EFA’s Environment Program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on state-based organizations working to transition to a clean energy economy. The Program has three major initiatives, described below.

Expanding Access to Clean Energy

Our Clean Energy Access initiative focuses on increasing distributed solar deployment in Texas and Florida--two states with huge solar potential and, combined, less installed solar than Massachusetts. Additional grantee partners are working to educate elected leaders about the benefits to clean energy.

Organizations we are supporting:

Carbon Pricing

Our Carbon Pricing Initiative works with partners in Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington who are working to put a price on carbon emissions and ensure that polluters pay for the true cost of those emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions create externalities that are not fully accounted for in most business models. A price on carbon (along with other greenhouse gases, including methane) would correct this market failure.

Organizations we are supporting:

Coal Ash

EFA's Coal Ash initiative, active from 2011-2017 and ramping down through 2019, supports grantee partners who seek to hold utilities responsible for their waste stream through litigation, advocacy, and policy work. The goal is to increase the cost of dirty energy by forcing utilities to internalize externalities and pay the true cost of burning coal. Coal ash is the toxic byproduct of burning coal for energy and, without proper regulation, ends up in our nation's waterways, sickening local residents and poisoning communities' drinking water supplies.

Organizations we are supporting:

Have an idea for us?

EFA’s Environment Committee welcomes project and program ideas that will help to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, accessible to all.  We are interested in innovative ideas that require collaboration, especially those that bridge climate and democracy.  Please click here to describe – in 250 words or less – your idea, project, or program.

All submissions will be automatically confirmed, and a member of the EFA team will reach out to you if there is alignment with the work of the Environment Committee.  Note that in order to receive funding from EFA, your organization must be a 501(c)3 public charity, academic institution, or a government entity.