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In 2010 EESI…

  • Held 30 Congressional briefings.

  • Partnered with the Swiss Embassy to convene a high-level dialogue between Doris Leuthard, the Swiss President, and senior U.S. officials on developing a clean energy economy.

  • Worked with the Nordic Council to bring speakers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland to Capitol Hill to tell the stories of how their nations responded to the oil crises of the 1970s by investing heavily in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • Launched EESI's Twitter and Youtube profiles.

  • Continued to sponsor and participate in the Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO. This EXPO, the 13th, featured more than 50 sustainable energy exhibitors, presentations by several Members of Congress and Obama administration representatives, and a policy forum chaired by EESI’s Carol Werner.

  • Emailed Climate Change News to nearly 4,000 subscribers each Monday morning. The report was then reprinted in the U.S. Climate Action Network’s weekly news.

  • Began the "Help My House" partnership, an innovative pilot project to finance energy efficiency improvements for rural South Carolina homes with low-cost loans repaid through customers’ electric bills.

 

In 2009 EESI…

  • Celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a record-breaking 47 Congressional briefings.

  • Educated 3,500 people, including media, Congressional staff, scientists, federal and state employees, foreign government representatives, consultants, businesspeople, and others on climate change science and policy through 50 issues of Climate Change News, a weekly roundup of important climate news.

  • Launched its official Facebook page.

  • Completed a three‐year project on helping planners incorporate energy considerations and climate change prevention techniques by publishing Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future with the American Planning Association.

  • Completed a major two‐year project, “Developing Sustainable Bioenergy: A Tool to Revitalize Forest Ecosystems and Rural/Local Economies,” with the publication of the policy paper, Sustainable Forest Biomass: Promoting Renewable Energy and Forest Stewardship.

  • Supported policymakers in the development of the Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act (H.R. 2336) which aims to improve energy efficiency standards for public housing and federally‐assisted housing.

 

In 2008 EESI…

  • Organized 33 Congressional briefings and other events.

  • Received Charity Navigator's highest rating of 4-stars for the third year in a row. Charity Navigator is the largest evaluator of nonprofits.

  • Launched a new website (eesi.org) with additional features, content and improved search functions making it easier to find and connect environment, energy, and policy information.

  • Helped stage a press event on Capitol Hill that featured the “Solar Taxi,” a prototype solar-charged electric vehicle that has been traveling around the world.

  • Created promotional materials for an idle reduction curriculum, targeted at school bus operators and school officials. The program was developed by our project partner, the Utah Clean Cities Program.

  • Continued our joint project with the American Planning Association, “Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future,” designed to help planners both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the local and regional impacts of climate change.

  • Managed to get a number of the programs from EESI’s Farm Bill white paper, The 2007 Farm Bill: Policy Recommendations for Renewable Energy Production, incorporated into the Energy Title (Title IX) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Those programs included the Forest Biomass for Energy Program, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the Community Wood Energy Program.

  • Celebrated its 50th issue of Bioenergy, Climate Protection, Oil Reduction, which included a guest commentary by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

  • Had Executive Director Carol Werner be a participant in the Presidential Climate Action Project.

  • Sent Policy Associate Amy Sauer to Berlin, Germany, to speak at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s international conference, Greening the Economy: Sustainable Economy in Europe and the USA.

  • Focused on several green building initiatives and added a new page on High Performance Green Buildings to its website.

 

In 2007 EESI…

  • Worked with Members of Congress and its coalition partners to extend Renewable Production and Investment Tax Credits, Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, and efficiency tax credits in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

  • Focused on the Farm Bill reauthorization process, including the May release of an updated Farm Bill policy whitepaper, The 2007 Farm Bill: Policy Recommendations for Integrated Renewable Energy Production.

  • Began a Woody Biomass Initiative to explore and develop woody biomass from forestry operations and industrial residues as an emerging energy feedstock.

  • Began in earnest its three-year project Planning Our Way to a New Energy Future, in partnership with the American Planning Association (APA).

  • Held 35 briefings, which averaged over 100 attendees each.

 

In 2006 EESI…

  • Coordinated 24 Congressional briefings and forums.

  • Analyzed the key efficiency, renewable, biofuels, and tax provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct ‘05).

  • Increased the distribution of Climate Change News, EESI’s weekly electronic newsletter, by 82 percent to more than 1,600 subscribers, including every Congressional office.

  • Also increased the BCO: Bioenergy/Climate Protection/Oil Reduction subscriber list to more than 2,100 readers worldwide.

  • Served as a founding, leading national partner in the Plug-in Partners Campaign started by Austin Energy.

  • Worked with several Senate and House offices on flex-fuel plug-in hybrid policies.

  • Promoted the National Plug-In Hybrid Campaign and was instrumental in securing New York State’s significant support for this initiative.

  • Was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, Science News, BNA, and the Baltimore Examiner about plug-in hybrid policies.

