EFA’s Environment Program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on economic and political incentives for transitioning to a clean energy economy. Recognizing that federal climate action is unlikely in the near term, we support state-based groups to make progress in both leading and lagging states.  The Program has four major initiatives, described below.

Accelerating the clean energy transition

Our Solar Power Initiative focuses on increasing solar deployment in Texas and Florida—two states with huge solar potential and, combined, less installed solar than Massachusetts.

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Harnessing market forces

Our Carbon Pricing Initiative positions clean energy as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels and provides an “elegant solution” to climate change. 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 and ensure that polluters pay the true cost of their emissions.

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Ensuring polluters pay

Our Coal Ash Initiative increases 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 supply.  EFA is proud to support our grantee partners who seek to hold utilities responsible for their waste stream through litigation, advocacy, and policy work.

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Exposing the economic impact of climate change

Our Ocean Acidification Initiative provides evidence of the economic impact of climate change—an important political tool that debunks the tradeoff between jobs and the environment.

Note: EFA is proud to have invested over $3 million in grants over the last eight years to increase awareness of OA and advance scientific research to better understand its impacts. Today, EFA’s Environment Committee has decided to focus all of our efforts on the direct reduction of global carbon dioxide emissions. This transition, which will be complete by the end of 2017, will address the drivers of ocean acidification as well as global climate change. We welcome your suggestions and comments on this transition.

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Note: EFA is proud to have invested over $3 million in grants over the last eight years to increase awareness of ocean acidificaition and advance scientific research to better understand its impacts. Today, EFA’s Environment Committee has decided to focus all of our efforts on the direct reduction of global carbon dioxide emissions. This transition, which will be complete by the end of 2017, will focus will address the drivers of ocean acidification as well as global climate change.  We are heartened by progress to date, cognizant of how much is left to be done. We welcome your suggestions and comments on this transition.

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.