<![CDATA[All In Energy - Blog]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2024 13:38:10 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Welcoming New Talent: Introducing Our Spring 2024 Interns]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 05:00:00 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/welcoming-new-talent-introducing-our-spring-2024-internsWe are thrilled to introduce our Spring 2024 interns! It's an exciting time for us as we get to witness fresh talent and new perspectives joining our team. The growth and development of our organization are greatly influenced by the contributions of our interns, and we cannot wait to see the amazing work they will bring to the table.
Caitlin Henry
Caitlin is an Implementation Coordinator Intern who started working at All In Energy in January 2024. She grew up in Newton, MA. She attended Yale University where she received her B.A in Economics and an Energy Studies Certificate in May of 2023.

She now attends Columbia University where she is receiving her M.S in Sustainability Management. Prior to interning at All In Energy, she was a Financial Technology Consultant at State Street Alpha on their implementation team. She is very excited to be working at All In Energy as she is driven to make an environmental and social impact in the clean energy space, specifically for local communities.

Jordy Zuniga
Jordy, a Miami native with roots in Colombia, brings a wealth of experience and passion to his role as a Program Administrator Intern at All in Energy since February 2024. Having relocated to Boston after completing high school, Jordy is currently pursuing an A.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Finance at Bunker Hill Community College.

Before joining All In Energy, Jordy played pivotal roles as both a Business Gateway Specialist and currently serves as an Outreach Specialist at the HOPE Initiative in BHCC. Additionally, he excelled as a Virtual Advising & Lifemap Assistant. These experiences have not only refined his skills in community outreach and engagement but have also instilled in him a profound dedication to supporting individuals with diverse needs.
In his leisure time, Jordy indulges in his hobbies of playing video games and cheering for his beloved soccer team, Deportivo Cali. Thrilled to be part of the Program Administrator Team at All in Energy, Jordy is eager to contribute to the realization of the organization's vision and goals within Massachusetts communities, utilizing his unique blend of skills and experiences.

Amelia Ray
Amelia is the Data Migration and Salesforce Admin Intern joining All in Energy from Semester in the City, a program run by the College For Social Innovation. Although originally from St. John, Virgin Islands, Amelia is currently a junior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

​At Wheaton, she majors in political science and minors in English literature, with academic focus areas in comparative politics, policy research and implementation, and international law. 

As a person from a small Caribbean island, Amelia has seen firsthand the devastating effects of climate change on underprivileged communities, making her want to be part of the solution to the climate crisis. 
In her free time, Amelia enjoys exploring nature by taking long walks, cooking, and watching TV shows and movies. She is very excited to be joining the All in Energy data team for the semester, and hopes to assist in the collective impact of All in Energy’s work with hard to reach populations in Massachusetts.

Jacky Huynh
Huynh Minh Duc also known as “Jacky” was born and raised in the southern countryside of Vietnam. He developed an international mindset and a deep understanding of global environmental effects throughout his long education journey to Australia, Singapore, and Poland.

Passionate about Data and Management Science, Jacky migrated to the US to pursue a Master of Business Administration from Clark University to find a suitable environment for him to make a positive impact while improving his technical abilities. He is excited to join All in Energy as a spring 2024 program administrative intern. All In Energy mission to accelerate an inclusive clean energy economy, it was the mission that drove him to work harder for communities in need. 
Along his journey, Jacky has gained experience in running social events from his part-time position at an E-sport Bar in Warsaw, Poland. He hopes this experience could help in outreach efforts to different communities from diverse backgrounds.

Upon graduating from Clark School of Management with a focus on Business Analytics and Information Management, he is grateful for this learning opportunity. He wishes to engage in environmental science, data management processes, and data applications to explore and expand his knowledge. In his free time, Jacky enjoys riding his bikes around the city seeking beautiful landscapes, or finding community soccer games to play with others who share the same passion.

Once again, welcome to All In Energy!

<![CDATA[Public Officials and Advocates Call Out Harmful, Predatory Practices of Third Party Electric Suppliers]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2024 22:05:44 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/public-officials-and-advocates-call-out-harmful-predatory-practices-of-third-party-electric-suppliers
January 18, 2024
Contact: agoldstein@ninetywest.com
Public Officials and Advocates Call Out Harmful, Predatory Practices of Third Party Electric Suppliers
Leaders Join Together to Advance Policy that Protects Massachusetts Customers 

BOSTON — Local, state, and federal leaders came together yesterday to advocate for policy that protects Massachusetts residents from predatory third party electric suppliers. The call follows years of data illustrating that third party suppliers frequently rely on aggressive, misleading tactics and lead to massive consumer overpayment. 

In 1997, Massachusetts deregulated its electricity market, allowing customers to choose between their utility and third party suppliers. But as in other states with deregulated electricity, third party suppliers have failed to deliver promised benefits to residential customers; instead, they often charge exorbitant rates and lean on misleading marketing as well as aggressive - sometimes downright illegal - sales tactics.

Beginning in 2018, a series of reports by then-Attorney General Maura Healey and current Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell have documented consistent, significant consumer losses – including $525 million in overpayments between July 2015 and June 2021 – disproportionately impacting low income residents and people of color. 

