The Just Energy Summit (JES) will inspire positive discourse about economic inclusion opportunities and proactive ways to address energy equity policy, development, and democracy in the 10-county Metro Atlanta region. This year’s inaugural event focuses on aligning community engagement within low-wealth communities of color and arming participants with the insights needed to understand the clean energy economy landscape.





Increasing the collective understanding of the needs and disparities, community visions, and available resources for a more resilient, equitable future across the American South.


As we elevate voices, we welcome groups, businesses, utilities, students, the faith community and others to come learn, share, and identify opportunities as we move toward a collective impact on energy equity, democracy, and a cleaner energy future. No prior experience with energy issues is required to participate.
JES Speakers

Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection Agency

Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on Social Justice Issues for over 20 years with a specific focus on the issue of Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Community Revitalization. During that time Mustafa has given over 1,000 presentations including facilitations and trainings across the country. He has also worked with over 500 communities on both the domestic and international fronts to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa’s focus is on moving our most vulnerable communities from, “Surviving to Thriving”. …more…

Radio Talk Show Host at WGST 640 AM Radio/iHeart Radio

Eric Moncrief is the host of The Talk with Green Guy Show on Talk Radio 640 WGST/iHeart Radio in Atlanta, GA. and Sustainability Advocate. Eric began his Sustainability talk show podcast in March 2014. The goal has always been to promote, to educate and spread awareness nationwide about the Sustainability community. …more…

Just Energy Circle

Just Energy Circle (JEC) is an inspiring, morally-grounded collaborative effort that empowers sustainable, self-sufficient communities and encourages participation in developing clean energy solutions that benefit everyone. The JEC seeks to inspire new, diverse, authentic leadership that is recognized in prominent decision-making positions in both civic and private sectors. It aims to establish structures to ensure that energy opportunities are available to all, including low-income protections, reduced energy costs, and employment. It represents an ecosystem of diverse business, political, and community interests. JEC partners believe that this approach is the future of the sustainability movement, and that the future of our communities is dependent upon the ability to provide just energy for all. The JEC is convened by Partnership for Southern Equity, which is a broad dynamic network of organizations and individuals committed to promoting equitable development and shared prosperity in the Atlanta metropolitan region.

Just Energy Summit 2016 Framing Document

Conference Activities
The JES will kick off on Friday, September 30th with in-depth community caucus sessions for pre-registered attendees. Public registration is set to open after the caucus sessions close and the summit will flow into what promises to be a festive opening ceremony with food, music, and an inspiring keynote address by esteemed clean energy equity expert, the EPA’s Mr. Mustafa Ali. Saturday morning, we will dive directly into the myriad energy equity issues shaping our communities and influencing our future. Check out the full conference agenda below and register today.


1:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Pre-Event Activities (Energy Equity Caucus Meetings)

2:00 pm | Registration Opens

5:30 pm | Reception – Small Plates and Refreshments (non-alcoholic only)

6:00 pm | Opening Celebration with Mustafa Ali



8:00 am – 9:00 am | Registration and Check-In

9:00 am – 11:45 am | Breakout Sessions (choose one session from each time slot during registration)

12:00 pm | Lunch and “Solar for All” Presentation

1:30 pm – 4:15 pm | Breakout Sessions (cont’d)

4:20 pm – 5:00 pm | Closing/Moving Onward Towards a Just Energy Future


As our economy transitions towards a more sustainable state, how can we work together to ensure a more inclusive economy for all? Expert panelists will highlight how energy opportunities and job creation intersect to strengthen the workforce.

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Session participants will work to uncover the moral imperatives embedded in the benefits and burdens from energy production, distribution, and consumption. How can equality, justice and service be realized by alleviating energy inequities? How is energy and equity a moral problem requiring moral solutions?

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With the constant noise of today’s media and overwhelming diversity challenges, how can we work together to elevate our issues in a way that brings local and national attention to our our energy equity cause? Panelist will discuss how energy policymaking is accomplished and how stakeholders can engage effectively in that process. We will educate participants on the decision-making bodies in the energy sector that we can collectively engage.

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This interactive conversation will work to elevate the connection between racial inequities and energy burdens. How are systems that result in police violence, disproportionate incarceration, income inequality, health inequities, etc. connected to the history of our energy economy?

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How is home efficiency linked to family security and housing accessibility? How can we address both at the same time?

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In light of the challenges around diversity facing our society today, how can we personally and authentically connect to today’s discussion? How can we work to lift up an energy equity agenda by telling our personal stories? How can we engage more decision-makers and stakeholders moving forward in an effort to make the vision of energy equity a reality for all?

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Childcare services by Kiddie Care will be provided for conference attendees with children between the ages of 2 yr – 12 yr.

We encourage everyone to attend and have arranged for on-site childcare to be provided for conference attendees. If you would like to take advantage of these services, please indicate your interest and how many child(ren) will require care upon registration.

2016 Just Energy Summit Conference Scholarship

Conference scholarships are being accepted now! The deadline to submit your application is September 23rd.

We want to encourage everyone to participate in the Just Energy Summit 2016 and we are happy to offer a select number of scholarships to deserving conference participants. Please submit your information below, sharing why you would like to attend, how the topic relates to you either personally or professionally, and what you hope to gain from attending.  A limited number of scholarships, covering conference registration (up to $70 in value) will be awarded based on availability of funds.

2016 Just Energy Summit Scholarship Application

Key Sponsors & Host Committee


Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) – PSE’s mission is to push for policies and actions that promote racial equity and inclusive prosperity in Metro Atlanta and beyond – by fostering diverse coalitions to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and prosperity in the American South.

Nathan Cummings Foundation — The Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. They seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.


Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) – SEEA promotes energy efficiency as a catalyst for economic growth, workforce development and energy security across eleven southeastern states including Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.


Georgia Institute of Technology: Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain — Serve-Learn-Sustain is an institutional effort to equip Georgia Tech students to learn and serve around the theme “creating sustainable communities” through engagement with content and context.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business — The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business acts as a catalyst and connector, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, and entrepreneurs to create an environment where business-driven solutions to sustainability challenges can take shape and thrive.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Strategic Energy Institute – The Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute integrates energy activities across the nation’s largest technology university – from generation to distribution to use. Whether it’s commercializing a technology to address a specific challenge or designing a roadmap for focusing resources, they understand the systems, technologies and context of the ever-evolving nature of energy production and use.

Turner Foundation – The Turner Foundation supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect our climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates


Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) — SELC uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Our team of 70 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things you love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast.

Surdna Foundation — The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

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