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How solar power works

By Caitlin Ritchie

Solar energy is quickly becoming a more popular and affordable power source for homeowners and businesses. With residential solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and see substantial cost savings.


Mass Energize

MassEnergize works with community organizers and local leaders to scale household and community-level climate actions. Our work is based on the belief that household-level climate action, propelled at scale, is critical for reaching our climate goals.


City of Ithaca Green New Deal

The Ithaca Green New Deal is a mission-oriented and collaborative approach to carbon neutrality by 2030. It represents a multi-year mobilization effort, aimed at altering the economy and enabling a new social contract, effectively redefining the relationship between government and society. Driven by the community, the IGND seeks to elevate social capital to enable the transition to a new, more inclusive, and just economic model.


Model Laws for Deep Carbonization in the U.S.

This website provides more than 2000 model and actual federal, state and local laws that legislatures can customize and adopt in order to achieve deep reductions in fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.


Implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act: A Virtual Roundtable Series

States and municipalities are learning from each other in a series of stunning webinars focusing on specific solutions. Although designed to illuminate New York’s 2019 landmark climate law, they are fascinating for everyone, experts and public alike.


Take Action in Your Home, School, or Community

We believe that individual actions matter. Our actions can create ripple effects that inspire and motivate collective actions, moving us towards the systemic change we need to tackle an issue like climate change.


Report: City Power Play – 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But dozens of cities are creating jobs and cleaner energy using their own power.



Communities are at the forefront of the energy transition: citizens are increasingly asking their
cities to develop and act on ambitious plans, and community leaders are seeing the social, political, and economic benefits of doing so.


Municipal Financing for Renewables and Efficiency

A growing number of states are enacting laws or have existing statutes that enable cities and counties to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to significant investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency—lack of access to long term, low interest financing. And a growing number of cities and counties are taking advantage of this new authority. This new approach is commonly referred to as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and it allows homeowners and businesses to implement dramatic improvements in efficiency and/or renewable energy and repay those investments over a long-term via a special property tax assessment or via a utility bill.


NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

NYSERDA has identified ten high-impact actions that local governments can take to save money, foster a vibrant economy, and improve the environment. By completing four of the ten high-impact actions, the applying jurisdiction can earn the Clean Energy Community designation as well as become eligible for a first-come-first-served grant, with no local cost share, to support additional clean energy projects. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, at least two of the high-impact actions must be completed after August 1, 2016.