From today’s Washington Post comes the story of Florida Avenue Baptist, a black church in northwest Washington, DC, that’s getting a huge cialisonline-certifiedtop chunk of its energy from a solar array on its roof.
According to Rev. Earl D. Trent, the installation will help educate young congregants about the importance of clean energy and healthier communities while helping the church save 15 percent, about $450, a month on its energy bills. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson gave remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week, commending the church for taking a leadership position in the community:
“African Americans have more sources of pollution in their neighborhoods than others,” Jackson said, standing on the roof of the church near Howard University Hospital as the sun beat down. “We have mercury, neurotoxins building canada pharmacy online up in our bodies . . . mothers pass it to children. We have . . . developmental disorders. All that comes back to this,” she said, pointing to the row of solar panels.
As Jackson indicates, clean energy can be an agent for social justice. The article points out that African Americans often reside in older, less energy-efficient homes with older appliances, translating into higher energy bills:
According to “Energy Democracy,” a 2010 report by the Center for Social Inclusion, African Americans spent an average of $1,439 on electric bills in 2008, more than what Latino and Asian Americans spent, and significantly higher than what white Americans paid.
Florida Avenue Baptist may be the first – but we doubt they’ll be the last. Never underestimate the power of neighborly influence: “You know how black churches are,” says one person quoted in the story. “If one pastor does it, the others have to do it because they don’t want to be outdone.”