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Low-income communities shouldn’t be left out of the clean energy transition

March 4, 2024

Guarantees can help ensure that doesn’t happen Solar+storage systems provide an array of benefits to building owners of all kinds. They ensure buildings (and the people who use them) are prepared for the power outages that are becoming more frequent as climate change increases the risk of storms and wildfires.…

Agency, belonging and community: Centering people to transform neighborhoods

February 27, 2024

It takes time to cultivate a garden. In addition to patience, plants and vegetables need the right conditions to flourish, along with people dedicated to caring for them throughout the growing process. Communities also need the right conditions to flourish and thrive. That includes ensuring residents feel safe, can breathe…

Live Again Fresno youth groups perform as song and dance performance.

McClellan Early Childhood Education Center

February 20, 2024

Located in the Gratiot Woods neighborhood on the East Side of Detroit, where Detroit Public School’s Pingree Elementary once operated, the McClellan Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center is the result of years of work by numerous partners. This case study, produced by IFF (the center developer and interim owner), explores…

DeBacker: Refined climate strategy advances racial and economic justice

February 19, 2024

This commentary is adapted from the February edition of Cities. Climate. Equity., the Kresge Environment Program’s newsletter. Sign up for it and other Kresge newsletters here. The grantmaking and social investing of Kresge’s Environment Program are guided by strategies that we hope will maximize the impact of our giving. We…

From the ground up: Centering community and living wages in economic development

February 13, 2024

Dignified wage jobs. Vibrant and safe gathering spaces. Meaningful community engagement opportunities. That’s what people in the Armijo neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told Partnership for Community Action (PCA) they wanted to see in the city’s South Valley seven years ago. Today, that vision has become a reality. The Social…

A large textile manufacturing facility.