Founding in 1984:

EESI grew out of the Environmental and Energy Study Conference, a bipartisan and bicameral Congressional caucus originally formed in 1975 by then-Congressmen Dick Ottinger (D-NY), John Heinz (R-PA), John Seiberling (D-Ohio), and Gilbert Gude (R-MD), and which grew to encompass more than 85 Senators and 295 Representatives—a majority of the House and Senate. These forward-thinking Congressional representatives from both parties identified a need for policymakers to have more access to fact-based information on energy and environmental issues.

Because the Conference was unable to support its work entirely on Congressional funds and Hill rules prohibited the receipt of outside financial support, the leadership of the Study Conference established its successor, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), as a separate and distinct 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1984. EESI, now controlled by an independent board of directors, continues to provide information and policy resources to Congress on energy and environmental issues. Dick Ottinger, the sole surviving co-founder, continues to serve on EESI’s Board of Directors.

In 1988, EESI's Board issued a policy declaration stating that it is a moral imperative to address climate change and that all of EESI's work should be looked at through a climate lens—a principle that continues to guide us today. EESI seeks to unite a range of constituencies behind win-win climate and clean energy solutions by emphasizing the multiple benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the substantial costs of inaction.

 

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In 2015 EESI…

  • Informed Congress and the policy community about EPA's Clean Power Plan, examining options for states and low-income communities. EESI convened three briefings to examine key policy and legal issues associated with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, finalized in August 2015 but placed on hold by the Supreme Court in February 2016. The Clean Power Plan is the first time carbon emissions from existing power plants, which accounted for 38.7 percent of domestic carbon emissions in 2014, would be limited in the United States. EESI kicked off the series with a look at the legal issues, with a briefing entitled, EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Will it Work and Will it Be Upheld? In another briefing, EESI dug into the issue of state compliance with How Are States Planning to Comply With the Clean Power Plan? The three briefings were covered in multiple media outlets, including ClimateWire, Fierce Energy, Penn Energy, and The Washington Examiner. One of the briefings—How Can States Comply with the Clean Power Plan?—was carried live on C-Span. EESI's Executive Director Carol Werner called the Clean Power Plan "a real opportunity for states," which can take advantage of clean energy and energy efficiency measures to grow their economies and create well-paid, local jobs. In 2016, EESI has continued to examine issues associated with the Clean Power Plan, including impacts and opportunities for low-income communities and communities of color..

  • Became a "go-to" organization for rural electric utilities launching on-bill financing programs for clean energy home upgrades. EESI’s On-Bill Financing Assistance Project is an ongoing initiative aimed at helping families reduce their energy usage, cut energy bills, and improve home comfort—all with no upfront costs. EESI achieves this by working with municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives to establish "on-bill financing" programs: households borrow money to upgrade their homes, and repay the loans through a monthly charge on their utility bills. In 2015, EESI's partnerships with utilities in Michigan and Iowa led to the development of on-bill financing programs with utilities in those states, with additional promising opportunities in Iowa, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Missouri. EESI will continue to offer technical assistance to utilities in 2016 and beyond to promote this approach to financing for energy efficiency, as well as community solar. The White House sees on-bill financing as a key, low-cost way for states to meet the Clean Power Plan's goals and help families struggling with high electricity bills; it has asked EESI to help make its rural energy efficiency loan program friendlier to potential borrowers. And, the National Research Council held a two-day workshop drawn from EESI's briefings on rural cooperative clean energy strategies.

  • Brought attention to the health dangers of gasoline emissions. EESI called attention to the pressing need to clean up our vehicle fuels, both to protect the climate and to protect our health. In addition to representing 27 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, tailpipe emissions from gasoline and diesel vehicles release ground-level ozone and other potent air toxics, such as particulate matter and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These pollutants have been linked to a host of health and developmental issues, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cardio-pulmonary effects, and cancers. Auto manufacturers say new efficient-engine technology needs cleaner fuels to achieve higher performance. To inform the EPA and the public on this, EESI organized briefings and published fact sheets, press releases, and an op-ed.

  • Called for action to help communities face the impacts of climate change. Communities are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, including increases in extreme weather and rising sea levels. Many of these communities do not have the resources to respond to climate impacts through adaptation strategies to improve their resilience, making federal assistance critical for them. EESI's series of four briefings and one issue brief made the case for climate change adaptation and increased resilience, and provided options for action. Better preparedness saves lives and money. For every $1 spent in disaster preparation and planning, U.S. taxpayers save $4 in recovery costs after an extreme weather event.

