The AiE team is happy to announce our FIVE runners that will be running and fundraising for us. Remember to check their fundraiser pages for more facts and info about donations.
Kiyota Gomi, a manager of Finance and Administration, is All in Energy’s first out of five runners! A resident of Cambridge, “Kiyo” is running rather close to home as a supporter of All in Energy. He is the Finance manager for CfSI, the same organization that hired this years fellows for us. Kiyo also went to business school with All in Energy’s Co-Founder, Rouwenna Altemose, and is inspired by her tenacity, drive and passion for the environment. He’s an advocate for composting and recycling, as well as the use of public transit over personal transportation. He does most of his running by the Charles River in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville and is excited for his second half-marathon in November. Donate at https://runsignup.com/Race/74589/Donate/c5wNw0oZFEpi51yd
Adrienne Drucker is our is our SECOND Cambridge runner. Currently living in Jamaica Plain with fellow runner and husband, Lonn Drucker, she hopes that her run will get people more knowledgeable about the environment. Adrienne works as an Informatics Pharmacists, and supports the use of public transport or walking to avoid adding to the carbon footprint. She follows a plant-based diet and participates in Grass Root movements such as Sunrise. She is excited to see other people running for what they believe in. “Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Einstein Donate at https://runsignup.com/adrienneallin
Lonn Drucker hopes to raise awareness of All in Energy’s campaign for energy efficiency with his wife, Adrienne. Lonn is a runner to help people be more aware of their footprint on the environment and wants to make a clear example of how to help. Lonn tries to walk to his destinations rather than drive, as well as received proper insulating his home to save energy and save money on his utility bills. He hopes that by being supported by All in Energy, others will see the good that comes out of getting your home assessed. Donate at https://runsignup.com/lonnsallin
Kelly Lynch, Clean Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club, is the next Cambridge half-marathon runner. From Woodstock, Vermont, Kelly to try to get the younger generation of adults to work towards what they believe in. As the Campaigner for the Sierra Club, Kelly is constantly working towards a cleaner, more sustainable earth, by promoting environmentalist policies via political endorsements. These are focused around mitigating climate change, the opposing of the use of coal and sustainable energy. Personally, Kelly supports her organization interests by riding a bike or using public transit as opposed to using a car, as well as limiting her meat and dairy consumption. Kelly runs for All in Energy to spread the influence of sustainable energy for undeserved communities as part of solving climate change and achieving environmental justice, while also having fun running with friends and being healthy. “The people closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” - Chukwuemeka Manning Donate at https://runsignup.com/Race/74589/Donate/96GYWOkePHQGSszs
Maya Reese, Student at MIT, is our last but not least, November runner! Coming all the way from California and currently living on campus, Maya emphasizes an efficient, healthy and sustainable living conditions; consisting of a vegan diet, a no-waste lifestyle, and dedicated form of transportation via bicycle. Maya says what inspires her the most is partly of her classmates and friends at MIT, as well as her drive to combat social and environmental issues. This drive is shown through her life-style, her interests in running for All in Energy, and voting for energy efficient minded candidates. She majors in physics, with a minor energy studies, which allows her to study a solution to climate change through sustainability and the transition to a greener, more reliable energy. She can't wait to show how much better it is to run for a cause rather than stay content with the current state of life. Donate at https://runsignup.com/13point1milesforcleanenergy
All In Energy conducts targeted energy efficiency outreach to undeserved populations
Cambridge, September 17 , 2019 – The City of Cambridge has partnered with All In Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to increase and enhance energy efficiency outreach to renters and landlords living in 1-4 unit buildings. All In Energy’s outreach model focuses on underserved populations – including renters, moderate-income households, non-native English speakers, and people of color – to help them save money on their utility bills by connecting them with energy efficiency resources andrenewable energy programs. The organization also serves as a talent pipeline for workforce development in the sector, expanding clean energy job opportunities for individuals in underrepresented groups through a paid, hands-on training program. Through the partnership with the City, All In Energy and its partnerNeeeco, a Mass Save home performance contractor, will offer dedicated access to a Rental Property Energy Advisor for Cambridge