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Posts Tagged ‘Center for Social Inclusion’

Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

There are many effective policy tools for supporting solar adoption among consumers at large, and nearly all of them help expand low-income access to solar power to some extent. However, fully enabling low-income solar participation requires policies and programs that are specifically designed to address the unique barriers faced by these communities. This guide provides an overview of those barriers, as well as underlying principles for successful programs, existing policy tools that can be used to create programs, and examples of state and local models that have successfully improved access.

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Interactive Map: Our Energy Democracy

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Center for Social Inclusion: Energy Democracy

A new interactive map from the Center for Social Inclusion illustrates projects across the country where local communities are taking a stand to improve their economic futures and fight climate change. The map, called Energy Democracy for All, highlights “over 100 projects that are rooted in communities, with a particular lens toward communities of color, who by 2042, will become the majority in our nation.”

From energy conservation in Dover to biofuel crops in Durham, these projects are a testament to the effectiveness of civic engagement across the USA. Visit to see what’s happening in your region!

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Energy Democracy – Community Innovation in Boston

Monday, August 27th, 2012
Figure 1: Community Innovations in Boston (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Communities of color have been environmental activists for decades. These are communities most often victimized by poor environmental planning, regulations, and decision­‐making. In the last twenty years, communities of color in the Boston area have united and won a Boston­‐wide plan to run buses on cleaner burning fuel, stopped a diesel fueled power plant from being located across from the only elementary school in the diverse Chelsea neighborhood, and ended illegal dumping of trash and toxic materials in abandoned lots throughout the communities of Roxbury and Dorchester.

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Energy Democracy – Supporting Community Innovation

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012



We all want to live in healthy places. That is becoming harder thanks to the combination of dirty, expensive energy, and violent weather, droughts, and other problems of global climate change that we helped to create.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Maya Wiley, Director, Center for Social Inclusion

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Maya Wiley is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Social Inclusion…She was a contributing author to the National Urban League’s 2006 State of Black America, and authored a chapter on Race, Equity and Land Use Planning in Columbia, South Carolina recently published in Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice and Regional Equity, R. Bullard, ed. The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA (2007). She was named a NY Moves magazine 2009 Power Woman.

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The Promise & Challenge of Community Broadband Models

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

While most of us have access to broadband, more than 28 million Americans today live in areas where Internet access is not available. Communities of color bear the brunt of this digital exclusion even as broadband Internet technologies become more crucial to our nation’s social and economic development. With access to broadband affecting more and more aspects of our lives, digital exclusion creates additional barriers to opportunity and sustainable livelihoods for people already constrained by their race, gender and geography.

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