E&E News: ‘Come on, it’s 2021’: Advocates demand diversity in hearings

by Emma Dumain

A few months ago, when advocates were up on Capitol Hill educating lawmakers about their progress on increasing diversity within the environmental movement, something caught their eye: witness panels at committee hearings that fit a familiar, homogeneous pattern.

“There are some committees that continue to not be diverse,” Andrés Jimenez, the CEO of Green 2.0, told E&E News recently, “and have all white panelists, all males. And it’s like, ‘Come on, it’s 2021. How can you bring someone in to talk about communities of color if you don’t have that background?’”

So Jimenez decided to do something … Read More >>

Latino Leaders Magazine: Latinos in Energy 2021

Energy is the force that moves the world, the economy, and has significant impact in our everyday lives. And industry on the verge of reinventing itself as technology is advancing rapidly. Global warming is setting an unusual challenge to all energy producing activities, we need leaders that start working and planning for the next 100 years.

Latinos are advancing into more leadership positions every year in the energy sector: Mauricio Guitierrez and others as example. This list is our own research made out of the most influential Latinos with key positions in this industry.

See the list and read the … Read More >>

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV ‘iChange’ pursues diversity in STEM

by Ysabela Golden

It’s not a secret that the United States places particular importance and prestige on the fields of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The acronym is a frequent buzzword in conversations about education, politics, and economics— and for a clear reason.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for those employed in STEM fields is almost $90k, over double that of non-STEM occupations. Employment in STEM is also projected to experience more growth than other fields over the next decade. The question is, who exactly will get the chance to be … Read More >>

Wall Street Journal: Climate change to be treated as public health issue

by Stephanie Armour

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched an office that will treat climate change as a public-health issue, designed to address what the White House says are health risks, including those that disproportionately affect poor and minority communities.

Many details of the new Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, which will report to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and the assistant secretary for health, were outlined in a January executive order on climate, part of President Biden’s efforts to use the power of the federal government to address the environmental effects of changing weather.

“Its … Read More >>

Washington Informer: Biden Administration Pushes Clean-Energy Initiatives in Addressing Climate Change

By Stacy M. Brown

There is a real big push to electrify America’s transportation system, whether it’s through hydrogen fuel cells or battery technology.

That’s the message on which Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has toured the nation as Cabinet and administration officials seek to build support for President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill.

In addition to rebuilding the nation’s highways and airports, the infrastructure plan would remake the country’s energy system to address climate change.

“The president stood with the auto industry a few weeks ago, and the auto industry itself committed that 50 percent of its new … Read More >>

The Hill: A clean energy transition won’t be equitable unless we make it that way

BY ANDREAS KARELAS

Climate change is the kind of problem that requires a massive, coordinated effort from everyone. No one person, group or country can solve it on their own because our collective actions perpetuate the problem. So, we need to work together, come up with a game plan, get on the same page about what we’re going to do and make the necessary changes to those collective actions.

Admittedly, this is easier said than done. Even if we all could agree on what needs to happen — say, moving away from fossil fuels by electrifying everything and powering our … Read More >>

Pittsburgh City Paper: Peoples Natural Gas offers Pittsburghers of all backgrounds a career path

by Peoples Natural Gas

As one of Pittsburgh’s largest employers with more than 1,500 employees in Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia, Peoples Natural Gas strives to make an impact in the Pittsburgh community. That takes shape in the services they provide, but also in the effort they have made to be one of the most stable, secure employers in the area for Pittsburghers of all backgrounds.

Peoples has made a commitment to their current and future workforce and company culture by promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among their employees and future hires. They also offer continuous training, hold importance … Read More >>

Sante Fe New Mexican: A diverse New Mexico with room to grow

by New Mexican Editorial Board

New Mexico isn’t growing as fast as the rest of the country — and given the reality of drought, climate change and impending water shortages, perhaps the 2020 U.S. census numbers offer more good news than bad.

The figures released Thursday had other interesting news for the state, producing numbers that can help guide future policies and practices. Those include everything from the current redistricting of political districts to finding ways to support rural New Mexico and help urban areas deal with growth.

Despite its near-stagnant population numbers, New Mexico is in flux.

Change doesn’t … Read More >>

UMass Amherst will increase inclusion in the offshore wind energy workforce thanks to new award

by Daegan Miller

The Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced that a team led by Extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a two-year award of more than $228,000. The funding will help UMass Amherst to expand access for underrepresented and target populations to its existing Offshore Wind (OSW) Professional Certificate Program.

he work will be in partnership with diversity offices in STEM-related colleges and departments in Massachusetts and New York as well as with several offshore wind-energy industry-partners.

The funding, awarded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy CenterRead More >>

BlackPressUSA: Bipartisan infrastructure deal: Advancing economic and public health opportunities for communities of color

A little over a month ago, the President announced the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework – a bipartisan agreement to make largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. This week, the President and the bipartisan group announced agreement on the details of that once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure, which the Senate has now taken up for consideration. The bipartisan infrastructure agreement will grow the economy, enhance our competitiveness, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.

The agreement will also create good-paying, union jobs. With the remainder of the President’s Build Back Better Agenda, these investments … Read More >>