ENVIRONMENT | In 2015, Maryland’s General Assembly authorized a community solar pilot program that allows anyone, regardless of whether they are a renter or a homeowner, to power their home with solar panels. The state is officially launching the program this year. (Baltimore Sun, 8/7)
The General Assembly authorized the community solar pilot program in 2015. But not-in-my-backyard opposition and concerns about the loss of agricultural land have slowed progress.
Community solar could force more communities to confront those sorts of clashes — and to consider more carefully where solar farms belong.
“We are going to see a lot more solar development in the state,” said Megan Billingsley, assistant director of the Valleys Planning Council in Baltimore County. “One of the things we haven’t seen is any direction or thoughtful planning on where we want to see solar development.”
RACIAL EQUITY | Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, which is led by Dr. Kathy Kretman, spent last year researching how foundations and nonprofit organizations are advancing racial equity. This week, they have released two case studies on how WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table learning series influenced the grantmaking and the racial equity journey of the Horning Family Fund and the Weissberg Foundation. Read the studies here — Horning Family Fund and the Weissberg Foundation. (Georgetown University, 8/6)
IMMIGRATION | DC activists are asking Mayor Muriel Bowser to publicly denounce ICE and enforce the city’s sanctuary policies after the agency arrested twelve people a few weeks ago. (WaPo, 8/6)
TRANSPORTATION | How public transportation agencies across the country are partnering with ride-hailing services to keep their declining ridership. (Citylab, 8/3)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | D.C. Statehood: Should activists go bipartisan, or try a Democratic power grab? (WaPo, 8/6)
HEALTH | DC has decided to delay the external demolition of a building on DC General’s campus after finding elevated levels of lead. It is still continuing demolition inside the building. (WaPo, 8/6)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Locked Up With Roaches and Vermin: Activists Protest ‘Inhumane’ Conditions In D.C.’s Central Cell Block (WCP, 7/31)
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