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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

14 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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Information is timely and reliable; focused on many of the most important issues of the day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on and have worked on several boards for nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. EESI is an exemplary model of nonprofit management. EESI constantly evaluates its mission and strategic plan relative to its objectives and tactics. Everyone works in unison. The result is that operations tie in admirably with goals. Really a five-star operation! Staff and volunteers have a commitment to EESI's mission, and they are moving the needle every day.

Joseph S. Cavarretta, CAE

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI consistently delivers on its mission of providing education and information on energy and the environment. Communicating knowledge is powerful and this organization has it right! The newsletters and briefings are terrific. It is great that the briefings are open to anyone and can also be viewed on-line.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI does an outstanding job of keeping me informed on the great challenges affecting our environment - especially those relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change. EESI's numerous briefings, fact sheets, and policy papers are invaluable to me: I turn to their materials first when I need substantive and concise information regarding these issues. I give the organization five stars for its great work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI is broad. You reach across aisles, you reach across disciplines, you reach across time. But you're also deep. You do amazing analytics to support legislation that is pending. You've worked on the Clean Air Act, the Farm Bill, climate change, air pollution... on an amazing breadth of stuff

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most effective organizatioin with which I deal on influencing environmental policy, particularly as affects climate change and clean energy which are my specialty fields. EESI briefings to Members of Congress and their staffs, open to the public, average more than 100 participants; the coalitions they have put together to advance important environmental issues have had a demonstrable effect. Carol Werner, its Executive Director, is a wonder of energy and creativity. I and my foundation donate annually and have since EESI's inception.

Richard Ottinger
Dean Emeritus
Pace University School of Law
White Plains, NY
(Former Member of Congress)

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

EESI's sole focus is to provide the best scientific, economic and business data to Members of Congress about energy and the environment. The plethora of briefings and reports that they assemble are 1) topical 2) timely 3) fact based and 4) foundational for developing policy.

Throughout my career, I have served as a Board member for many NGOs and EESI is by far the best....and the only one that works directly and constantly with Congress. And, as a former Congresswoman - I can state without hesitation - that this congress would be lost without EESI.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Trustees for EESI since the beginning when I was very involved with Congressman Dick Ottenger in putting PURPA together. EESI has done a great job in educating the congressional staff and the congress on the importanc of clean renewable energy. EESI has been very helpful to Decker Energy International, Inc. and Midland Energy, L.L.C. in making contact and commuicating with congress. The fact that Preident Obama has a goal of doubling the amount of renewable energy produced in the U.S.A. in the next three years is evidence of EESI's good work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the EESI Board of Directors in the very beginning when Congressman Richard Ottinger and I had been instrumental in getting "PURPA" passed. I am considered by many as the author of PURPA and Dick Ottinger is the one that got it passed. Decker Energy International, Inc. is a biomass company and has benefited from EESI's support and educational programs. For example; Carol Werner, Executive Director of EESI set up meetings for DEI with congressional staff. DEI still supports EESI in some of their educational meetings. I look foreward to setting up meetings with Obama's energy team when I am in Washington, D.C. for our next EESI Board Meeting to further develop President Obama's goal of doubling our renewable energy production and helping to reduce our oil imports. I am very happy that President Obamahas chosen Dr. Chu for his Secretary of Energy because his background is so well suited to developing renewable energy for our country. EESI is doing a very important job and doing it very well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization serves an educational and advocacy function on critical environmental issues. With a dedicated staff developing credible and highly authoritative presentations for the staff of the U.S. Congress, EESI has impressed me as highly factual and relevant to decision makers affecting all our lives.