Just Solar: A People's Movement Assembly
Join National NAACP Environmental Justice Director
Jacqui Patterson and the Minnesota Just Solar Coalition

People’s Movement Assembly
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Promoting Equity in the Emerging Solar Industry

Metropolitan State University
The Great Hall
St Paul MN

Join us on March 10th to share your vision of a “Just Solar” Economy. We’ll hear from NAACP Environmental Justice Director about what is happening around the nation, and then we’ll meet local leaders and have a conversation about what access, workforce development and public policy solutions will bring about authentic equity in the developing solar arena.

Using the wisdom we hear at the People’s Movement Assembly the Just Solar Coalition will work to create and test a tool, the “Just Solar Standard” designed to drive the industry to improve hiring practices and create access. As we test the tool we will refine our understanding of the barriers and bridges to success and will work to mitigate some of those problems.

Are you looking for a job in the solar industry?
Are you a developer looking to build your workforce?
Are you hoping to influence public policy?

We need your voice to make this happen!

Schedule

9:30 Gathering
10:00 Plenary ~ Jacqui Patterson; Leslie Fields; Dean Hubbard; Robert Blake
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakouts: What will it take to have "Just Solar"
-Entering the Solar Workforce
-Contractor Willingness
-Financial Access and Community Ownership

2:30 People’s Movement Assembly Report Back
3:30 Happy Hour

Background

The community solar revolution has come to Minnesota. Who will benefit from the jobs that will come on line, or the clean energy that is produced? The Just Solar Coalition believes the solar revolution should be accessible to all. That it should be a tool to lift all boats.

Our vision is to:

Promote access to solar for all, regardless of credit score.
Strive to close the employment gap breaking down fundamental barriers to an equitable society.
Reduce carbon and protect the environment.
Support a new story about how we own and address our energy needs.

Just Solar Coalition goals are to:

Build awareness and educate faith and community leaders about the principles of Just Solar and how all can participate and how they can participate in dismantling systemic racism.
Move policy makers to remove barriers to inclusion and create incentives for equity.
Move the market by promoting access to financing and creating opportunities for minority owned businesses, indigenous communities and people of color in the emerging solar industry
To build model projects in which the Just Solar principals are tested.

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