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Greenlink’s Top 10 Stories of 2023


Greenlink had a big year, and much of that was due to all the incredible people helping to drive a fast and fair clean energy transition! Join us in looking back at the top 10 stories for 2023 showcasing the work happening at Greenlink and with many of our many incredible partners.  

 

1. Still We WeatheRISE Atlanta: Adrienne Rice, founder and executive director of Sustainable Georgia Futures, wants to solve two pressing problems at once: systemic racism and climate change. The two issues inextricably intertwined for Black communities in Georgia…

 

2. Mapping Racism in the U.S.: The term redlining has become synonymous with discriminatory housing policies and a legacy of racist practices. Redlining stems from the 1930s when the federal Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) published city maps categorizing neighborhoods by their alleged mortgage-lending risk…  

 

3. Equitable Residential Building Decarbonization in Philadelphia: Buildings are a common focal point for city climate policy since residential and commercial buildings require large quantities of natural gas and electricity for heating, cooling, lighting, and other needs. In fact, buildings are responsible for approximately 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In Philadelphia, they account for almost 70% of the city’s emissions…

 

4. The Native Lands Mapping Tool: For far too long, Native American communities have been left off the world map,, but also excluded from conversations about gathering and use of data. On June 22, 2023, Greenlink Analytics’ new digital mapping tool will make it easier to locate and understand Native territories in the U.S…


5. Disadvantaged Communities Tool: Environmental justice has come a long way since its inception alongside the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Once a novel term, the concept is now a full-fledged movement influencing people in power, including the Federal Government…

 

6. Our Missing Native Nations: Shé:kon (say-go) from the Greenlink Equity Team, which means hello in Kanien'kehá, one of the languages of the Mohawks. The Mohawks live in communities across northern New York State and southeastern Canada and have called these lands home for thousands of years before colonization. They’re one of 574 federally recognized Native Nations across the U.S. striving for continued recognition of their people and safekeeping of their cultures…

 

7. Greenlink Analytics' 2022 Annual Report: At the beginning of 2023, Greenlink published its first ever Annual Report, showcasing the amazing things our team achieved in 2022…

 

8. New Report Finds Orlando’s Lower Income Communities Face High Energy Burden: A new report published by Greenlink Analytics shows a large disparity between the energy burden faced by different communities across Orlando, from a low of 1.8% to as high as 9.2%. Energy burden is the percent of income spent on electricity and gas bills. The national average of the percentage of household earnings going towards energy costs is roughly 4%.


9. The Importance of Trust: How Community Engagement Helped Pass Legislation in Decatur: “Everything’s greater in Decatur,” says the City of Decatur, Ga. motto. The maxim represents a city that prides itself on walkability, good schools, vibrant small businesses, community collaboration and pioneering innovation. But like many cities around the country, Decatur, Ga., grapples with how to best integrate climate change solutions into practicable policy as the area warms…

 

10.  A Clean Energy Fund Would Boost Equity in Atlanta: There’s a little-known crisis happening in Atlanta right now: thousands of people are struggling to remain in their homes due to the unforgiving cost of their electricity and gas bills. This doesn’t play out well for the residents of Atlanta, the resilience and vibrancy of the city, or the city’s ability to reach its clean energy goals. And the bottom line is that the failure to address the root cause of high energy bills is stressing families and disrupting communities…


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