ASES acknowledges the systemic injustice that impacts Black and indigenous people and other people of color as we work together to ensure that our transition to a 100% renewable energy future is equitable, inclusive, and just.
ASES convened a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force in October 2020 to enact this commitment and advance these values more broadly in the organization.
ASES has taken the following actions to advance our JEDI commitment:
- Issued micro-grants to support 10 low-income Colorado residents to purchase community solar subscriptions and to install solar on a food truck in a diverse neighborhood in Seattle, WA.
- Increased diversity in the National Organizing Committee for SOLAR 2021.
- Established an Environmental Justice track for our next annual conference, SOLAR 2021.
Moving forward, ASES will:
- Increase diversity in the ASES community, including the make-up of the ASES Board, Committees, membership, and staff.
- Increase diversity among annual conference speakers and participants and expand conference topics to intentionally include JEDI issues.
- Intentionally include more communities of color in the National Solar Home Tour.
- Prioritize grants for under-served communities.
- Partner with ASES chapters to support programs that support under-served communities.
- Use ASES webinars to highlight initiatives that advance JEDI.