“Our research in the Attorney General’s Office continues to show that vulnerable residents across Massachusetts are losing money when they sign contracts with competitive electric suppliers. This is an issue of economic security and energy injustice as we continue to see suppliers enrolling disproportionately high numbers of low-income residents and residents of color with false promises of savings on their utility bills,” said Liz Anderson, Chief of the Energy and Ratepayer Advocacy Division at the Attorney General’s Office, speaking on behalf of Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell. “With Senator Crighton and Representative Moran’s proposed legislation, there is a solution sitting at the State House that must be passed. Attorney General Campbell is proud to support this bill and will continue to push for its passage on behalf of consumers.”

In a recent letter to the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey joined with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) to urge regulators to “immediately open an investigation into the unfair and deceptive marketing acts and practices of competitive electric suppliers.”

“As winter continues and competitive electric suppliers across the nation continue to prey on fears of high electricity bills, we must not tolerate business as usual,” said US Senator Markey. “Consumers deserve protection, not deception. The green energy revolution must have a level playing field.”

In the City of Boston, some residents have paid suppliers as much as $300 extra per month compared to the City’s Community Choice Electricity (BCCE) program, at rates as high as $0.60/kWh. The City’s BCCE program offers consumers an alternative to basic utility service, including a 100% renewable option, that reduces costs while maintaining transparency and accountability. 

“Boston is one of the places where competitive electric suppliers have been most aggressive. These companies aggressively target low-income residents, seniors, in some instances members of the disabled community, Black and brown residents, immigrants, in particular those who don’t speak English as their first language,” said Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. “Many times, we are hearing about these same predatory companies misrepresenting themselves as part of the City of Boston program. I know this to be true because they made the mistake of coming to my front door and telling my husband that they were connected to the City’s program.” 

Rev. White-Hammond continued: “There has been more than enough opportunity for these companies to change their behavior. The fact that they continue to do these predatory practices is a choice, and a choice for which they should be held accountable.”

Across Massachusetts, there are 167 cities and towns with municipal aggregation — and more programs are pending approval from the Department of Public Utilities. A ban on third party suppliers from signing up new residential customers would not apply to  aggregations, preserving consumer choice and contributing to clean energy goals through the many programs that offer renewable options.  

“The evidence is clear: third party electric suppliers are frequently greenwashing through misleading pro-environmental marketing. Suppliers use consumers’ good intentions to jack up the price for a product that hurts consumers without really helping the planet. By contrast, most municipal aggregations offer renewable energy that can save consumers money and advance Massachusetts climate goals,” said Larry Chretien, President of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

“In the course of meeting community members and enrolling them in Mass Save programs and low-income community solar, we were reviewing their electric bills and seeing that many were on these harmful third party supply contracts, were carrying a balance, and were not enrolled in discounted rates even though they qualified for them,” said Gabe Shapiro, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Partnerships at All in Energy. “In one campaign in Boston we directly supported 77 mostly low income residents. Many of these families were struggling to pay their bills. Over 40% were carrying a balance. More than half of these families were on third party supply contracts, and on average they were paying 43% more than they would have been if they were enrolled in the City’s Community Choice Electric program. Some residents didn’t even remember signing up for these contracts.”

Shapiro read a statement on behalf of Michelle, a resident from Dorchester who supports banning third party suppliers. “My father, who is an older member of the community, had an agreement with a third party supply company and they were charging him $0.49/kWh. Once the initial agreement expired, his energy bill doubled in price,” said Michelle. “Once my father applied and was approved through the City’s program, his electric bill came down tremendously.”

A bill by Massachusetts State Senator Brendan Crighton and State Representative Frank Moran would ban third party suppliers from signing up new residential customers. The ban would not apply to commercial customers or municipal aggregations. 

“Because competitive suppliers are able to charge whatever rates they want without approval from the state, too many customers get charged more as a result. Many customers don’t know what they’re signing up for, or are even signed up without their knowledge. These tactics are predatory and deplorable. We must put a stop to it,” said State Senator Brendan Crighton. "Our legislation would help these folks by preventing suppliers from entering into new contracts with individual residential retail customers. This will end the patchwork solutions to this pervasive problem and put a stop to these harmful practices once and for all.” 

As the Massachusetts State Legislature moves forward on a large climate package, it has the opportunity to put an end to third party suppliers' legacy of harming Massachusetts customers. Opposing the move are third party electric suppliers and industry associations. Supporting the ban are Attorney General Campbell, Mayor of Boston Michelle Wu, Governor Maura Healey, and many clean energy and consumer protection advocates. 

A recording of yesterday’s virtual briefing is available to interested media upon request, as well as any additional inquiries relative to the third party electric supplier industry. 
<![CDATA[Reflections on our goals for the upcoming years from Gabe Shapiro, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2024 19:23:39 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/reflections-on-our-goals-for-the-upcoming-years-from-gabe-shapiro-co-founder-and-co-executive-directorHello Everyone! If you’ve been following our feed, you will have heard from staff and alumni about everything that All In Energy has accomplished in its first 5 years. If you haven’t seen those videos you should go back and learn how your support has helped create an organization that already has so much to be proud of. 

