Capital Outlook (Tallahassee): U.S. Department of Energy signs landmark agreement with Coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
As part of an initiative to promote community transformation and economic development for communities across the country, a landmark agreement promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency was recently signed between a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The agreement launches the partnership known as the HBCU Clean Energy Coalition to promote clean energy like solar and energy efficiency and to help advance HBCU-led initiatives in the innovation economy. Led by former DOE Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, a signing ceremony memorializing this milestone agreement was held on Jan. 17, at the Department of Energy’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.
As the nation transitions to a clean energy economy, HBCUs play a significant role in leading the transformation in the communities where they are located. Many HBCUs have already begun to implement initiatives that promote sustainability and a cleaner environment on their campuses. HBCUs also play an influential role in activating the communities around them to drive greater awareness for energy efficiency and renewable energies. Ultimately, the HBCU Clean Energy Coalition provides a bigger platform for the DOE to engage HBCUs as key stakeholders in nationwide renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.