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.
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. Through our diverse perspectives and shared focus we can create a new reality where investing in the efficiency of affordable housing stock is common practice and undeniably smart - financially, politically and socially.
I have only been on the job for a few weeks but already I have been showered with enthusiasm and ideas on ways to increase connectivity between NEWHAB and the EEFA state coalitions for greater leverage and deeper impact. I welcome your input. Please keep it coming. NEWHAB is a platform for you to develop and deepen advantageous relationships, share best practices, and align for collective action. Be on the look-out for additional opportunities to connect in the coming months, including regional in person meet-ups, new challenge groups and enhanced communication resources.
How can NEWHAB be a valuable tool for you? If you are in New Orleans at the Annual EEFA/NEWHAB Convening- or even if not- introduce yourself and let me know how I can be of service. I look forward to creating the future with you.