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...
Jul 15, 2015

Renewables & Efficiency EXPO, China and Climate Change, and Bonus Day!

Today is Global Giving Bonus Day! Since you are an EESI supporter through Global Giving, I wanted to be sure to alert you of this special opportunity to make an even stronger impact TODAY!

As of now, Global Giving’s partner nonprofits--including EESI--are competing for the chance to receive as much of Global Giving's matching funds as possible. There are $115,000 in Bonus Day matching funds available today! As a Global Giving “Superstar” partner, donations to EESI through the Global Giving website are matched at 50% for gifts of up to $1,000 per donor!

This is the highest matching reward level EESI has ever reached, thanks to you! Any size donation—from $10 to $1,000—will help EESI win bonus gifts of $1,000 by being the organization to earn the most funds and/or have the most individual donors today. It’s the biggest Global Giving matching gift opportunity of the year. We expect funds to run out before the end of the day. Don’t miss this chance to stretch your gift for energy and climate policy engagement further than ever by acting now!

With the Clean Power Plan high on policymakers’ agenda--yet misunderstood and under fire from many sources--today is a very exciting day to give and show your support for climate and energy solutions. 

Your gifts through Global Giving allow EESI to hold critical briefings and events that help educate policymakers in Congress about clean energy and the wide array of solutions to climate change. For example, your gifts, combined with those of others like you, made the 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum last Thursday possible! Close to 50 organizations showcased to Congress the wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies--including solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass—that can sustainably meet our energy needs. This year’s EXPO drew in close to 1,000 people throughout the day. They came to learn about companies that are working to make clean energy and energy efficiency a reality throughout our nation, creating domestic jobs in the process. This was an amazing opportunity for Congressional staff to hear from clean energy companies, and for EXPO attendees and exhibitors to hear from Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.

Yesterday, EESI held a public briefing and live webcast, “What Action is China Taking on Climate Change?” in partnership with the World Resources Institute. Timed to coincide with the release of China's national plans for climate mitigation, this was an incredibly important opportunity for the policymaking community to learn about the climate actions China has taken and plans to take as it looks ahead to the international negotiations in Paris. China is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world (the United States comes second), making its commitments particularly critical.

Your renewed support—especially today, on Bonus Day—allows EESI to continue to spread the word to Congress about the importance of addressing climate change both domestically and internationally!

Thank you so much for supporting EESI in finding real solutions for energy and climate challenges, especially on this special Global Giving Bonus Day! You help EESI engage with Congress and the Administration on the Clean Power Plan, the run up to the international negotiations in Paris, the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and much, much more.

Learning About Solar Energy
Learning About Solar Energy
Discovering Grid Alternatives
Discovering Grid Alternatives
Networking at the EXPO
Networking at the EXPO

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Jul 9, 2015

The Clean Power Plan, Thanks, and Bonus Day!

EESI’s work to engage policymakers on the Clean Power Plan continues to move forward in 2015 thanks to YOU!

Thanks to your generosity, you are helping EESI move our nation forward with reducing carbon emission levels, improving energy efficiency, and advancing clean and sustainable energy. Approximately one year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of the Clean Power Plan, the largest near-term opportunity to reduce carbon and achieve critical climate goals! Your support helped EESI spring into action to engage with policymakers about this important opportunity.

You can help us keep up a strong drumbeat to engage policymakers on these high-stakes issues and the Clean Power Plan during Global Giving Bonus Day! Starting next week on Wednesday, July 15, Global Giving will be generously matching gifts of up to $1,000 made on the Global Giving platform with a special 50% bonus because YOUR support has made us one of Global Giving’s best partners, qualifying us for higher rewards. Global Giving is making a pool of $115,000 in matching gifts and prizes available. You can help us win a prize if we raise the most money or receive the greatest number of gifts on that day! All gifts from $10 up to $1,000 qualify for bonus matching funds—while funds remain. The Bonus Day starts at 9am EDT on the 15th, so mark your calendar now!

The Clean Power Plan is a great opportunity for carbon mitigation, but there is some confusion among policymakers and key stakeholders over the complexities and details of the proposed regulation and how it will affect renewable energy, electricity prices, and state economies across the United States. EESI has aimed to address these concerns through informative, fact-filled public briefings on Capitol Hill so that policymakers, the media, and key stakeholders can understand the Clean Power Plan’s great opportunity for advancing clean energy!

