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.


Articles by Emily Wirzba

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 


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.

Statement FCNL Denounces Decision to Leave Paris Climate Agreement 

President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United Stated from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement. FCNL strongly denounces this decision, and urges the President to reconsider.

Update Proposed Budget Cuts Harm Public Health, Vulnerable Communities, and Our Climate  

The President’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies would deeply hurt U.S. development of renewable energy, the ability to enforce US clean air and clean water laws, and efforts to address climate change.

Press Release FCNL Welcomes Bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission Act 

Members from the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus just introduced their first piece of legislation in the 115th Congress, the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017.

Statement Curbelo, Deutch Lead Bipartisan Support for Paris Climate Agreement 

Today, Reps Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Ted Deutch (FL-22), co-chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, led 19 other members of the Caucus in a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain our country's commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.