Emily Wirzba

Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment


Emily Wirzba

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

While at FCNL, Emily's writing has appeared in The Hill, CNN, US News & World Report, Washington Times, OnFaith, Friends Journal, and Faith & Leadership. She was a 2016 Fellow with the New Leaders Council, which works to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. She was a Spring 2015 Fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a leadership development organization that equips fellows with a strong working knowledge of energy markets and policy.

Emily graduated from Furman University in 2013 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and political science, and a minor in poverty studies.

Prior to coming to FCNL, Emily worked for two summers at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, interned at Urban Ministries of Durham (a homeless shelter and service provider in North Carolina), and studied abroad in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba. She originally came to FCNL in 2013 as a Young Fellow.

Emily's academic passions are seeing where faith, ethics and policy intersect with environmental and social justice issues. She also loves running, cooking, and eating.

ewirzba@fcnl.org

Articles by Emily Wirzba

Update Climate Hope in 2017 

At FCNL, we seek an earth restored. Our policy statement reads “we must make choices that protect, sustain and regenerate the earth’s ecosystems.” We must also make decisions that bring justice to vulnerable and marginalized communities, which often experience the effects of climate change first and worst.

Inside the Greenhouse 

November

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

Statement FCNL Welcomes the Bipartisan PREPARE Act 

On November 2nd, the bipartisan PREPARE Act unanimously passed the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee, which was re-introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07).

Update Inside the Greenhouse  

October

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

Statement FCNL Denounces Repeal of Clean Power Plan 

In a statement made on October 9th by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Administration will officially repeal the Clean Power Plan.

Update Inside the Greenhouse 

Welcome

We seek an earth restored. “Inside the Greenhouse” is a monthly newsletter which provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

Update Hurricane Harvey 

The Intersectional Issues of a Changing Climate

As images emerge from Houston this week, our hearts go out to all those struggling in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We hold those individuals and families in the Light, and call for leadership from Congress to provide aid to those in need and to minimize damage from future storms.

Background Climate Win in the NDAA 

On July 13th, the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus shaped U.S. climate policy when their votes contributed to a victory during the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Statement FCNL Welcomes SUPER Act to Reduce Climate Pollutants 

On June 8th, Rep. Scott Peters (D, CA-52), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26), and six other members introduced H.R. 2858, the bipartisan SUPER Act, which seeks to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon, methane, and hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs).

Background U.S. Climate Policy: What's Next? 

On June 1, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United Stated from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement.