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The Future of Renewable Energy Must Include Equitable Access

We stand with the scientific community. We share the goal of seeing fossil fuels phased out and earnest adoption of renewable energy.  However, clean and green energy solutions must be implemented equitably and through a reimagining of economic models and sound policy to be truly sustainable and beneficial to all people. 

From ISC’s thirty years of implementation experience and trusted partnerships with community-based organizations in the United States and Asia, we know that no one wants a transition away from dirty energy more than the communities bearing the brunt of the impacts for generations. To make progress, we need clean energy solutions deployed in every community instead of pockets of innovation in wealthy nations for wealthy communities.  The clean energy revolution must reach the underserved, accelerate job opportunities and enable wealth creation through micro-entrepreneurship and large-scale systems change.  

We believe that focused and proactive decision-making and implementation in this decade will accelerate outcomes. The Institute for Sustainable Communities works in the United States and across South and Southeast Asia on sustainability solutions, specifically in disinvested and vulnerable communities. The Institute has led more than 130 transformative equity-centered and community-driven sustainability programs in 31 countries. Our public-private partnerships build climate resilience, accelerate climate mitigation technologies, and generate wealth that enhances the well-being of our local community partners.

The path to meaningful, sustainable climate change solutions at the urgency and scale required must include the communities most affected by climate change.  

Deeohn Ferris, JD


Institute for Sustainable Communities

Founded in 1991, The Institute for Sustainable Communities’ mission is to help communities worldwide address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all. We are in the business of unleashing the power of people to transform their communities. Our approach ensures solutions emerge from within the community rather than being imposed from the outside. By sharing international best practices and experience, providing technical expertise and training, and building the capacity of local organizations, we spark creative solutions and lasting change.