renters. Earlier this month, All In Energy hired Cambridge resident Jean Alofan for the role. Alofan, who recently completed the Cambridge Community Learning Center’s Bridge to College Program, emigrated to Cambridge from West Africa and is fluent in seven languages, including English, Portuguese, and French. Through All In Energy’s workforce development program, Alofan will become certified as a Building Performance Institute Home Energy Auditor, enabling him to seek employment with other companies in the clean energy industry. Alofan will connect renters with no-cost home energy assessments, including instant savings measures like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats, as well as a customized list of actions to help residents save energy and money. The partnership between the City and All In Energy aims to support hundreds of Cambridge renters in accessing energy-saving services. “All In Energy’s program model aligns with many of the City’s goals. In addition to furthering our efforts to reduce Cambridge’s carbon footprint, both of our organizations aim to promote social equity through our programs and support workforce development,” said Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. “We look forward to working with their team to advance both these goals and support Cambridge renters, who represent over 60% of the city’s population.”“Massachusetts has nation-leading public energy-savings programs which we pay for on utility bills. Unfortunately, renters are often not aware that they are also eligible to receive no-cost home energy assessments,” said All In Energy Co-Founder Gabe Shapiro. “We are thrilled to work with the City of Cambridge, who has received nationwide recognition for their clean energy efforts, to demonstrate that we can simultaneously ensure renters benefit from energy-saving programs and create new pathways into clean energy jobs.” All In Energy’s outreach focuses on face-to-face interactions, tabling at local events, and community presentations to reach residents who may be unaware of energy-savings programs or have not had the time to take advantage of them. This approach ensures that each resident gets support to take advantage of energy efficiency opportunities to reduce their utility bills and make their homes more comfortable. The partnership will build on a variety of City programs and resources that help Cambridge households save money and become more energy efficient, including the Multi-Family Energy Program, which provides no-cost energy efficiency assessments and solar assessments to owners of multi-family buildings with 5 or more, and the Cambridge Community Electricity Program, which connects residents to affordable and local renewable electricity. To learn more about the City’s energy efficiency resources, visithttps://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/All In Energy specializes in driving adoption of clean energy technologies and services in underserved communities. The nonprofit organization recruits, hires, and trains members of communities underrepresented in the clean energy workforce, providing them with the skills and experience necessary for clean energy careers. To learn more about All In Energy’s no-cost home assessments or to get in contact, visit awww.allinenergy.org/cambridge
As summer comes to a close, All in Energy is happy to announce a new partnership with the College for Social Innovation (CfSI). The college hosts a program called Semester in the City, which gives business minded students from all over New England a chance to work for non-profit establishments within the Boston/Cambridge area for a semester. These students will hold the title of "fellow" and be receiving full semester credits, or credits based on their work. Through this program, All in Energy welcomes two new fellows to add to the growing team.
Tyler Stadlman: Communications Fellow Tyler Stadlman is 20 years old and a sophomore at Becker College, Worcester MA. He has a great understanding of social life and in the process of getting his Major in Business Administration and Accounts, and a minor in Psychology. With these interests, he is an activist for self independence building and environmental troubleshooting. Taking multiple business management courses has given Tyler the required skills to run local farm stands and other community projects such as running numbers for a community garden. He enjoys the outdoors, as a previous member of ultimate Frisbee club, track team, and soccer. As a member of the drama club and honors chamber orchestra, he is able-minded in multiple scenarios and shows strong dedication to the arts. He is joining All In Energy this fall as the Communications Fellow. This position will allow him to interact with organizations and individuals in the Boston and Cambridge areas, and recommend more energy efficient options to those who may not know about the state's energy savings program or who have limited time. Through his work, he hopes to help All in Energy increase its sphere of influence and use communications to boost its programmatic success even further. Tyler is hoping that this network will allow him to get connected to a future employer to start his career after college.
