Emily Wirzba

Legislative Manager, 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

Background FCNL's Carbon Pricing Principles 

By itself, pricing carbon emissions cannot solve climate change. However, it is a powerful tool we must consider as part of our toolbox. As the national dialogue on carbon pricing advances, these principles guide FCNL's advocacy.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

August 2019

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Update Carbon Pricing Gains Momentum in Congress 

This week has been an exciting one for carbon pricing in Congress! Several different bills to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions were introduced on July 25.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

July 2019

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Background Climate Solutions Caucus in the 116th Congress 

The Climate Solutions Caucus has officially relaunched in this new Congress! The two co-chairs, Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19), hosted their first members meeting on June 20.

Action Alert Tell Congress: Stop President Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement 

In December 2015, something historic happened. In response to the worsening climate crisis, the global community came together to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. Together, we agreed to address the global problem of climate change.

Event Environmental Advocacy Training & Stewardship Panel 

April 10, 2019 | Quaker Welcome Center and Online

Join us on April 10 the next event in our Quaker Change Maker Series featuring Emily Wirzba and Milo Keller from FCNL's Sustainable Energy and Environment team. Hear stories of Friends’ faith in action as we are called to be wise stewards of what God has provided.

Background Interfaith Resource on Climate Reports 

In 2018, two major climate change reports were released that have shifted both our understanding of the catastrophic current and future impacts of climate change as well as the timeline we must operate under to avoid the worst effects. These were the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees C Special Report, and the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) Volume II.

Background Green New Deal Resolution Introduced in Congress 

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Sen. Ed Markey (MA) released their resolution, “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.” While a “Green New Deal” has meant many different things to different people, this is the first time the idea has been formally introduced in Congress and fleshed out.

Background The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 

Bill Analysis of H.R. 763

On Jan. 24, Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), Scott Peters (D-CA-52), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (EICDA).