Values

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. 

Values

Mission & Vision

Groundswell builds community power through equitable community solar projects, clean energy programs that reduce energy burdens, and pioneering research initiatives that help light the way to clean energy futures for all. Groundswell has clean energy programs and projects in place in five states, including the District of Columbia, and provides low- and moderate-income households more than $6.8 million in clean energy savings to date. Our vision is a clean energy economy that equitably serves all people with a diverse supply chain that is free of representation and wage gaps and generates wealth, work, and savings for all the communities it serves.

During 2020, Groundswell’s entire team worked together to complete a new Strategic Plan that defines our goals, how we’ll reach them, and how we’ll measure our progress. It takes about 15 minutes or so to flip through it, or a bit longer to read it word for word.

Mission & Vision

2023 Year in Review

Groundswell has always focused on driving transformative change and getting things done, and the results of those efforts were evident in the impact of all of our programs in 2023. Across the board, Groundswell programs have worked to build community power while embodying our values of equity, respect, integrity, excellence, supporting each other, driving transformative change, and serving people and communities with joy. In this report, you’ll read about the transformative impact that Groundswell’s programs have had — and are having — for the communities we joyfully serve.

2023 Year in Review

Our Team

Groundswell’s dynamic team includes our staff, Board of Directors, and our network of partners. As a part of our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, we are working together to create a culture of belonging.  

Our Team

Support Our Work

Groundswell is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations help us to serve more people and get more good work done. Please support our efforts to build community power with a tax-deductible donation today.

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