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

Jul 7, 2020

Advancing Equity and Resilience Together

Dear Friend, 

Thank you for making a difference in the climate crisis by giving to EESI’s work advancing climate solutions! 

All of us at EESI hope you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We have all been dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and the economic downturn, as well as the outcry and protests in opposition to racist violence. Once again, federal leadership is, at best, lacking, oscillating between unhelpful and inflammatory. At EESI, the ties between inequality, injustice, and our ability to address climate change are on our minds more than ever. Disadvantaged or marginalized groups are unfairly burdened with the costs and threats of climate change. 

You can be confident that EESI is committed to confronting these challenges and ensuring that marginalized voices are represented in the steps we take to build a sustainable future. We are taking this as an opportunity to heighten our awareness and become better prepared to address these ever-present threats to our communities. 

You helped make possible a series of briefings and livecasts, which recently featured an often marginalized part of our country—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. EESI pulled together expert panelists who discussed how to make a community more resilient while also recovering from major disasters. The three-part series covered a substantial range of topics and emphasized the need for investments in community development that will meet community objectives, protect infrastructure, and promote resiliency. 

In many cases, the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the economic and social challenges in areas that are already vulnerable to climate change and weather-related events. However, it also provides a unique opportunity to rebuild a more stable and sustainable economy and invest in innovative solutions that will make island communities more resilient. Renewables like wind and solar power can increase energy security and efficiency. Addressing issues of environmental justice and promoting strategic land use and building practices help these communities both before and after disasters. 

Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also focused on strengthening ties within communities and gaining a deeper understanding of their needs. Panelist Greg Guannel stated the need for a better appreciation for the services and the benefits that nature provides us [...] we can build resilience at the household level with what is around us, from solar power, to food to, water security, etc.” See the photo below that features participants of the ADAPTA workshop on efficient water management held on February 22, 2018, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, where farmers and agronomists learned sustainable techniques for pest control and crop management to increase farm productivity and deal with the challenges of a changing climate.

Thank you again! You made these briefings possible. Your support and voice are invaluable to EESI’s continued efforts towards a decarbonized, clean energy economy. You are making a difference towards combating inequality and injustice in our country, which will allow us to become more resilient to climate change together. 

Photo by Tania Diaz-Camacho
Photo by Tania Diaz-Camacho
Solar Farm. Image by NASA
Solar Farm. Image by NASA


Apr 14, 2020

Climate Action Campaign and COVID19 Response

Dear Friend,

Thank you for making a difference in the climate crisis by giving to EESI's project on Engaging with Congress on Climate Change and Resilience. 

All of us at EESI hope that you and your family are doing well as our country and the world responds to the COVID19 crisis. I know this is a scary time full of uncertainty, and we may feel powerless just staying home and washing our hands, even though we know these are some of the best things we can do. 

Because we simply cannot afford to lose time in tackling the climate crisis, you’re an important part of helping us continue to charge ahead. 

It’s clear that the widely varying coronavirus responses around the country have some parallels to the way that climate action has unfolded piecemeal in states, cities, and countries—and swift federal action to respond to both crises intelligently is absolutely needed. 

For both climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that federal policy actions are informed by science and that they evolve quickly in response to the latest findings is critical. 

Here at EESI, we are thankfully all healthy at this time and are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore different ways of connecting while continuing to fight climate change. The biggest change we have implemented involves our Congressional briefings which we are now conducting as webcasts via Zoom. So far, we have held two briefings as Zoom webinars streamed live on YouTube. We will continue to press ahead and hold briefings as webinars until it is safe to convene in-person meetings again. After all, the urgency of climate change is no less than it was before the outbreak.  

With the 50th Earth Day fast approaching, we are excited to announce our participation in GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Campaign which begins April 20th! The Climate Action Campaign runs Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24. During that week, all one-time donations made through GlobalGiving, up to $500 per donor, will be matched at 50% and the initial donation for new recurring monthly gifts will be matched at 150%! The 2 projects that get the most individual donations during that week and 3 others from the top 10 (by popular vote) will be in the 2020 Climate Action Fund cohort and will receive year-long funding. This campaign is driving climate change solutions forward, and we couldn’t be more excited to participate. If you have the means to donate, we would very much appreciate your renewed commitment to climate change with a gift during the Climate Action Campaign, April 20 to April 24. Thanks so much.

There is also so much else you can do for the planet. I want to challenge you to do one thing today. Eat a meatless meal, take a shorter shower, turn off the lights when you leave the room, or lower the thermostat. And most of all, share what you are doing on social media or with your friends so that others can follow suit! We can use the power of social media to our advantage this Earth Day because even though we can’t gather in person, we can all do our part in responding to nature’s plea to do better! 

Above all, we hope that you and your families are staying healthy and happy during these times. EESI offers our unconditional support and love to all those affected.

Alpine Flower Of New Zealand
Alpine Flower Of New Zealand
Earth Day 50 is here!
Earth Day 50 is here!
We choose HOPE (TieGuanYin/pixabay)
We choose HOPE (TieGuanYin/pixabay)


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