Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

In 1984, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders established the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) as an independent non-profit organization. They did so to fill a need for improved debate, independent analysis, and innovative policy ideas for environmental and energy issues. Since then, EESI has occupied a unique niche as an educational resource for national policymakers, an information conduit between federal, state, and local stakeholders, and a catalyst for innovative partnerships. EESI has earned a reputation for working constructively with a wide range of partners and constituencies to advance innovative policy solutions to energy, economic, and environmental chall...
Oct 15, 2014

A Push Towards Cleaner Energy--and Matching Funds

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People's Climate March in New York City

Climate change is at the forefront of pressing issues today. With the recent People’s Climate March, the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, and the continuance of extreme weather events across the country, you understand that it is a vital time for EESI to continue to engage with Congress on climate change and resiliency efforts. You’ve made a lot possible to date with your past support as a donor on Global Giving.

You have helped EESI work on multiple fronts to advance policy action on climate change. Whether we are providing one-on-one technical assistance on complex policy issues or carrying out policy briefings on Capitol Hill, you have been key. You’ve helped us develop and distribute a Timeline of EPA’s Actions on Greenhouse Gases that includes past agency actions and future plans. This timeline also summarizes EPA’s work in a user-friendly way, showing that EPA has long taken action on greenhouse gases. Each week you help us distribute Climate Change News to more than 4,000 members of the policy community (click here if you would like to sign up!). You’re helping us cover developments on the proposed Clean Power Plan, climate impacts, policy news, and more.

And you can multiply your impact even more when you give again on Global Giving's Bonus Day--TODAY!

EESI sees an opportunity to be of value to the policy community, with the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan set to be finalized in June next year. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels by the year 2030. It is a significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions. You can help us bring forth more briefings on the proposed Clean Power Plan when you give again today.

Many state and local officials, utility companies, and federal policymakers need more information on the options they have to comply with EPA’s new regulations--and that is where you can help. By renewing your financial support for EESI, you will help further extend our reach within the policy community on Capitol Hill by allowing us to host briefings, meet with policymakers, and create factsheets about EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, "One of the great things about the way in which this rule is proposed is it has started a dialogue between energy and environmental leadership in states that has really not happened before…It is really going to be overall [a] state decision on how to meet this." Let’s help policymakers understand those opportunities.

 Global Giving is offering a 30% match on donations up to $1,000 today starting at 9am EDT. Up to $75,000 in matching is available. We're also competing for a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and another $1,000 bonus award for most money raised! Matching lasts until funds run out, so please give to help Congress understand energy and climate issues starting at 9am EST today. Thanks!

Your gift will help us to develop a series of briefings on EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. With enough funds, EESI plans to host a briefing this Fall examining the public’s questions and comments on the plan, another to update the new Congress on this regulation, and a final briefing in the Spring when the EPA’s final ruling is set to come out. We also plan to meet with Congressional offices, utility providers, and other groups that are working to understand and comply with the proposed regulations.

Thanks so much for your past support and for helping us move ahead on Global Giving Bonus Day today at 9am EDT.

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EPA's McCarthy visits child with asthma in Boston

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Aug 13, 2014

Highlighting Climate Impacts & Solutions on Capitol HIll

Rescued Flood Victims, Iowa
Rescued Flood Victims, Iowa

“Climate change is no longer just a future concern, we are experiencing it now.”

Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan professor and National Climate Assessment co-author, began EESI’s recent briefing on how climate change is affecting the Midwest with this powerful statement.

You helped make that happen, with your gift to EESI. Bierbaum explained that heavy precipitation events are becoming more frequent and flood damage is increasing by as much as 18 percent per decade in the Midwest.

The message was clear: climate change is happening, and you are helping to advance Congressional and public understanding about what can be done about it--thanks to your gift through Global Giving.

This briefing was part of a series of briefings that you have supported. It’s clear that we need to educate Congress on how the nation can prepare itself for climate change and become more resilient.

You’ve been helping EESI gather experts with practical, on-the-ground experience in preparedness and resilience for its numerous Congressional briefings. They made it clear that climate impacts are apparent in health, water, agriculture, and energy. Many options exist to curb climate change and advance clean energy. That’s why it is important to share solutions.

At the briefing on Midwest climate impacts, James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana, and member of the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, presented. He explained how he focuses on making Carmel’s neighborhoods more walkable, cutting down on the need to use a car.

