OAKLAND, Calif., April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The newly launched Justice40 Accelerator will support communities on the front lines of the climate crisis in accessing federal funding flowing from President Joe Biden's historic executive order directing 40% of the benefits from government-funded climate action to disadvantaged communities. Participating organizations can share existing expertise, and qualify for capacity-building grants averaging $25,000 each. After a dialogue with potential applicants and in response to needs in the field, the accelerator will also offer project development workshops, partnership opportunities, technical expertise, and informational briefings and resources to support dozens of community-based organizations as they apply for federal funds."The Biden/Harris administration's Justice40 Initiative is an incredible opportunity to finally center communities that have suffered most from dirty energy and the effects of climate change – the same communities that can lead us through a just transition to a clean-energy economy," said Gloria Walton, CEO of the climate justice grantmaking organization The Solutions Project, which funds and amplifies community-based climate solutions."But this historic plan will work only if climate funding flows directly to those front-line communities, instead of solely to the same old organizations and businesses that already have plenty of resources and inside-the-Beltway connections," said Walton. She joined The Solutions Project's co-founder, the actor Mark Ruffalo, to announce the Justice40 Accelerator on CBS This Morning. Community-based organizations are creating innovative climate solutions across the United States, but often lack access to the resources they need to realize them fully. Most front-line climate organizations are rooted in and accountable to communities of color, which bear disproportionate burdens from climate change and dirty energy. They are historically underinvested in across both philanthropy and government funding — and the convoluted federal funding ecosystem is difficult for even the most well-resourced organizations to access. The Justice40 Accelerator aims to provide philanthropic and technical support to access federal grants and contracts, and will also serve as a navigator for front-line organizations to access the funding they deserve.
Climate justice and other community groups are working on the front lines of rising sea levels in Miami and warming temperatures in Iowa, and on the fence lines of oil sands pipelines in Minnesota and oil drilling in Los Angeles. They are bringing clean energy and safe drinking water to predominantly Black communities in the South, creating wind-energy jobs in multi-racial communities in the urban Northeast, and building efficient, affordable, solar-powered housing in Indigenous communities on the Great Plains. "Washington ideas can feel impossibly far away and inaccessible when you're working on the front lines of climate solutions," commented Lenwood Coleman, Chief Program Officer of community clean power and resilience nonprofit Groundswell. A U.S. Air Force veteran and longtime community development leader, Coleman knows the perseverance and commitment to service that it takes to make community-focused programs work for the people. "The District of Columbia is Groundswell's hometown, our team has seen it from all sides, and we're here to stand in the gap."The Justice40 Accelerator is a partnership project of the nonprofit organizations Groundswell, Elevate, the Partnership for Southern Equity, and The Solutions Project, with support from The Hummingbird Firm, drawing on decades of experience and a commitment to serving the needs of front-line organizations as these groups seek to access federal funding at this important time. The accelerator is independent of the federal government and of the Justice40 Initiative. "For ongoing guidance and support throughout the process of competing for federal funding, community organizations can team up with peer nonprofits involved in similar work so lessons can be shared in real time," said Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, which works for racial equity and shared prosperity in Atlanta and across the American South. "The Justice40 Accelerator aims to level the playing field – or at least tilt it in the right direction – so that front-line climate communities can access federal funding and take their place at the heart of a just transition to a clean energy economy. We hope dozens of organizations will join this initiative by participating in the accelerator and showcasing their incredible innovations for the various federal agencies looking to scale community climate solutions that work for everyone."The Biden/Harris administration's Justice40 Initiative isn't a new grant program with a clear application process. Rather, it is a target woven into existing programs across government, such as the American Jobs Plan, which includes energy, water, housing, and transportation and mass transit.
Many environmental justice and other community groups felt caught flat-footed in the face of the nation's last massive recovery program, 2009's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which prioritized shovel-ready projects. "We are in a much stronger position as a movement now and have important lessons to put into practice," said Gloria Walton, who was working for a community-based organization when ARRA was passed. "In 2009, organizations, businesses, and state government agencies that routinely got federal funding already knew how to ramp up quickly, and they got most of the money. That left innovative and potentially transformative frontline climate projects out in the cold – and that can't happen this time around," said Walton. The Justice40 Accelerator is inviting front-line climate organizations and other community groups in environmental justice communities, most especially organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color to get the process started by signing up to learn more about the accelerator and attending informational webinars. Registration is at www.Justice40Accelerator.org, and additional information is available at www.thesolutionsproject.org. Elevate seeks to create a just and equitable world in which everyone has clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities — no matter who they are or where they live. Our programs, policy agenda, and partners reflect this commitment.Groundswell builds community power to create equitable clean energy futures. A 501c3 nonprofit, Groundswell develops community solar projects and resilience hubs, helps neighbors to share power, reduces energy burdens with efficiency, and connects clean energy supply chains to local economic development - all informed by data science and pioneering research.
