In a graduate energy policy class, our founder first learned he could sign up for green energy through his utility. Sharing on social media, he helped many friends find and understand their own programs. Seeing how confusing and obscure many programs were, he wanted to create a way to make green pricing easily accessible and understood by all. This was the start of the Green Neighbor Challenge.
Through interviewing dozens of experts in energy, activism, and related fields for his masters research paper, the idea quickly started to grow in both ambition and scope. Soon, friends and acquaintances were joining the project and in January 2020, we became a fiscally sponsored project of the Power Shift Network.
Though a generous partnership with the Prime Coding Academy, our web-tool began taking shape. Since then, we have been expanding our team, assembling an advisory board, growing our network of partners, and spending thousands of hours researching green pricing to create the first comprehensive database of Green Pricing Programs in the US.
So what is the Green Neighbor Challenge?
1. A national database and free, easy-to-use web-tool to help homeowners and renters find
and sign up for existing green energy programs (“green pricing”).
2. A social media campaign, powered by a coalition of dozens of like-minded
orgs, to network individual actions into a collective energy demonstration.
3. Long term, we aim to be a resource and recruitment hub to the movement,
connecting people to groups, tools, and campaign-building resources.
A world where our energy economy improves public health, accelerates ecological restoration, and strengthens community.
Our Guiding Values
1. Hope through Collective Action
2. Community Capacities for Self-Determination
Theory of Change
The social costs of fossil fuel
energy on our environment
and health are externalized.
Greening our energy reduces
these harms by taking this
choice away from industry.
The economic benefits of
energy are largely privatized
by monopolies. Community
Solar, Rooftop Solar, and
other public models can
a financial benefit in energy.
Access, Cost, and Effects of
the energy economy are
Energy Democracy is about
community driving policies
and investments that address local needs & desires.