Your support enabled us to prove our model to the Massachusetts utilities who have chosen us to lead the program that is the center of their energy equity work. This has come with a sustainable funding model that is likely to help us continue the great work we are doing in Massachusetts for the foreseeable future. 
Our program’s success has created opportunities for us to build upon this strong foundation and continue to expand our impact.
While our core programming has created meaningful access to beneficial programs for our target populations, we know that too many are still facing barriers to participate. And as our state’s focus evolves from weatherization to more complex projects related to electrification, new higher barriers are emerging. Access to clean energy jobs are still out of reach to many and because of this, the diverse workforce necessary to better serve these populations is still lacking In 2024, we are going to tackle these challenges in the Merrimack Valley by providing in-person and phone support and project facilitation to Spanish speakers, landlords, and low-to-moderate income families.

We will support families in learning about programs that can fully decarbonize their heating and cooling and also directly support them in selecting and communicating with vendors. The staff we hire there will be getting valuable on the job experience and also classroom training while earning the certifications necessary to become Energy auditors so that more Spanish speaking families can learn about their homes from an expert who speaks their language.

We are in talks with potential funders to replicate this program to serve the Portuguese speakers on the Southcoast, and we are beginning early conversations with decision makers in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York to explore replicating parts of our model there as soon as 2025. We can connect hundreds of thousands of families and individuals to beneficial energy programs and clean energy jobs across our region, but resources in addition to those secured to fund our existing program are needed to make this a reality.

We will need to continue to invest in our amazing team to take on these new challenges, we need providing them with training and support to help them grow into new roles. Another part of supporting our diverse team is recommitting to our work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We seek to integrate best practices on DEI into our culture, policies, programs and our organizational growth. We’re hiring a DEI consultant this next year to help us do a DEI audit to better understand where we should focus this continued growth.

Additionally, as we move out of the pandemic, we are hearing more from staff about a desire to work in person together. We are exploring the potential of having a couple of home-base offices where people can convene in person, boosting the internal culture, mental health of our team and effectiveness of our work. 
We also need to be able to be competitive on salaries and benefits as well as to support them with internal services through human resources, finance, and management infrastructure.

Finally, launching new programs as a nonprofit is hard. Despite our track record of success, we are unable to take investments on which our future success can provide a financial return. We need resources to fund the development, piloting and refinement of new programs and we are counting on supporters like you, who only desire a social return on your investment in form our lives touched, homes made more comfortable, energy bills reduced, and careers launched to contribute to the philanthropic resources necessary to for our growth.

Thanks for watching and thanks again for all your support over these past 5 years. Hope my story and the others you’ve heard have inspired you to support the next five years of our growth.
<![CDATA[Professional growth and the true meaning of empowerment and belonging: Bilingual Senior Communications & Development Manager Ana Lopez shares her story]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2023 16:36:56 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/professional-growth-and-the-true-meaning-of-empowerment-and-belonging-bilingual-senior-communications-development-manager-ana-lopez-shares-her-storyHello everyone, my name is Ana Lucia Lopez, and it's a pleasure to share a little bit of my journey with you.

I'm originally from Colombia and have been living in the U.S. for 8 years. Back in my college days at Bunker Hill Community College, I was studying Visual Design, and eager to find an internship that would not only help me grow my skills but also contribute to my professional growth.

My journey with All In Energy began in 2020, at a time when I felt like I was riding a roller coaster. We were navigating through the challenges of a global pandemic, I was far away from my family, and in a political environment that created doubts about my immigration status. 

So all of those things combined weighed me down, a sentiment very familiar to many immigrants. There's a constant struggle with feeling undervalued when English isn't your first language and you weren't born here. 

But then, I came across All In Energy. From the very first interview, something felt different to me. It wasn't every day that I had the chance to talk and be interviewed by a co-founder, in that case, Rouwenna!  During that 1st  interview, all my anxieties started to dissipate. All In Energy saw potential in me,  believed in me, and made me feel valued and seen. It was a contrast to my past experiences, where I felt like just another piece of the puzzle. 
And a few weeks later, I got the job! As an intern, I quickly became a part of a team that recognized me not just as an asset but as a person with valuable contributions to offer.  All In Energy gave me an environment where I felt empowered and trusted to excel in my role. For me, that was a revelation. I didn't know work could be this fulfilling.

As my journey continued, I transitioned from intern to coordinator, then manager, and eventually, senior manager. The organization not only offered opportunities for professional growth but also supported me during challenging times, like when my Optional Practical Training ended and I faced uncertainties about my work visa or when I got married and faced immigration challenges. All In Energy stood by me, offering reassurance and the chance to explore new possibilities, demonstrating their commitment to the human side of their staff - a value not all companies cultivate. 

Today, I’m here, immensely proud to be a part of an organization that values diversity, respects individuals, and believes in the power of every team member. My journey at All In Energy has been transformative and has taught me the true meaning of empowerment and belonging.