  • Helped “pave the way” for mass transit increases in the new Transportation Bill. A series of briefings at the beginning of the year, and behind-the-scenes collaboration with key Congressional offices, helped pave the way for a bipartisan six-year Transportation Bill with strong support for mass transit. EESI's Hill briefings, held in partnership with the American Public Transportation Association, focused on the investment needs of the mass transit system. EESI’s well-crafted panels had speakers who emphasized that such investments would be very worthwhile: every $1 spent on mass transit results in $4 in economic benefits. The 2015 Transportation Bill increases spending on transit programs from $8.6 billion to $10.6 billion in 2020—a 23 percent rise—and also increases funding for pedestrian and bicycle programs, a win for public health, mobility options, air pollution, and the climate.

  • Earned a Top 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and a Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. EESI was deemed a Four Star Charity (the highest possible rating) by the nation’s premiere charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, for the ninth time since 2005. According to Charity Navigator President Ken Berger, "the Environmental and Energy Study Institute outperforms most other charities in America." EESI earned the highest possible score (100) on accountability and transparency measures. EESI was also proud to earn a 2015 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits, the Yelp of the nonprofit world, for the fifth year in a row.

  • Showcased the growth and success of energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in bipartisan Congressional Expo. EESI played a fundamental role in organizing the Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo, which showcased a cross-section of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to more than 800 attendees. Held in partnership with the House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, the Expo brought together 46 companies/organizations, six Administration officials, and seven Members of Congress (from both sides of the aisle). EESI also showcased renewables in several briefings (see list, including Find Out How Many Solar Jobs Were Created in Your State and Offshore Wind: Can the U.S. Catch Up with Europe?) and fact sheets (Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 2015; Fuel Cells). The Expo's policy forum and all of these briefings were livestreamed, reaching a diverse audience of hundreds more across the country.

  • Helped increase federal funding for energy efficiency in buildings. EESI put energy efficiency in buildings front and center in 2015, and it paid off! Federal funding for the Building Technologies Office, part of the Department of Energy, increased 16.57 percent. This action came after an EESI briefing focused specifically on the Office’s budget request for 2016. Reducing U.S. building energy consumption would have a major impact, as buildings represent 40 percent of the total energy used in the United States and 70 percent of U.S. electricity usage. EESI also substantially expanded the number of exhibitors from the buildings industry at the 2015 Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo. Making buildings and the products that go into them more energy efficient will save billions of dollars each year, improve comfort, and reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Emphasized the federal budget's critical role in moving to a sustainable economy. At the request of the bipartisan House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus, EESI publishes an issue brief and convenes a Congressional briefing every year to examine the proposed federal budget's impact on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The federal government plays a critical role in funding early-stage research and development that the private sector is often incapable or unwilling to undertake, and as a market for clean technologies as the federal government is the largest consumer of energy in the country. Demystifying these complex documents for Congress, so that it will have a better understanding of the benefits of clean energy spending, is more important than ever.

  • Examined China's climate actions and renewable energy initiatives. EESI worked in collaboration with the ChinaFAQs Project of the World Resources Institute to examine the actions China is taking on climate change and clean energy, as well as U.S.-Chinese cooperation on these issues. Always a contentious Congressional issue, China has been the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide since 2007, when it overtook the United States. China will play a critical role as the international community seeks to keep global warming well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as agreed during the Paris climate conference in December. EESI's briefing on China's actions, and an op-ed by EESI Executive Director Carol Werner in The Hill, made it clear that the United States is not alone in tackling climate change.

 

In 2014 EESI…

  • Celebrated 30 successful, impactful years of educating national policymakers and furthering win-win sustainable solutions. EESI was launched in 1984 as an independent nonprofit providing information and policy resources to Congress on energy and environmental issues. Since then, the policy community in the nation’s capital has come to depend on EESI’s highly regarded public briefings, email news, and technical assistance. EESI grew out of a bipartisan and bicameral Congressional caucus formed in 1975 by then-Congressmen Dick Ottinger (now our board chair emeritus), John Heinz, and Gilbert Gude.

