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EESI is best known for its non-partisan Congressional briefings on key energy and environmental issues. Topics include climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Learn more at www.eesi.org/briefings http://www.eesi.org/briefings.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

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EESI is best known for its non-partisan Congressional briefings on key energy and environmental issues. Topics include climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Learn more at www.eesi.org/briefings http://www.eesi.org/briefings.

    Rural Communities Rise to the Challenge of Dual Disasters

    Rural Communities Rise to the Challenge of Dual Disasters

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    Rural communities face unique challenges in preparing for flooding and addressing related infrastructure needs. Local governments with small staffs often do not have the capacity to apply for disaster preparedness funding and can be left out of valuable federal programs. This briefing characterized these issues in the context of COVID-19 and highlighted solutions communities are implementing to meet them.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Bioeconomy’s Role in COVID-19 Recovery and Climate Solutions

    The Bioeconomy’s Role in COVID-19 Recovery and Climate Solutions

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    Rural areas have been hard hit by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis. While farms struggle to remain financially solvent, the tremendous benefits of the bioeconomy are at risk. This briefing provided an overview of the health, climate, and economic advantages of bio-based products and the challenges currently facing the industry.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs in Rural America

    Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs in Rural America

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    This briefing explored how more than 60 electric cooperatives and public utilities across the country are using an innovative financing mechanism—on-bill financing—to fund clean energy upgrades for homes and small businesses to reduce burdensome energy costs.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sustainable, Democratic Energy and Public Health

    Sustainable, Democratic Energy and Public Health

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    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a series of one-hour online briefings about resilience initiatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and their ongoing recovery from back-to-back natural disasters over the last several years. Every U.S. coast is facing climate adaptation challenges due to rising sea levels and other coastal hazards, but island economies are especially vulnerable. Day Three focused on local initiatives for energy democracy and public health, an ongoing effort. Ruth Santiago, community advocate and EarthJustice board member, discussed the campaign to remediate coal-ash sites and other harmful legacies of the island’s fossil fuel-based energy system and current efforts to upgrade the outdated and storm-damaged energy infrastructure. Greg Guannel, Director of the Green Caribbean Center at the University of the Virgin Islands, discussed his work to update the U.S. Virgin Islands’ hazard mitigation plan for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including strategies for resilient housing, infrastructure, natural systems for coastal protection, and a dedication to community involvement.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Resilient Housing and Communities

    Resilient Housing and Communities

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    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a series of one-hour online briefings about resilience initiatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and their ongoing recovery from back-to-back natural disasters over the last several years. Every U.S. coast is facing climate adaptation challenges due to rising sea levels and other coastal hazards, but island economies are especially vulnerable. After Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico in 2017, many communities looked within to build their own power (literally and figuratively) and a more sustainable future. In this panel, Laurie Schoeman, National Director, Resilience and Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Community Partners, discussed her work with local partners in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to design housing and community centers that can face the social, economic, and environmental challenges of a changing climate, including the “Resilient Community Center” guide and “Keep Safe, A Guide for Resilient Housing Design in Island Communities." Arturo A. Massol-Deyá, Executive Director of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, and faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, discussed how the community-based group of Casa Pueblo is becoming a model of self-sufficiency with residential solar energy.

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    Federal Support and Local Action

    Federal Support and Local Action

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    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a series of one-hour online briefings about resilience initiatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and their ongoing recovery from back-to-back natural disasters over the last several years. Every U.S. coast is facing climate adaptation challenges due to rising sea levels and other coastal hazards, but island economies are especially vulnerable. This panel provided an overview of resilience initiatives in the U.S. Caribbean and discussed the status of federal support for disaster recovery and hazard mitigation.

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