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

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).

Update Grassroots Action Pushes Green Deal to the Forefront  

As Washington, D.C. prepares to welcome a new Congress in January, there has been much conversation and activism surrounding a bold new climate change agenda called a Green New Deal. FCNL is excited by the momentum and elevation of the need for ambitious climate policy. We also remain committed to building up bipartisan support for climate action in the 116th Congress.

Background The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 

Bill Analysis of H.R. 7173

On Nov. 27, Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Francis Rooney (FL-19), John Delaney (MD-06), and Charlie Crist (FL-13) introduced H.R. 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (EICDA). This is the first bipartisan carbon pricing bill of its kind and is an exciting advancement of Congressional efforts to price carbon emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.

Update What’s Next for the Climate Solutions Caucus? 

The recent midterm elections gave us new reasons to hope that Congress will pursue policies to curb the harmful effects of climate change. The election of new members with professional scientific backgrounds, and members who campaigned on a climate platform, brings important momentum to addressing the issue.

Update Inside the Greenhouse 

August, 2018

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 Republicans Introduce Carbon Pricing Bill 

This week, something big happened for our climate. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), along with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), introduced H.R. 6463, the MARKET CHOICE Act. This is the first Republican-led effort in almost a decade to seriously address climate change.

Background A Noah's Ark for Congress 

It literally takes a Noah’s ark to change minds in Congress. Let me explain. When I started working at FCNL nearly five years ago, it was hard to find a Republican member of Congress who would talk publicly about climate change.