- Diana Hernández, Gabriela Sandoval, and Destenie Nock
- June 22 2022
Gabriela Sandoval, TURN – The Utility Reform Network
Destenie Nock, Carnegie Mellon University
Low-income communities and communities of color have disproportionately borne the brunt of historical energy policies in terms of exposure to pollutants, high prices, and front-line effects of climate change. Advances in sustainable energy infrastructure often aim to help these communities but, in practice, many of the benefits accrue to higher-income property owners. Meanwhile, connections between energy, socioeconomic disadvantage, and wellbeing are becoming more clear, particularly as vulnerable households across the United States struggle with energy-related debts and the resulting risk of utility shutoffs.
In this webinar, Diana Hernández of Columbia University, Gabriela Sandoval of TURN – The Utility Reform Network, and Destenie Nock of Carnegie Mellon University discuss these issues and how energy systems and policies can be designed to equitably serve disadvantaged communities.