Emily Wirzba

Former Legislative Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba

Emily Wirzba led FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. She served as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

While at FCNL, Emily's writing 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

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.

Background Capturing the True Cost of Carbon 

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement, discussions in Congress have increased on the need for tools to mitigate the effects of climate change. Pricing carbon emissions is one such tool but it has long been politically controversial.

Background The MARKET CHOICE Act 

On Monday, July 23, 2018, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), introduced H.R. 6463, the MARKET CHOICE Act. The first Republican-led bill in more than a decade to put a price on carbon, the MARKET CHOICE Act marks an important milestone in congressional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

Update On Earth Day, Speak Out for Global Action on Climate Change 

Every Earth Day, we are reminded that all life on this planet is interconnected. We remember that the natural world is sacred and that we have a lot of work left to do to protect our ecosystems and atmosphere.

Statement FCNL Submits Comments on Clean Power Plan Repeal 

The Clean Power plan was first proposed in June 2014 and represented the most ambitious step at the federal level to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Statement FCNL Applauds Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act 

On February 15th, the bipartisan Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2018 was introduced in Congress by Reps. Dan Lipinski (D, IL-03) and John Faso (R, NY-19), both members of the Climate Solutions Caucus.

Update Climate Hope in 2017 

At FCNL, we seek an earth restored. Our policy statement reads “we must make choices that protect, sustain and regenerate the earth’s ecosystems.” We must also make decisions that bring justice to vulnerable and marginalized communities, which often experience the effects of climate change first and worst.

Inside the Greenhouse Inside the Greenhouse 

November, 2017

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that 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.

Statement FCNL Welcomes the Bipartisan PREPARE Act 

On November 2nd, the bipartisan PREPARE Act unanimously passed the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee, which was re-introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07).