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Building Electrification

Adding to the opportunity-specific considerations in the FFOLD tool, this literature review and resource list highlights environmental and energy justice publications and tools from organizations that lead this work to help you and your city better understand equity considerations for building electrification.

  • Equitable Building Electrification: A Framework for Powering Resilient Communities, written by The Greenlining Institute, presents a five-step framework and argument that electrification can be a transformative force for low-income residents. It also explains the steps that California must take to ensure that electrification helps close the state’s clean energy gap to provide relief to millions of residents facing energy insecurity in the current system. Each step includes questions to consider, recommendations, and case studies.
  • Climate Equity & Community Engagement in Building Electrification: A Toolkit, created by Emerald Cities Collaborative and PODER, is designed for city officials developing building electrification policies and programs, as well as community-led organizations and climate justice organizations that can partner with cities and towns and become key leaders in the processes of community outreach, engagement, and strategy development. This toolkit is a living document that helps users create a unique community engagement strategy. The toolkit guides cities through steps for framing decarbonization in the context of equity and justice (see page 13 for its Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership) and offers tools and resources for work-plan assessment, development, and implementation.
  • The Building Electrification Equity Project report from Emerald Cities Collaborative shares a case study of its six-month organizing and planning process to engage the environmental and climate justice community on building electrification. This report reviews the project background, goals and methodologies, and major issues, and then presents recommendations to help ensure that equity issues and strategies are incorporated in state and local policies.