Nov 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Bonus Day & Protect Climate Day!

Solar power helps curb climate change
Solar power helps curb climate change

 Change is coming to Washington. Please protect our climate by giving today. You are needed more than ever!

Starting NOW (at Midnight), EESI is competing with many other worthy nonprofits on the Global Giving platform for gifts and matching funds from the Gates Foundation. It will match 50% of #GivingTuesday donations starting at midnight, but only while matching funds last.

You and I know we need to engage with Congress in the new year and all year long on sustainable energy, clean fuels, more sustainable communities, and bipartisan solutions to climate change.

You make that happen with your gift today. And, when you begin new recurring donations on Global Giving any time between Giving Tuesday to December 31, recurring gifts will be matched at 200%, up to $100, on the fourth donation.

On January 3rd, the new Congress will meet for the first time—with new staff and a need for knowledge and stories about the benefits of clean energy, multimodal transportation, and sustainable infrastructure.

They’ll need to understand that our military sees climate change as a threat multiplier and destabilizing force—and that they want renewable energy to make their operations less dangerous. We'll showcase these voices.

Our representatives need to understand that retrofitting homes creates good jobs that can’t be outsourced, and helps families, their constituents, save money on energy bills—bills that are way too high for too many Americans.

You can help make sure this happens when you give generously to EESI today. Please be as generous as you can--and help us advance clean energy and protect the climate! 

With your gift, you ensure that EESI will be there, providing stories and information about clean energy and climate—acting in the public interest, and in YOUR interest!

EESI was proudly founded by a bipartisan group of members of Congress who understood that environmental and energy issues are not Democratic or Republican—and that good information is needed for good governance.

Today EESI is an independent nonprofit, whose work is made possible by people like YOU.

Please show your support starting now because it's Giving Tuesday!

All year  EESI showcases commonsense ideas to policymakers and the public. Now is the time to give back during Giving Tuesday! Thank you so much! 

You protect our planet when you give today
You protect our planet when you give today
Experts help policymakers understand key issues
Experts help policymakers understand key issues

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Nov 24, 2016

Now what? Getting ready to engage the new Congress

Department of Energy Solar Decathalon
Department of Energy Solar Decathalon

So, what now?

Help us get ready to engage with the new Congress on Clean Energy, Climate, and More – on Giving Tuesday!

With your renewed support through Global Giving, we’ll keep engaging with Congress on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and we'll keep advancing innovative win-win climate policy solutions.

You’re needed more than ever to help us engage with the new Congress to showcase sustainable solutions and the benefits of renewable energy, energy efficiency, better buildings, and multi-modal transportation.

When’s a good time to make your next gift? Early on Giving Tuesday, November 29th! It’s just around the corner, so mark your calendars to give back after Thanksgiving – and help put the giving back in Thanksgiving.

Donors to EESI through Global Giving have the opportunity to make an extra impact with their gift, thanks to a $500,000 donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that all nonprofits on Global Giving including EESI are competing for!

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match 50% of #GivingTuesday donations starting at midnight, and only while matching funds last. EESI is competing with other nonprofits for the chance to win these bonus dollars when YOU give on Giving Tuesday, starting at midnight.

And, because year-round support is critically important to fully engage with Congress on climate and energy, all new recurring donations made from Giving Tuesday (November 29) to December 31 will be matched at 200%, up to $100, on the fourth recurring donation.

On January 3rd, the new Congress will meet for the first time—with new staff and a need for knowledge and stories about the benefits of clean energy, multimodal transportation, and sustainable infrastructure.

And they need to know that Americans across the country care about the environment—and are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Your contributions are critical as we engage with Congressional offices to make meaningful strides towards a sustainable future.

Starting at midnight (EST) on Giving Tuesday, November 29, be sure to give and encourage your friends and loved ones to give as well.

Your donation helps us form strategies; research and compile background information; and provide a venue for policymakers and clean energy advocates alike at briefings. On November 16th, we held a briefing on “What Environmental Action Is China Taking After Paris?” with expert speakers from China explaining why they were moving ahead with their climate plans. 

An official from Sichuan province showed pictures of Chinese residents submerged in thick, toxic smog: the Chinese government has an enormous incentive to reduce pollution and transition to clean energy. You and others like you made that event possible!

On November 29th, as soon as you can (matching funds run out fast!), head to Global Giving and make a contribution to EESI! This November 29th, join the movement and give a donation or gift to power the voices in your community. Thank you so very much! 

Chinese speakers share why China is moving ahead
Chinese speakers share why China is moving ahead
Wind is one of many forms of clean energy
Wind is one of many forms of clean energy

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Sep 15, 2016

Help Coal-dependent Regions Transition and Thrive!

Henry Fain, coal worker in Appalachia, 1946
Henry Fain, coal worker in Appalachia, 1946

How are federal policy and people’s lives connected? With your GlobalGiving gift and the support of others like you, EESI co-sponsored a screening and panel discussion of After Coal, a documentary about how traditional coal communities are coping as the world continues its transition away from fossil fuels. When you renew your support today, we will continue to highlight the importance of federal assistance for such communities.

In the film After Coal, Carl Shoupe, a third-generation coal miner from Harlan County, Kentucky, explains, “Coal came in the 20th century like blasting guns and that was a good thing back then. Now it’s the 21st century and it’s a thing of the past.”

Carl tells us that his grandfather helped start the mine, but shares that “I don’t see it as part of my future or my grandchildren’s future.”

So, how do policymakers respond to Carl’s needs, and those of his grandchildren? How does the federal government help to facilitate a just transition away from coal? EESI and its partners hosted a free screening and panel discussion with experts to help the policy community understand the struggle these communities are going through and what can be done to help them.

In fact, Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky recently introduced the RECLAIM Act, with bipartisan support. This bill would make $1 billion in federal funds available to vulnerable, historically coal-dependent communities.

If enacted, it would help these communities, which are struggling with high unemployment due to the loss of coal jobs, by making federal funds available to restore abandoned coal mine lands—areas that can contribute to the economy through the growth of new business and tourism opportunities!

When you give to EESI through GlobalGiving, you are helping policymakers understand the connections between their policy decisions and how they can truly help people improve their communities, restore their lands, and bring additional economic opportunities!

Thank you again for your support. You are making Congressional offices, advocacy groups, and media understand that there are ways to help coal-impacted communities transition to a more sustainable and equitable regional economy!

Martins Fork Lake, Harlan County, Kentucky
Martins Fork Lake, Harlan County, Kentucky
"After Coal" Panel Discussion EESI co-sponsored
"After Coal" Panel Discussion EESI co-sponsored

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