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Author: Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Staff   Published: 9/10/22   DOE

Welcome to Justice Week, and Executive Order 14035 on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
US Dept of Energy

Day 3- Wednesday, September 14 (Open to the Public! Virtual Only): Join DOE and external stakeholders as we discuss DOE’s Equity Action Plan and how we can advance racial equity and provide support for underserved communities.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 9:00am-12:30pm

TIME (EDT)

PRESENTATION

SPEAKER

9:00 Opening Remarks David M. Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
9:15 Introduction to the DOE Equity Action Plan Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
9:45 Equity Action Plan Townhall

The purpose of this session is to connect with external stakeholders for a “temperature check”. The anticipated outcome is to get feedback about how DOE Stakeholder Engagement efforts can be optimized and how to make the Equity Action Plan is living working plan.

Toya Bligen, Senior Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Advisor,  Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, U.S. Department of Energy
10:45 Panel: Equity in Procurement

This panel will cover best practices in achieving equity in procurement and will dive into a discussion around interagency collaboration and ways to get Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs engaged.

Chad Maisel, Director of Racial and Economic Justice, Domestic Policy Council

Ron Pierce, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Miguel Estien, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Shalaya Morissette, Chief, Minority Business and Workforce Division, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

Moderated by: Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

11:30 Panel: Stakeholder Engagement Roundtable

This panel will be a discussion around diverse entrepreneurship and the role of Minority Serving Institutions in addressing the need for more People of Color in the clean energy sector.

Natasha Campbell, HBCU Clean Energy Coalition

Walter McLeod, Founder and Managing Director of Eco Capitol Companies

Cherie Brooks, President/CEO and Visionary Co-Founder of Power52 Foundation

Dr. Mansoureh Jeihani, Professor, Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies, Morgan State

Moderated by: Kerene Tayloe, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

12:15 Closing Remarks Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

 

Day 5- Friday, September 16 (Open to the Public! Virtual Only): Join us and Secretary Granholm for the final day of Justice Week as we discuss Justice40 and meaningful community engagement with external stakeholders. Also featuring special guest Xiye Bastida!

Friday, September 16, 2022, 10:00am-3:30pm

TIME (EDT)

PRESENTATION

SPEAKER

10:00 Welcome Sonrisa Lucero, Special Advisor on Stakeholder Engagement, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
10:03 Opening Remarks Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
10:10 Keynote Panel: Meeting the Moment – A Conversation on Environmental Justice

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Director Shalanda H. Baker will lead a conversation with prominent environmental justice leaders about “Meeting the Moment.”  We have a rare constellation of opportunities that are providing unprecedented investments, policy actions and programming that seek to achieve justice for disadvantaged communities as we transform the energy system.  This is not without challenge as not all investments are seen as supportive of this mission and there are systemic inequities to overcome.  In this conversation, hear how these leaders see DOE, disadvantaged communities and the nation overcoming these challenges to capture this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Panelists:
Denise Fairchild, President Emeritus, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Ruth Santiago, Queremos Sol

Dr. Kyle Whyte, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Angelina Benson-Glanz, Director, New Market Initiatives at Elevate (TBC)

Jacqui Patterson, Founder and Executive Director, The Chisholm Legacy Project: A Resource Hub for Black Frontline Climate Justice Leadership (TBC)

Moderated by: Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 am  Justice40 and BIL, IRA, and DPA: A Constellation of Opportunity

Three major act of legislation and two executive orders have created a “Constellation of Opportunity,” providing billions of dollars to the DOE to significantly invest in slowing the climate crisis and giving clear policy directives to integrate justice into that work, centering frontline communities.  This session will discuss the opportunity the following actions have provided:

  • Executive Order 14008, that mandated the Justice40 Initiative (J40),
  • the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL),
  • the invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology,
  • the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and
  • the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America (CHIPS) Act. 
Dr. Tony Reames, Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Office of Energy Justice Policy and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Gina Coplon-Newfield, Chief of Staff, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy

11:30  Justice40 Deep Dive
This round-robin session will explore specific elements of how DOE is implementing Justice40 and how external stakeholders, with special attention to disadvantaged communities, can get engaged.
11:30 Justice40 Initiative General Guidance 

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has issued a General Guidance document for the Justice40 Initiative that explains the basics of how to apply it across all projects and programming.  This session will review the guidance and answer common questions about the initiative.

James Strange, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
11:40 Competitive Grants 101: The Basics for How to Apply and Engage

What is an RFI, NOI, FOA, Merit Reviewer, and SAM Number? Why would anyone care?  This session will review the process for applying for funding from the DOE and primary ways to engage the DOE on shaping a project’s design and outcomes.

Jennifer Jacobi, Product Manager, Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
11:55 Community Engagement and Competitive Grants

Community Benefits Plan and Community Benefits Agreements

Kerene Tayloe, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

Daryl Wright (TBC)

12:15 Q&A Moderated by Sonrisa Lucero
12:30 Lunch/Brunch Break  
1:00  Keynote Xiye Bastida, Youth Climate Activist
1:30  Panel: Community-Led Energy Justice Solutions Panelists:
Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition (HPC3) (Highland Park, Michigan)

Little Manila Rising (Stockton, California)

Louisville, KY

Knoxville SEEED

Moderated by: Kate Gordon (TBC)

2:25 Facilitated Stretch Break  
2:30 Getting Ready to Apply

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers

Katrina Pielli, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
2:45 State and Community Energy Programs Overview

What opportunities are available to us?

Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, Office of State and Community Energy Program, U.S. Department of Energy (TBC)
3:10 Q&A Moderated by Sonrisa Lucero
3:20 Closing Remarks Shalanda H. Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
3:30 Webinar Ends