Clean Energy Technology for All through CalSEED

Clean Energy Technology for All through CalSEED

The green and clean energy economy is emerging, but who is at the forefront? What comes to mind first may be those who can afford to buy into the green economy. However, those who do not have access to financial wealth, can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods or own Teslas typically use less water, electricity, and gas. These folks — often people of color — already conserve the most natural resources and would like to do more, but are overshadowed by the White-dominated environmental narrative and miss out on clean energy technology. Since income remains a key limit on access to clean energy technology, low-income folks of color have…
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My Pacoima Community and Speaking Out Against Environmental Racism

My Pacoima Community and Speaking Out Against Environmental Racism

I come from a community — Pacoima, California —  and a family where love, humor, and culture ensure my people’s survival. Mine is a family of home-cooked enchiladas, loud and long-lasting dance fiestas, and unconditional love. We turn to our values to sustain our lives, even as low-income migrants and first-generation folks. Though all odds are against low-income people of color, we resist and survive in the face of environmental racism and other obstacles. Surviving is the only way we know how to live since the power of place has shaped our lived outcomes, for good and for worse. My beautiful Pacoima roots my passion and diligence in the work…
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