Sec­re­taries of la­bor, en­ergy speak at Mor­gan State

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Sarah Gantz sarah.gantz@balt­sun.com

Dur­ing a clean-en­ergy sum­mit Fri­day at Mor­gan State Univer­sity, the U.S. sec­re­taries of la­bor and en­ergy an­nounced plans to work with his­tor­i­cally black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, or HBCUs, to im­prove ac­cess to so­lar en­ergy for lowand mod­er­ate-in­come fam­i­lies.

The His­tor­i­cally Black Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties Clean En­ergy Coali­tion will work to bring so­lar en­ergy in­stal­la­tion pro­grams to the neigh­bor­hoods sur­round­ing their cam­puses and teach peo­ple how to lower their util­ity costs.

The ini­tia­tive will also em­pha­size de­vel­op­ment of job skills train­ing for clean-en­ergy ca­reers.

“We want to help po­si­tion HBCUs as clean-en­ergy lead­ers with com­mu­nity com­mit­ments,” En­ergy Sec­re­tary Ernest Moniz said Fri­day dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion led by Mor­gan State Univer­sity Pres­i­dent David Wil­son.

“One of the val­ues of this pres­i­dent is that ZIP codes should never de­ter­mine des­tinies,” La­bor Sec­re­tary Tom Perez said dur­ing the panel, which was part of the White House Clean En­ergy Sav­ings for All Sum­mit at Mor­gan.

In an in­ter­view fol­low­ing the panel ses­sion, Wil­son said he sees the en­ergy ini­tia­tive as part of Mor­gan’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to help im­prove its neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“We want to make sure we are ex­tend­ing our ten­ta­cles into our neigh­bor­hoods and bring­ing ini­tia­tives that will al­low them to lower their util­ity bills,” Wil­son said.

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