JimmyByandika: Data Analysis Fellow As a visionary and hard-working international student, Jimmy studies computer science at Marlboro College. His dream for equity in wealth distribution is the main reason he came to the United States and he is excited to be working with All In Energy. Prior to coming to All In Energy, Jimmy helped resolve transportation problems in Marlboro College. He developed a car-pooling website where people who need a ride can meet people who have extra room in their vehicle. This fall, he is joining All In Energy as a Data Analysis Fellow. This opportunity will give him the experience in providing value to society through innovation and helping others. Also, as a data analyst, programming in a group setting will enrich his experience in the industry. Working on something that impacts people directly is the most exciting thing he is looking forward to. He hopes that the Semester in The City program will help him building networks in the social sector. Although the social sector has not been his focus to date, a lot of the communities that he is interested in overlap with communities that social sector is focused on. In the future, he will focus more on how technology and innovation in business help contribute to redistribution of wealth in Indonesia to improve quality of people’s life through greater equity.
We are thrilled to announce that this summer, we have received an Open Door Grant from the Boston Foundation! The application process is competitive and rigorous so we are so grateful to be one of the chosen organizations. Their support on our organization's strategy is meaningful and encouraging to All In's co-owners and every team member.
The Boston Foundation distributes a portion of its resources via its Open Door Grants program, which responds to expressed opportunities and needs in the communities we serve. The program encourages new and existing nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston that are not currently aligned with the strategies, goals and approaches pursued in the Foundation's five impact areas to pursue open Door Grants for support of their efforts to meet existing needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and biggest opportunities facing our community.
The Charity Warriors Challenge has come to an end and we came in first place! All In raised $48,325 in only 21 days, the highest amount of money raised out of all the organizations. This surpassed our expectations and we could not be more thankful to the 285 donors who supported and believed in us.
We were eligible to participate in the Final Pitch event alongside four other female nonprofit founders to win an extra $10,000. It was an empowering experience to be a part of female leaders who strive to make social, financial, and educational changes in Massachusetts. Although we did not take the prize during the Final Pitch event, we were able to spread our message on how important it is to shift Massachusetts communities towards a clean energy economy - which is a win in our book.
Throughout the Challenge, we had a series of significant events for our organization. We hosted our first house party fundraiser, which was a huge success and a fun way to raise money while spreading our organization’s message. In the last five days of the Challenge, our friends at Abode Energy Management agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made in the final days of the competition up to $10,000! It really helped push us towards the finish line during a crucial period.
The money we raised has allowed us to expand our team and locations! This competition ended our 1st year on a high note and allowed for an even better start to our year ahead :)
Our team has grown even bigger this summer! We have welcomed 4 new members and brought back a couple of our past interns. Learn about their experience, passion for non-profit organizations, and their role at All in Energy!
Bridget De La Torre: Clean Energy Organizer As a clean energy advocate and student climate activist, Bridget focuses all of her professional efforts on pursuing jobs and goals that advance the knowledge and implementation of practices that will lead to a globally sustainable society. Choosing to major in Environmental Science was the first milestone in her career for environmental health and awareness. She spent a year interning at the Department of Energy Resources Clean Cities Coalition. At All In Energy, Bridget is doing work that will benefit Massachusetts communities through direct outreach. She believes that the work she is able to do with All In Energy is another great career milestone that allows her to contribute to advancing the clean energy economy.
Natalia Lima: Clean Energy Organizer: Natalia is a student pursuing an environmental science degree at Bunker Hill Community College. She also has a five year old that will be going into kindergarten spring of 2019. She loves to be creative through art and has concerns about socio-economic environmental injustices. All In has empowered and encouraged her to adapt when she is not confident. One of her duties is to reach out to event organizers to schedule participation which has allowed her to shake many compassionate, intelligent, powerful hands in the community.
Kirsty Kerr: Marketing Intern Kirsty is a 20 year old student from Princeton, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business concentrating in Strategy and Innovation. Her passion for marketing and start ups began when she worked in a team of nine other business students to build their own unique product and company from scratch in 3 months. She lead the marketing team during that project which gave her lots of knowledge in that field. She also worked in London this past Spring as a marketing intern for a small economics firm. She has never worked for a non-profit before but is motivated by the mission and team to promote our organization as effectively as possible. At All in Energy, she is responsible for creating all the direct and digital marketing materials to reach the communities we serve.