Thanks to your dedication, last month EESI held a packed briefing and live webcast called “How Can States Comply with the Clean Power Plan?” At this event, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies’ Executive Director Bill Becker emphasized the options and flexibility states have to address carbon emissions based on their specific needs and target levels.

In another briefing on the Clean Power Plan that you helped make possible, EESI brought together top experts to look at legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan. Michael Burger of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law advised EESI’s audience that the EPA is authorized to require carbon reductions under the Clean Air Act.

With your renewed Global Giving support, you can help EESI help policymakers and the public understand the benefits for our health and our climate of implementing the Clean Power Plan. You’re also helping us showcase the many options states have for moving forward. 

Ultimately, the success of the Clean Power Plan will play an important role in getting the U.S. to fulfill its pledge to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions by at least 25% by 2025, as part of the run-up to the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris this December.

Thanks to your Global Giving giftsyou are helping your country provide for healthier societies, away from polluting fossil fuels, and towards sustainable energy. Here at EESI, we deeply appreciate your support for sustainable energy and engagement with Congress through your gifts on Global Giving and hope that you will renew that support on Global Giving Bonus Day, Wednesday, July 15th. Thank you so very much.

Smokestacks, Lake MI (CC courtesy Cindy Snider Re)
Smokestacks, Lake MI (CC courtesy Cindy Snider Re)
Smokestacks in MI (CC courtesy MjZ Photography)
Smokestacks in MI (CC courtesy MjZ Photography)
Solar Farm (CC courtesy Brookhaven National Lab.)
Solar Farm (CC courtesy Brookhaven National Lab.)
Sunflower Solar (CC courtesy Sterling College)
Sunflower Solar (CC courtesy Sterling College)
Illinois Wind Farm (CC courtesy Tom)
Illinois Wind Farm (CC courtesy Tom)

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Apr 16, 2015

You are Key in Informing Congress about Better Transport Options

Transport Options (CC courtesy Complete Streets)
Transport Options (CC courtesy Complete Streets)

Nobody likes to be trapped in bad traffic, on pothole-ridden roads, with no other means of transportation for going where they want to go. Yet too often that is the reality for a considerable number of Americans. Two-thirds of our citizens lack access to public transportation and nearly half of the roads in the United States are in poor condition. With the most recent extension of the transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), set to expire this May, there is an urgent need for a new bill to provide long-term financing for the launch of multiyear transportation projects.

More and more Americans want access to transportation choices such as bikes, buses, and trains. The first step in making sure these improvements are funded in the new transportation bill is to inform Congressional staff and other key stakeholders on the issues at hand.

You are helping EESI draw attention to this issue through your continued Global Giving support. For example, in a briefing on April 9 that you helped support called “Stand Up for Transportation” speakers addressed the impacts that would be incurred with the loss of federal funding for transit, as is currently proposed by The Drive Act of 2015 and The Highway Restoration Act of 2015. Speakers also addressed how 70 percent of federal transit investments would result in private-sector jobs and boost both the local and national economy. Your gift to EESI helps us collect information to take to Capitol Hill and reach out to the policy community.

Thanks to your support, EESI, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) highlighted these critical transportation issues and solutions in a March 10th briefing.

With a series of briefings, you’ve helped shine a light on what Congress needs to do to fix America’s transportation system – especially the need to increase the availability of public transportation options. When the highway association and the public transportation association got together to write a report on the nation's transportation needs, they found that roughly $163 billion would be needed over each of the next six years - 63 percent more than the $100 billion a year that is currently being invested by the public sector. In the March 10th briefing you helped inform policymakers on the findings of the report.

These investments would make your transportation safer, faster, and provide more mobility options. Better transportation means better access to jobs and other opportunities. An increase in public transit investment, in particular, would reduce roadway congestion, further improving access. This increased investment in transportation would ultimately strengthen the economy and the environment in both the short and long terms.

Thanks so much for your support through Global Giving and for helping make a difference in our nation’s transportation-related challenges!

School Traffic (CC courtesy jeweledlion)
School Traffic (CC courtesy jeweledlion)
Train Delays (CC courtesy Barbara Krawcowicz)
Train Delays (CC courtesy Barbara Krawcowicz)
Daily Traffic (CC courtesy C. Brown)
Daily Traffic (CC courtesy C. Brown)
Fixing Potholes (CC courtesy Virginia DOT)
Fixing Potholes (CC courtesy Virginia DOT)
Pothole-ridden roads (CC courtesy State Farm)
Pothole-ridden roads (CC courtesy State Farm)

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