Microsoft News: Celebrating Black entrepreneurs who are helping to make sure each industry ‘looks like America’

by Susanna Ray

When Gilbert Campbell graduated from Howard University, he had a burning desire to be an entrepreneur in an industry that fit with his values. He was drawn to solar energy, and in 2009 he and a college friend founded a company that finances and develops solar panels for rooftops and carports.

A reality Campbell had always been aware of quickly grew tangible as he worked: Black and African American communities were suffering the most environmental harm — more often located near landfills, coal mines and industrial plants, for example — yet seemed to be last in line … Read More >>

USA Today: Juneteenth is Sunday. What’s the significance behind the federal holiday?

by Chelsey Cox

On Sunday, June 19, Americans will observe the nation’s youngest federal holiday – Juneteenth, which became officially recognized last year by President Joe Biden

Juneteenth came to national prominence in 2020 amid nationwide protests after Minneapolis man George Floyd and Louisville, Kentucky, woman Breonna Taylor were killed during encounters with law enforcement. Both Floyd and Taylor were Black. Their deaths spotlighted ongoing racial inequities in the justice system as well as the legacy of slavery in encounters between Black people and the police.

This month, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey authorized Juneteenth as a holiday for workers in … Read More >>

WTOV: Biden needs to get out of ‘echo chamber’ to bring down inflation, business leader says

by Jillian Smith

Consumers are grappling with record-high gas prices and the trickle-down effect is also hurting businesses.

On top of that, energy costs are also contributing to the decades-high inflation numbers.

Business leaders within the Democratic party are putting more pressure on the president to do something to fix record-high gas prices that are hurting the workforce and cutting into companies’ bottom lines.

Many are blaming the Russian invasion of Ukraine for high gas prices but prices were already on the move beforehand.

Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Business Council, says the inflation … Read More >>

Black Enterprise: Future of STEM scholars initiative raises more than $17 million to support STEM education at HBCUs

by Derek Major

Several leading organizations in the chemical and affiliated industries have announced their DEI program, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI). It has raised $17 million to fund more than 350 students attending HBCU schools.

According to a release by the American Chemistry Council, FOSSI supports students from underrepresented communities pursuing studies in a wide range of STEM fields, including mechanical engineering, chemistry, and environmental sciences.

Last year, the program’s first, 151 scholarships were provided to HBCU students. This fall, FOSSI’s program will support 144 more scholarships for HBCU students as part of its goal to … Read More >>

Energy News Network: California isn’t the solar leader it should be — especially in frontline communities

by Amee Raval

California calls itself a leader in solar energy. While that might be true in white, wealthy neighborhoods, it’s not the case for the more than 70% of low-income Californians who rent — and don’t own a roof or a lot where they can install solar panels. 

Renters and low-income families already suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change and pollution from our dirty-energy economy. Yet we are denied the environmental, air quality, energy security and economic benefits of owning and generating our own clean, reliable, sustainable energy. 

This must change. 

The State Assembly will vote this week … Read More >>

Department of Energy: DOE Awards $3.6 Million to Promote Equity And Diversity in Clean Energy Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $3.6 million to 18 groups and organizations through the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize — a first-of-its-kind competition designed to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underserved in federal climate and energy technology funding. The selected projects are helping develop the next wave of diverse clean energy business owners, executives and workforce that are creating bottom-up solutions for sustainable development. The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 initiative to put environmental and economic justice at the center of America’s transition to a net-zero economy by 2050. 

“Delivering an equitable clean energy transition means we … Read More >>

HACU: HACU receives grant from Southern Company Gas Foundation 

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores attended the Hispanics in Energy 2022 Energy Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 19, 2022, to participate in the session, “Hispanic Energy Jobs: Increasing Innovation and Employment in the Renewable/Clean Energy Sector.” Panelists discussed STEM education pathways for Hispanics, as well as their representation in the occupational and technical workforce 

HACU also received a special recognition at the Summit. The Southern Company Gas Foundation presented HACU with a $45,000 grant.

“HACU thanks the Southern Company Gas Foundation for the recognition of our Associations’ work with a grant award,” said Flores. This donation … Read More >>

KOAA: New free program offers STEM opportunity to minority kids

by Mayo Davison

A new summer outreach program aims to get more minority students in STEM.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs plans to invite 24 high schoolers to campus for their free UCCS Stem Outreach Program. From July 18–20, students will be able to experience collegiate-level labs in chemistry, biology, biochemistry and human anatomy.

The UCCS Stem Outreach Program was created by undergraduate student Madison Fox.

“I started this program because I was so inspired by many of my classmates and my dad. He came from impoverished places in Colorado Springs, and became a dentist. He had a complicated … Read More >>

WFAE: At a North Carolina energy conference, there are calls for climate equity

Policymakers along with business and nonprofit leaders are in Raleigh this week for a conference on North Carolina’s transition to clean energy. While technology and policy are key themes, some speakers want to make sure people of color and low-income residents are not left out.

The two-day State Energy Conference at N.C. State University has sessions on solar and wind power, electric vehicles and how Duke Energy and regulators are drafting plans to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

But one panel focused on the risk that current energy reforms will bring new social inequities. Climate justice activist William Barber … Read More >>

WBNS-CBS: City leaders announce new program to boost hiring in the clean-energy sector

by Emily Oliver

COLUMBUS, Ohio — City leaders announced a new jobs program on Thursday aimed at connecting Columbus residents with training and experience in the clean-energy sector. 

The Empowered! program will recruit residents ages 18-24 from communities of color and women in areas throughout the city deemed “opportunity zones.” The program aims to provide participants with the skills necessary to help them pursue careers in the clean-energy sector.

“Addressing climate change is about more than reducing carbon emissions,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther. “It is also about expanding opportunity, promoting upward mobility and elevating quality of life.” 

In order to …