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A Green Stimulus to Rebuild the Economy

A green stimulus to rebuild the economy

An open letter for members of Congress from a group of climate and policy experts calls for “an ambitious Green Stimulus of at least $2 trillion” designed to accelerate a just transition away from fossil fuels and build a more resilient and sustainable society. read more
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Redesigning renewable incentives for energy democracy

Instead of a tax credit that largely locks out those with the most to gain from the clean energy transition, a direct incentive would specifically incentivize local distributed renewable energy. read more
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Fossil fuel debt cancellation to unleash renewable energy in rural America

Rural communities should not be left behind in the energy transition due to the entrenched interests of capital, particularly when the federal government holds a significant amount of the debt holding rural utilities back. read more
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Federal expansion of community choice aggregation

There is an alternative to private monopoly utilities trapping communities in fossil fuel energy use or individual customer choice programs that may not shift the system fast enough or do so with equity. read more

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Gus Speth delivers the 2016 David Sive Annual Memorial Lecture at Columbia Law School

Watch Co-Chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth give the David Sive Annual Memorial Lecture at the Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change. read more
"We Need An Alternative", on top of an image of a factory.

Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism

Social systems, whether they exist at the local, regional, or global levels, do not last forever. Capitalism, as a globalizing political economic system committed to profit making and continual economic growth, has created a treadmill of production and consumption that is heavily dependent upon fossil fuels and has resulted in greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. read more
Metamapping the ecosystem building the next economy

Webinar: Mapping the Next System

Watch a group of panelists, moderated by Co-chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth, discuss the linkages and intersections of the movement for a New Economy. read more
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What is Energy Democracy and Why Does It Matter? [Webinar]

We co-hosted this online panel with the New Economy Coalition for New Economy Week 2015, featuring speakers from the Institute for Policy Studies, Emerald Cities Cooperative, PUSH Buffalo, and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. read more

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Lots of elements of a community powered by sustainable energy: solar, wind, and more.

Building Community Capacity for Energy Democracy: A Deck of Strategies

Energy democracy is the simple idea that the transition we urgently need to clean, renewable sources of energy should be accomplished hand-in-hand with the expansion of a more equitable economy and of a more participatory democracy. read more
Lots of elements of a community powered by sustainable energy: solar, wind, and more.

La Democracia Energética: Una Baraja de Cartas

La democracia energética es la sencilla idea de que la transición a fuentes de energía renovables, que tan urgentemente necesitamos, debería ir de la mano con la expansión de una economía más equitativa y de una democracia más participativa. read more
Signs carried by marchers reading "El Pueblo Unido" and "United for Jobs Justice and Climate"

Taking climate action to the next level

Real climate leadership means changing the system in ways that get to the root causes of climate change and other societal ills. Three groundbreaking and complementary interventions could transform the power structures that promote and enable our problematic energy and political-economic systems: quantitative easing for the planet, public ownership for energy democracy, and anchor strategies for the energy transition. read more
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Supporting energy democracy through a Green New Deal

To achieve the dual mission of decarbonizing our energy use and addressing economic inequity, the Green New Deal must invest in an energy future based on democratic governance and community control. Here is a suite of policy tools essential to that mission. read more

reports

Energy democracy: Coal to wind

Energy democracy: taking back power

A comparative analysis of the ability of investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve the conditions for energy democracy. read more
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The Systemic Roadblocks to Climate Action

As the ecological rift widens, we must recognize the three interconnected imperatives of the current system that both push us toward climate catastrophe and prevent meaningful action—the unrelenting pressure for economic growth, the outsized power of corporations, and the United States’ extractive approach to resource use. read more

Introduction: The Green Transition and the Next System

How we can—and must—put systemic transformation on the table in the climate discussion. read more

An Anchor Strategy for the Energy Transition

Anchor institutions—large nonprofit or public institutions, like universities or municipal governments—are positioned to be a prime ally for the energy transition at the local level. Anchors could align their power and place-based social mission to rise to the energy challenge in three important ways: by furthering community-centered renewable energy grids; by helping build a workforce compatible with a 1.5°C society (and a just transition for workers); and by deploying financial capacity needed to support the transition and to overcome corporate bias. read more