Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom, says Navy Veteran Solar Installer

This blog is the first in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Check here for future posts. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is on a mission. “That’s how I view it,” he says. “It’s a mission to liberate people.” He’s not talking about some overseas front, although he certainly [...]

Hundreds Gather in Memphis to Discuss Environmental Justice Issues

This blog was co-authored by Sandra Upchurch, SACE’s Memphis Energy Organizer. As fall descended on Memphis, over 250 people attended the Sierra Club’s 13th Annual Grassroots Community Conference. This was the first year the conference was hosted by the University of Memphis, which joined Sierra Club and other community groups in discussing this year’s conference [...]

Clean, Distributed Energy Can Benefit Low-Income Families

This post, authored by Jorge Madrid and Marilynn Marsh-Robinson, originally appeared on Energy Exchange, a blog by Environmental Defense Fund, on November 17, 2014. You can view the original post here. We’ve spent nearly 15 years collectively working on clean energy solutions for both rural and urban communities, often with under-resourced and underrepresented people at the [...]

On Sunday thousands converge in New York City for the People’s Climate March

This Sunday, September 21st, the People’s Climate March is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people — from impacted community members to business leaders to faith groups — to the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change from global leaders. In the days following the march, 125 heads of state [...]

New Southeast EPA Administrator Faces Challenges Ahead

In the first month of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency appointed Heather McTeer Toney as the new Region 4 Administrator. The former Regional Administrator, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, left to become chief of staff for EPA’s new chief administrator Gina McCarthy. Mrs. Toney, a private-sector attorney by trade, served as the first woman and first African-American mayor [...]

40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent, here are 40 churches, religious schools and faith-based organizations around the world that are putting their faith to work by promoting wind energy.

New NAACP report touts energy equity opportunities

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a new report this week,  Just Energy Policies,  profiling energy policies that can help reform energy production and use in the U.S., and highlighting the opportunities they provide to improve equity and economic growth in communities of color. The report includes state summaries detailing which [...]

We’re confident that radioactive waste is a problem but what do nuclear regulators think?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about ‘waste confidence.’ It’s a wholly confusing term about an extremely important topic: the toxic, highly radioactive nuclear waste that’s been produced by and is piling up at nuclear power plants for decades across the country. In 1984, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published the Waste Confidence [...]

Why Climate Change Is a Civil Rights Issue

This post was written by Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Pastor Emeritus of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA and consultant to SACE. It was originally published by the Huffington Post on their website on August 30, 2013. Dr. Durley attended the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 and was in Washington, DC to commemorate the [...]

Energy Equity in Atlanta: A place at the table, not on the menu

In organizing circles it’s often said that if you’re not at the decision-making table, watch out — you may be on the menu. At June 10th’s Equity Matters Forum on Energy Equity, the many tables were full of folks from all over the city, who brought their diverse perspectives on economic, racial, gender, and other [...]