So, thank you all for watching, and for your valuable support to organizations like All In Energy. Your support enables individuals like me to thrive and contribute to a workplace where everyone's potential is recognized and celebrated.
<![CDATA[All In Energy turned 5 this year! Here's a quick recap of the organization's progress and accomplishments throughout those years]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2023 05:00:00 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/all-in-energy-turned-5-this-year-heres-a-quick-recap-of-the-organizations-progress-and-accomplishments-throughout-those-yearsAs many of you know, All In Energy turned five years old this year! As this year comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about what we’ve accomplished in our first five years as an organization. I wanted to share a quick recap of the tremendous growth we’ve had since we started in spring 2018 and share some of what is so exciting about where we are today.

Thinking back a little over 5 years ago, Gabe and I didn’t even know each other! We were introduced by a professor at BU and, after a 2 hour conversation over coffee, Gabe invited me to join him in launching a new nonprofit All In Energy with a mission to accelerate an inclusive clean energy economy. The vision was to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to underserved communities and to leverage this work to create first-time career-launching clean energy jobs for diverse candidates. Looking back, I hardly knew this guy, but I took the biggest risk of my career and said yes. Boy am I glad I did.
​We launched in summer 2018 in the BU Summer Accelerator program. We hired college interns and started tabling and doing presentations in Dorchester to connect residents to Mass Save no-cost home energy assessments. The next year, we built a partnership with the City of Cambridge focused on renters and today we lead outreach on all their energy programs, including their innovative new Electrify Cambridge program focused on fully decarbonizing residential buildings citywide. From 2019-2021, we built partnerships with the cities of Lawrence, Methuen, Chelsea and Framingham, building our multilingual team to connect Spanish and Portuguese speaking residents to Mass Save programs. The pandemic hit in the middle of this and, after a scary moment with only 2 weeks cash on hand, we pivoted to phone-based community solar outreach, received an outpouring of support from our donors, and we created a new Energy Bill Check Up service to help people cancel harmful 3rd party energy supply contracts and get out of massive energy bill debt. 

At the end of 2021, we had our largest opportunity for growth yet when we were selected to become the Lead Implementation Vendor for a new utility-sponsored community-outreach program called the Mass Save Community First Partnership, or CFP for short. 

We went from supporting 8 communities in Eastern MA in 2021 to supporting 26 communities statewide in 2022, most of which are environmental justice communities. In 2023, the program doubled - we are now supporting over 50 communities statewide,

We have shifted from doing field-based outreach campaigns ourselves to training advocates in the communities to run these campaigns. Working in CFP has allowed us to demonstrate on a larger scale that reaching residents in underserved communities is possible. Comparing the number of Home Energy Assessments done in CFP communities in 2022 with those completed in 2021, we see a 36% increase in home energy assessments, while these numbers declined in similar communities not participating in the program.

We have also been able to more quickly and effectively channel feedback to decision makers to create change in how the Mass Save programs are operated statewide. For example in partnership with the communities we serve, we have successfully advocated for the addition of new languages to the Mass Save phone lines, most recently Haitian Creole. More vendors are now able to serve low income customers to shorten the tremendous wait times they were experiencing to get work done. And Mass Save incentive rules have changed to benefit customers, such as by broadening who can get no-cost heating and cooling upgrades in rental units. 

It makes me so proud when I hear our community partners say things like Alex Pratt the Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development in Malden recently did when he noted, “It’s not hard to imagine how another organization with the same contract but different values might dismiss, delay, or otherwise “phone in” the work of bringing feedback to their client and making changes to the program. But AIE continuously elevates the needs of EJ communities to program sponsors, and has earned our trust time and again in pushing for changes that will help us serve all of our residents.”  

The rapid growth of our work has provided opportunities for us to expand our team and staff to advance into new roles. And it has served as a launching point into careers. To date, we have provided jobs, paid or credit earning internships to 70 individuals, of whom 57% have been women, 57% multilingual, and 67% BIPOC or Latinx. For 74%, their work with us was their first experience in the clean energy industry. It has been so inspiring to watch the career growth of these individuals. 

Take Grace Umana, a first generation college student whose parents immigrated to the US from Honduras. She joined our team while she was a student at BHCC to knock renter’s doors in Cambridge. She was interested in environmental justice but wasn’t sure she had the skills to jump into the industry. She totally did. She advanced through several roles with us to become a Program Manager. Grace was particularly adept at building trust with residents, especially Spanish speakers, and this allowed her to engage residents in energy efficiency programs, connect them with programs to overcome utility debt, and provide critical feedback to other vendors in the industry on how to build this trust. Recently, because of her amazing work in the City of Chelsea, Grace was recruited into a higher level job with the city where she will be engaging residents and connecting them with a wider range of services to address inequities. 
​Grace is only one of many stories where staff and interns’ experience with us has been a launching point in their careers. I encourage you to watch our social media and read our blog to find many other incredible stories of individuals who learned valuable skills at All In Energy and who are leveraging those to make positive change within our organization and beyond. 

