Urge the Federal Government to Enact Environmental Justice and Climate Change Legislation Which Engage Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesApril 14, 2009
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are at the precipice of major change. Colleges and universities like Southern University, Grambling State, Florida A&M, Howard University and other historically black colleges and universities have a chance to play a major role in the U.S. march towards energy independence and environmental security.
Currently, Congress is crafting legislation that will lessen the U.S. dependence on foreign oil, achieve energy independence and advance a clean, safer environment—a much-needed step in the right direction.
As part of this new initiative, the NAACP urges the federal government to fully engage historically black colleges and universities in the process of research and development as well as educating and training for these new alternative energy sources. HBCU’s can be on the forefront of solar, wind and hydro technologies. These public and private institutions need more resources to develop, implement and improve their programs in order to create green jobs. Curriculums are being developed and expanded, and teachers are being trained in this and new, and growing technology. HBCU’s need to have the capacity to equip technicians, installers and maintenance workers with the skills needed to participate in the green job revolution.
Let your Senators and Representatives know that allocating resources to historically black colleges and universities needs to be a key component of any new, green legislation or initiative.
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