Community Solar for Sustainability in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria wiped out power to most of Puerto Rico, it showed the rest of the world what many on the island already knew. Puerto Rico’s energy system, run by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) government utility, was seriously outdated, unreliable and extremely vulnerable to the kind of extreme weather that frequently hits the island. Puerto Ricans knew they needed something different.

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Arecibo Community Cautiously Optimistic After Energy Answers Withdraws Incinerator Proposal from Control Board’s Critical Projects Process

Sharing homemade green banana tamales at their campsite on the side of a busy highway February 11, a dozen Puerto Ricans celebrated a decision by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló the day before to pull his support for a long-fought trash incinerator proposal in Arecibo, a rural beachfront town 40 miles west of San Juan.

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When CoreCivic Comes to Town: Lessons from Elkhart’s Grassroots Struggle to Preserve a Vibrant Community

In Elkhart, Indiana, an ICE civil detention facility was proposed at the intersection of county roads 7 and 26, a stretch of weeds and snow next to the county’s correctional facility and its huge, methane-leaking landfill. This unremarkable piece of nowhere, Indiana would have held over a thousand immigrants. They would have been held in a private, maximum-security facility with the capability to hold 60 in solitary confinement, encased in a total visual barrier. Would have — because Elkhart, like so many Chicagoland towns before it, said no.

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