Nuclear Energy Information Service

aka NEIS   |   CHICAGO, IL   |


NEIS MISSION STATEMENT 3/6/01 Nuclear Energy Information Service is a non-profit organization committed to ending nuclear power. To accomplish this end, NEIS:  Educates, activates and organizes the public on energy issues.  Builds and mobilizes grass roots power and nonviolent opposition to nuclear power.  Advocates sustainable and ecologically-sound energy alternatives. Through the application of nonviolent and democratic principles, NEIS is determined to end nuclear power in Illinois, the Great Lakes Bio-Region, and on the Planet.

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Mr. David Kraft

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Ms. Gail Snyder

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Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Nuclear power is a multiple existential threat to society, the environment, and future of the Planet in a number of ways. It is: -- a radiological threat, either through catastrophic accidents such as Chernobyl or Fukushima, the "allowed" release of radionuclides below regulatory standards allowed by governmental agencies, smaller accidental releases of radiation, or the dissemination of radioactive contamination that takes place at every phase of the nuclear supply chain; -- an extremely expensive energy resource compared to other viable options; -- a generator of long-lived hazardous radioactive wastes; -- a barrier to the aggressive implementation of renewable energy resources and efficiency; -- a pathway to nuclear proliferation and weapons; -- a false, opportunistic solution to meeting the current climate crisis. There are safer, cheaper, environmentally less-damaging and more quickly implemented ways of meeting legitimate energy needs NOT being implemented because of nuclear.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Campaign opposing nuclear reactor construction, relicensing and bailouts.
Educates the public on nuclear power safety and security hazards

Population(s) Served

Campaign to support a carbon-free/nuclear-free national energy policy to combat the climate crisis.
Educate the public and policy makers on nuclear power's inability to mitigate the climate crisis

Population(s) Served

Program to advocate for a national safe and sane radioactive waste policy.
Support hardened, on-site storage of high-level radioactive wastes (HOSS), and permanent deep-geological disposal of radioactive wastes (HLRW)
Oppose centralized interim storage of HLRW; oppose siting of Yucca Mt. NV as disposal site

Population(s) Served

A general education program on nuclear power and waste hazards, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Public meetings and information sessions; films; discussions; creating video and YouTube content; ZOOM sessions

Population(s) Served

Program designed to purchase and loan radiation monitors to front-line communities suffer from radioactive contamination; and provide professional training on how to use the monitors

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NEIS strives to end nuclear power, replace it with aggressive implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and responsibly manage the long-term radioactive waste legacy.
NEIS works to educate the public and elected officials and decision makers about the hazards of nuclear power; and direct their efforts towards safer, cheaper and more reliable energy resources.
NEIS advocates for a carbon-free/nuclear free energy future; environmentally responsible clean-up and management of radioactive wastes and contamination; environmental justice and compensation for the victims of the Nuclear Age; and "just transitions" for the communities and workers adversely affected by the elimination of nuclear power from the energy mix.
NEIS works to promote energy and radiation literacy among the public, officials and decision makers.

NEIS utilizes a variety of means to achieve its goals:
1.) EDUCATION: largely through our ongoing "Know-Nukes" program consisting of literature development, website, community programs, webinars and seminars, video productions on YouTube and elsewhere, expert and movie events, and ZOOM events;
2.) ADVOCACY: through developing relationships with and providing credible information to decision makers at all levels of government and administration; providing briefing sessions and informational papers for officials; writing position papers; providing testimonies at hearings and through public comment periods solicited by appropriate agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Dept. of Energy;
3.) ACTIVISM AND ORGANIZING: providing opportunities for members and interested citizens to engage in advocacy efforts, public demonstrations and actions opposing nuclear abuse and promoting energy alternatives, and creating strategic campaigns (petitions, letter-writing, postcards, social media) to advocate for safe-energy positions;
4.) TRAINING: by providing access for members of the public to energy and radiation experts, educators, and others;
5.) MEDIA: by cultivating and maintaining press relationships, writing op-eds and letters to the editors, writing and publishing articles, creating videos and animations posted online, serving as informational resources to journalists, and providing interviews on nuclear topics.
6.) LEGAL INTERVENTIONS: initiating or participating in legal actions relating to nuclear issues.
7.) NETWORKING: by creating and maintaining working relationships and coalitions with other environmental, environmental justice and public advocacy groups at all levels (local through national) on energy and climate issues.

