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BRIEFING PAPER THREE OF BLACK, BROWN AND GREEN
Black, Brown and Green, a program of the Center for Social Inclusion, explores the economic opportunities and hurdles facing green business models serving communities of color. Black Brown and Green will offer resources to help communities and companies identify their needs and develop a strategy to enter the Green Energy Sector.
Policy makers, investors and stake holders need a firm grasp of business structures that protect community control. They also need strategies for raising the right type and levels of capital, and knowledge of accessible technology. Promoting control and ownership of the green energy supply by communities of color enables these communities to share in the tremendous economic potential of the green energy market, and adds depth to the broader economy.
Businesses and communities must lay a foundation for success, one that expands and strengthens individual and community prospects today. The third paper in our series, Biofuels: Opportunities and Constraints To Community Energy Generation, explores the environmental, economics, technology and policies shaping the process of converting crops and waste feedstock into energy. The briefing paper examines outlines the forces enabling community commercialization as well as the hurdles to participation in the biofuels segment of the Green Energy sector.