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Clean Bus Advocates Deliver Signatures to Governor Sandoval

After a year-long campaign to raise awareness and build support, Chispa Nevada and community allies announced that they collected over 4,000 signed petitions in support of Chispa’s “Clean Buses Healthy Niños” campaign to replace old diesel powered school buses with cleaner electric buses. Now that these petitions have been delivered to Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) office, it’s up to him whether or not to direct some of the state’s share of Volkswagen Settlement funds to help school districts across the…

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Change Makers: Chispa Nevada’s Katherine Lorenzo on the Intersection of Economic and Environmental Justice

For years, many have made the assumption that communities of color don’t care about environmental justice. “That’s just something white limousine liberals care about.” Katherine Lorenzo is here to disabuse us of that notion and explain the environmental issues affecting working-class communities of color today. (more…)

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Van Jones and Green for All Rally with Chispa for Clean Buses for Nevada Students

"It is very hard to learn when you can not breathe." That’s the message Green for All founder Van Jones had for Governor Brian Sandoval (R) last Saturday. He joined Chispa Nevada and over 100 grassroots community activists in Las Vegas to call on the State of Nevada to invest in cleaner school buses for Nevada students. (more…)

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The State of Renewable Energy in #NVLeg: A Conversation with Chris Brooks

Last session, the Nevada Legislature passed SB 374 to punt the future of rooftop solar net metering to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC then made a decision in December 2015 that resulted in a sharp downturn in Nevada’s rooftop solar sector. Can the current Legislature right what renewable energy advocates feel went horribly wrong in 2015? (more…)

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Opinion: Energy Efficiency Pays

Advocates for clean energy and energy efficiency applauded a unanimous decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada on Wednesday to reconsider cuts to popular energy-efficient lighting rebates. Last year the PUC ended rebate programs for LED lighting, despite the fact that efficiency programs save consumers money, reduce energy bills, cut pollution and create jobs. (more…)

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“The Resistance” to Trump Marches On

(As we conclude Week 2 of the Trump Administration, here’s the second installment of our look back at how Donald Trump’s Presidency began… And how Nevadans reacted to it.) On January 21, at least 3.2 million Americans took to the streets to make their voices heard and make clear to the nation’s new leaders in Washington, DC, that they are not backing down. But now, what? That’s the question on the minds of progressives nationwide and in Nevada. (more…)