NEIS currently conducts it work through five ongoing programs:
1.) NO MORE, NO-WAY -- a programs devoted to nuclear power plant issues
2.) DON'T RAD-WASTE THE U.S. -- our radioactive waste programs
3.) KNOW-NUKES -- our general education program; and training on radiation monitoring on contaminated lands (usually Indigenous lands and reservations)
4.) WE CAN'T 'NUKE' CLIMATE CHANGE -- a program devoted to explaining why nuclear power cannot be a viable solution to the current climate crisis
5.) CARBON-FREE/NUCLEAR-FREE -- promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency

On occasion we devote resources to unforeseen emergency and unexpected nuclear matters, such as the Fukushima disaster, or a piece of energy legislation requiring immediate action.

NEIS is a small grassroots organization. That said, the interest and involvement of its staff, Board and members is quite large and dedicated. Membership totals over 800 in over 20 states; over 600 are in Illinois.
NEIS has one paid staff; and an activist Board of six at present. It maintains an office in Chicago; and has a website, a YouTube channel, and nascent video production capability.
NEIS is the only non-profit grassroots organization in Illinois dedicated full-time to the nuclear power and waste issues, which reduces competition with others greatly.
Financial support is quite limited, which forces us to make our program decisions with great deliberation, and a good deal of "creativity" in finding the resources needed to implement programs. This is done through our annual Planning Retreat, which evaluates past and sets future programs and goals. Program progress is evaluated monthly at NEIS Board meetings; and through weekly Board check-in calls to establish program work requirements for the week.

NEIS was established in 1981. We have made numerous accomplishments over that time period in the energy and environmental community, despite the fact that our ultimate goals -- ending nuclear power use, and responsible radioactive waste management -- have not yet been reached.
Among our energy related accomplishments are:
-- facilitating the creation of a national radioactive waste strategic plan among national and frontline organizations
-- hosted/organized three national radioactive waste conferences from 2016 to present
-- 2014 to present: co-founder of the Radiation Monitoring Project, to provide radiation monitors and professional training on their use to frontline contaminated communities, usually on Indigenous lands
-- 2007 to present: promoted the "Carbon-Free/Nuclear-Free" energy campaign
-- 1999 to present -- created the "You Can't 'Nuke' Global Warming" campaign, which is now called "We Can't 'Nuke' Climate Change."
-- 2014 to present: part of a national coalition effort opposing bailouts for uneconomic, money losing nuclear plants, in Illinois and nationwide
-- produced numerous 1/2-hour video shows on nuclear issues for Chicago-local CAN-TV cable access station
-- 2019-20: produced two 10-,in animations on nuclear waste and climate-related topics
-- initial organizer for EarthDay 1990 in Chicago, creating the largest EarthDay event in Chicago history; lead organizer for 2000 and 2001 EarthDay
-- participant in the national campaign effort to prevent the opening of the flawed Yucca Mt. radioactive waste disposal site in Nevada

Future plans include:
-- 2020: completing a 10-min animation on "Nuclear Power Problems in a COVID World"
-- continued to oppose bailouts for Exelon nuclear reactors in Illinois
-- implementing the national 3-year strategic plan on radioactive wastes
-- continuing the Radiation Monitoring Project
-- July 2020: initiate a monthly ZOOM event called "Night with the Experts," bringing nuclear activists and experts in contact with the membership and the general public

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our Annual Meeting has a member feedback survey and agenda item, which guides future program development.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


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Board of directors
as of 5/28/2020
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Board chair

Ms. Gail Snyder

Gail Snyder

Linda Lewison

Kathleen Rude

GAIA Wisdom

Stephanie Bilenko

Jan Boudart

Dorian Breuer

Ailey Solar

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.