Corey Thompson: Cambridge Clean Energy Organizer Corey recently relocated to Dorchester from Takoma Park MD, in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area where he received his B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Howard University. He also worked as Director of Operations for Mobius LLC, a sustainable design build firm. Coreys transition back to MA and into the Clean Energy Organizer position was a welcomed change that built on his love for the environment. Corey is working with community leaders in the City of Cambridge also to ensure that local renters and owners are getting the full benefits of the many instant saving measures in the Mass Save program that reaches underserved residents, both renters and homeowners.
Serra Kilic: Customer Action Coordinator Serra is a 23-year old Turkish native living, working, and going to school in Boston. She studies communication, and clean energy and sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She was previously the Community Outreach Coordinator at All In Energy during Fall of 2018. That experience made her realize there was so much work to be done in the environmental and clean energy justice areas. So she began studying clean energy and sustainability alongside communication. She wanted to be able to communicate ideas that would make it better for everyone! Now, Serra is back at All In Energy, after working as an Operations Fellow at another mission-driven clean energy company. She is excited to be back as a Customer Action Coordinator! It is always so fulfilling and rewarding to be working on All In Energy's mission. She hopes to apply all the skills she has acquired from her experiences and learnings from her education to better serve every resident!
Mamadou Balde : Customer Action Coordinator Mamadou is a huge soccer fan from Guinea. He recently received an associate degree from Bunker Hill Community College and is working on transferring to a four-year institution. Mamadou work focuses on conducting community outreach and spreading awareness about energy efficiency. He is passionate about expanding renewable energy access to people in developing countries, particularly Guinea. With All In Energy, he hopes to gain the skills necessary to pursue this passion. In his free time, Mamadou enjoys going to live events, including concerts and sports games.
All In Energy is in Week 2 of the Charity Warriors Challenge. This awesome challenge focuses on helping female nonprofit leaders, like our co-founder Rouwenna, boost their fundraising capacity and that of their teams.
We’re trying to raise $40,000 by June 4th! If we raise the most money, we’ll win an additional $10,000. With the highest goal set out of the participating teams, this is a lofty challenge. We know we can make it with the help of our wonderful friends, family, partners and supporters.
We’ve raised $8,418 so far with 87 donors and are in second place on the leaderboard!
We’re so excited to have surpassed our Week 1 goal of raising $5,000. In celebration, our co-founder Rouwenna and marketing intern Camille made a fun video, showcasing their 5 best Met Gala looks. This week, we’re going for double and are aiming to raise an additional $10,000 before next Tuesday at midnight. Help us reach our goal, and claim the first place spot on the leaderboard!
Why do you celebrate Earth Day? At All In Energy, we take the day to reflect on all the beauty Earth has to offer and what we’re doing to protect and celebrate it. We, in collaboration with the Boston Affordable Energy Coalition, will be celebrating our community and our Earth at the Love Your Block: Earth Day Party.
Join us on Saturday,April 27th from 9am-2pm at Codman Square Parkto learn about how the community is building a sustainable future right in Codman Square. Learn about the neighborhood’s urban farming initiatives while taking a tour of the Nightingale Community gardens. Hear from community leaders, officials and activists; and explore the green initiatives happening in Dorchester and throughout Boston.
Make sure to stop by the All In Energy table, and learn about how we’re working to raise awareness of Massachusetts’ energy saving programs in your neighborhood. We want all residents to access the benefits that they already pay for through their utility bills. Come say hello, and learn how you can save energy and money by signing up for a home energy assessment.
View the event schedule and RSVP here. There will be free food, music and activities. We hope to see you there!
In the meantime, log onto our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about a home energy assessment and its benefits.
