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Sustainable Minds Presents: Equitable Electrification of Commercial and Residential Buildings

May 18 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Electrification of residential single and multi-family homes as well as commercial buildings is a crucial step in meeting our climate goals, but how can industry leaders ensure that the transition to clean energy is an equitable one? This session will be taught by Jamal Lewis, Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification from Rewiring America, and Daphany Rose Sanchez, Executive Director of Kinetic Community Consulting, will discuss why electrification is essential to decarbonization and how communities like Princeton and beyond can lead a just, clean energy transition.


  • Understand the challenges to electrifying our buildings and how to overcome them
  • Understand how sustainability/electrification of buildings has been used as a barrier to providing affordable housing and strategies to overcome that barrier
  • Understand ways we can ensure those with the greatest energy burden do not bear the greatest impact of the move to electrification

Speaker Bios:

Daphanay Rose Sanchez
Executive Director
(Kinetic Communities Consulting)

Daphany Rose Sanchez is a New York native who has been passionately working as an energy equity advocate. Daphany founded Kinetic Communities in 2017. Daphany founded her organization when she saw the representation gap in the energy sector and knew something had to be done. Kinetic Communities is a New York-certified social enterprise Benefit Corporation that advocates and implements strategic energy equity market transformations for diverse New York communities. Kinetic Communities has received recognition for its vital work, ensuring front-line communities and people of color are prioritized in a just, clean energy transition.

Jamal Lewis
Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification
(Rewiring America)

Jamal is the Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification for Rewiring America. Previously, he led the energy and climate initiatives at Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and worked with states and localities across the country to advance electrification, healthy housing, and energy efficiency programs and policies. He has multiple publications outlining pathways to promoting equity by retrofitting our existing housing stock to be healthy, energy-efficient, all-electric, and affordable. He is a Young, Gifted, & Green 40 under 40 award recipient for his leadership in Environmental Justice.

Jamal has an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Fall 2021 DC Cohort of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.


Free, virtual and open to the public. Register here

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