The Institute for Sustainable Communities, Wells Fargo and Tides Foundation Establish Climate Justice Fund

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), the Tides Foundation and Wells Fargo are coming together to launch a climate justice fund to create more equitable access to clean and affordable energy and improve climate resiliency in historically excluded and divested communities.

ISC will launch a new initiative – “Dismantling Energy Inequity in Communities of Color” (DEICC) – expanding the organization’s focus on energy inequity in communities of color through the fund established with a $2.85 million grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. To ensure philanthropic resources reach communities, ISC is serving as a partner and intermediary to the resources provided by Tides Foundation and Wells Fargo.

“The most transformative and sustainable solutions to address climate inequities are developed and led by local leaders who know their community best,” said Sonia Joshi, director of U.S. Programs at ISC. “What is often missing is the technical capacity/support and financial resources to move from ideas to action.”

ISC will create a national cohort across 10 U.S. cities, uplifting the knowledge and expertise of Black-, Brown- and Indigenous-led community-based organizations to develop weather-resilient, solar-powered community centers, known as resilience hubs. These resilience hubs will serve as gathering places for community members in times of joy – with support through educational and social programs – and in times of climate crisis, including flooding, and power outages, as cooling centers in the summer and heat shelters in the winter.

The organizations and locations that will be represented within the DEICC project are:

“Wells Fargo is committed to building community resilience and addressing the impacts of climate change, particularly in underserved communities,” said Robyn Luhning, chief sustainability officer at Wells Fargo. “Funding this community-led effort from the Tides Foundation and the Institute for Sustainable Communities is part of our work to support the transition to a resilient, equitable and sustainable economy.”

Partner organizations in this initiative will become part of the ISC’s National Climate Leaders of Color Network and engage in technical assistance and peer learning opportunities at local, regional, topical, and national levels.

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