Center Square: Black conservatives warn of ‘energy poverty’ if Line 5 is closed

by Bruce Walker

Citing the potential threat of energy poverty, a national organization of Black activist groups has appealed to President Joe Biden’s administration to allow the Line 5 pipeline to remain open.

Project 21 is an initiative sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. The initiative includes members and organizations aimed at providing conservative solutions to problems facing African-American communities.

Project 21 and its affiliate groups and members are responding to the revelation this week from the Biden administration that it is exploring whether to support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to close the five-mile … Read More >>

Yahoo: New Program Invests in Hispanic and Latino STEM Students

Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation are partnering with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to launch a new college program that aims to remove barriers for Hispanic and Latino students studying STEM. Together, they are committing more than $3 million over the next four years for scholarships, internships, and mentorship opportunities for qualified SHPE students.

Building on its decade-long partnership, Medtronic is opening internship and mentorship opportunities to SHPE students pursuing STEM-related college degrees. To amplify the impact of these efforts, the Medtronic Foundation is also committing to a scholarship program that will offset education costs and help students … Read More >>

Oil & Natural Gas Industry Engineering Successful Opportunities for People of Color, and Women

Amanda Eversole, API Executive Vice President and COO, welcomes viewers to API’s State of American Energy 2021 where she discussed the industry’s resiliency, reliability, and innovation.

by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent (@StacyBrownMedia)

Amanda Eversole spent 13 years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where she cemented a legacy of leadership and innovation before joining JP Morgan Chase, where she created a framework for the firm’s philanthropic approach.

Now, as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the American Petroleum Institute (API), Eversole has the monumental task of leading efforts to … Read More >>

bp to join National Museum of African American History and Culture corporate leadership council

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will enter the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, over the next year and experience the newest exhibit – Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies. They will see more than 175 historic objects, 300 images and 14 media programs that help bring to life African Americans’ experiences following the Civil War. This ranges from Harriet Tubman’s apron to a South Carolina church pew to records from the Freedmen’s Bureau. For many, this exhibit will enhance their understanding of African American history and expand their perspective on … Read More >> School for the Sciences exposes college juniors to STEM-related fields

by NCPA staff

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) five-week program, founded through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Governor and Carnegie Mellow University, is intended to promote STEM learning.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, applications are now open for the 2022 summer session. Eligible juniors are encouraged to apply until applications close on Jan. 31, 2022. 

“The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences is a great opportunity for students interested in strengthening their STEM skills, networking, and preparing for a meaningful postsecondary experience,” said Ortega. “This program opens doors for talented students all across the commonwealth, especially for students who … Read More >>

Tri-State Defender: Congressional Hearing Digs into the Roots, Contributions of HBCUs

by Najee El-Amin

Dawning one of her signature western hats, U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Florida) recently presided over the latest House Education and Labor Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee hearing regarding continued congressional support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Oct. 6 hearing, titled “Homecoming: The Historical Roots and Continued Contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.),” was streamed live on YouTube.

Committee members listened as witnesses — including Memphis-raised Dr. Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University — stressed the importance of HBCUs and the economic necessity for continued financial support for HBCUs.… Read More >>


(City of Industry, CA) — SHPE (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) has named Dr. Chris Miguel Wilkie as their Chief Executive Officer effective today. Dr. Wilkie spent the last four years serving as SHPE’s Chief Operating Officer, making him uniquely qualified to immediately capitalize on the momentum of growth and national impact the organization achieved during the leadership of the previous CEO, Raquel Tamez.

SHPE’s Board of Directors brought in global management consulting firm, Korn Ferry, to conduct an extensive, countrywide executive search for Ms. Tamez’s successor. They were tasked with finding someone to be not only the lead … Read More >>

Shelby Star: A champion for minority-owned businesses in Cleveland County

by Latrice Williams

For nearly 25 years, Richard Hooker has pioneered efforts to bridge the gap between marginalized business owners and community leaders in Cleveland County.

In 1997, Hooker, who is the executive director for the Cleveland County Business Development Center, brought Minority Enterprise Development week to the county, knowing it would be a small steppingstone that would lead to bigger opportunities for African Americans and other races to have the spotlight on them, their business and their leadership qualities.

MED Week celebrates those achievements at the national and local level, and Hooker said he is proud of the growth … Read More >>

Solar Industry: Renewable Energy Jobs Rise to 12 Million Globally

by Ariana Fine

Renewable energy employment worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to the eighth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021. The report was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at an opening of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Transitions, co-facilitated by the United States and South Africa.

The report confirms that COVID-19 caused delays and supply chain disruptions, with impacts on jobs varying by country and end use, and among segments of the value chain. While solar … Read More >>

E&E News: New Orleans’ Black communities seek more green investment

by Daniel Cusick

Flooding in New Orleans’ historically Black communities was a problem long before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city in 2005. And it’s only likely to get worse as climate change heats the planet, raises sea levels and increases the chance of major rain events.

Which is why locals are rallying around a new approach — one that marries economic opportunity with a greener approach to infrastructure that includes rain gardens, rain barrels and pavement that can help drain stormwater.

The strategy already is showing promise in iconic New Orleans neighborhoods such as Desire, Tremé and what is now … Read More >>