By replacing traditional intersections with over 80 roundabouts, the city reduced injury accidents by 78 percent. Residents now annually burn an estimated 24,000 gallons less of gas per roundabout. This solution is not only safer and more cost-effective, but it is fuel efficient!

Another speaker at the briefing on the Midwest, Larry Falkin, Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability for the City of Cincinnati, shared how it is possible for his city to save money, reduce greenhouse gasses, create jobs, and improve public health.

The key is to be prepared and more resilient—which you are helping us do! As Larry Falkin said, “The future won’t look like the past. If we plan for the future by looking at the past, we won’t be ready.” The Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience comprises mayors from across the country and includes both political parties. We can take action. A myriad of efforts are already being made in communities on a nonpartisan level--they must be encouraged and amplified. You can help make their voices heard!

With your support, we know that together, we are having an impact. We are regularly asked to do much more. For example, Dr. Karen Wayland, Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation at the Department of Energy said during one of EESI’s briefing: EESI, over my many years of Washington work on energy policy, has really been one of the amazing organizations to bring current issues right to the Hill and to the public. You always set up these great discussions that really touch on current issues of the day.” Thank you again.

Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan Professor
Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan Professor
Roudabout in Carmel, Indiana
Roudabout in Carmel, Indiana
Carmel, Indiana, now more walkable
Carmel, Indiana, now more walkable
Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Karen Wayland, Department of Energy
Karen Wayland, Department of Energy

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May 13, 2014

Climate Change is Happening.You're Helping to Slow It Down

Road during Hurricane Sandy in Kitty Hawk, NC
Road during Hurricane Sandy in Kitty Hawk, NC

Americans are already feeling the effects of climate change…particularly extreme weather events, but also sea level rise.” That’s just one impact that a speaker discussed at an EESI briefing, thanks in part to your gift to EESI through Global Giving. The scientist also highlighted the opportunities to respond – through mitigation measures and through increased resiliency. 

 Temperatures in the United States are now 1.3 to 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they were in 1895, with most of the increase happening in the last 44 years. Sea levels are rising, rainfall patterns are changing, summers are getting longer and hotter, winters are becoming shorter and warmer, and summer sea ice in Alaska is receding. The implications of these changes are considerable, threatening communities with relocation, increasing drastic flood events, extending the wildfire season, and increasing the severity of droughts.

The newly released National Climate Assessment (NCA) explains the impacts across our country. It is the most comprehensive examination of peer-reviewed science on climate change impacts in the United States ever produced. You are helping EESI to highlight the findings and help spur action on climate with your support through Global Giving. Yesterday, EESI held one of our highly regarded, influential Capitol Hill briefings highlighting the findings of the National Climate Assessment, educating Congress and policymakers about climate impacts across the country, thanks in part to you.

With your continued support, EESI will also hold briefings on climate impacts in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. You’ve already helped us carry out a briefing on climate impacts in the Southwest—how it is getting hotter and drier.

Again, we’re not just sharing the impacts—but also what we can do about them, such as making our communities, buildings, and infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather. For instance, your support helped us organize a briefing on Resilient Buildings.

Homes, buildings and other infrastructure have been damaged or completely destroyed by powerful hurricanes, tornadoes and floods in recent years. In our Resilient Buildings briefing, experts in architecture and building science, risk management, and energy policy showcased pending legislation, community initiatives, and tangible strategies and solutions for improving the resilience of our buildings.

One of our speakers, Jake Oster, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), said that increasing energy efficiency in buildings is one of the best ways to address climate change and lower electricity bills. He said there is broad and bipartisan support for energy efficiency efforts. He noted that the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill was reintroduced in the Senate the day of the briefing, and that the Better Buildings Act had passed the House with unanimous support.

Another speaker noted that when hurricane Ike hit Texas, the homes that were built to Fortified for Safer Living standards were among the last homes still standing in Galveston. But these homes were no longer in a community, as all the buildings around them had been destroyed. Federal incentives to promote resiliency could hopefully assist more homeowners in making their homes more resilient. With your continued support, we will keep working on that—and much more.

You are indeed making a difference on climate change with your Global Giving gift to EESI! Thanks again. 

Margaret Bowman speaking at Southwest briefing
Margaret Bowman speaking at Southwest briefing
EESI buildings expert at Resilient Buildings event
EESI buildings expert at Resilient Buildings event

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