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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.

We look forward to your participation and contribution in the discussion.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend the Roundtable discussion by RSVP’ing to hbcucleanenergycoalition@gmail.com



Roundtable Objectives

  • Introduce the HBCU Community Development Action Coalition and United States Department of Energy Partnership to South Florida Solar/Clean Energy stakeholders
  • Introduce the HBCU Clean Energy Initiative projects and get feedback from local stakeholders
  • Engage local stakeholders and make the case for expanding access to clean energy in low-wealth and underserved communities in South Florida by connecting to the HBCU Clean Energy Initiative
  • Make the case for future collaboration and develop partnerships when implementing the HBCU CEI pilot projects



Press/Mixer Opportunity  On campus


1:30pm - 1:45pm 


  • Florida Memorial University President
  • Ron Butler, CEO, HBCU Community Development Action Coalition 

Program Overview 

Natasha Campbell, Clean Energy Initiative Director

Henry Golatt, Vice-Chairman, HBCU CDAC                            


1:45pm - 3:00pm

Fireside Chat – “The Way Forward – Creating a More Diverse Workforce in the Clean Energy Economy: Embracing HBCU as a Source of Labor for Jobs in the Solar Industry”

Moderator:            TBD

Panelists:               Jaffus Hardrick, President, FMU

Andrea Luecke, President, The Solar Foundation, SEIA

Director Campos, DOE, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity 

Ron Butler, CEO, HBCU CDAC


3:00pm - 4:25pm 

Bringing the Benefits of Clean Energy to HBCUs and Surrounding Communities                                                         

Moderator:          Tim Hudson, WLRN TV

Panelists:            Jody Finver, Executive Director, Solar United Neighborhood, Florida

                             Kim Henderson, Executive Director, Neighbor Housing Services of South Florida

                             Pandwe Gibson, President and CEO of EcoTech Visions

                             William Hooper, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Florida Memorial University

                             Miguel Bustos, Mgr. Gas Operations, Training & Energy Conservation, Florida City Gas


4:25pm - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks

Henry Golatt and Na


February 18
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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