17 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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information shared by EESI is very relevant to understanding current issues, concerns and upcoming events. It is one of my favourite e-letters.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always have the most recent information regarding what's going on with Environmental policy on Capital Hill.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Accurate and relevant information is the necessary basis for any effective policy making. Covering the very complex world of climate change, EESI involves the top experts, writes clearly and brings timely understanding to a major national challenge.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

EESI Newletters are quick to read, and include important bits of information that open my eyes and ears to lengthier articles about the events they highlight. Very accessible, very important to my inbox.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EESI provides weekly news for those of us who are committed to improving the environment, and wished we had time to obtain all the information they provide in a nicely compiled format with summaries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was great! Everyone is well versed. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds a wide range of great things. This is what makes it great! I am so greatly happy to have participated in one of the great events held by the great Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). How great this was.

Olle C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I strongly recommend EESI as a very useful and important source of inspiration for sustainability and energy efficiency. A well of good information and a great arranger of important briefings that will help us and our planet to keep climate change inside recommended limits. We need more nonprofit organisations and groups to help in this critical work.

Amanda173

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The briefings that EESI gave on the regional climate impacts was amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The EESI hosts programs on the Hill that are among the most informative and timely of the many I am privileged to attend in DC. The EESI's overall goal is to provide the results of up-to-date, reliable research to legislators, their staffs, and to the general public. The topics are generally related to issues having to do with the environment -- how we use it, manage it, extract what we want from it, and are pushing it to its limits. Over the years, the programs have been more and more concerned with climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth and its resources. I especially appreciate EESI because the presenters are usually people with practical, on the ground experience in the area under discussion, whether it is protecting our national historic landmarks from the ravages of drought and flood, or developing innovative ways to adapt to changes in our relationship to the land that are the inevitable legacy of the scale of atmospheric change we are facing.

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EESI_Susan 07/25/2014

Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the general public, I did not know much about environmental issues until I came across EESI. Their materials were easily digestible, and I did not feel like there was any particular slant in their presentation of the facts. The fact sheets were very helpful, and I feel like I am more educated about environmental problems as a result. I looked into EESI's congressional activities as well, and I was pleased by their honest efforts to affect policy decisions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EESI does an amazing job spreading the knowledge of various topics. I enjoy hearing how the US and other countries are dealing with energy and environmental issues. It's so refreshing to hear countries are sharing what is working (and even what isn't working!). The recent webcasting capabilities is making it available to so many more around the country and the world for that matter!

Anne53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a policy brief organized by EESI. They provide outstanding speakers, well-researched supporting documents, and a highly organized event. In addition, I enjoy reading the timely posts on their facebook page and website. They have a plethora of resources available at no charge for the public, including a treasure trove of material for teachers and researchers. This is a superior organization with an outstanding staff who also provide meaningful internship opportunities for young people as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked in many fields, grew up in a small town of less than 1,000 people, a farm community, worked on farms, in construction, manufacturing, welding, operating forklift, overhead crane, maintenace in plastic molding, received an Associates Degree in Auto Tech, ASE Certified, drove truck ten years, & have been a freight broker for three years, Once a freight broker I found how much waste there is in freight transportation yet the industry, representatives in DC, as with health care refuse to accept, or acknowledge we're on a head-on collision with the next too big to fail. The transportation system we use is outdated, we waste billions of dollars a year, not only in transportation, but due to transportation. Traffic congestion, deadhead miles, accidents, injury, resulting in rising health care costs, & more. In research to better my business as a broker I came across EESI & the information is great, proof backing up all I have found in most everything I have on my site. If we could get our representatives to listen, put this IT ahead of self interest, & contributors we could easily turn this nation around. The 21st century is proving to be a challenge we have not yet realized, many people left behind because they refuse to accept, utilize the information, & IT available. If you look at www.b4dcfreight.com links page you will find information from the FHWA: Table 3-5. Truck Miles by Products Carried: 2002 In 2002 the US had 29 million deadhead freight miles, 20% of total 145,173 million freight, miles were empty trucks. Compare Figure 3-4. Estimated Average Daily Long-Haul Truck Traffic on the National Highway System: 2002 to Figure 3-5. Estimated Average Daily Long-Haul Truck Traffic on the National Highway System: 2035 Freight traffic is projected to increase substantially in the near future. Look at http://ewg.org/ billions handed out to corporate/factory farms while family farmers go under, & rising health care costs a result, to http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ the nation is $2.2 trillion in need of infrastructure upgrades yet according to www.supplycahinbrain.org videos National Freight Policy, US Dept of Commerce with Joe Holecko, We spend $200 billion a year due to traffic congestion, will spend 14% of GDP in 2050. While we're in wars EESI makes the point as Energy Innovation in Our Nation’s Defense America’s energy choices are inextricably linked to national and economic security. America’s oil dependence leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile nations and diverts hundreds of billions of dollars out of the economy each year. Declining oil supplies combined with increased global demand will only increase these pressures and impact our ability to remain militarily strong and agile. DOD is uniquely positioned, because of its own energy security needs, to help drive the market for innovative applications and broad utilization of clean energy technologies. Key partnerships with other federal agencies and the private sector can help DOD unleash the full force of American innovation and investment leadership in clean energy technologies. If you look at the sacrifices young Americans are making, wounded, dying for their country, we spend trillions on these wars, & will spend trillions on health care for Vets, it's impossible to not recognize the importance of sites such as EESI! Of all the sites I have on www.b4dcfreoight.com EESI seems to bring the most valuable information in that it brings the reality of the cost of war, importance of energy independence, & possibly the key to national security. Thanks EESI for a great job, I hope everyone in the nation, if not world wake up to the facts you bring so we can one day find a more intelligent way to solve problems than going to war in which we only compound those problems.