Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) is a collection of 12 state coalitions building power to advance racial equity, and environmental and energy justice through healthy, energy-efficient, and affordable housing in disinvested frontline communities with historical inequities and disproportionate energy burdens. State coalitions include a variety of housing, health, energy efficiency, environmental, and community advocacy organizations.
EEFA coalition partners work together to 1) ensure that utility, state, local, and federal entities provide equitable investment to improve the efficiency and quality of affordable homes; 2) advance proven best practices in energy efficiency program design and implementation to help meet the needs of residents; 3) ensure that healthy building materials are used in all home improvements.
Since late 2020, EEFA has gone through a process to reimagine the initiative with partners working collaboratively to reframe the EEFA governance structure in ways that center racial equity, reaffirms the importance of respectful relationships across all coalitions, and recalibrates power dynamics and decision-making processes. What is emerging is a more nimble and democratic approach to the work of the initiative.
The initiative engages in a social impact network called NEWHAB (Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings), which is composed of people from all over the United States dedicated to a future where everyone has a good home, one that is permanently affordable, protects health, and contributes to climate and community resilience. The network convenes a community of peers, including EEFA coalition partners, who tap into a melting pot of technical expertise, community wisdom, and lived experiences to collaboratively explore sustainable solutions that address root causes and ensure good housing for all.