All of this is possible thanks to incredible donors who support our work and provide us with the resources we need to create innovative new programs, empower community advocates to do successful outreach campaigns to underserved groups, support staff and interns’ professional development, and advocate for larger-scale change in how our state’s energy efficiency programs are designed and operated.
<![CDATA[Natalie Reeder reflects on her role at All In Energy supporting underserved communities to access Mass Save programs.]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2023 19:48:32 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/natalie-reeder-reflects-on-her-role-at-all-in-energy-supporting-underserved-communities-to-access-mass-save-programs
My name is Natalie, and I use she/her pronouns and I started at this organization a little over a year ago as a Community Programs and Partnership Manager. 

My main role was to support communities to do local outreach through a Mass Save sponsored program called Community First Partnership or CFP. Currently, as Cambridge Senior Program manager, I oversee Cambridge’s participation in CFP as well as manage a broader array of Cambridge Energy programs.

CFPs overall goal is to increase participation in Mass Save by groups that have historically been underserved– renters, low income people, and small businesses.

In my previous role, I spent a majority of my time meeting with representatives from the communities involved in CFP. One of my roles was to collect feedback documenting the challenges people experience as they try to access Mass Save programs and incentives. ​​
It often felt frustrating to hear challenge after challenge associated with Mass Save, and feel like so many of the barriers were systemic and far beyond my or All In Energy’s ability to fix. But as the first two years of CFP are coming to a close, I have witnessed many small changes, and even some large ones like the program sponsors approving a new pathway for Low Income residents to access the programs. 

In the past few months, All In has taken a great effort to compile all of the feedback we have been gathering and summarize it into a list of recommendations for the 2025-2028 iteration of Mass Save. Those same roadblocks that I spent significant time documenting became an integral part of a report going directly to the people that have power over the Mass Save programs.

Even when we’re not gathering direct feedback, we’re always thinking about what work we can do to help achieve our vision of a world with an inclusive clean energy economy. We’re committed to doing this even when it makes our work harder. 

For instance, the goals set for CFP by the Program Sponsors were only focused on increasing overall participation in Mass Save programs. As the lead vendor we could have done the easy thing and just helped the communities do broad outreach, meeting the expectations of the program sponsors and continuing our funding. 

But we knew the most likely outcome of that approach would be the status quo, resulting in continued inequity. So instead, we have held ourselves and the communities we work with to a higher standard, asking them not only to be accountable to the program sponsors goals, but also to be accountable to the mission of CFP by thoughtfully building partnerships and targeting campaigns toward the people that have historically been underserved.

I love getting to be a part of an organization that is willing to both challenge the status quo, and ask others to do the same. It feels so powerful to see the challenges and feedback my communities shared actually go somewhere. 

I also know that as much as we are trying to bring about equitable change in the programs we work on, we have to continually do DEI work internally as well because we always have room for growth. 

That's why I'm really excited about our plans for this year. One of the recommendations we made to the Program Sponsors was for Mass Save to hire a DEI consultant to support our work and the work of the communities involved in the CFP program. Recognizing that we are being tasked to send people into vulnerable communities that might have different identities, experiences, or languages, we know that we have a duty to make sure that anyone doing outreach work is going to hold DEI best practices behind all they do. 

It is our responsibility to be a steward of the relationships we are asking people to build in marginalized communities and I can’t wait to continue learning how to better do that with the support of more resources and expertise. I also can’t wait to see my role change and grow as we continue defining ways to better achieve our mission.
<![CDATA[Farewell, 2023 interns!]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2023 14:00:00 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/farewell-2023-internsWith 2023 coming to an end, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who has  supported and followed All In Energy and the work we do. A special shout-out goes to the incredible interns who joined us this year, embedding their passion and talent into our journey. Here are glimpses of the interns we had the privilege to collaborate with this year, offering a sneak peek into their journey with us.

Pranit Chand

Lilo Roque

Lilo Roque attends school at Bunker Hill Community College, and is currently enrolled in a communication concentration. This marks Lilo’s first internship experience in the clean energy field, serving as the Program Team Intern and Outreach Support at All In Energy.

Some of the projects Lilo was involved in were creating guides, formulating icebreaker questions, and preparing invoices for Communities.. This experience enhanced Lilo's attention to detail, creative thinking, and ability to ask insightful questions, fostering valuable connections and learning curves within her concentration.

"My future plans are to endeavor into more knowledge and continue working ​on my manuscript Polar Garden." - Lilo

Jake Matyi

Jake is a political science student at Bridgewater State University. This was Jake’s third internship but the first in the energy field.

Serving as a Program and Outreach Support Intern, Jake collaborated mainly with Natalie and Luis, supporting them on various projects. His main project centered on weekly activity tracker reporting, offering insights into the close collaboration between communities and the organization to achieve shared goals.

​Jake received an offer from a non-profit focusing on mental health and homelessness, his role involves finding homes for individuals in need.

“This experience will help me in my future career. Before this internship, I only had state and municipal government experience. Gaining non-profit experience opens me to a whole different road.“  -Jake 

Faith Hensley

​Faith is a current student at Framingham State University, majoring in Business Management with a minor in fashion merchandise. Despite having several previous internships, her experience at All In Energy stands out as a unique opportunity. Taking on the role of Marketing and Communications intern was a completely new venture for Faith, especially within the context of the clean energy industry.