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Women have been the driving force behind many of history’s greatest inventions, innovations and movements. In fact, if you tried to go a day without using things invented by women, you might find your day to be pretty difficult. Despite their essential contributions to society, female leaders are often not recognized at the same rate as their male counterparts. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re thinking about the influential ladies of yesterday and today who often go unnoticed. At All In Energy, it’s a part of our mission to recognize and develop female leaders in the clean energy workforce. With our talent pipeline, we hope to increase the current 30.1% of women employed in the Massachusetts clean energy workforce.
Women are greatly underrepresented in the clean energy sector, but they are mighty in their efforts to make it more inclusive. Here are some of Boston’s own who are changing the landscape of careers in clean energy:
Tamika Jacques Tamika is the Director of Workforce Development at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She directs various clean energy workforce programs, such as educational activities for K-8 students, work-readiness curriculum and paid summer jobs for high school students, and training and paid fellowships for low-income and unemployed women. Tamika oversees the award-winning internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, she is a published author. Her bookA Brown Girl’s Guide to Employment and Networking is “meant to give you tips on how to achieve your greatest potential for the entire length of your career history.”
Reverend Mariama White-Hammond: Reverend Mariama is a pastor, activist, artist and facilitator working to build social movements. She serves as a pastor at New Roots AME Church in Dorchester, a Faith Fellow for the Green Justice Coalition and the Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel AME Church in Roxbury. She advocates for ecological and social justice as well as youth engagement. Much of her work debunks the idea that people of color don’t care about climate change. Reverend Mariama leverages her impressive network to encourage collaboration among folks of different races, ethnicities and religious affiliations in the fight against climate change. She holds many notable achievements at the grassroots level, including successfully lobbying the AME Church to adopt a resolution on climate change, making it the first historically black denomination to do so. Reverend Mariama is highly decorated, having received awards from the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. She believes that this climate crisis will encourage collaboration among the races in combating other social issues and in bridging Boston’s racial divide.
Dr. Atyia Martin: Dr. Martin serves as the CEO and Founder of All Aces, INC., a social enterprise that helps people, communities and organizations address difficult situations and topics, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute. She was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston where she advocated for racial equity, social justice and social cohesion in the face of climate change. Dr. Martin has also served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission where she was responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare and community health preparedness; emergency management coordination among the public health and healthcare system; psychological trauma response coordination; and education and training. She has extensive experience in public service and serves on the advisory board of All In Energy, providing feedback, advice and helping us build connections to advance a more inclusive clean energy economy.
About two weeks ago, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) of New York and Senator Ed Markey (D) of Massachusetts presented a resolution for the Green New Deal. Among many other things, this plan aims to make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2030. According to the representatives, achieving the goals outlined in this deal will require lots of manpower as well as support from the federal government. Ultimately, programs from the Green New Deal will provide, in the most equitable way, both societal and financial benefits to those who make the switch to clean energy. While some might argue that all efforts should be towards optimizing resources fully for reductions in greenhouse gas emission, it is important to ensure that this plan is delivered with the intention of benefiting all communities.
Studies show that there is a significant racial disparity when it comes to clean energy access. According to census data, areas with over 50% Black or Hispanic populations receive significantly less domestic solar panel installations than white-majority areas. Past research has attributed this to differences in income and homeownership by race and ethnicity. A recent study has shown that this disparity remains even when accounting for these differences.
Researchers are still trying to figure out the relationship between race and ethnicity and clean energy adoption. Much discourse surrounds the ideas of seeding and social proof. Basically, if someone in your community has solar or takes advantage of local clean energy resources, like the Mass Save energy audit program, then you are more likely to do the same. The idea is that everyone’s doing it, so you should to. All In Energy works to bridge this gap and bring clean energy to underserved communities. We’ve joined forces with our community partners to raise awareness of Massachusetts’ clean energy programs and ensure that residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan are accessing benefits that they’re already paying for. We’re striving to bring energy savings to underserved communities while growing diversity in the clean energy workforce.
We’re excited about the Green New Deal and the potential it has to benefit all residents. It is our hope that an adequate amount of attention and resources are spent to ensure that underserved communities, specifically communities of color, benefit from these programs.