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Better Buildings Showcases CommonBond Communities' Greenvale Place

Greenvale Place's energy savings have earned them a place in the Better Buildings Inititiaive's showcase. In 2016, Greenvale Place in Minnesota enrolled in Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy’s local Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. Participation in the program included a whole-building energy audit  that identified energy and water savings projects to reduce utility consumption.

EEFA State Coalition News and Updates: Summer 2017

EEFA continues to make progress in providing energy effiency to multifamily housing. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates.
EEFA continues to make progress in providing energy effiency to multifamily housing. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates:

Meet NEWHAB’s New Managing Director, Faith Graham

Faith Graham

I’m Faith Graham the new managing director of Network for Energy, Water and Health in Affordable Buildings (NEWHAB). I am extremely excited to join you in your efforts to increase energy efficiency investments in affordable multifamily housing. I come to this work with a background in real estate finance and efficiency implementation in affordable multifamily properties. I also come with deep passion. Environmental health and social justice are inextricably linked and I believe together we can make real progress on both.

Staying on Message: CA Delivers Creates a Journalist Guide to Energy Efficiency Investments in Low-Income Multifamily Housing

CA media guide

Engaging the media is critical to educating the public about the value of energy efficiency investments in low-income multifamily housing. But how do you ensure that journalists have the background they need to understand and report accurately on the issue? California Delivers answer was to create journalist guide. As California moves forward with implementation of new energy efficiency targets in the residential sector, the guide serves a key resource for journalists. It includes:

Working Together to Defend Housing and Energy

Defending federal programs

In short time, we will see the Trump Administration’s proposal for next year’s Federal budget. If the “skinny budget” released in March is any indication, we can once again expect dramatic cuts to programs valued by state energy offices, state clean air agencies, state housing finance agencies and public utility commissions. Among the programs the President has proposed to eliminate are CDBG, HOME, LIHEAP, WAP and ENERGY STAR.

EEFA State Coalition News and Updates: May 2017

The EEFA state coalitions have been busy throughout the past few months. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates:

Maryland Groups show continued support for EmPOWER energy efficiency programs

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Today, 48 organizations, including 20 affordable housing organizations, signed a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to underscore the importance and their continued support of EmPOWER Maryland, the primary policy driver of utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs.

How California's Unprecedented Public Benchmarking Law Can Yield Even More Benefits for Customers

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Second in a Two-Part Series

When Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 802 in early October, California became the first state in the nation with a requirement to increase the transparency of comparative energy ratings or benchmark scores for large commercial and multi-family properties.

Maryland Gov. Hogan Signs Landmark Climate Legislation, Models Bipartisan Cooperation for the Nation

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In this age of hyper-partisanship, it's great to see a Republican governor's administration work with his state's Democratic legislature to enact climate change legislation that will benefit citizens across their state.

It's time to make the case for affordable housing in the CPP

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As affordable housers, we're always looking for new resources to improve affordable housing and the quality of life for our residents. Last August, the Environmental Protection Agency provided us with an unlikely potential source, the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The Clean Power Plan provides a historic opportunity to bring energy efficiency investment to affordable rental housing. While the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay, many states are moving ahead.