EC New York, Bronx CDI Win $25,000 from The Solutions Project
EC New York and its partner community development corporation, the Bronx Community Development Initiative (BCDI), have jointly won a $25,000 operating grant from The Solutions Project, an organization that works to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy “for all people and purposes.” The Solutions Project employs a state-level process that engages the public, convenes leaders and advances partnerships and policies “that make strides on the road to 100%.”
EC New York Director Maggie Tishman was joined by BCDI Coordinator Yorman Nunez at the Solutions Project’s June 19 Solutions Project launch of its 100% Leadership campaign in New York City. The event spotlighted EC New York and BCDI’s work as an example of grassroots organizing for a local clean energy economy. Actors and renewable energy advocates Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio were on hand to lend support. (Photo of Ruffalo (L) and Nunez below.)
The New York City launch was held at La Plaza Cultural, a landmark green space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side developed by CHARAS, Inc., a nonprofit grassroots community organization.
Engage Communities of Color
ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca attended The Solutions Project’s June 22 national conference, entitled 100% Network: Clean, Renewable Energy for All, aimed at building a national network around that goal and furthering advocacy for national policies to achieve it. Floresca took the lead in underscoring the importance of engaging communities of color in that work.
Floresca also spoke about ECC’s recent Capitol Hill briefing, which he organized, for the Congressional Tri-Caucus (comprised of members of the Congressional Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American Caucuses). The briefing focused on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and the need for low-income communities of color to have equitable access to renewable energy and net metering.
Held at The Explorers Club in New York, the 100% Network event was co-convened with the Sierra Club and a host of other advocacy organizations, including 350.org, Climate Justice Alliance, Center for Community Change, Center for Social Inclusion, Environment America and Greenpeace.