Leveraging data and research for a more equitable future
Pecan Street’s Center for Race, Energy & Climate Justice brings our unique data and research capabilities to this critical and complicated issue.
The entire country is engaged in a broad and long-overdue examination of the role that race and racism plays in our society – our legal system, workforce, communities, politics, schools, and more.
Race also plays a role in energy – who has access to it, how much they pay for it, who works in the energy industry, who lives near our power plants, and who has a seat at the table to determine energy choices that our towns, cities, states and countries make on our behalf.
We also know that communities of color will bear a disproportionate share of the impacts of climate change, and that if climate solutions are not implemented with equity in mind, they, too, could further widen the equity gap.
Pecan Street’s Center for Race, Energy & Climate Justice was developed to bring our organization’s unique data and research capabilities to this critical and complicated issue.
We will not solve this issue alone. But with our partners, we aim to leverage our decade of energy and water data collection and analysis to highlight key areas of concern and opportunity that will be key in achieving fairness and equity in an area that plays such a central role in our lives.
Pecan Street’s entire team of engineers, data scientists, project managers and others have integrated race, energy & climate justice into our strategic plan.
Our efforts are led by our Advisory Chair, John Hall, an icon of the Texas energy and environmental communities. John has worked on environmental and social justice issues in Texas for nearly 40 years, most recently as an associate vice president at Environmental Defense Fund. He was the executive director of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium in Houston, chaired the Texas Water Commission and Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (predecessor agencies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), managed projects for the Port Authority of Houston, and was deputy commissioner at the Texas General Land Office.
For more information about the Center for Race, Energy & Climate Justice work, please email John Hall or call 512-413-4134.
Individuals, organizations and corporations can donate online to support this work.
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The Center for Race, Energy & Climate Justice will focus on key areas of expertise developed over a decade of energy and water research.
Our Year-One strategic plan focuses on: