Pure (Project Urban Renewable Energy)

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What We Do

The Mission

The Mission of PURE is to build resilient, socially sustainable communities one block at a time. The outcome is a Smart City where every stakeholder is “smarter” because they were included in the process.

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PURE BRUNSWICK SELECTED BY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR “SOLAR IN YOUR COMMUNITY CHALLENGE”

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THE PURE BRUNSWICK TEAM VIDEO

SOLAR POWER TO THE MASSES – The City of Brunswick and it’s partners Georgia Power, Boys and Girls Club and PURE to achieve UN sustainable development Goal 7 which states to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Thank you to the U.S. Department of Energy for providing this opportunity. The City of Brunswick has a poverty rate of 42% and we want to insure these LMI communities specifically the Public Housing communities have a chance to access solar energy by creating “eco-blocks” with the Boys And Girls Club where we implement solar power to our public housing units throughout the city and also add LED lighting, community gardens and public Wi-Fi. Youth will be able to learn about how renewable energy works in connection to sustainable development.

SMART CITIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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“Pathway to Sustainable Cities: Innovation in Energy and Environmental Stewardship “

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

In this video Djuan Coleon CEO of PURE discuss energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint and innovative ways their organizations are working together to build sustainable systems while at the same time reducing environmental impacts. PANELISTS: William Houser Sr. Project Manager at Georgia Power Company, Russell R. McMurry, P.E. Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation, Rhonda Briggins-Ridley, Senior Director, External Affairs Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority [MARTA], Lee Beckmann, Manager Governmental Affairs, Georgia Port Authority and Douglas R. Hooker – Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

This is panel discussion on “Building Sustainable Development” was held during Rainbow PUSH’s 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference is “Converting Opportunity to Wealth In Our Community”.

What is the connection between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, Climate Justice and Frontline Communities?

In this video Djuan Coleon, Executive Director of PURE speaks to a class at Spelman College.

 

PURE JOINS HBCU EJ CONSORTIUM IN PARIS FOR THE COP 21 CONFERENCE #PARISAGREEMENT

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Alabama State University Game Day Recycle Challenge

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WILL SMART CITIES BE EQUITABLE CITIES?

by Djuan Coleon, Executive Director PURE

In 2015 the United Nations held the Sustainable Development Summit with world leaders who adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The SDG’s help frame the world’s cities goals to build Smart Cities and provide greater connectivity via The Internet of Things (IoT). What cannot get lost in society is still wrestling archaic constructs of race and class. How do we build Smart Cities juxtaposed with systemic issues of police brutality, environmental and social justice?

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The United Nations has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals and I believe goal number 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” is paramount in building sustainability in communities and cities.

“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” (Global Goals Peace and Justice)

Building “Smart Cities” is not just about upgrading the infrastructure, adding green spaces and increasing transportation options. Citizens of every demographic have to feel included in the process as well as included in society. Right now we have such a divide in America when it comes to law enforcement and how policing is done in black, white and brown communities.

“African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the population, yet they are the victims in 26 percent of all police shootings. That is nearly 3 times the rate of whites.” ( Matt Agorist “The Free Thought Project” )

We just can’t be concerned about improving transportation options for citizens but we also have to improve police and community relations so there is equity.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a “Smart City Challenge” to integrate and connect technology – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. Yet there seems to be this obliviousness to the challenge that low income and disadvantaged communities don’t have adequate access to regular bus and rail service.

“WITHOUT REALLY GOOD PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH INEQUALITY,” KANTER SAID. ACCESS TO JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH UPWARD MOBILITY AND ECONOMIC PROGRESS—JOBS, QUALITY FOOD, AND GOODS (AT REASONABLE PRICES), HEALTHCARE, AND SCHOOLING— RELIES ON THE ABILITY TO GET AROUND IN AN EFFICIENT WAY, AND FOR AN AFFORDABLE PRICE.” ( ROSABETH MOSS KANTER THE ATLANTIC ).

Smart city innovations are great but will there be equity innovation? One of the new trends in city is Bike sharing programs but studies have shown over the 800 plus programs across America. The majority of the users of the bike sharing program are white and half of these users have incomes over $100,00 a year.

“Bike share is still very much the domain of white upper-class males,” said transportation researcher Elliot Fishman, who contributed to 2014 findings that revealed members of bike-share programs skew male, wealthy, educated, and Caucasian. ( Take Part )

In June of 2016 Atlanta just started a bike sharing program and the costs start at $8 an Hour or $15 a month for an hour use per day. ( Atlanta Bike Sharing Program )

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The Department of Transportation recently awarded Columbus, Ohio $40 Million dollars to come up with creative ways to integrate new technologies into the city’s infrastructure. One innovation was creating “neighborhood hubs” where people can connect via smart phones and get real time information on bus routes and bike sharing availability. I always go back to equity in sustainable development. Low income and minority communities struggle to get access to bike sharing programs and expanded transportation options. As cities like Atlanta are rolling out Google Fiber networks, some residents don’t have access to the internet or have very slow connection speeds.

“More than 13 percent of low-income areas in the United States don’t have access to broadband, compared to fewer than 3 percent of the wealthiest areas” (center for public integrity)

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One of the main objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is that “no one is left behind”. I would surmise that whole segments of society will be left behind if we don’t factor equity into the equation for “Smart Cities” and sustainable development.

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Equity and Opportunity in the Green Economy

Can we designate a city as a "Smart City" if equity is not a central component of the sustainable development goals? Will opportunity be available to all stakeholders in the community? I recently had the honor of moderating a panel for the national NAACP conference for the Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ) Program Workshop, Bridging the Gap: Connecting Communities of Color to the Green Economy. Where we addressed the issues of equity and opportunity in the "Green Economy". NAACP'S Bridging the Gap: Connecting Communities of Color to the Green Economy  Building Green Utopias across in America are idealistic but we have to deal

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Can America Fight Energy Poverty with Solar Power?

Energy Poverty is defined as when a household spends more than 10% of their income on energy costs. In America there are several places shown on a map using census and federal energy data shows where energy costs are 50% of the incomes. The poor cannot afford higher energy costs. Can America fight Energy Poverty with Solar Power? The average cost to install residential solar power is almost $17,000 in 2017. Who living below the poverty line has an extra $17,000 laying around? How do we insure low to moderate income communities have access to solar at a affordable rate to

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Smart Cities, Big Data and The Matrix

As I sit in this session "Defining Smart City Governance -- Architectures of Co-creation and Integration" hosted by Georgia Tech's Serve Learn Sustain we discussed how to frame smart cities and connected communities. This session was apart of the  Integrated Network for Social Sustainability 2017 Conference. We collaborated with live feeds from conference sites in Lima, Peru; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  We are faced with the challenges of utilizing big data to build better communities but if were not careful the data can further marginalize frontline communities.  How do we avoid system failure? How do we know the

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Executive Director
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