  • Expanded our on-bill financing program—which helps rural households save energy and money, while reducing overall emissions—into a national effort. On-bill financing allows households to pay for energy efficiency retrofits with loans that are repaid through their utility bills. In most cases, the energy savings outweigh the loan's cost, leading to lower bills! Thanks in part to EESI's work, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making low-cost funds available to rural utilities for energy efficiency projects, including on-bill financing. EESI is helping rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities design and implement such programs, providing benefits to them and their customers. On-bill financing programs can also be a compliance strategy under the proposed Clean Power Plan.

  • Showcased the National Climate Assessment, a milestone report, through a year-long series of six briefings. EESI examined the various impacts climate change is already having on different U.S. regions, and the devastating impacts it will likely have if allowed to proceed un-checked. EESI's briefings provided an overview of the National Climate Assessment as a whole, and then examined climate impacts in four regions: the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. A sixth briefing focused on the climate threats facing sites of national significance (e.g., the Statue of Liberty). Many of these are particularly vulnerable to climate threats such as sea level rise or wildfires.

  • Defended the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has helped level the playing field for biofuels as they compete with petroleum products. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires a certain amount of renewable biofuels to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply, in order to spur economic growth in rural areas, lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and reduce carbon emissions. EESI brought in distinguished speakers who highlighted the latest research on biofuels, which finds them to be significantly more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. In a second briefing, our policy audience learned about cellulosic ethanol, a biofuel made with organic wastes that is just beginning to reach commercial scale. Weakening or repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard now would hamper an emerging, advanced renewable energy industry just as it is beginning to take off.

  • Highlighted the fast-growing clean energy sector for policymakers and the media EESI highlighted the critical importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our nation's economy. An EESI briefing showcased the 2013 solar industry job census, and one of our most popular factsheets was Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. There are now more U.S. jobs in the renewable energy sector than there are in the fossil fuel sector.

  • Shed light on the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions With a briefing, The Supreme Court and EPA Carbon Rules, and a fact sheet, Timeline of EPA Actions on Greenhouse Gases, EESI tackled the controversial topic of EPA’s rules on greenhouse gas emissions. EESI sought to help policymakers understand EPA's basis for action and why the Supreme Court has so far upheld the Agency’s rules.

  • Played a lead role in organizing the 17th Congressional Renewable Energy and Efficiency Expo EESI was a lead organizer of the 2014 Expo. A roaring success, it featured 41 exhibitors and 34 speakers, including two Members of Congress (Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Rep. Paul Tonko of New York). Over 500 members of the policymaking community attended the day-long event.

  • Showcased how buildings can be made more resilient while also making them more affordable and sustainable Two EESI briefings, Can Housing Be Affordable, Resilient, and Sustainable? and Building Resilience: Saving Money, Saving Communities, Saving Lives, showed that it is absolutely possible to have strong and green buildings that withstand hurricane-force winds, conserve energy and water, and remain operational during a power outage. Increasing energy efficiency in buildings is one of the best ways to address climate change.

  • Designed and launched a more visually appealing and user-friendly website that attracts more than 16,000 unique visitors every month. EESI completely revamped its website to better serve the policymaking community. A powerful search interface is one of the new website’s key features, giving visitors the ability to easily hone in on one of EESI’s 100 issue briefs and fact sheets, 700 web articles, 275 newsletters, or one of 250 recent briefings. The new site makes it easier than ever to watch briefing livecasts, and to view the full recording long after the event.

  • Received resounding positive feedback from our stakeholders, becoming one of only three environmental nonprofits in D.C. to be named a Top-Rated Nonprofit. For the fourth time in a row, EESI earned the Top-Rated Nonprofit designation and EESI continues to maintain a perfect score in Charity Navigator's Accountability and Transparency ratings. Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator, only awards full marks to the most accountable and transparent organizations.

 

In 2013 EESI…

  • Teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the University of Maryland to release Energy 101, a unique, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary model framework born out of the desire to introduce college students to energy literacy and sustainability.

  • Helped inspire the Department of Agriculture to launch an energy efficiency loan program for rural communities. In July 2013, South Carolina's consumer-owned rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) released the very encouraging results of their "Help My House" loan pilot program, with which EESI was closely involved. Inspired in part by these results, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.

  • Earned top 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for the seventh time in a row and named one of only five Top-Rated environmental nonprofits in D.C. by GreatNonprofits, the Yelp of nonprofits.

  • Pushed for fast climate mitigation through action on short-lived climate pollutants. EESI twice partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to organize briefings on international efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

  • Emphasized the value of minimum building codes to the policymaking community. EESI authored and disseminated a paper on The Value and Impact of Building Codes to help state and local code advocates make the case for the adoption and enforcement of current building codes.

