In Michigan, the state’s utility companies have created three 501c4 nonprofits to foster the illusion of “grassroots” support for denying homeowners the ability to sell excess power generated from solar cells on rooftops back to the electrical grid.
In the nation’s capital, City Council unanimously passes a bill that includes one of the nation’s strongest climate policies. By 2032, the resolution commits Washington, DC to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources.
These nonprofits, Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente, are keeping more in mind than the patients who walk in the door, using a broader interpretation of their mission statements to improve the health of the community.
With all of the talk about the failure of the energy grid in Puerto Rico, there has been little discussion about what citizens on the island are doing to ensure that it is rebuilt in a way that respects the earth and the island’s sustainability. This article is one in a series of original reports on Puerto Rico’s recovery by NPQ’s senior editor, Cyndi Suarez. We chose to take this project on because the devastation brought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria puts Puerto Rico in a unique position from which all nonprofits in low income communities can learn.