June 3, 2013 (ATLANTA) – On Monday, June 10, 2013, a Metro-Atlanta Energy Equity Forum, “Equity Matters”, will be co-hosted by seven, Georgia-based non-profits with the goal of developing mutually beneficial strategies for energy equity in the region.
WHO: Partnership for Southern Equity, Fulton-Atlanta Community Action Authority, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, GreenLaw, Georgia Watch, Center for Sustainable Communities and Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. have formed an energy equity coalition to increase community engagement in the discussion of how low-income communities and communities of color are impacted by the burden of and benefits of energy production.
WHAT: The Equity Matter’s forum brings community leaders together to identify steps towards Energy Equity in metro Atlanta and highlight the importance of authentic community engagement in utility company’s decision making. Low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to be exposed to air pollution and are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They stand to benefit the most from energy efficiency and employment programs that help lower bills. Unfortunately, these communities are under-represented in Georgia’s electricity planning process.
Monday, June 10
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Agency
341 Kelly St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
* The event is open to the public and includes refreshments.
MaKara Rumley, GreenLaw
One-on-one interviews with Dr. Marilyn Brown, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and key environmental justice and equality community leaders.
GreenLaw is a non-profit law firm serving environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution. We champion the right of every Georgian to breathe clean air, drink clean water live in healthy communities and enjoy our state’s natural beauty. Since 1992, GreenLaw has achieved these goals by providing free, high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.greenlaw.org and follow @greenlaw_GA on Twitter.