  • Emphasized the urgent need to update the nation’s electricity grid. Transmission issues are growing in importance as the grid begins to integrate more renewable energy resources, and as climate change makes resilience a pressing concern.

  • Promoted policy options to expand energy-efficient transportation options. In March, EESI held a briefing in partnership with the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to highlight the conclusions of its Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study. The study explored how U.S. transportation sector emissions could be cut 80 percent by 2050.

  • Examined how to ensure funding for critical investment in our transportation infrastructure. EESI published a comprehensive issue brief, Federal Funding for U.S. Transit and Roadway Infrastructure, detailing how U.S. funding for its transportation infrastructure can be put on a sound footing.

  • Shared the most recent climate change polling findings with Congress and the public. In an EESI briefing broadcast live by C-SPAN, Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick provided survey evidence that, in every state, a majority of respondents agree that global warming is happening.

  • Worked with minorities and tribes to expand the conversation on climate change. EESI partnered with the NAACP, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and the Franciscan Action Network to organize a briefing on the disproportionate impact climate change has on communities of color and tribal nations.

 

In 2012 EESI…

  • Helped develop Energy 101, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to spread energy literacy in U.S. colleges. A peer-reviewed model framework for college-level "Introduction to Energy courses," Energy 101 introduces students to principles of energy literacy and sustainability, and encourages them to pursue energy careers.

  • Published a "Blueprint for Advancing High-Performance Homes," which was featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Issues in Science and Technology and examined how homes can be made more energy efficient and sustainable.

  • Released the promising initial findings for South Carolina's "Help My House" pilot: participating households were projected to save an average of more than $400 per year (after loan payments) by reducing their electricity use an average of 35 percent.

  • Worked with the Embassy of Germany on a briefing about clean energy financing, which emphasized the need for a predictable investment climate, featuring stable policies that make it easy for companies to plan over the long-term.

  • Brought attention to the critical energy implications of the Farm Bill and argued for mandatory funding of the bill's energy title, which promotes rural development through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and investments in domestic bioenergy.

  • Called for increased adaptation, resiliency, and mitigation measures on climate change, following two of the most devastating disasters to ever hit the United States: Hurricane Sandy and the yearlong drought across the Midwest.

  • Showcased the rise of electric vehicles and what can be done to speed their deployment with one standing-room only briefing and two fact sheets.

  • Helped organize the 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum, which attracted over 550 visitors, 50 exhibitors and 32 speakers, including Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA).

  • Received Charity Navigator's top rating — Four Stars — in 2012, for the sixth time in a row. Charity Navigator is America's leading charity rater.

  • Was recognized as one of Washington D.C.'s Top Five Environmental Nonprofits by GreatNonprofits, the Yelp of nonprofits (thanks to your fantastic reviews!).

 

In 2011 EESI…

  • Completed the installation phase of our "Help My House" pilot project on innovative financing for home energy retrofits in South Carolina, in partnership with South Carolina's rural electric cooperatives.

  • Brought together climate and transportation experts for an adaptation planning workshop, Climate Adaptation and Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs, in partnership with the Center for Clean Air Policy.

  • Held a high-level, invitation-only workshop in St Paul, Minnesota, on bioenergy and climate change.

  • Launched Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests (SBFF), a weekly newsletter about sustainable bioenergy and biomass policy issues.

  • Highlighted green job creation with a fact sheet, Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which was accessed over 5,000 times.

  • Published an extensive issue brief on fossil fuel subsidies, Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Closer Look at Tax Breaks, Special Accounting, and Societal Costs.

  • Provided comments on the proposed Clean Energy Standard to include Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

  • Held our first ever briefing specifically on Chinese energy policies. China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but also the largest user of clean energy.

  • Informed policymakers about the benefits of sustainable transportation policies for the 2012 Transportation Bill.

  • The Washington Post published our op-ed, "Going Green Saves Soldiers' Lives."

  • Produced 33 videos.

 

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.

 

2In 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.

 

In 1999 EESI…

  • Helped the Smart Growth America Coalition develop its federal policy team.

  • Was pleased to send Executive Director Carol Werner to the Administration’s Bioenergy Initiative. Her participation led to EESI achieving a place on the White House roundtable where President Clinton signed his Executive Order on bioenergy and biobased products.

  • Addressed new issues such as Energy Smart Schools, Eco-Tax Initiatives, and Agricultural Biotechnology.

