The Energy of One, The Power of Many
2020 grant recipients
Children’s Environmental Health Network: $35,000
Energy and children’s health
Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) will develop a multi-platform educational campaign about energy sources and children’s health and equity and, working with partner organizations, will engage underserved communities in Pittsburgh and empower them to join conversations in their communities and to advocate for just solutions.
Putting “community” in community power
Groundswell will promote community solar and energy storage platforms that are designed to build community power and provide equitable access to clean energy. Program outreach, which will include new strategies and materials to address COVID-19 issues, will ensure that more people in Baltimore and the state of Maryland understand the economic benefits offered to Black, brown, and low-income communities via community solar.
Interfaith Power and Light: $25,000
Home energy workshops for Baltimore/Annapolis faith communities
IPL-DMV will work through extensive relationships with Greater Baltimore and Greater Annapolis faith communities – including those cultivated around shared watersheds by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s One Water Partnership – to conduct grassroots home energy workshops that directly engage participants in those cities in reflecting on energy use as a justice issue; choosing clean energy at home; and initiating energy upgrades and solar panels through Civic Works’ “sustainable careers” programs.
National Wildlife Federation: $39,200
Fair & inclusive energy transition in Pennsylvania
In partnership with PennFuture and labor organizations, NWF will increase its engagement in energy transition conversations in Pennsylvania and educate the public statewide – with a focus on Pittsburgh and Harrisburg – about economic opportunities offered by clean energy, natural infrastructure, and natural resource restoration policies. This initiative stems from coalition work NWF is involved in to develop a blueprint for Appalachia’s cleaner energy future.
Villanova University: $25,802
Power Forward program
Villanova University’s College of Engineering will launch a new program to educate underserved communities in Philadelphia about energy choice, equity and justice. The project will include development of a multi-tiered, dynamic, community-based, sustainable network in collaboration with university student mentors; institutional stakeholder managers; high school principals and teachers; high school students in VESTED (Villanova Engineering, Science, Technology, Enrichment & Development program); and the family, friends and acquaintances of students.