A small Tanzanian village shows solar is key for rural families

Recently, a small community in rural Tanzania has turned to solar. How does solar power transform everyday life for rural families across the globe?

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David & Goliath: How the Unity Center proved nonprofit developers can compete

It may seem like a case of David vs. Goliath– a brand new, church-based, nonprofit developer going head to head with established private development corporations. Yet, today, the Unity Center stands as testament to the power of nonprofit, community-minded development. Here’s how it happened… Continue reading

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Mandates matter: Spotlight on Ohio’s energy standards

So much depends on Ohio’s embattled energy standards. So, why have valuable renewable and energy efficiency mandates been frozen until at least 2016? Inside the fight for a greener Ohio.

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How UC Berkeley and the city of Richmond can be partners in progress

Today, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society released Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit: An Analysis of an Opportunity Model for Developing the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay.

As the University of California, Berkeley contemplates large-scale master planning and development of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond, both the University and Richmond are poised for unprecedented growth. The city is one of the last affordable communities in the Bay Area. Joe Recchie, Praxia Partners’ founder, and the Haas Institute are partnering to propose a development plan that ensures that local residents and businesses benefit from development.  Continue reading

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The Midwest goes green: 7 solar updates

Can solar power thrive in the Midwest? Absolutely! Today, we take a look at renewable energy news from across the Midwest. 

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The changing face of Richmond, CA

As the University of California, Berkeley contemplates large-scale master planning and development of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond, both the University and Richmond are poised for unprecedented growth. The city is one of the last affordable communities in the Bay Area. Praxia Partners and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society are partnering to propose a development plan that ensures that local residents and businesses benefit from development.

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Redlining is still a reality

“From 2009 to 2013, if you lived in a majority-black or Hispanic neighborhood and you wanted to apply for a mortgage, Hudson City Savings Bank was not the place to go,” stated U.S. attorney Paul Fishman.

On September 23, the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined the bank (worth $35 billion) $33 million for redlining practices.  Continue reading

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Kenyon College and CRE partner on solar Farm installation

Recently, Ohio’s Kenyon College and Praxia Partner’s Community Renewable Energy launched an exciting pilot project for installing solar power at the Kenyon Farm.

Students from the college are working on the project, future students will benefit from the hands-on learning experience the installation offers, and a current Kenyon student, Zach Sawecki, is a part of the Community Renewable Energy team.

Sawecki and Joe Recchie, our CEO and founder, have also recently proposed an opportunity for the village of Gambier to save money and go green by creating its own solar installation. Our proposal points to 3.7 acres in and around the area’s water treatment facility as a possible location for the panels, as the facility is one of the village’s largest consumers of energy.

Through our expertise in innovative financing, the solar installation wouldn’t cost the community or community members any extra in rates or development.

We at Praxia Partners are passionate about helping communities and institutions improve sustainability– while reducing costs– and about removing financial barriers to enjoying the many benefits of clean, reliable solar energy. We’re proud that a member of our family– Community Renewable Energy– has been instrumental in empowering local communities to embrace solar!

Learn more about our work— and stay tuned for updates on these and other exciting projects!

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VIDEO: Senior poverty today

In light of the Census Bureau’s recent report on the state of poverty in America– and the fact that older women experience poverty at nearly twice the rates of older men– we want to share a video about the realities of being a low-income senior. (Learn more about how Praxia Partners supports economic equity and service-enriched, affordable senior housing.)

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6 takeaways from the Census’ report on poverty

The latest report from the US Census Bureau investigates trends in poverty across the US. Continue reading

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