  • Developed a website for the organization.

  • Created the Ethanol, Climate Protection, and Oil Reduction (ECO) newsletter, published monthly.

  • Held 17 Congressional briefings.

  • Participated in the Transatlantic Environmental Dialogue, which encourages exchanges of information between U.S. and European environmental organizations.

 

In 1998 EESI…

  • Saw Carol Werner take on the role of Executive Director.

  • Held 24 Congressional forums.

  • Organized the Washington Metropolitan Regional Forum to address local development concerns about federal policy and urban sprawl.

  • Was successful in promoting the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the reauthorization of the Air Quality Improvement Program by Congress.

  • Co-chaired the Combined Heat and Power Summit with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Served on the board of the New Uses Council.

  • Presented a paper on European ecological tax reform at the Progressive Challenge tax policy forum, which was broadcast on C-SPAN.

  • Had Program Director Don Gray appointed by the Speaker of the House as the environmental public interest member of the Defense Environmental Response Task Force.

  • Produced a paper entitled “Road Relief: Tax and Pricing Shifts for a Fairer, Cleaner, and Less Congested Transportation System in Washington State,” which was used by policymakers to review current transportation projects and corridors.

 

In 1997 EESI…

  • Put on more than 15 Congressional briefings.

  • Gave particular focus to the implications of reauthorizing the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) on the environment.

  • Published a report on Alternative Environmental Compliance Strategies for businesses looking to meet pollution regulations.

 

In 1995 and 1996 EESI…

  • Developed proposals on how to cut the costs of federal drinking water regulations. Several EESI recommendations were integrated into the Safe Drinking Water Act, one of the few environmental bills to pass Congress and be signed into law.

  • Helped create a Congressional Renewable Energy Caucus, which was successful in boosting federal funding for renewables.

  • Published more than 50 reports on environmental and energy issues and legislation.

  • Served as a two-way conduit of information and ideas between communities and federal policymakers to help support improved planning to reduce urban sprawl.

  • Continued to facilitate the cleanup of shut-down military bases.

  • Focused on water conservation efforts in the arid West.

  • Researched possible tax reforms that could help do a better job of protecting the environment, producing jobs, and drawing investments.

 

In 1994 EESI…

  • Celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

  • Assumed the writing of the Weekly Bulletin, a non-partisan update of Congressional developments on energy and environmental priorities.

  • Organized 32 Congressional briefings and released 23 publications.

  • Promoted the principles of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and pushed to replace the National Highway System with the National Transportation System, which looks more holistically at alternative transportation methods nationwide.

  • Strengthened bonds with those involved in Native American water rights negotiations and resource issues.

  • Developed a proposal to expand market access to products of export interest, such as textiles and footwear, for the world’s least developed countries. This policy would encourage foreign investment and help conserve overexploited natural resources in underdeveloped nations.

  • Began publishing PULSE Reports (Policy Updates and Legislative Series on the Environment) to provide a timely, objective source of periodic insight on environmental and energy issues.

 

In 1993 EESI…

  • Developed 46 educational programs for policymakers.

  • Held its 8th Annual Congressional Leadership Dinner, this year honoring Republican Senator John Chafee from Rhode Island for his contributions to clean air and water efforts and wetland protection.

  • Hosted the Sustainable Energy Budget Coalition and testified on the Coalition’s behalf before six Congressional subcommittees.

  • Pushed for strong implementation of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 through the Surface Transportation Policy Project coalition.

  • Formulated a proposal to enable small, low-income communities to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • Co-founded a Congressional staff working group to explore the links between trade and the environment. The working group also considered policy strategies to minimize the negative impacts of liberalized trade on the environment.

  • Organized a 120-member national coalition to preserve the “rubberized asphalt” provision of ISTEA. This provision was the largest federal recycling program at the time, turning 250 million tires annually into asphalt pavement.

 

In 1992 EESI…

  • Brought together Congressional staff, public and private organizations, and other key government officials to define energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to include in the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

  • Worked with a consortium of groups on a five-part “green” tax package, which was incorporated into the Energy Policy Act.

  • Worked to mobilize support for a U.S. commitment to stabilize carbon dioxide in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED or Earth Summit).

  • Was instrumental in the eventual signing of the Earth Summit's biodiversity convention by the Clinton Administration. EESI published several reports on the topic and served on working groups that brought together industry and government representatives to address the biodiversity initiative.

