Established in 2003, the Energy and Environmental Security Initiative (EESI) is an interdisciplinary Research & Policy Institute located at the University of Colorado Law School . The fundamental mission of EESI is to serve as an interdisciplinary research and policy center on the development and crafting of state policies, US energy policies , and global responses to the world’s energy crisis; and to facilitate the attainment of a global sustainable energyfuture through the innovative use of laws, policies and technology solutions. In pursuit of this mission, EESI’s primary operational function is that of an enabling environment for teaching, research and policy analysis vis-à-vis the impact of laws and policies on the scientific, technological, sociopolitical, commercial, and environmental dimensions of sustainable energy .

Select energy and climate database projects

International Sustainable Energy Assessment (ISEA)

ISEA is a comprehensive international database dealing with, or relating to, the following energy categories, inter alia : natural gas, natural gas, and coal; renewable energy, such as wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, and hydro; energy efficiency and energy conservation; nuclear power; carbon capture and sequestration; and transportation. ISEA

International Project on Energy Commitments and Compliance (IPECC)

IPECC is designed to improve and enhance the efforts of governments, non-governmental actors-such as corporations, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, church-and-key-decision makers throughout the world in two ways: and second, by facilitating new and better clean and affordable energy solutions. IPECC will provide information to improve the effectiveness of existing commitments and encourage new commitments where necessary. It is designed to monitor the implementation of sustainable energy undertakings, and to provide information on the extent to which they are complied with. In doing so it will be a watchdog over what is and should be done with respect to these instruments and the commitments they embody. IPECC

The EESI Climate Action Database (CAD)

CAD contains US policy proposals directed at climate change . CAD Primary document types contained in CAD include:

  • Proposed Federal Legislation. Federal Legislative Proposals (ie, Bills Actually) for Climate Stabilization and Related Energy Security and National Security Actions to Be Undertaken by the US President, Executive Administrative Entities, or the US Congress.
  • Proposals. Non-legislative proposals for climate stabilization and related energy security and national security actions to be undertaken by the US President, executive administrative entities, or the US Congress.
  • Impact Analyzes. Documents that seek to ascertain the environmental, fiscal and / or carbon impacts of proposed actions.
  • California and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) . With respect to California, CAD contains select documents that are applicable to the federal context. Additionally, CAD contains documents related to RGGI to that may be applicable to the federal context.

Excluded from CAD proposals are: (1) are older than two years old, with some exceptions; (2) are directed to international activities or policies, unless such activities or policies are to be implemented by the President or Executive Administrative Entities; (3) are directed to a US state other than California, or a regional collaboration other than RGGI; (4) that deal with the management of the federal transportation fleet or federal buildings. CAD is not, at present, a living database which is not intended to provide an up-to-date repository for US federal climate proposals. The material contained in CAD is generally current through February 2007.


EESI is located within the Wolf Law Building, which houses the University of Colorado Law School . Situated on the southern end of the University of Colorado at Boulder campus, the Wolf Law building was completed in August 2006 and dedicated on September 8. Approximately 60 percent of the Wolf Law building was financement by University of Colorado at Boulder students. [1] Under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building System Rating, the Wolf Law Building has received Gold Certification. It is the first publicly funded school in the country to obtain Gold. [2]

As the parent organization of EESI, the University of Colorado Law School is well known for its strength in the area of ​​environmental law. The US News & World Report’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools (reporting on 2005-6 academic-year data) ranks the law school’s environmental law program in the United States. [3]

Parent organizations

  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Colorado at Boulder

See also

  • Electrical energy efficiency on United States farms
  • List of energy topics
  • Mitigation of global warming
  • Renewable energy development
  • Sustainable energy


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