Majorities of African Americans express concern about air pollution and global warming, and are confident that fighting these problems by increasing the use of clean energy will both create jobs and lower energy costs. Taken together, the results indicate that African-Americans constitute a strong base of support actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Metz, & Associates (FM3) and Marketing Resources International Inc.recently completed a national telephone survey and four focus groups among African-Americans to assess opinions on energy issues.
The concern that environmental changes are threatening our way of life is a key issue among minority voters in established and emerging battleground states. A recent survey of minority voters looked at how these communities understand climate change and environmental issues.
This white paper focuses on one of the most promising strategies water utilities can use to develop broad public support: Embracing triple-bottom-line outcomes that deliver community benefits like jobs, business opportunities, green space, safer and more beautiful streets, and other local amenities. Selected policies and programs designed to catalyze community and economic development allow water utilities to show the public that they provide efficient and environmentally beneficial infrastructure that fosters local economic and social improvements.
The MPower Toolkit is intended for all stakeholders involved in efficiency programs, including efficiency program administrators, state and local leaders, utilities, energy consultants, and financial partners. Although MPower is specifically designed to address challenges that face the affordable multifamily sector, the core model is useful for all building types. In addition, the toolkit’s chapters are broken out into segments that highlight information and innovations that many efficiency programs are incorporating into their own models. The toolkit is a resource for all practitioners involved in implementing MPower and also serves to assist practitioners of other established efficiency programs.
Small businesses often struggle to find the capital they need get going or to go to scale. Raising capital from traditional investors can be particularly difficult for innovative green businesses that are concerned as much about people and planet as they are about profit. Minority-owned firms face additional, well-documented obstacles accessing capital from conventional sources. But new trends and recent legal developments are creating opportunities for small businesses to raise capital directly from the communities they serve. Green For All has created this report to serve as a resource for entrepreneurs interested in exploring crowdfunding as way to grow businesses that make their communities and our country stronger, healthier, and more inclusive.
Multifamily buildings largely house low- to moderate-income residents, and their utility bills are out of proportion to their income. Energy efficiency will not only lower the utility bills, delivering efficiency upgrades create economic opportunities for local communities. However, publicly and utility-funded energy efficiency programs often do not serve multifamily buildings due to complications and barriers. On-bill programs that enable clients to repay the cost of the efficiency upgrade on their utility bills are able to address these barriers, as well as bring public, private, and utility capital to more multifamily buildings.
Green For All and the National Housing Trust have compiled case studies of on-bill programs that serve the multifamily sector, and use them to highlight program and policy attributes that enable successful on-bill programs. The case studies are:
- PSE&G New Jersey Multifamily Program
- MPower Oregon
- Windsor Efficiency PAYS
- MidWest Energy How$mart® Kansas
SEEING GREEN: Green Infrastructure Maintenance Training and Workforce Development Opportunities in Northeast Ohio
Seeing Green reveals that 219 jobs and economic activity in the range of $23 million will be created by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) green infrastructure investments. The jobs created to maintain green infrastructure will be sustainable jobs with dedicated funding through NEORSD. It has been shown on a national-level that green infrastructure jobs present an entry point into the workforce that has a relatively low barriers. This represents future potential to create a workforce development program that can target specific populations with historic barriers to employment in the Cleveland area. The report recommend that NEORSD, the City of Cleveland, and private institutions hire graduates of workforce programs for green infrastructure maintenance needs in order to realize true community benefits from public and private investments.
Staying Green: Strategies to Improve Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. American Rivers and Green For All collaborated to develop Staying Green: Strategies to Improve Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which highlights existing information related to costs of green infrastructure maintenance, identifies the significant barriers to effective operations and maintenance of these practices, recommends strategies to improve operations and maintenance, and provides resources and case studies that local governments can use as models.