People. Place. Power.


The 2018 Just Energy Summit is over and we are more inspired than ever to grow this Just Energy Movement! Please stay tuned to this site for photos, presentations, surveys, and updates on how to stay involved. In the meantime, check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for photos and videos live from the summit. You can also search for #justenergysummit on Twitter!
Finally, we want to express deep gratitude to our sponsors for having the courage to stand for a more equitable community!
The push for equity is the pivotal challenge and opportunity of our time. In this country, we must engage every member – of every community – to ensure prosperity for all.” Nathaniel Q. Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker Denise Fairchild Ph.D. President & CEO Emerald Cities Collaborative and Co-author of Energy Democracy
Keynote Panel Todd Greene Executive Director Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.
Keynote Panel Odetta MacLeish-White Managing Director TransFormation Alliance
Shalanda H. Baker Professor of Law, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs  Northeastern University
Leslie G. Fields, Esq. Director – Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships  Sierra Club
Dr. Mildred McClain Co-Founder & Executive Director Harambee House/Citizens for Environmental Justice
Becky Rafter Executive Director Georgia WAND
Dr. Joyce Dorsey President & CEO  Fulton Atlanta Community Action Agency
Dant’e King Pastor and Community Director Groundswell
Professor Beril Totkay Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Matt Cox Co-founder & CEO The Greenlink Group
Cicely Garrett Deputy Chief Resilience Officer City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience

Opening Night

The Summit Keynote will be inspired by the new book, Energy Democracy.
Stay after for the Friday night reception with DJ Salah Ananse and a special guest!


Click the ‘+’ on each session below for more details

10:00 – 5:00 pm


1:00 – 3:00 pm

Equity Caucus Meetings

Equity Caucus Meetings – These meetings will be planned and led by special interest groups including students, faith leaders, seniors and Community Action Agencies.

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Welcome & Keynote

Welcome: Nathaniel Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, PSE

Keynote Speaker: Denise Fairchild Ph.D., President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative and Co-author of Energy Democracy

Keynote Panel:

Moderator – Nathaniel Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, PSE

Panelists –

Denise Fairchild Ph.D., President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative and Co-author of Energy Democracy

Todd Greene, Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director, TransFormation Alliance

5:00 pm

Energy Democracy Book Signing & Reception

Purchase your copy of Energy Democracy and get it signed by Denise Fairchild!

6:00 pm

Networking/”JUST Party”

Enjoy the sounds of DJ Salah Anase


8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Day 2 Opening Session

Opening MessageNathaniel Smith, Founder & CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity

Energizer: Dr. Mildred McClain – Co-Founder, Harambe House/JUST Energy Organizer, PSE

Feature Panel: Race + Energy: A Legacy of Extreme Extraction

Against the backdrop of global climate change, equity and justice continue to be elevated as “frontline” priorities of traditional, majority white environmental organizations and philanthropic institutions. However, we continue to see race, income and zip code as key indicators of the most egregious climate, environmental and energy-related inequities, particularly in the South. Join us at the Just Energy Summit to hear esteemed practitioners and legendary activists lead this timely conversation about the intersection of race, energy, equity and justice.

Moderator: Becky Rafter, Executive Director, Georgia WAND

Panelists: Shalanda H. Baker, Professor of Law, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University; Leslie G. Fields, Esq., Director – Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships, Sierra Club; Dr. Mildred McClain, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Harambee House/Citizens for Environmental Justice; Nathaniel Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

All Day

Advocacy Hub

Drop in to chat with subject matter advocates/experts and pick up more information!




10:00 am – 11:15 am

A - Session 1

Energy 101

Learn the basics of how Energy Equity affects your water, electric and gas utilities and what you can do as a bill payer.

B - Session 2

Solar, Solarize and Building Wealth

Solar is more affordable than ever but is still a financial commitment. Our panel looks at how programs like Solarize Atlanta can make solar more attainable and looks at how solar can be a tool to build equity and generational wealth.

C - Session 3

Unfair Burden: The Plant Vogtle Debacle
Plant Vogtle is billions over budget and years behind schedule and Georgians are paying the price. This panel will discuss what the Plant Vogtle expansion is costing you and your family and how it’s impacting communities we live in.


11:30 am – 12:45 pm

A - Session 4

Utility Bills: Rates, Fees & You!
Most of us pay our utility bill without paying much attention but even if you did, would you understand what each section means? There are plenty of benefits in taking a closer look at your bills: You can learn how much electricity or water you use each month, view the breakdown of charges and compare prior month’s usage to recognize patterns, and identify chargers that you may not have any idea were there. Join us in this session to find out more about your utility bills and how to decipher them.

B - Session 5

Georgia’s Water Story
Water is an essential resource for our survival, yet the ways that those drops flow through our neighborhoods, our pipes and our power plants often burden our vulnerable communities the most. Learn from folks addressing the equity implications of drinking water affordability and stormwater flooding, and participate in an interactive scenario activity to understand the water impacts of decisions in our energy sector.


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Energy Burden in the South

Moderator: Chandra Farley, Director of Just Energy, Partnership for Southern Equity


Dr. Joyce Dorsey, President & CEO, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Agency

Dant’e King, Pastor and Community Director at Groundswell

Dr. Beril Toktay, Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Dr. Matt Cox , Co-founder & CEO, The Greenlink Group


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

A - Session 7

Utility Assistance Programs

Did you know there are a variety of home improvement programs that can help you save on your utility bills? Come to this session to hear from program representatives and then have one on one conversation at tabletop chats.

B - Session 8

“Owning Our Power” Organizing Session

Power bills are Sky-High! A wise person once said, If the people could organize themselves they would.  Communities are looking for solutions to problems ,not rhetoric. The only answer is to organize local equity hubs all over the American South. Our session seeks to help a local leaders build equity and power with tools of the craft.

C - Session 9

100% Clean Energy Workshop 

The city of Atlanta is developing a plan  to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035. We need your voice to tell the City what you want to see in your communities so 100% clean energy benefits ALL Atlantans.

This will be the first in an upcoming series of workshops planned by PSE and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. 


4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing - Call to Action

Join Us – Open Community Just Energy Circle Meeting October 2018

VOTE Nov. 6!!Don’t forget the Public Service Commission!

ATL 100% Clean Energy – Represent my neighborhood in a working group!

Energy Equity Academy – Apply for a spot in the first class!

Energy Equity in the South Report – Join the Editorial Committee!

2019 Integrated Resource Plan – Include my Voice!


Shirley A. Massey Conference Center at Morehouse College 830 Westview Dr. SW Atlanta 30311

The venue entrance is on WELLBORN STREET SW across from BT Harvey Stadium.

Parking Directions are here –

Thank You Summit Ambassadors and Volunteers!

THANK YOU Sponsors!

Media Sponsors

THANK YOU Scholarship Sponsors!

Take Action! Join the Just Energy Academy

We invite you and other residents across Georgia to apply to be a part of the first Just Energy Academy (JEA). This seven (7) month leadership development program was created to educate the next generation of equity leaders on energy equity and climate justice issues. JEA is a competitive program for youth and adults who aspire to be energy equity leaders in their communities.

Please click here to apply today!

Become a Sponsor!

Your sponsorship includes benefits such as complimentary registrations and supports funding for Summit scholarships for community residents, students and organizers. Email Michelle Long at

Just Energy Circle Members

Celebrating its 5th year, the Just Energy Circle (JEC) is an inspiring, values-driven collaborative that builds power with communities and encourages participation in developing clean energy solutions that benefit everyone.