Advancing equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice within and beyond Vote Solar is critical to our success. We are taking deliberate, sustained, and conscientious attention to partnership with environmental justice groups, communities of color, and other community organizations in the places we work. Working with these partners, we formulate policy solutions that will break down over a century of energy inequities and lead to a more equitable clean energy future. We advocate for policies, programs, and incentives designed to provide bill savings, wealth generation, jobs, and improvements to local air quality and public health.
For example, we know that communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically marginalized groups contribute to state funding sources for renewable energy, and their contributions are disproportionally high. As such, we believe that state policies should equitably convey benefits back to these communities. We support policies that result in equitable distribution of community wealth, and do not continue to contribute to inequitable social power structures through the redistribution of statewide funding sources.
Vote Solar seeks to learn from partners on the front lines and work with them to develop and advocate for solutions. So, we are learning from our partners and using resources like the 100% Network’s Comprehensive Building Blocks for a Regenerative and Just 100% Policy, the Initiative for Energy Justice’s workbook and Energy Justice Scorecard, energy democracy resources curated by the Emerald Cities Collaborative, the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, and others.
As we approach partnerships, we are actively seeking guidance following the guidance laid out in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.
Our Just Partnership Principles »
We are proud of inclusive campaigns we have built with frontline groups to date, and will continually evaluate our goals and practices as we seek to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive clean energy future.