Her primary responsibilities at All In Energy included creating QR codes for multiple assets, duplicating outreach toolkits in multiple languages for communities, and transferring translations across files. The intricate duplication process involved scrutinizing each outreach material, ensuring the accuracy of seals, logos, urls and correct sizes and dimensions. Regularly reporting back to her supervisor, Ana, Faith received guidance and feedback to navigate subsequent steps.Faith also contributed to develop graphics for social Media.

“As a Marketing intern, I was given a range of responsibilities, from working on projects to assisting in the creation of marketing campaigns. I was able to work alongside experienced professionals and learn from their insights and strategies. Through their guidance, I was able to develop a deeper understanding of the industry and refine my skills as a marketer and as a future entrepreneur. I will use these skills in the future to help shape and mold my company with the ideas and motivation I gain from this internship. Although I am unsure of my next steps I know the skills and knowledge I gained from All In Energy will help me.” - Faith

Tiffany Wee

​Tiffany is pursuing a master's in business administration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). This was Tiffany’s first experience in the clean energy industry where she worked as the Program Administration and Outreach Support Intern.

Tiffany's main projects included the creation of the intern one-pager and the college partnerships project. Through these projects, Tiffany gained insights into the intricate nature of project progress, recognizing there are multiple perspectives that add new scopes and goals. Her supervisor helped her in navigating these new goals and projects.

“I believe that this experience will help me in my goal of becoming a project coordinator as it helped me gain experience leading a project as well as dealing with multiple small projects at a time. I am going to be starting my MBA this fall and will be going into internships this fall dealing with business development and website operations. I am also doing volunteer work for organizations in specialized skills and I focus on website design and content planning.“ - Tiffany

Belle Graves

​Belle is an Undergraduate Senior at the University of Massachusetts, set to graduate in May 2023. This was her first internship in the clean energy industry. Belle assumed the role of Implementation Coordinator Intern at All in Energy. Working closely with Serra Kiliç, Belle concentrated on updating the Phone Customer Pathways. While the intricacies of integrating the calling system posed challenges, the gratification of witnessing the call flows she created or edited go live was immensely rewarding.

Belle expresses her admiration for Serra's leadership skills and acknowledges the profound impact on her career development. The support and guidance received were evident in Serra's patience in teaching the intricacies of the system.

“Outside of my biweekly 1 on 1 meeting with Serra, I felt supported and heard in our weekly All in Energy team meetings which were always a highlight of my week. The entire company would virtually come together and share fun facts and updates on their individual work. The passion and hard work of all employees at All In Energy is something I have never seen before. Being a part of a fully remote business taught me virtual business communication skills that will last with me throughout the rest of my career. I am grateful to have been a part of All in Energy Spring 2023 and I am lucky to have the opportunity to stay on with the team for Summer 2023." - Belle

Tee Thanakrit Saetia

Tee was a student at Suffolk University and graduated in December 2023. His major is big data and business analytics. He did his first internship in the U.S. at All In Energy, and it was also his first time working in the clean energy field. Tee found this industry really interesting, something he never thought he would be involved in. The chance to work at All In Energy has been great for him. It's helped him explore the energy field more and made him realize there's a lot to learn and plenty of opportunities to grow in his career.

He was an Implementation Coordinator intern at All In Energy. He worked closely with Serra Kilic, and expressed she is very professional and well-trained. 
"Serra has been amazing and patient, even when she had to explain things to me several times for me to understand certain tasks. From my first day until the last, she guided me through all the complex materials. I also worked with many other people in the organization who gave me a warm welcome and lots of support. I really appreciate how friendly everyone is here."
His main project and responsibility involved setting up and creating the calling system using a worksheet and RingDNA. Tee tackled many challenging tasks, which provided great learning opportunities. He was particularly focused on understanding the entire program quickly so he could get started immediately. This experience enhanced his quick-learning skills. He also believes he has become more detail-oriented, as working on the project required him to carefully review details to ensure a flawless call flow.

The opportunity at All In Energy has transformed his perspective on the energy industry. It has broadened his career horizons in the clean energy sector. Tee is eager to work again in this field because he believes it contributes to making the world cleaner.

Tee is eager to gain experience in the analytical field, aiming to work at the forefront where he can apply his analytical skills to make informed decisions for businesses and organizations he is involved with. Over the next 10 years, he is passionate about using his skills, experience, and knowledge to contribute positively to the community he lives in.

​Penelope Hernandez

Penelope and recently worked with All In Energy as a Program Administrator and Outreach Support intern. Before this internship, she attended Brandeis University where she graduated with a degree in environmental studies (with minors in anthropology and legal studies).

​She used her time at Brandeis along with her previous experiences working for other non-profits and government agencies to hone in on her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work within the environmental industry. To continue pursuing that passion, she actively sought out working for All In Energy because of our commitment to creating a more equitable and inclusive clean energy transition within Massachusetts. 
As a Program Administrator and Outreach Support intern, Penelope was primarily responsible for overseeing task management software, tracking upcoming events, organizing invoices, uploading media, and helping the Program team with other miscellaneous tasks they needed support with. From this internship experience, she learned the value of working among a great group of people and the fact that she enjoys doing a lot of the “behind the scenes” background work that allows the organization to run smoothly.

