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

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.

Background Who Is in the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the 115th Congress? 

Check to see if your member has joined!

The House Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators that meets regularly to advance climate solutions. The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.

FCNL in the News Why the Religious Community Supports a Republican Climate Resolution 

With this week's Executive Order designed to dismantle Obama's climate legacy, there are plenty of reasons for climate advocates to despair and feel despondent. However, many in the religious community are hopeful that a new dawn of bipartisanship has occurred in Congress.

Statement “Energy Independence” Executive Order Dismantles Climate Action 

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that rolls back public health protections and climate action put in place by President Obama.

Update Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Approved 

Today President Trump announced that he was approving the construction permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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 FCNL's Climate Work in the 115th Congress 

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.