Apr 13, 2021

Climate 101 for Congress and Climate Action Campaign... and you!

Spring has sprung! We at EESI are so grateful for your commitment in playing a role in climate action that is so urgently needed by giving to EESI’s project on Engaging with Congress on Climate Change and Resilience

As Congress considers an array of policy options to bolster the economy and address climate, you’ve been helping to make possible a vital series of briefings through our new Congressional Climate Camp

You are making it possible to engage and inform Congressional staff, who may not be well versed in climate issues, on areas and opportunities for advancing equitable climate solutions that protect communities and create jobs.

The five-part series explores areas ranging from budget reconciliation (scheduled for May 21) to ways to decarbonize sectors with high emissions.

As an intern at EESI this spring, I’ve gotten the opportunity to support our policy work by compiling notes for our third Congressional Climate Camp installment; that briefing focused on lessons learned from previous Congresses' work on energy and public opinions on climate change; they are posted here if you’re interested.

I learned so much by attending this briefing, taking notes, and seeing how the EESI staff edited and tweaked my notes. So many past actions, challenges, and victories have influenced current environmental policy and also engaged stakeholders in action towards climate solutions and how to make success more likely. The briefing brought together experts from different sectors to deconstruct past climate policies and current attitudes towards these policies. 

You are invaluable in informing not only congressional staffers but also the public. For example, I’m always thrilled when I see that the media has used EESI fact sheets or interviewed EESI staff about Biden’s proposals. Our fact sheet on fossil fuel subsidies has gotten a lot of media attention lately. Our Climate Change FAQ fact sheet breaks down some of the most important concepts regarding climate change - with facts, charts, and additional resources. You can check out all our informative fact sheets here!

Finally, I am so excited to announce EESI’s participation in GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Campaign! The campaign runs from Monday, April 19 to Friday, April 23. During that week, donations to EESI made through the GlobalGiving platform, up to $100 per donor, will be matched at 50%!

The Climate Action Campaign is an opportunity for your gift for climate solutions to go further!  Please mark your calendar to give between the 19th and the 23rd to double your impact during Earth Week! 

Thank you again for your continued commitment to climate change solutions. You make all of this possible by supporting our programs (including the Richard L. Ottinger internship program that has made it possible for me to be part of EESI).


Jocelyn Rendon, EESI's spring development intern
Jocelyn Rendon, EESI's spring development intern


Jan 8, 2021

A new year of hope - amidst crisis comes opportunity

Happy new year!

After a year that was unprecedented in so many ways,  the new year is already unfolding in ways that continue to be, well, unprecedented. (Here is EESI’s statement condemning Wednesday’s attack on Congress and democracy.)

It is hard to know where to focus or whether to be hopeful or distraught. But colleagues and I are choosing to hope for a more equitable and cleaner, more sustainable future.

As we recognize real struggles and challenges, we also see a lot of reasons to be optimistic! We hope you do, too. And we are so, so grateful to have you as a partner in creating climate solutions.

If you haven’t already, please feel free to check out  our recent online briefings. In the last three months, these have included a report on resilient coastal communities, an exploration of nuclear waste legislation, a three-part transportation series (sea ports, aviation, and public transit), and a year-end progress update on climate mitigation and adaptation. You helped make all of this happen -- thanks!

You’ve also been part of enabling an expansion of our communications tools -- please also listen and subscribe to our new podcast and tell your friends!

The first four podcast episodes highlight coastal resilience, aviation technology, post-election climate action possibilities, and first-hand stories from some of our own recent interns who continue to be a vital part of our team even as we work remotely.

Sending you care, fortitude, patience, and optimism for what is sure to be an interesting new year.



Sep 11, 2020

EESI Fall Update + Remote Intern Spotlight

Dear Friend,

Thank you for playing an important part in climate action by giving to EESI! You are fostering the next generation of climate leaders. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, EESI has remained committed to offering its paid Richard L. Ottinger internship program. Internships are vital pathways to launching a career these days--especially in the climate world.

This summer, I have had the immense privilege to work for EESI as the Development Intern. Over the past 12 weeks, I have learned so much and know I have been a valuable member of EESI’s team.

I’ve become skilled at using Salesforce and produced a 30-page manual for a new app we started using this summer. I’ve also attended and compiled notes for several online briefings hosted by EESI, written and edited reports for donors (like this one for you!) and foundations, and researched new sources of funding to grow our work to address climate change quickly and equitably. These experiences have been invaluable to my professional growth. 

Beyond these experiences, the EESI staff have worked hard to create an inclusive and nurturing environment. Our weekly staff meetings and daily check-ins with my supervisors as well as with the rest of my intern cohort have given me ample opportunities to interact with my coworkers and get to know them on a personal as well as professional level. Despite our only-online interactions, I’ve formed strong connections with the other interns and staff. They have presented me with amazing networking opportunities and have created a community that I can look to for guidance and advice.

I look forward to applying what I have learned at EESI during my final year at the University of Chicago and onward in my career. I plan to keep in touch with my coworkers and fellow interns at EESI and hope that I will cross paths with them in the future. 

You make this possible. Your generosity and voice are invaluable to EESI’s continued efforts towards developing the next generation of climate leaders, and of course the urgent work of furthering climate change solutions

You can make a difference now! This week (September 14-18) all donations up to $50 will be matched by 50%. Give now to invest in climate change solutions.

Read more about the importance of summer internships from our Executive Director!

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Thank you again and best regards,

Grace Linhares

EESI’s Summer Development Intern

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