  • Organized a series of round tables for Members of Congress and specialists to explore the relationship between environmental security and economic security.

  • Remained closely involved in Water Quality 2000, a broad-based effort by more than 80 organizations to reach consensus on protecting U.S. water quality for the next century.

 

In 1991 EESI…

  • Mourned the passing of Senator John Heinz and former Congressman John Fisher, both founders and directors of the organization.

  • Influenced the environmentally conscious nature of the new Transportation Bill through the Surface Transportation Policy Project, for which EESI served on the steering committee.

  • Prepared an Energy Legislative Summary to compare more than 140 bills that were introduced in the wake of the Gulf War and the Bush Administration's National Energy Strategy.

  • Had Program Director Don Gray appointed by the Speaker of the House as the only non-governmental member of the task force charged with finding ways to clean up groundwater at military bases scheduled for closing. The task force report included many of Don’s proposals.

  • Organized a national workshop on agricultural water conservation in Denver, Colorado.

  • Published a task force report entitled “Partnership for Sustainable Development.” The report was critical to international sustainability initiatives for Members of Congress, the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and the EPA.

  • Began publishing Earth Summit Update, a newsletter meant to inform readers of the role that Congress must play at the UNCED.

 

In 1990 EESI…

  • Saw Gus Speth become chairman of its Board, replacing Roger Sant.

  • Put together a Task Force on International Cooperation for Sustainable Development.

  • Initiated a Congressional working group on the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development.

  • Began a World Forest Agreement Working Group.

  • Held EARTHTECH 90, a major technology fair and forum. Ninety-five companies, non-profits, and federal agencies mounted exhibits.

  • Worked with Congress to require the Architect of the Capitol to begin improving the lighting efficiency of Congressional buildings.

  • Served on the steering committee for the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

  • Organized a Water Supply Alternatives Workshop in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Hosted a Congressional Leadership Dinner honoring Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. At the dinner, Mitchell told the 340 people in attendance that “EESI’s contributions serve a great national purpose.”

 

In 1989 EESI…

  • Saw the energy policy statement it had developed in 1988 begin to produce concrete results. The statement helped prompt the inclusion of conservation and renewable energy topics in the acid rain title of the Clean Air Act and move forward tougher automobile fuel economy standards.

  • Held workshops on landfills, incineration, source reduction, plastics, garbology, state and local programs, recycling markets, and a Congressional Office of Technology Assessment study.

  • Hosted a recycling fair and helped Congress set up its own recycling program.

  • Served as the catalyst for a project to improve the Superfund waste cleanup program.

  • Co-hosted three private educational dinners for key Members of Congress.

  • Began a new, cross-cutting, project entitled “Sustainability Begins at Home.”

  • Began an intensive effort to organize “EARTHTECH 90,” a major event on the Mall coinciding with the 20th anniversary celebration of Earth Day.

  • Organized more than 75 educational sessions, with an attendance of more than 4,500.

 

In 1988 EESI…

  • Published a special report entitled Energy Policy: Is the U.S. Ready for the 1990’s? This paper analyzed the effectiveness of outdated energy security laws of the 1970s.

  • Added three new staff members, bringing the total staff to ten.

  • Organized a policy strategy group on energy efficiency policy.

  • Held a fundraising dinner honoring retiring Senator Bob Stafford. Money raised was allocated to special efforts to develop leadership on climate, energy, and agricultural groundwater contamination.

  • Developed a Solid Waste Project plan, to be implemented in the next year.

 

In 1987 EESI…

  • Published a final report on hazardous waste management which prompted a key House subcommittee to begin overseeing the Resource Conservations and Recovery Act (RCRA) program.

  • Conducted a major conference on groundwater protection, which featured Board member John Heinz. The conference was attended by more than 250 Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and others. It was also shown on the C-Span TV network.

  • Testified on two House bills involving groundwater, which were based on EESI recommendations for future policies.

  • Worked with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Agency for International Development on EESI recommendations involving Research and Development Transfer and Improved Cost/Benefit Analysis for environmental concerns.

  • Sponsored the official U.S. release of the U.N. report on Environment and Development.

 

In 1986 EESI…

  • Completed an examination of national groundwater protection policies and made recommendations to Congress. EESI also prepared an extensive briefing paper on the topic after conducting a national policy workshop and holding several regional conferences.

  • Served on the steering committee for a national convocation on drinking water sponsored by the American Water Works Association.

  • Convened a blue-ribbon task force to make recommendations on the topic of resource management in