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 Endless Wars, Endless Environmental Harm 

The U.S. military, concerned about impacts on active and current operations, has begun actively preparing their own solutions to address the climate crisis.

Action Alert Tell Congress: Oppose Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement 

It happened. Today, two years after announcing his intention, President Trump has started the formal, year-long process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Update Senate Forms Bipartisan Climate Caucus 

On Oct. 23, Sens. Christopher Coons (DE) and Mike Braun (IN) formed a bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the Senate. This caucus compliments the House Climate Solutions Caucus, first formed in 2016.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

October 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.

Action Alert Young Climate Activists Need Your Support 

On Sept. 20, youth across the world are participating in a global climate strike. As world leaders prepare to gather at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, the strikers are drawing attention to the need for comprehensive climate solutions.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

September 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 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.