Equity Initiatives at Namaste Solar

2024: Launched new continuing education requirements for all team leads, and added a JEDI-focused question to all employee performance reviews.

2023: Launched our JEDI Resource Library to support internal continuing education programs and individual growth.

2023: Achieved a bronze level certification from the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

2022: Read our company statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI).

2021: A JEDI Circle and Advisory Council were formalized to take the lead on initiating, guiding, and implementing programs, policies, and practices that advance our equity work.

2021: Worked with The Equity Project (TEP) to complete an organizational assessment and develop an equity lens and blueprint. This work provided us with a baseline understanding of where we are as an organization as well as a strategic plan with actionable next steps.

2020: Co-owners voted to update Namaste Solar’s core values to be more equitable as well as adding the new core values of “Equity” and “Come As You Are.”

2020: A group of individuals formed the new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force at Namaste Solar to help build this work into the cooperative in a sustainable way.

2020: Statement in support of Black Lives Matter from our CEO

2020: Small group book discussions on So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

2019: Small group book discussions on White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

2019: A series of Unconscious Bias Seminars increased our understanding of unconscious bias and encouraged conversation. Seminar discussions were sparked by shared content, including:

2018-2019: Full-day workshops are offered multiple times a year for employees to learn about identity, privilege, and power dynamics.

2018: Small group book discussions on That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman

Read more about equity work at Namaste Solar in these blog posts: