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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Jun 15, 2016

50% Match at 9am EDT: Help Educate a New Generation of Climate and Energy Leaders

Give today on Bonus Day for a 50% match!
Give today on Bonus Day for a 50% match!

Today is Global Giving Bonus Day, starting at 9am EDT! Because you are a supporter of clean energy and climate policy through EESI’s project on Global Giving, I wanted to make sure you were aware of this incredible opportunity to make an even greater impact TODAY, starting at 9am EDT!

As of 9 am EDT, Global Giving’s partner nonprofits (including EESI) will start competing for Global Giving's matching funds. As we are a Global Giving Superstar partner, donations made to EESI through the Global Giving website will be matched at 50% for gifts of up to $1,000 per donor, while funds remain!

With such a great opportunity, and with so many nonprofits competing on the Global Giving platform, matching funds are expected to run out very quickly, so please give right at 9am EDT!

$110,000 is available in Global Giving Bonus Day matching funds today! Each donation you make today—from $10 to $1,000—will help EESI compete for two bonus awards of $1,000: one for being the organization earning the most funds today, and the other for having the most individual donors. This is the biggest Global Giving matching gift opportunity of the year! 

You know you are helping to advance clean energy and climate policy with your gift, allowing EESI to hold timely briefings with well-regarded experts.

Did you know that you are also helping to educate the next generation of individuals working to find innovative solutions to address climate change, participants in the Richard L. Ottinger Internship Program? You are! This is crucial for fostering clean energy progress in the United States, and indeed around the world! EESI’s former interns are now working on domestic policy issues, but also on issues in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. 

For instance, one of EESI’s summer 2015 interns, Sharmen Hettipola, is now leading a project to sustainably retrofit a school in Sri Lanka. Her proposal won a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, a program that encourages undergraduates attending U.S. colleges to design projects that promote peace.

Sharmen’s project will sustainably rebuild three classrooms and multiple bathrooms in a small village school in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Repairing the building and creating more space will prevent the loss of one-on-one attention from teachers, motivating students to continue with their studies. Sharmen visited the Mailapitiya School in 2012, and members of her extended family, all of whom live in and around the Mailapitiya district, have visited the school many times, establishing connections with the staff and the students.

Sharmen explained, “My time as an intern at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute heavily influenced the content of my winning project proposal. As the communications intern at EESI, I was given the opportunity to read some of the biggest environmental news stories of the day and many of them focused on the need for international environmental action.”

Reading these news stories at EESI helped her realize the connection between poverty and environmentalism. She worked closely with Ellen Vaughan, EESI’s High Performance Green Buildings Policy Director, to revise her proposal and incorporate features like the use of local materials and recycled content, the installation of a natural ventilation system, the incorporation of feasible sources of renewable energy, and more.

EESI works to give all interns substantive and interesting experience and exposure to the policy community in Washington, DC.

Your renewed support—especially today, on Bonus Day—helps EESI continue to educate young people, like Sharmen, as well as members of Congress about the myriad ways to support action on climate change and renewable energy. Thank you for your commitment and support.

Sharmen told us, “My time as an intern at EESI turned into one of my favorite summers and I definitely miss it this year! I thank EESI for their resources and their continued work in inspiring citizens to take action in creating a more sustainable world.”

Thank you so much for supporting EESI as we continue to work for a more sustainable world, by finding innovative solutions for energy and climate challenges—especially today, Global Giving Bonus Day.

Former EESI Intern, Sharmen Hettipola
Former EESI Intern, Sharmen Hettipola
Hill Country Sri Lanka by Jenna Rose Robbins
Hill Country Sri Lanka by Jenna Rose Robbins
EESI's Summer 2015 Interns
EESI's Summer 2015 Interns

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