Green Economy

The Need to Link Climate Resilience With Economic Opportunity

Isaiah J. Poole

Enterprises featured in the Building Resiliency Through Green Infrastructure report are creating a blueprint for other cities to follow as they work to protect their communities from the effects of climate change.

Webinar: Building Community Wealth with Green Stormwater Infrastructure—Stories from the Field

April 29th, 2019

Hosted by: Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, The Summit Foundation, and The Democracy Collaborative

Creating climate resilient cities means more than investing in infrastructure—it means tackling economic and racial inequality that leaves disinvested communities on the frontlines of climate damage. Watch as a panel of practitioners explores how building green stormwater infrastructure (harnessing nature's innate ability to manage runoff) can be a key intervention point for also building community wealth, creating a vibrant economic system where democratic ownership and control creates more equitable outcomes.

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Verge 2019 Conference

October 22nd, 2019 to October 24th, 2019
Oakland, CA

Labour should adopt its members’ Green New Deal, but climate change can’t be left to politicians

Sarah McKinley
New Statesman

The Green New Deal would address climate issues and simultaneously attempt to resolve systematic economic inequality. While politicians are necessary for the change, the final word should not be left to them. "Let’s encourage politicians to champion a just transition to a better future, but let’s not leave it all up to them. To build an economy that is appropriate for life on a finite planet, we need to listen to the young climate strikers and implement their rallying cry," Sarah McKinley writes. 

How co-ops can help communities guard against climate change

Anca Voinea
Co-operative News

A new report by the Democracy Collaborative looks at how community wealth building can help neighbourhoods plan for droughts and floods.

Free Market Solutions to Climate Change Aren't 'Realistic'

Carla Santos Skandier
Common Dreams

Many of the proposals to help curb climate change fail to address the long incentivization of fossil fuel extraction. Incentives should be moved toward production and use of renewables if any valuable change is to happen. 

Grit City Greens? Lincoln Park project could spark economic boost

Dan Voelpel
South Sound Business

Tacoma is looking to model a community wealth and development program after the greenhouse built in Cleveland through Green City Growers. 

“Plain and simple, it works,” Ted Howard, a Clevelander, told Tacoma’s anchor institution representatives last September. Howard now serves as president and co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative, which provides research, support, and evangelism around this idea of institutions pooling their power for their communities.

The Green New Deal Must Put Utilities Under Public Control

Jackson Koeppel, Johanna Bozuwa and Liz Veazey
In These Times

The Green New Deal presents the opportunity to reclaim public ownership of the energy sector in a way that would not only be more cost efficient and equitable but would also protect the environment by incentivizing people over profit. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Should Nationalize Utilities

Caroline Haskins
Vice Media

The Green New Deal bill stands against a daunting task: to produce net zero emissions by 2050. Johanna Bozuwa explains how privately-owned utilities are incentivized only for profit and not to care for the environment. 

“So being pushed towards taking climate change seriously and shifting towards renewables… those are all things that are contrary to the investor-owned utility model that makes money specifically off of what they call capital infrastructure and guaranteed rate of return.”

Is Nationalization an Answer to Climate Change?

Kate Aronoff
The Intercept

In a discussion of the UK's considerations to nationalize or renationalize many services, a report by Carla Santos Skandier, Research Associate for the Next Systems Project with the Democracy Collaborative, is featured explaining the path that nationalizing fossil fuels might take in the U.S. The deprivatization of the fossil fuels industry is especially important as it would have large effects on climate and environment policy, as well. 

Hundreds Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit, Demand Climate Justice

Civic and business leaders convened at California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, but protestors decried their “false solutions” to the climate crisis. Johanna Bozuwa offers thoughts on the public voice's power against large corporations.  Read more about Hundreds Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit, Demand Climate Justice...

Building Resiliency through Green Infrastructure: A Community Wealth Building Approach

Johanna Bozuwa

How investments in the green infrastructure needed for climate resiliency can be leveraged to build community wealth with worker cooperatives and social enteprises.

The Student Divestment Movement’s Next Frontier: Community Investment

Community investment strategies can root institutional capital in underserved communities and catalyze local energy democracy, making it a fitting next step for university fossil fuel divestment campaigns

Reinvestment presents a unique opportunity for universities to partner with their local communities to promote equitable economic development and energy democracy. Campaigns’ embrace of community investment would strengthen the crucial role that divestment movements play in fostering long-term system change. This strategy creates a powerful opportunity to engage young people in new economy work while leveraging the resources of some of our most powerful institutions to shift financial capacity from the extractive economy to a new energy system. Read more about The Student Divestment Movement’s Next Frontier: Community Investment ...