Honoring Dr. Espanola Jackson

Energy Always Starts at an Intersection

By Andrea Léon-Grossmann

As we commemorate Women’s History Month, Vote Solar pays tribute to the impactful legacy of Dr. Espanola Jackson, a trailblazer in the realms of clean energy and environmental justice. Her steadfast commitment to intersectionality and community empowerment has left an indelible mark on the landscape of sustainable development and marks our work with inspiration.

Embracing Intersectionality: Bridging Gaps and Building Bridges

Dr. Espanola Jackson’s journey in clean energy was characterized by a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of social and environmental issues. She recognized the importance of addressing the needs of diverse communities, particularly those disproportionately affected by environmental challenges. Her advocacy emphasized the importance of inclusivity and equity in the pursuit of sustainable solutions.

Starting Local: Seeds of Change in Communities

Dr. Jackson championed initiatives that enabled  local communities to take control of their energy futures. From advocating for renewable energy projects to promoting energy efficiency programs, her work focused on addressing the specific needs and challenges of neighborhoods facing environmental injustices. By starting locally, she laid the groundwork for broader systemic change.

Strengthening Community Bonds: Collaboration and Solidarity

At the heart of  Dr. Espanola Jackson’s philosophy was the belief in the power of community collaboration. She understood that meaningful progress in clean energy and environmental justice required the collective efforts of engaged and empowered communities. Through her work, she fostered partnerships and collaborations that built resilience and solidarity, ensuring that voices from all corners were heard, resonated and mattered..

Celebrating a Legacy of Impact

Every year, Vote Solar honors Dr. Jackson’s enduring impact through an award given to visionary leaders of color who follow her footsteps. Her legacy illuminates the profound significance  of intersectionality, community engagement, and grassroots activism in shaping a world that is both  more sustainable and equitable. Dr. Jackson’s  legacy continues to inspire and guide us in our collective journey towards a brighter future.

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