GRID Alternatives: "Upping the Equity" Day-Long Training
About the Client
GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization focused on expanding sustainable energy sources with an emphasis on solar energy. GRID Alternatives is based in Oakland, CA, but has regional offices across the United States as well as staff working in Nicaragua.
Scope of Work
In February 2016, AORTA trainers Esteban, Lydia, and Marc facilitated day-long training "Upping the Equity: Strengthening Social Justice" with all 275+ staff members of GRID Alternatives.
Collaborating with facilitators from the Mosaic Project and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, we were thrilled to support GRID's work of building an inclusive solar economy as a piece of building up environmental and economic justice broadly. GRID staff participated in both broad political education on systematic power and injustice as well as in a number of breakout workshops including the AORTA-led workshops on hiring, evaluations, and white anti-racism in the workplace.
We were particularly moved at the end of the day when one of GRID's executive directors committed as a next step to developing a 3-5 year plan based in a reparations framework.