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Clean Energy Fund Teams up with Bullard Center

Memorandum of understanding will foster collaboration, lead to green initiatives at historically Black colleges and universities

HOUSTON – Two prominent, Houston-based institutions have formally teamed up to drive green technology and other investments at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU). The memorandum of understanding between the Clean Energy Fund of Texas and the Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice at Texas Southern University will allow the two entities to work closely to advance their shared objectives.

“Millions of federal dollars are headed to Texas for game-changing clean energy projects, and we want to make sure the next generation of student leaders from HBCU are at the forefront of this innovation,” said Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and Director of the Bullard Center.

The Bullard Center represents the Historically Black College and University Climate Change Consortium. The Center helps raise awareness and find solutions to the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized and underserved communities. The goal is to develop a new generation of HBCU student leaders, scientists, practitioners, and advocates on environmental, climate and energy justice through community-university partnerships and business collaboratives.

The Clean Energy Fund of Texas, meanwhile, is a financing provider for Texans of all backgrounds. Its mission is to develop and offer cost-effective ways for Texans to finance the installation of solar power, storage, and energy efficiency upgrades.

“It makes perfect sense for the Bullard Center and the Clean Energy Fund of Texas to team up,” said Stephen K. Brown, II, Chairman of the Clean Energy Fund of Texas. “We are the pipeline to federal funding through the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Bullard Center is the pipeline for the next generation of leaders working to fight climate change and drive green innovation.”

As part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed in 2022, federal funding will fight the climate crisis, create jobs, and save people money. The Clean Energy Fund of Texas and the Bullard Center will cooperate to leverage federal funding toward HBCUs and the communities that they serve.

This collaboration will bring workforce development training, electric vehicle charging stations, renewable energy, energy storage, and more to HBCU campuses. Read the MOU.

Contacts: Oliver Bernstein, Oliver@SteadyHandPR.com

Briana Augustus, briana.augustus@tsu.edu