Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience

by Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
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Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Engaging with Congress on Climate and Resilience
Clean energy leaders at EESI'S 2021 EXPO
Clean energy leaders at EESI'S 2021 EXPO

At this moment of urgency for climate action, you are making a difference. For example, you’ve enabled this timely analysis of what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

And you’ve helped push it out to subscribers of our biweekly Climate Change Solutions email newsletter! We cover the infrastructure deal and so much more - so you can stay informed. Want to subscribe? Click here! We have a strict privacy policy.

And just a couple weeks ago, you helped EESI to host its annual Congressional Clean Energy EXPO and Policy Forum. Five members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, delivered messages. Panelists included professionals and leaders from the energy efficiency and clean energy fields.

The latest annual EXPO explored climate change in the context of national security and renewable energy. Speakers also covered the crucial topic of what addressing climate change means for jobs and workforce development.

You’ve also enabled four briefings for congressional staff, businesses, nonprofits, and the public on the benefits of a national green bank, electric vehicles, and more! Check out our recent online briefings here

Thank you for caring about the climate crisis and recognizing the essential opportunities we have in 2021 to provide sustainable solutions. You make all of our work possible, including the Richard L. Ottinger Internship Program.

EESI’s paid internship program allows people like me to learn about climate policy, clean energy strategies, and nonprofits—right now, on a remote basis during the pandemic. As someone who is studying philanthropy, I have gained invaluable experience through this program that will help me launch my career.

You, like EESI, also understand that there are many problems facing our world, including racial inequality, the need to recover from the pandemic quickly in a way that fosters equity, and the need for workforce development and sustainability.

We recognize that to achieve an equitable and just transition to a decarbonized, clean energy economy, we need to ensure that marginalized voices are especially represented in policymaking.

Thank you so much for joining forces to create this future together.

Best,

Ashlyn Devine

EESI'S Dan Bresette and Rep. Kind (D-Wis.) - EXPO
EESI'S Dan Bresette and Rep. Kind (D-Wis.) - EXPO
Ashlyn Devine, Summer '21 EESI Development Intern
Ashlyn Devine, Summer '21 EESI Development Intern

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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).

Best,
Jocelyn

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

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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.

Best,
Tim

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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!

Sign up for our email lists to hear more about EESI's work! 

 

Thank you again and best regards,

Grace Linhares

EESI’s Summer Development Intern

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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

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