Powering Communities Through COVID-19
Watch Vote Solar’s webinar co-hosted with The CLEO Institute and Catalyst Miami on the overlapping energy crises facing utility customers across the country — and what you can do about it.
With new leadership on the horizon, we’re at a potential turning point for the disastrous COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed over 240,000 lives in the U.S. and exacerbated health and economic disparities, disproportionately impacting low-income families and communities of color.
This fall, Vote Solar hosted “Powering Communities through COVID-19” in partnership with the CLEO Institute and Catalyst Miami. Learn more about how environmental racism and the energy burden for low-income families are interconnecting with the COVID-19 pandemic, putting energy issues into hyperdrive. Find out how together we can address these crises today, and fight for a brighter, more equitable future.
As we move into a new era for the federal government under President-elect Joe Biden, the Biden-Harris Transition Team has announced its COVID-19 Advisory Board, including co-chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale professor and health equity research leader who focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations.
The Biden-Harris team has also committed to establishing a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force, proposed by Vice President-elect Harris to “provide recommendations and oversight on disparities in the public health and economic response.” When the U.S. transitions out of the coronavirus pandemic, this group will transition to a permanent Infectious Disease Racial Disparities Task Force.
Vote Solar will continue to advocate in partnership to support policies that will lift up underserved communities in this health and economic crisis, and hold elected leaders accountable for their commitments to furthering racial equity.
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