An example of this was shown when she had to learn to check, revise, and upload invoices from many different communities and she found it very satisfying to confirm that more and more communities would be receiving funding for all their hard work. Another example of this was when she was tasked with taking notes and collecting feedback about prior training sessions so that we could improve trainings for the upcoming year and it felt good to her knowing her work would be supporting future training opportunities.
"Knowing that this type of work is work I enjoy doing is incredibly valuable and something I will definitely use to inform my future career decisions. "
While working with All In Energy, she gained experience working within an organization advancing an inclusive clean energy economy, gained a better understanding of all the work it takes to support Massachusetts communities, worked within a great team, and gained more insight into herself as a worker. In the future, she hopes to continue working for organizations with the same mission/s and eventually go back to school to learn more about environmental policy/law. 
"I had a great time as a Spring 2023 intern with All In Energy and hope to stay in contact and up to date with all the great work they do!"

Thank you everyone for joining us along this journey!​

<![CDATA[Congratulations to Goldera Surles, for graduating from Merrimack Valley College! Learn about her journey as intern at All In Energy]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2023 15:30:00 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/congratulations-to-goldera-surles-for-graduating-from-merrimack-valley-college-learn-about-her-journey-as-intern-at-all-in-energyAIE. ILY. As a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication at Merrimack College while juggling being a Residence Director and a student-athlete, All In Energy granted me one of the best opportunities Covid gave us: a remote internship.

While this may not have been my first internship, it was my first working in the clean energy field. When I became the Marketing and Communications Intern, it was my job to customize engaging marketing materials and social media graphics about energy efficiency and renewable for underserved communities. Picture
But how was I supposed to do that if I barely knew how to explain those phrases? Of course, I understood the basics of clean energy. To translate it into an appealing graphic was a different story. Different, but not difficult.

All In Energy provided the resources needed to complete my tasks effectively. The transition from learning to doing was smooth as I received training during the first week of my internship regarding energy efficiency and its various components and benefits, such as insulation, energy bill checkups, and more.

I could go on and on about what I learned, like how to use online task management tools like Asana or experiment with color palettes and contrast to create aesthetically pleasing designs. However, what I earned is a different perspective.

I had the chance to gain relationships with several members of All In Energy and understand them as both workers and people, especially the co-founders. (How many beneficial companies exist where you meet the founders?)

I earned the chance to work with a company that focused on helping underserved communities save money and supplying them with career opportunities since the clean energy industry lacks diversity. As an African American woman, I loved that approach and appreciated the inclusion of the company.
Most significantly, I earned growth. I grew my knowledge about nonprofit organizations, economic justice, and climate change. This growth enlightened me about new skills I adapted and maximized the skills I possess.

Now that I’m finished with school and am figuring out what is next for me, I do know one thing: I aim to work in an environment as supportive and dedicated as All In Energy.

Goldera Surles, Marketing and Communications Intern
<![CDATA[New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Founders DEI Award]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2023 18:42:22 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/new-england-women-in-energy-and-the-environment-newiee-founders-dei-award

​We are excited to announce we have received the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Founders DEI Award!

This award recognizes the spirit of the NEWIEE founders: uplifting underrepresented voices and creating a space for like-minded individuals to come together. All In Energy is conscientiously working to build an organization that is diverse in our staff, inclusive in our culture and equitable in our practices. Currently, our staff is 61% women, 69% people of color, and 77% bilingual. We are honored to receive this award! 

Read our co-founder Rouwenna Altemose's award ceremony remarks below:

​Thank you so much for this incredible award. We are just so honored to be recognized with this inaugural DEI Founders Award. All In Energy turned five this year - what a way to celebrate! When my co-founder Gabe Shapiro and I decided to start All In Energy five years ago with a mission to accelerate an inclusive clean energy economy, we aimed to tackle two interrelated problems at the same time: Despite MA having nation-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, more of these resources were flowing to wealthier whiter communities with low income and BIPOC communities being left behind. At the same time, while our state had a quickly growing clean energy economy, women were underrepresented by 50% compared to the overall population and, while data is sparse, walk into nearly any clean energy company and you’ll immediately see that people of color are underrepresented in leadership roles across the industry. 

