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Will and Jackie’s One-Two Punch

By Green Coast on 26 Jul 2016

What’s pertinent info and what should be on your radar? Like you, Green Coast President Will Bradshaw and GCE Services’ Partner Jackie Dadakis spend a lot of time slogging through the mounds of data, articles, papers and reports.

Jackie pays close attention to the latest energy policy news and what it means or can mean. Will monitors affordable housing news and policy improvements and changes. Their “One-Two Punch”; connects you with what they’re reading and seeing on a New Orleans level and national level.

If you want to add to the conversation, drop them a note at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). And if disagree with them—mildly or vehemently—they they would like to hear that too, because neither of them ever shies away from a good debate.

Will’s Punch

One of my mentors is fond of saying that housing is fundamental. It is the thing from which all other opportunity springs, and if you don’t have a safe, stable, affordable place to live, everything else in your life becomes an enormous challenge. As we look at the growing affordability crisis in New Orleans, these words ring especially true, as so many of our residents struggle to maintain an affordable home.

We need forward-looking government and a collaborative approach, which can build a consensus between housing developers and those that will live in those homes. With that in mind, we commend the efforts of Councilmember Cantrell and her colleagues on the New Orleans City Council for creating an” affordable housing density” bonus almost exactly a year ago. This market-based approach to affordability can enlist the development community in the struggle to build more affordable units throughout our city, and help ensure that our neighbors can continue to live in our neighborhoods.

Jackie’s Jab

Exciting work in the State of California to move towards a safe low-carbon future for their utility grid. The retiring nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, will be replaced 100% with renewable sources. NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh outlines the proposal, which was written by clean energy experts (NRDC, Friends of the Earth and others) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Worth reading and keeping an eye on.

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ralph-cavanagh/natural-gas-isnt-needed-replace-diablo-canyon

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