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HBCU Clean Energy Initiative Addresses Energy Insecurity and Distributional Equity as recipient of Sloan Foundation Grant

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation was established in 1934 to support original research and education related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Economics. They are also deeply committed to racial and gender justice, acknowledging the discrimination and exclusion from scientific institutions faced by women, Blacks, Latinos, and members of Indigenous communities. As early as …

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Inflation Reduction Act

Celebrating The Inflation Reduction Act

The HBCU Clean Energy Initiative celebrates the passing of the historic Inflation Reduction Act with over 360B designated for clean energy investments.  While much of the money is allocated towards broad change at an industry level, like building more solar and wind power, there are three ways the bill incentivizes consumers to make greener choices.  …

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Solar panels can increase the value of your home

Five Reasons Why Solar is a Good Investment

You’re looking at your electricity bill, and it just keeps getting higher every month. You’ve tried to cut back on the AC; you only use your dishwasher twice a week and unplug appliances when not in use. And yet, the bills keep getting higher.   You’ve thought about getting solar, but you’re worried about the upfront …

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Four African American Environmentalists Fighting for Climate Justice

  In February 2022, the EPA announced plans to form an internal council to identify opportunities for more significant partnerships with HBCUs. This HBCU Council will “review the agency’s recruitment, resources, research, and community engagement efforts and provide recommendations to support the schools and their students.”  Two months later, the HBCU Climate Change Conference took …

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How Much Do You Know About Solar Energy? Take This Quiz to Find Out.

Solar is the most widely available and accessible way for the world to lower its dependence on fossil fuels.  With prices decreasing and available rebates, it’s becoming much more accessible to more consumers.  Not only does it help the planet, but it also substantially reduces costs for both homeowners and businesses.  The HBCU Clean Energy …

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Environmental equity

How New Infrastructure Bill Can Increase Environmental Equity

The recently passed legislation known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could have far-reaching positive effects on lower-income families. The bill allocates an estimated 1.2 trillion dollars to improve roads, bridges, transportation, green energy, water management, internet access, and jobs. However, what does that mean for people living in neighborhoods and cities that have …

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How GRID Alternatives’ Energy is Increasing Environmental Justice

According to EPA.gov, “Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income for the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”  And while that’s an admirable goal being pursued, unfortunately, it is not the reality yet. One example is that …

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HBCU Green Fund

Helping HBCUs Make Campuses More Energy Efficient as reported in Prism Reports With the consequences of climate change growing more dire every year, the need to remove barriers to environmentally-sustainable lifestyles has become increasingly urgent, especially for Black people. As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report details, sea levels will continue to rise …

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