We decided to create an organization that would run community-based outreach campaigns to engage residents in underserved communities and help them connect to energy-saving programs that save money, make homes healthier and fight climate change. We would simultaneously create first-time clean energy job opportunities for diverse candidates, focusing on recruiting talent from communities like those we aimed to serve. When we told people about this vision, we often got the response that this was too complicated and no one would understand what we were trying to do.
However, I’m proud to say that five years later, we are still focused on this dual approach - and it’s working! To date, we have provided jobs, paid or credit earning internships to 70 individuals, of whom 57% have been women, 57% multilingual, and 67% have identified as BIPOC or Latinx. For 74%, their work with us was their first experience in the clean energy industry. It has been so inspiring to watch the career growth of these individuals.​ Take Natalia, or Nat, Tanko who worked with us back in Fall 2018 as a Community Outreach Intern - their first clean energy job. After helping us engage over 125 residents through field outreach, they decided to stay in the industry. Over the past 3.5 years, Nat has advanced 5 levels from Intern to Produce Manager II, at Uplight, a software company that connects energy customers to the decarbonization goals of power providers while helping those customers save energy and lower costs. Or Grace Umana, a first generation college student whose parents immigrated to the US from Honduras. She joined our team while she was a student at BHCC to knock renter’s doors in Cambridge. She was interested in environmental justice but wasn’t sure she had the skills to jump into the industry. She totally did. She advanced through several roles with us to become a Program Manager. Grace was particularly adept at building trust with residents, especially Spanish speakers, and this allowed her to engage residents in energy efficiency programs, connect them with programs to overcome utility debt, and provide critical feedback to other vendors in the industry on how to build this trust. Recently, Grace accepted a new position at the City of Chelsea where she will be engaging residents and connecting them with a wide variety of services to address inequities. While we are sad to see her go, we see her growth as a successful demonstration of the career-launching potential of our mission.

We have rapidly expanded our outreach work, moving from an initial pilot campaign in Dorchester MA to now supporting over 50 communities statewide to connect underserved groups to the Mass Save programs. We are expanding our energy bill check-ups to help residents get them out of predatory 3rd party energy contracts and out of major energy bill debt. We are now leveraging this work to influence systemic changes within Mass Save, in collaboration with the community organizations, municipalities and key partners within the utilities. Our work has DEI at its core and we have done our best to build an organization with a diverse team, an inclusive culture, and equitable practices. And we know there is always more to be done to deepen our own understanding of equity issues, integrate the perspectives of our diverse team and formalize our commitment through our organizational practices. As we continue to grow, we are doubling down on this commitment, with plans to hire a DEI consultant this next year to help us strengthen and formalize our efforts internally and externally. (I know this isn’t a fundraising speech, but if you all know folks who fund this kind of work, I’m all ears!)

We are grateful to NEWIEE for your commitment to equity and the support your hey have provided to our team members, especially some of our early-career staff who have benefited from being exposed to such a diversity of professionals and career types and to mentorship opportunities. Thank you again for this incredible honor to be recognized with this award. We look forward to continued partnership as we all work to advance equity across the industry. 
<![CDATA[Promoting clean energy in underserved communities: Grace Umaña represents All In Energy at the BuildingEnergy Boston conference.]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2023 15:00:00 GMThttp://allinenergy.org/blog/promoting-clean-energy-in-underserved-communities-grace-umana-represents-all-in-energy-at-the-buildingenergy-boston-conference
There is an abundance of information available about clean energy, with numerous discussions, writings and actions that have become part of our everyday language. Phrases like “going green,” “becoming eco-friendly,” and “using renewable and clean sources of energy,” are now musts in our modern society and they could even be considered “trendy.”

However, what happens when we step back to see the whole picture and the different shades of green? Grace Umaña, a Community Programs and Partnerships Manager at All In Energy, has first hand experience in this area. She presented recently at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s BuildingEnergy Boston 2023 conference, focused on "Building Relationships: Community Ambassadors and Advisors." Here are some of the highlights:
During her presentation, Grace brought attention to the substantial disparities in participation rates in clean energy programs among various populations. She emphasized that moderate-income households, renter-occupied units, and English-isolated speakers were the most underrepresented groups, highlighting the need for targeted outreach and support to address these disparities effectively.

Quoting a Boston resident, Grace shared: “I became more indignant because this type of resource is not promoted enough to those in need.”

​In her presentation, Grace
highlighted the work that All In Energy does and the main barriers our organization is trying to address. These barriers include lack of trust, ineffective goal prioritization, insufficient relevance, and inaccessible knowledge. All In Energy implements straightforward yet effective strategies to tackle these challenges.

​By engaging with cities and local community-based organizations, meeting individuals in their own neighborhoods and workplaces, and considering residents' unique journeys and their capacity to engage, All In Energy effectively addresses these barriers. The organization also utilizes data-driven approaches to allocate resources where they are most needed, ensuring greater success in its mission.

Her presentation was packed with valuable information, along with personal experiences serving communities. Quoting a Boston resident, Grace shared: “I became more indignant because this type of resource is not promoted enough to those in need.” 

Wrapping up her participation, she emphasized the significance a shift in focus can have. She shared impressive statistics on the number of households served and the upgrades archived: in some cases, participation increased by more than 300%!

Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives, Grace welcomed questions and facilitated lively debates during the conference. By fostering an inclusive environment, she encouraged collaborative problem-solving and highlighted the significance of considering the entire picture when promoting change.

Grace viewed this conference as a great opportunity to connect people and their efforts to lead a more significant and collective impact.
Just recently, Grace moved on from All In Energy to take a new job as a Resident Engagement + Resource Navigation Specialist for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Chelsea, MA. We are immensely proud of the work Grace did  at All In Energy. Her passion,commitment and dedication to helping her community and making a difference are truly remarkable and we can’t wait to see what she does next with the City of Chelsea!