environmental equity

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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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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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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Henry Golatt HBCU Clean Energy Initiative

Greensboro Homeowners Share Their Own Solar Savings Stories

As discussed in our previous blog, The Clean Energy Initiative CEI recently participated in the Greensboro Solar Cares Conference in North Carolina.  Stakeholders were convened, such as community leaders, residents, and local and federal government representatives, to continue conversations on advancing environmental and economic equity through residential clean energy programs.  As Henry Golatt (Co-director of …

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How to Help Disadvantaged Communities Become Greener

Look around. From the stoves we use to cook our food to the lights we use to see at night to the air conditioning that helps make us more comfortable, energy is the common denominator. Despite being one of the fundamentals of modern life, billions of people across the world are living without basic energy …

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DOE Launches Initiatives to Accelerate Solar Deployment in Underserved Communities

MAY 4, 2021 New Efforts Include $15.5 Million to Tackle Barriers to Solar Deployment, Increased Focus on Expanding Clean Energy Access to Low- and Moderate-Income Communities and Fostering A Diverse Solar Workforce WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a slate of new efforts, including $15.5 million in new funding, to support …

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