On October 3rd, The Greenlining Institute submitted a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board regarding its proposed guidance on supervisory expectations for an effective board of directors. The proposal notes that an effective board should be “composed of directors with a diversity of skills, knowledge, experience, and perspectives.” While this language offers guidance around the importance of a diverse board, it does not explicitly name racial, ethnic and gender diversity as important considerations in creating a diverse board. Greenlining requested that this explicit language be included in the proposed guidance. Read it here.
The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with the California Energy Commission regarding its Block Grant for electric vehicle charger incentive projects. We made recommendations to ensure incentive projects coming out of this Block Grant promote EV access for low- and moderate-income households and promote good jobs and job training for low-income workers and contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Read it here.
On September 14th, The Greenlining Institute submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with 33 nonprofits, Chambers of Commerce, and business associations, strongly urging the CFPB to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The rule amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to compile, maintain, and report critical information about small business lending activity including an applicant’s race, ethnicity, and gender. Section 1071 will be critical in ensuring fair access to capital for small, women- and minority-owned businesses. Read the letter here.
By participating in this proceeding, Greenlining will work to promote and maximize benefits from clean energy research development in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Read more here.
Greenlining’s comments ask the FCC to reject broadband providers’ attempts to eliminate local governments’ ability to regulate where providers install telephone and broadband infrastructure. Read the comments here.
These are comments in an FCC proceeding regarding whether providers may shut down so-called “legacy” telephone services. In the comments, Greenlining argues that discontinuance of telephone services is a racial equity issue, and that the Commission must ensure that any discontinuance of services does not have a disparate impact on communities of color. Read the comments here.