Climable is a small, women-run nonprofit located in the Boston area. We promote energy democracy and climate resilience, empowering people to reduce the harmful impacts of climate change in their communities. Climable works with environmental justice (EJ) communities, which are neighborhoods predominantly populated by people of color or people living below the poverty line who experience disproportionate impacts from environmental hazards. Our activities fall under four categories: clean energy accessibility, stakeholder engagement, energy literacy, and future leaders.
We advance clean energy accessibility by developing microgrids in local EJ communities, designed for community centers and affordable housing complexes. Clean energy microgrids are interconnected buildings that share independent, renewable sources of energy, allowing the buildings to disconnect from the main electrical grid when there is a power outage or when utility prices surge. Climable ensures that community input leads decision-making, and advocates for cooperative tenant ownership of the clean energy assets.
To encourage stakeholder engagement, we bring together the disparate parties involved with the energy system to discuss energy solutions. Our most recent effort convened Public Utility Commission staffers, legislators, renewable energy companies, environmental advocates, EJ organizations, and Tribal Nations in each New England state to discuss how key actors can reduce emissions.
Climable also facilitates improved energy literacy in local communities. This involves liaising between residents, community-based organizations, and energy experts, as well as developing plain language educational materials on renewable energy.
Lastly, Climable trains future leaders through internship programs that expose young adults to the energy field, endowing them with skills and knowledge to become energy justice champions in their communities.