Clean Energy Finance Campaigns: Spring 2024 IRA Pathways Cohort
There’s been a lot of discussion about “Inflation Reduction Act implementation campaigns,” but how do they actually work? And how can organizations that build a base around housing, labor, economic and climate justice issues plug in? In this five-week program, which alternates between Zoom classroom sessions and one-on-one campaign navigation support for your organization, you’ll have the opportunity to walk away with a draft “campaign in a box,” including a rap to test with your base, an issue cut and possible demands, and a villain to go after that aligns with your existing campaign narratives. You’ll get support to fill out a campaign planning template and follow-up navigation support as needed.
You’ll get an overview of a power-building orientation to the IRA:
- How we can save money and make polluters pay
- How we can cleanup hazardous waste dumps and punch back at fossil fuel billionaires
- How we can spend less on our natural gas bills and defund right-wing legislators
- How we can get cleaner air and give public school teachers raises
And support for translating those into specific campaigns:
- Campaign for a new community center by saving $500,000 on your city’s energy bills after installing solar panels
- Campaign for a new public park for the county by using energy efficiency upgrades of public buildings to save $1.2 million on energy bills
- Campaign to get all 58,000 LMI families in your county the average of $10,598 in electrification rebates, by ensuring the local government hires a coordinator (or a nonprofit to coordinate) door-to-door outreach programs
In 2024, local and state governments are facing deadlines to take advantage of millions in funding for producing and storing energy and to clean up air, water and hazardous waste (those applications must be filed by November 21
, and funding may run out much earlier than that). Nonprofits and local governments can even receive federal funding to setup environmental advisory boards, community benefits agreements, participatory budgeting programs and even to simply design and deliver trainings. But those projects won’t get off the ground without our organizations demanding municipal staff make them happen, or designing them ourselves.
(And for basebuilding organizations that want to go door-to-door to explain how renters and homeowners can save hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills, there will be time-limited opportunities to influence your State Energy Office program requirements through September 2024).
Each participating organization will send two consistent representatives to participate in a five-week, two-hour-per-week program that will alternate between trainings on Inflation Reduction Act campaign paths and 1-1 campaign navigation support, designed to identify the best pathway for each organization to build additional governing power while reducing the power of fossil fuel companies and speeding a just transition. In exchange for their full participation, each organization will receive $5,000 and follow-up custom campaign navigation support. Organizational representatives can be a combination of staff and/or member leaders, and ensure regular communication with the individuals in their group that have authority to make decisions on campaign design.
Applications for the first Pathways cohort program are now closed. Email [email protected] to be added to the notification list should the program be offered again.