Together, by any greens necessary, we can connect the dots between environmentalism, mass incarceration, and a just economy.
You can help! Be a champion for environmental justice by asking your legislators to ensure that any clean energy legislation contains the following provisions:
- Reduces electricity demand cumulatively for the entire state by expanding investment in energy efficiency programs. Invests significantly in Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs in disadvantaged communities on an annual basis.
- Fixes the current Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 25% renewable energy by 2025 to drive in-state development of new wind and solar projects across the state, which would include development of a first-ever community solar program.
- Creates a workforce development initiative that trains returning citizens and foster care alumni for green economy jobs. Provides incentives to energy efficiency, manufacturing, utility, and solar companies for hiring trainees of this program.
These provisions were presented to legislators, policy-makers, clergy, non-profit leaders, and others who attended the Clean Energy Economy for All Gala on October 18, 2016.