EESI works with Congress and various coalitions to develop policies that effectively address environmental and energy issues. Below are some of the organizations and resources that are relevant to our work.

Congressional Committees


U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology

U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Federal Agencies


U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) The EIA is a statistical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, providing data, forecasts, and analyses.

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works to develop energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Program The Bioenergy Technologies Program is run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and works to develop a domestic biofuels, biopower, and biobased product industry.

U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program The Vehicle Technologies Program is run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and works to develop more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum.

U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cells Technologies Program The Fuels Cells Technology Program is run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and works to conduct comprehensive efforts to overcome the technological, economic, and institutional barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The EPA works to protect human health and the environment.  

U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) The ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's principal scientific research agency.

USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) The U.S. Department of Agriculture's ERS provides economic research and information to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) The U.S. Department of Agriculture's NRCS is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources.

USDA Rural Development USDA Rural Development provides financial programs and technical assistance to help improve rural communities.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) FERC regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity, as well as natural gas and hydropower projects.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOAA is a scientific agency that seeks to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment, and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) USGS is a science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) NIEHS’s mission is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.

International Organizations


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide objective information on climate change to policymakers.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) The UNFCCC is an international treaty to consider climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The legally-binding Kyoto Protocol was an addition to this treaty.

Non-Profit Organizations and Initiatives


Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) ASE is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that promotes energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ACEEE carries out policy analyses, advises policymakers, encourages media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues, and educates businesses and consumers on energy efficiency.

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) ACORE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with members from renewable energy industries and their trade associations and is dedicated to moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy.

American Planning Association (APA) APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) APTA is an international organization serving the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and by improving those services to meet national energy, environmental, and financial concerns.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) ASHRAE is an international organization committed to advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, and promotes a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) ASES is a nonprofit composed of solar professionals and advocates who advance education, research and policy on solar energy innovation and economy.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers,equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry.

Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) BERC is an independent, national nonprofit organization that assists communities, state and local governments, utilities and schools on making the most of local biomass energy resources. BERC focuses on the use of woody biomass and other pelletizable biomass fuels.

Biomass Power Association The Biomass Power Association is a member-driven organization working toward increasing the use of biomass power and creating new jobs and opportunities in the biomass industry.

Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) BCSE is a member-driven association dedicated to implementing market-based approaches to reducing pollution and providing a diverse, secure mix of energy resources.

Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) CCAP is a non-profit think tank working at the local, national and international level to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policy-makers and stakeholders worldwide.

Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) CCS helps governments and their stakeholders tackle climate change issues by fostering consensus-based actions through collaboration and advanced technical assistance.

Center for Small Businesses and the Environment (CSBE) CSBE is a project of the Tides Center, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) that has identified and promoted profitable and successful small business models for environmental action.

Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) CESA is a national nonprofit organization composed of 18 states with public clean energy funds/agencies that have banded together to promote clean energy projects and markets through joint efforts, including public education.

Climate Institute The Climate Institute informs key decision-makers, heightens international awareness of climate change, and identifies practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) EDTA is the trade association for battery, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell electric drive vehicles and infrastructure.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) EDF is an environmental advocacy group that links science, economics and law to solve society's environmental problems.

Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GEA is a trade association for the U.S. geothermal industry.

International District Energy Association (IDEA) IDEA is the national trade association for the district heating/cooling and combined heat and power industry.

National Hydropower Association (NHA) NHA is a national association dedicated to advancing the interests of the hydropower industry.

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) NIBS is a nonprofit organization that brings stakeholders together to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) NRDC is a membership organization that works to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

Plug-In Partners National Campaign Plug-In Partners is a national grassroots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible-fuel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) exists today.

Rails to Trails Conservancy Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that creates nationwide networks of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) RFA is the national trade association for the ethanol industry.

Sierra Club Sierra Club is a grassroots environmental organization that works to protect communities, wild places and the planet from global warming.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) SEIA is a national trade association of solar energy industries that works toward making solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) SEEA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides advocacy, programs and events to assure that energy efficiency takes its place as an essential component of the planning equation.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) SACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast.

Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) SEC is composed of more than 60 national, state-level business, environmental, consumer and energy policy organizations that promote increased federal support for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and reduced federal support for unsafe or polluting energy resources.

Transportation for America Transportation for America is a broad coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation and other organizations that seeks to align transportation policies with an array of issues like economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development.

U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN) USCAN is an affiliate network of the Climate Action Network (CAN), whose mission is to support and strengthen civil society organizations to influence the design and implementation of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) USGBC certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods using the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.

U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) USHSR is a trade association for the high speed rail industry.

WIRES WIRES is the voice of electric transmission owners, investors, and customers in the North American energy market that promotes policy that facilitates a robust high-voltage transmission network.

World Resources Institute (WRI) WRI is an environmental think tank that carries out policy research and analysis on global environmental and resource issues and their relationship to population and development goals.

Worldwatch Institute Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization that focuses on climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.


Last Updated September 2018