Energy Democracy for All pinpoints communities across America that are innovating how to build their local economies while taking into their own hands the fight against climate change by developing community-scale renewable energy projects. Our map highlights over 100 projects that are rooted in communities, with a particular lens toward communities of color, who by 2042, will become the majority in our nation. With the threat of climate change becoming more real everyday, communities are coming together now to be participants, decision-makers and owners in a new energy economy.   We call this Energy Democracy.  Click here to learn more.

So what are community-scale renewable energy projects?

At CSI, we define community-scale renewable energy projects as having 4 major characteristics:

  1. Communities utilizing place-based assets (such as schools, churches, farms or vacant lots) to generate clean renewable energy;
  2. Community-driven projects to increase energy efficiency;
  3. Community resident engagement as planners, decision-makers, owners and innovators in local energy use and production;
  4. Communities achieving multiple benefits like lowering energy costs, reducing emissions and creating green jobs.

Energy Democracy for All is a project of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI).  This project would not be possible without the support from the Kresge Foundation and the Quixote Foundation.  

Below is a snapshot of CSI’s work:

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MISSION

The Center for Social Inclusion works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity.

VISION

Our vision is to translate America’s changing demographics into a new source of power and prosperity for a society where all people can participate in solutions that help us all thrive.

about-infographicHOW WE WORK

Policies at federal, state and local levels created our race, gender and class inequities and these same inequities make some of our nation’s biggest problems seem intractable. Policies can transform these inequities into lasting solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems, from the economy to the environment.

The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) identifies causes of racial inequity at a systems level and works with partners, through research and strategic convenings, to find solutions that promote equity and fairness. We develop policy ideas to transform structural racial inequity, support grassroots leaders and move public will to promote strategies for structural transformation through public policy, sowing seeds of racial, gender and class equity for all.

CSI catalyzes policy strategies. Local ideas and innovation can lead to national power and impact. By connecting with local communities and leaders on big problems at local levels, we find ideas and support the strategic engagement of those impacted by unfair structures.

CSI connects local leaders to opportunities for state and national policy development and reform. CSI works as a bridge to higher-level policy change.

CSI convenes leaders and thinkers to support alliance building, strategy development and idea generation so that a field is growing that begins to have collective impact.

CSI communicates with those who want to make change and those who need to know that change needs to be made in order to support an effective public discourse on race and inclusion.