In this profile, we feature Co-op Power, founded in 2004 as a multi-race, multi-class, consumer-owned energy cooperative that promotes access to sustainable energy for communities in Massachusetts and Southern Vermont. Co-op Power secures resources for local leaders working to create community-owned clean energy projects and businesses, energy efficiency teams, and green jobs training programs that serve the needs of the region’s low-income communities and communities of color.
In this profile, we explore Namasté Solar, an employee-owned cooperative, to provide a model for communities who want to move towards Energy Democracy.
Co-authored by Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) and Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), this report is a four-year comprehensive plan to increase racial equity in Dane County, Wisconsin. The report is a roadmap to increase racial equity in the county, encompassing five recommendations to deepen understanding of and commitment to racial equity. The goal is to make Dane County government more inclusive and engaging, increase access to economic prosperity, ensure the safety of all neighborhoods, and promote good health for all residents.
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. In this report, we outline the barriers to breastfeeding that communities of color face, as well as recommend policies and practices to address racial inequity in First Food.
In this report, we explored whether talking about race directly could effectively move people to support progressive fiscal policies.
CSI Food Equity Fellow Shorlette Ammons weaves together her personal story, U.S. history, and insight from Southern women of color working in food justice to show how we can achieve equitable food systems change.
The food system works for some, but fails too many of us. Yet, we already have a glimpse of the possibility of a just and healthy food system. To get there, we must use a critical race lens to diagnose what is wrong with our current system, assess entry points for change, and determine ways that we can work together to build a better system for all of us. This report shares an analysis of what it means to build a racially equitable food system – from field to farm to fork – and lays out steps toward achieving that goal.
Energy Investment Districts (EID) is CSI’s policy concept paper on how communities, particularly communities of color can develop local renewable energy generation and energy efficiency programs that are accountable to the community and produce healthier neighborhoods, reduce energy costs, create good jobs, build the local economy, and combat climate change.
We are all facing the threats of climate change. From superstorms like Katrina and Sandy to wildfires across Colorado, we are losing homes, businesses and lives. In the face of these threats, how are communities, particularly frontline communities, innovating, adapting and mitigating the impacts of climate change? We created this scan of community-scale energy projects to document strategies and models that communities are using to fight climate change by reducing our reliance on dirty energy.
Energy Democracy – Community-Led Solutions is a compilation of three case studies highlighting the work of communities of color developing community-scale renewable energy projects to improve their neighborhoods. The case studies identify obstacles that these projects encountered and recommend policies that would help bring all of our communities into the renewable energy economy.