Clean Energy Roundtable Discussion
February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NHSSF is co-hosting this event with the HBCU, Florida Memorial University and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
This event will take place on Monday, February 18, 2019 on the campus of Florida Memorial University, located at 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054 from 1:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Your attendance and contribution to the discussion will help shape future projects in the local community spearheaded by HBCU CDAC.
In 2016, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), working with Baltimore area clean energy stakeholders, spearheaded the Baltimore Solar Initiative to expand access to clean energy in low-income communities in the City of Baltimore, generally, and in the communities surrounding Morgan State University, specifically. The Baltimore Solar Initiative had several successes including raising funds to provide 33 low-income local homeowners with rooftop solar energy system, establishing a pilot job training program, and hosting a White House Clean Energy for All Summit that featured a dialogue between local stakeholders and federal officials.
The work done with the Baltimore Solar Initiative and Baltimore area Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), including Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Baltimore City Community College, was so successful that the DOE executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Communities Development Action Coalition (HBCU CDAC), a national non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of HBCUs, to establish the HBCU Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) with a group of 14 HBCU’s, who are interested in leveraging their resources to strengthen the vitality of their surrounding communities. HBCU CDAC administers the Clean Energy Initiative.
The CEI is focused on using the lessons of the Baltimore Solar Initiative to create economic opportunities, utility costs savings, job creation and environmental benefits based on clean energy activities on HBCU campuses and their adjacent communities. In February 2018, the CEI was awarded a planning grant from the JPB Foundation to expand the work of the Baltimore Solar Initiative to HBCUs across the country.