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.
To learn more about the Open Doors grant, visit: www.tbf.org/nonprofits/funding-opportunities/open-door-grants/odg-faqs#3
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 :)
Watch Rouwenna's Final Pitch on Youtube
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!
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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 Park to 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 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 book A 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.”
Learn more about Tamika here.
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.
Follow Reverend Mariama White-Hammond here.
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.
Learn more about Dr. Atyia Martin here.
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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.
Read the Green New Deal here.
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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.
This week, our fall interns completed their All In Energy experiences and took a moment to reflect on their time working here. In the Spring, Serra will be continuing her junior year at Bunker Hill Community College, Olivia will be continuing her sophomore year at Northeastern University, and Natalia will be going on a study abroad through Boston University. Here is what they have to say:
The internship experience at All In Energy was an amazing learning opportunity for me. I have discovered my passion for climate justice and clean energy access. The experience helped me learn about the industry, the available programs, and the gaps within the industry that needs to be filled. It was very rewarding to engage with residents to connect them with energy saving programs. Also, connecting with other individuals working within their communities and clean energy industry helped me gain an insightful overview. All the people I have met inspired me to aim to work in a mission-driven environment. It was great working with and learning from Gabe and Rouwenna. Collaborating and working with two other brilliant interns, Natalia and Olivia, was a wonderful opportunity as well. I am truly thankful for all the experience I have gained by working with All In Energy.
I have had such a valuable experience with All in Energy this fall. My experiences working in the field, collaborating with partners such as Neeeco, and working with the All in Energy team have led to both professional and personal growth for myself. I also had the chance to speak to dozens of people in the community about energy assessments and was able to sharpen my communication and sales abilities.
As an environmental studies and economics student just starting out in this field, entering this internship I hoped to gain some guidance in what direction I want to go in with my studies and career. Through the past few months, I have learned the value of mission based work from Gabe and Rouwenna, which is something I am so grateful for. I was able to see how strong of a motivator improving the community can be, and the great payoff when I encountered people at events who were pleased with our services. As a sophomore, I still have experimenting to do through more internships in this field, but All In Energy has opened my eyes to a multitude of possibilities through my work here. I am so excited to see what Gabe, Rouwenna, Natalia, and Serra accomplish in the future- I am inspired by each of them and know they will keep doing great things!
My experience at All In Energy has been overwhelmingly positive and insightful. This semester, my role as a community outreach coordinator had me in between the office and the field. While in the office, I was reaching out to residents to sign them up for energy saving programs, reaching out to community organizations and businesses, and doing research and other miscellaneous items for the team. In the field, I engaged with residents to sign them up for programs and created connections in the communities with leaders and activists. Both parts of this internship have allowed me to learn about what I want in a future career, and I've realized that my favorite part is being in communities engaging with people and having meaningful conversations.
The biggest takeaway I've had from this internship has been how much I've enjoyed the community engagement piece, and I plan to use this insight to help me find internships and jobs that are well-suited for me with similar responsibilities. I've also learned that I'm really passionate about social justice, and I want to further explore the intersections between social justice and environmental issues. Next summer when I'm pursuing new internships I plan on exploring these intersections, and I would really like to try working for a more activism or organizing-focused organization. I also hope to take courses in the future that are related to environmental justice, because I would really like to learn about the concepts and theories behind it. Overall, working at All In Energy has given me insights into both my personal and professional interests, and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work at a company at the forefront of helping Boston tackle climate change and inequality.
To celebrate the first freezing day of the winter season, gear up for even colder days with these tips that will keep your home warm this winter and save you money. Not only will you be reducing your energy bill, but you will also be contributing towards a clean energy economy!
1. Turn down the thermostat at night
Turn down the thermostat 10 degrees at night, and opt for an extra sweater and some flannel sheets to stay warm at night. Don't have a programmable thermostat and want one for free? Schedule a no-cost home energy assessment to get a free programmable thermostat among many other energy saving measures.
2. Decorate for the holidays with LED string lights
LED lights use 75% less energy than incandescent lights- which translates to savings for your home! Upgrade your lightbulbs and save energy and money.
3. Get your home insulated
When is the last time your home was insulated? Cold air seeps through doors, walls, floors, the roof... or any other crevice you can imagine. Contact us to sign up for a FREE home energy assessment to see where you can make improvements!
4. Weather-proof your windows
30% of the heat in your home can leave just through the windows. Upgrade your windows or weather proof them for big savings.
5. Open the curtains!
Don't underestimate natural energy- sunlight! Keep your curtains open to have your home naturally heated and enjoy the sunlight.
Interested in more ways that you can save money and energy?
Contact us at All in Energy and learn what options you may have!