Environmental Justice

Their decision to bring renewable energy onto the rooftop at Alegria has big implications: $170,000 in expected output over the system lifetime.
Welcome to our February edition of our Staff Spotlight feature
One year ago, Reggie and Devonta were working on their applications for the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), to get a summer job. Little did they know they would find themselves a year later as full-time AmeriCorps members, completing a year of service installing solar in the community with a brand new career path.
As NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson has insisted, "Underserved communities cannot be left behind in a clean energy transition."
We honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a special project in partnership with the NAACP, installing solar on a transitional housing facility in Los Angeles for domestic violence survivors.
Stephanie is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has been fighting for the past year to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through land they hold sacred. When she qualified to get solar through our partnership with the Tribe, she saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of renewable energy and its potential for making her tribe energy sovereign.
Since we opened our doors in late 2014, our staff has been busy planting over half a million trees in the Mid-Atlantic region. JUST KIDDING. But, our efforts installing clean energy in DC, Maryland, and Virginia has had the same environmental impact!
What inspires you to support a cause?
“I just really love to learn,” said Tarik Mickel, when asked about his hectic schedule and commitment to study solar. Even after a full day of working on the roof or attending workshops through our Solar Works DC job training program, he still has the energy to play hide-and-go-seek with his young kids and crack open his solar photovoltaic text books late into the evening.
GRID Alternatives first Solarthon block party in the Mid-Atlantic held in an affordable housing complex in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

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