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Recent White Papers
Spring Issue – March 2019
John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, discussed what actions are needed to address climate change with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI).
Watch the 2m50s videoGive Online for Climate Action Today!
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).
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.
You provide the necessary tools we need to succeed together in engaging the new Congress on resilience and climate—and spreading our approach to reducing the high energy costs that so many families face. Thank you!
For example, your tax-deductible gift of $100 can provide an intern with a transit stipend for a month—so you are helping to engage future environmental leaders.
Every gift helps continue to accelerate progress on sensible climate solutions!
Thank YOU for making a difference and for your commitment to sustainable solutions!
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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.
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!
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.
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!”