EESI Update: EESI Doubles Down on Resilience / Video Interview of Obama Science Advisor on Climate Change

A periodic update to friends of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute on our work in
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EESI Video: Obama White House’s Top Science Advisor John Holdren on Actions Needed to Address Climate Change

EESI Doubles Down on Resilience to Protect U.S. Communities from Climate Change Impacts

Fort Collins Wins $1 Million Prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Advance Clean Energy and Climate Solutions Today!

Carol Werner Announces Retirement as EESI Executive Director

Top Three Accomplishments of 2018

“Shoddy Budgeting Today Leads to Bigger Fires Tomorrow”

Celebrating Love with a Gift for Sustainability!

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EESI Video: Obama White House’s Top Science Advisor John Holdren on Actions Needed to Address Climate Change

John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, discussed what actions are needed to address climate change with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI).
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EESI Doubles Down on Resilience to Protect U.S. Communities from Climate Change Impacts
As the frequency and severity of storms increase, and wildfires and other disasters devastate communities, the importance of climate change solutions that enhance community resilience has moved to the forefront. Extreme weather events are increasing the number of businesses and homes that are considered uninsurable in the private market, which in many cases leaves government—and, therefore, American taxpayers—liable for the costs and the risks as the “insurer of last recourse.”

One of the best ways to decrease the costs of disasters is to improve the climate resilience of our nation’s infrastructure, both its built infrastructure and natural infrastructure (such as by planting trees and creating rain gardens to reduce flooding).
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Fort Collins Wins $1 Million Prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies

EESI Closely Involved in Their Energy Efficiency Initiative

Fort Collins, Colorado—a city EESI has been assisting—is one of nine winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge. Fort Collins’s loan program for residential energy upgrades was awarded a $1 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies in October. Its innovative on-bill financing-based approach aims to provide health and equity benefits for low- and moderate-income renters by improving the energy efficiency and indoor air quality of rental homes.
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Carol Werner Announces Retirement as EESI Executive Director

Carol Werner, EESI’s Executive Director for the past 21 years, will step down this summer, once her successor is confirmed.

Carol is clear that, while she is stepping down from her position as EESI’s Executive Director, she is not retiring completely—the fight against climate change is too important to walk away from.

At EESI, Carol was a driving force behind EESI’s 1988 declaration that addressing climate change is a moral imperative and that all of EESI’s work should be looked at through a climate lens.
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Top Three Accomplishments of 2018

EESI’s amazing donors truly made possible more good than we can detail in this short space! Among our top accomplishments of 2018 were: (1) promoting climate resilience, (2) emphasizing the national security impacts of climate change, and (3) supporting the development of on-bill financing programs to allow small utilities to innovate—and help their customers save money!
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“Shoddy Budgeting Today Leads to Bigger Fires Tomorrow”

In America’s West, wildfires are a common hazard, but the problem is accelerating dramatically—one of a number of types of extreme events that has become more common in recent years. For example, last year’s fire season saw not only California’s largest ever wildfire (the Mendocino Complex Fire), but also its most deadly and destructive one (the Camp Fire). These wildfires will only become worse with increasing temperatures from climate change.
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Celebrating Love with a Gift for Sustainability!

When Joe Harper and Mark Stephanz decided to get married, they knew they wanted to make charitable giving an option for their wedding guests.

Joe is a magazine editor and Mark is a financial consultant. They consider themselves fortunate in life. So they chose four charities, including EESI, to reflect their values and concerns. In total, they raised more than $10,000! They also showed their commitment by becoming donors to EESI themselves. They and many of their guests are environmentalists, so including EESI was a natural. They noted “environmentalism shouldn’t be political!

 

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