Emily Wirzba

Policy Associate, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba

Emily Wirzba lobbies to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change 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

Update Your Advocacy Led to the Republican Climate Resolution 

The newly-reintroduced Republican Climate Resolution started with constituent advocacy. And, in the past few years, your support has kept the momentum going.

Background Fostering Bipartisan Action on Climate Change 

A Faithful and Moral Call to Conscience

The U.S. Congress is pivotal to national and global efforts to meet the challenge of climate disruption. However, for Congress to be part of the solution, leadership is needed from members of both political parties.

Background Who Supports the Republican Climate Resolution? 

On March 15th, 17 House Republicans – led by Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), and Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6) – reintroduced the Republican Climate Resolution. Many organizations support this resolution, which affirms that climate change is real, human-caused, and needs to be addressed by Congress.

Action Alert 17 Republicans just spoke out on climate. Help us find the 18th. 

Today, 17 members of Congress brought me a moment of hope for our climate. They re-introduced a resolution acknowledging the human causality of climate change and the necessity for congressional action.

Press Release 35 National Religious Leaders Applaud Republican Climate Resolution  

This Congressional leadership will advance bipartisan dialogue on climate solutions.

Today, 35 diverse religious leaders joined together to welcome a Republican resolution on climate change, introduced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6), and fourteen other Republican members of Congress.

Press Release FCNL Welcomes Pivotal Republican Climate Resolution  

The partisan narrative on climate change was disrupted today when 17 House Republicans re-introduced a resolution that affirms that climate change is real, human-caused, and needs to be addressed by Congress.

Update Proposed Budget Cuts Harmful to Communities and Our Climate 

We are deeply alarmed at the indiscriminate and shortsighted proposed cuts to funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are reported to be in President Trump’s budget proposal. These cuts would be catastrophic for the climate, God’s creation, and vulnerable communities.

FCNL in the News Emily Wirzba Discusses Climate Policy with Berks County TV (PA) 

William Vitale discusses strategies for climate and environmental policy with Emily Wirzba on the December, 2016 episode of Building Green, Berks County TV (PA).

Press Release Forty Six Religious Organizations Call on Congress to Uphold BLM Natural Gas Waste Reduction Rule 

On February 3rd, 46 religious organizations released a letter urging Congress to preserve the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule.

Update Welcome Reception for 115th Congress 

FCNL and Bradley Whitford welcomed Democratic and Republican representatives to FCNL's Congressional Welcome Reception. At the reception the representatives spoke of the importance of civic advocacy and the need to work together. A great way to kick off our work with Congress this year!