Today, we’re all living with the outcomes of a 19th Century energy system that extracts fossil fuels from the ground that we burn for power, the pollution from which makes people sick and destroys our climate. Moreover, our energy systems, like most legacy systems, are infused with injustices that do particular harm to communities of color, families, and individuals because many of our laws and institutions were designed for that purpose - the result of which is disproportionate harm to people and communities of color. The distribution of costs is similarly inequitable. The poorest 20% of Americans pay the most for electricity - 10% or more of their total household income on average - and more than half the country can’t access solar.
Groundswell’s core values include equity, respect, integrity, excellence, taking care of each other, driving transformative change, and serving people and communities with joy. We believe that service is a privilege, not a chore, and our team works with and for people in the communities we serve to create equitable systems and transformative change.