Partnership for Southern Equity advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.The Hummingbird Firm is a community engagement consulting firm, specializing in face-to-face and digital engagement for public involvement, public participation, environmental communications, climate action, and cultural competency training. We specialize in outreach to underrepresented, underserved, and underrepresented communities.The Solutions Project is a national nonprofit organization that promotes climate justice through grantmaking and amplifying the stories of front-line community leaders in the media. The organization seeks to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and soils by supporting climate justice organizations, especially those led by women of color.Media contact:Carina Danielscarina@storyandreach.com510-847-1617
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Shares of Philips (AMS: PHIA) have plunged nearly 4% today despite the Dutch company reporting very strong first-quarter sales. Fundamental analysis: Robust sales pave the way for a hike in 2021 guidance Philips reported revenue of €3.8 billion ($4.6 billion) for its first quarter to mark a 9% growth in the comparable sales. This is better than the 6% expected from the market analysts. Are you looking for fast-news, hot-tips and market analysis? Sign-up for the Invezz newsletter, today. The company’s core business – Connected Care – saw a decline in order intake by 5% year-over-year, which is understandable and “anticipated” given the record orders recorded in Q1 last year amid the pandemic. “Our growth momentum is driven by our portfolio of innovative solutions, for example in the areas of precision diagnosis, image-guided therapy, and telehealth. Moreover, we continued to add long-term strategic partnerships with hospitals on the back of more than 50 new partnerships we signed in 2020,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, noted. The company reported a loss of €34 million on the back of a €250 million provision Philips was forced to take to address a component quality issue. On an adjusted basis, the Dutch company reported a profit of €139 million. “Regretfully, we have identified a quality issue in a component that is used in certain sleep and respiratory care products, and are initiating all precautionary actions to address this issue, for which
OSLO, Norway, April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nel ASA (Nel, OSE:NEL) has entered into a framework agreement with the major energy service company Aibel. The companies will leverage their capabilities to develop and deliver large scale, complex renewable hydrogen projects."We are very excited to be announcing this collaboration with Aibel, a company with vast experience in delivering large scale, complex projects across industries. Their in-house construction expertise and experience in fabrication and modularization will add significant value to Nel's global delivery and project execution abilities. This partnership is a long-term commitment, and we look forward to working with Aibel to further strengthen our competitiveness and deliver efficient, cost competitive and predictable projects to our customers" says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel ASA. Aibel is a leading service company within the oil, gas and offshore wind industries, providing customers with engineering, construction, modifications and maintenance solutions for offshore and onshore projects throughout the project's entire life cycle. Aibel's 4000 employees are located in Norway and South East Asia. Aibel operates yards in Haugesund and in Thailand, with complete prefabrication, modularization and construction capabilities."The agreement with Nel marks an important milestone for Aibel and represents another strategic step in our ongoing business transformation towards renewable energy segments. Together with Nel we foresee many new business opportunities in a fast-growing, green energy industry," says Aibel's President & CEO Mads Andersen.The process of phasing in Aibel on select, ongoing projects is underway. Aibel will work integrated with Nel for the delivery of the 20 MW PEM hydrogen production plant to Iberdrola, announced 14 January 2021: Awarded Iberdrola contract for 20 MW green fertilizer project in Spain | Nel Hydrogen
For further information, please contact:Jon André Løkke, CEO, +47 907 44 949Kjell Christian Bjørnsen, CFO, +47 917 02 097About Nel ASA | www.nelhydrogen.comNel is a global, dedicated hydrogen company, delivering optimal solutions to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen from renewable energy. We serve industries, energy, and gas companies with leading hydrogen technology. Our roots date back to 1927, and since then, we have had a proud history of development and continuous improvement of hydrogen technologies. Today, our solutions cover the entire value chain: from hydrogen production technologies to hydrogen fueling stations, enabling industries to transition to green hydrogen, and providing fuel cell electric vehicles with the same fast fueling and long range as fossil-fueled vehicles - without the emissions.
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