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Energy Crises/PG&E, with Jessica Tovar, Coordinator of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance

Sunday, November 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Event Type:
Green Party of Alameda County
Location Details:
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland

Green Sunday (11/10): Energy Crises/PG&E, with Jessica Guadalupe Tovar
Just what has changed with energy, why, and how does it affect you? Why will your monthly energy bill increase? What are alternative ways of providing energy, other than from PG&E, and how do various California cities source their energy? The Green Party of Alameda County warmly invites you to participate in this dialogue for an engaged community response!

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar is an Energy Democracy Organizer with the Local Clean Energy Alliance, based in the SF Bay Area, and grew up in housing projects near an industrial pollution corridor in East Los Angeles. The experience of cancer in her family led her to focus on preventing and reducing local industrial pollution and to advocate for policies to protect vulnerable communities. Jessica has worked for 16 years as an environmental justice and health organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona.

Jessica interned with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in 2003, working with organizations across the U.S. on issues of climate justice. In the Bay Area, she helped shut down the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant in 2004 and in 2010, successfully mobilized against a tar sands-dirty crude expansion of the Chevron Richmond oil refinery. She conducted and co-published an NIEHS Air Sampling Study in Richmond, California, for use as advocacy against toxic chemicals that are known to cause and/or aggravate adverse health effects like asthma, developmental problems, and cancer.

She speaks on environmental/climate racism at educational institutions and has been featured on TV & radio in Germany, France, Mexico, and Cuba. She currently promotes equity in clean energy as the coordinator of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, which has advanced local clean energy solutions by creating East Bay Community Energy, a public energy services provider agency that is now providing electricity for 1.5 million people in Alameda County. The Local Clean Energy Alliance is jumpstarting a just transition with a Local Development Business Plan--A Green New Deal for Alameda County with net revenues from East Bay Community Energy. As of June 2019, we won $5.1M towards advancing clean energy programs and projects to build community energy resilience and wealth we need to bring Clean Power to the People!

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics "du jour" sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Snacks are potluck. Vegetarian and vegan snacks are always welcome, but we appreciate whatever you can bring! The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows, at 6:45 pm. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.
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