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.
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It’s Spring semester, and we’ve welcomed four new members to our team! They’ll all be working to further the mission and story of All In Energy, but what’s their story?
Camille McDaniel : Community Outreach Coordinator Intern
A California-native, Camille misses the temperate weather of her home state. She moved to Boston from the Golden State to study Communication at Boston University. Camille is in her final semester of undergrad and is looking forward to putting what she’s been studying into practice. At All In Energy, she is responsible for reaching the communities we serve through digital and direct marketing. With our organization, she hopes to further explore social justice issues as they relate to climate change and bring awareness to them through communications practices.
All In the Community: Camille loves to visit and photograph the Arnold Arboretum on a sunny day.
Ian De La Rocha : Customer Action Coordinator Intern
From Andover, Ian is currently attending Umass Boston where he studies Environmental Policy and Management. His role at All In Energy allows him to apply his current studies in conducting community outreach and educating residents about energy efficiency. This semester, Ian hopes to establish himself in the environmental industry and further develop the skills necessary to become an organizer.
All In the Community: Ian enjoys going to concerts with friends at one of Boston’s many music halls.
Mamadou Balde : Customer Action Coordinator Intern
A huge soccer fan, Mamadou is from Guinea. He recently received an associate degree from Bunker Hill Community College and is working on transferring to a four-year institution. Mamadou works with fellow intern Ian in 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.
All In The Community: Mamadou enjoys going to live events, including concerts and sports games.
Jared Johnson : Clean Energy Organizer
Jared recently relocated to Dorchester from Herndon, Virginia, a small town on the outskirts of D.C. He received a B.A. in Energy Engineering from Penn State and worked as a director for a canvassing office in D.C. With All In Energy, Jared works with community leaders in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to ensure that residents are benefiting from the Mass Save and ABCD energy efficiency programs. He is most excited to connect people from underserved communities to well-paying jobs in the clean energy sector.
All In the Community: A newbie to Boston, Jared is exploring the city’s many sites and shows. His favorite so far has been attending an ImprovBoston show.