  • Reformatted and renamed the electronic newsletter Clean Motion (formally National Clean Bus Update) to reflect the expanding scope of our transportation program. The subscriber base increased 63 percent, reaching 1,310 readers.

  • Worked closely with the House Science Committee on the Alternative Energy Research and Development Act (H.R. 6203), which was passed in September.

 

In 2005 EESI…

  • Held a total of 27 Congressional briefings and forums.

  • Co-sponsored a climate change symposium with the Norwegian Embassy entitled “Meeting the Climate Challenge in the Arctic Region.”

  • Helped coordinate a Members-only biobased products expo on the Hill.

  • Published "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change," a fact sheet summarizing eight scientific reports and international agreements that demonstrate the global scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and human activities are contributing to this change.

  • Helped develop tax credit policy proposals and other incentives for the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

  • Helped defend the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program from significant funding cuts; ultimately it received a modest funding increase.

  • Expanded the National Clean Bus Update, EESI’s monthly electronic newsletter, to include information on other emission reduction and energy efficiency technologies for heavy-duty vehicles (e.g., idling reduction), as well as health impacts of transportation-related air pollution.

 

In 2004 EESI…

  • Spearheaded the successful effort to save the critical Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants Program of the 2002 Farm Bill.

  • Organized 17 Congressional briefings and forums.

  • Focused on the Climate Stewardship Act (CSA). EESI was successful in helping include in the enacted bill a three-year extension of the Energy Savings Performance Contract authority, thereby improving energy and water efficiency in federal buildings and saving taxpayer dollars.

  • Grew the readership of the Agriculture and Energy newsletter BCO (Bioenergy/Climate Protection/Oil Reduction) to more than 800 subscribers.

  • Held its second annual National Clean Bus Leadership Recognition Program.

  • Helped in the development of a new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for green buildings.

  • Helped once again put together the Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technology Expo. This 7th EXPO was the first to include a policy forum.

  • Launched a new EESI publication, EESI Update, a free publication designed to keep friends and supporters up-to-date on EESI’s ongoing work.

 

In 2003 EESI…

  • Focused on the Climate Stewardship Act and the Energy Bill. The Act was the first Congressional legislation proposing mandatory reductions of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to be brought to a vote. However, it was defeated 43-55 in the Senate.

  • Held a policy forum on October 7, “The 30th Anniversary of the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo: Congressional and Energy Leaders Review Three Decades of Energy Progress and Failure.”

  • Held 26 of its highly respected Capitol Hill technology and policy briefings.

  • Closely monitored the implementation of the Energy Title of the 2002 Farm Bill.

  • Initiated a Clean Bus Project largely focused on the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).

  • Began to post the Clean Bus Update on the website, providing recent research and policy developments to clean bus stakeholders.

  • Wrote a landmark paper for the Funders’ Network on Smart Growth and Livable Communities, examining the connections between smart growth, energy, and global climate change. The paper was entitled Energy Smart Growth: It’s about How and Where We Build.

 

In 2002 EESI…

  • Prepared a white paper on the revitalization of agriculture with renewable energy technologies. Many of EESI’s suggestions became part of a new energy title in the Farm Bill, which was signed into law on May 13.

  • Led the inaugural “Clean Fourteen” renewable energy leadership awards to honor the Congressmen and Senators who made significant contributions to the inclusion of clean energy provisions in the National Energy Bill.

  • Held 24 Congressional briefings.

  • Focused its efforts on the National Energy Bill, which ultimately died in the closing minutes of the 107th Congress.

  • Worked with Senator Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) staff to include a section on “Healthy, High-Performance Schools,” in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.

  • Held a standing-room only, Congressional staff-only briefing on the dynamics surrounding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) legislation.

  • Resumed publication of its electronic newsletter ECO (Ethanol, Climate Protection, Oil Reduction).

  • Collaborated with Bluewater Network and Climate Solutions to form the Renewable Energy Action Project (REAP) coalition, which includes more than 40 environmental, economic development and agricultural groups.

 

In 2001 EESI…

  • Highlighted events in Europe, including the 2001 European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition, the 17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, and the 12th European Conference and Technology Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry.

  • Cosponsored the Acid Rain Conference with the Center for Environmental Information.

  • Provided outreach for the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition’s House Energy Bill briefing.

  • Helped the House Climate Change Caucus write a Dear Colleague letter on the new National Academies of Sciences' Abrupt Climate Changes Report.

  • Wrote “Revitalizing the Rural Economy Through Renewable Energy Development,” a policy paper aimed at incorporating renewables into the Farm Bill of 2002.

 

In 2000 EESI…

  • Assisted Evelyn Hurwich of the Circumpolar Conservation Union in a briefing and report release on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Alaska.

  • Assisted the National Neighborhood Coalition in spreading the word about a smart growth forum in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Planned and coordinated the Hill activities for the Solar Energy Forum.

  • Planned, organized, and conducted 25 congressional briefings and events to educate Members of Congress and their staffs.

  • Began drafting the Sustainable Energy Coalition’s blueprint for the New Administration and Congress.