The United States is the largest economy in the world and the number one per capita emitter of greenhouse gases, which are the largest contributor to global climate change.
Since 2008, we have worked with municipal governments, community-based organizations, and nonprofits to accelerate equitable climate change solutions for counties, urban regions, cities, and communities most affected by the climate crisis.
One of our key areas of focus is building the climate leadership skills of community-based organizations led by people of color. These organizations are addressing the socio-economic ramifications of climate change and decades of environmental justice issues, yet are largely absent at tables where decisions are made that impact their communities.
Our goals for our project partners include:
- Ensuring they have the skills, resources, and relationships to influence climate justice and the sustainability field of practice.
- Providing technical, and in some cases financial, assistance to overcome barriers to renewable energy adoption and implementation or green infrastructure thereby supporting their efforts to launch resiliency projects.
- Building community resilience to social, economic, and environmental shocks and stressors caused by climate change and related extreme weather events.
As part of this important work, all of our project partners become a member of our National Network of Climate Leaders of Color, which provides Black and brown leaders opportunities to connect both virtually and in person to discuss challenges, opportunities, and solutions for sustainable change in their communities.
Dismantling Energy Inequity in Communities of Color (DEICC) is an 18-month program that supports community-based organizations led by people of color in 10 communities across the US through the development of solar community resilience hubs.
Partnership for Resilient Communities
PRC supports community-based organizations led by people of color in championing climate resilience-building initiatives that elevate the voices and priorities of their communities.
The Urban Equity Climate Compact
The Urban Equity Climate Compact works to center racial equity in regional climate initiatives to ensure that communities of color have a say in the policy decisions that affect their homes and environment.