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RFG-MPW Among 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses Selected by Apple for first-of-its-kind Impact Accelerator

Fifteen Black- and Brown-owned green technology and clean energy businesses are joining Apple’s inaugural Impact Accelerator, part of the company’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today unveiled its first class of 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses on the cutting edge of green technology and clean energy, who will join the company’s Impact Accelerator to support equity and opportunity in the environmental sector. Part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, this program will help to combat systemic barriers to opportunity, while also advancing innovative solutions for communities most impacted by climate change.

The 15 businesses are based across the US — from Silicon Valley in California, to Detroit, Michigan, to tribal nations across the Midwest — and driving innovation in energy efficiency, solar, green chemistry, recycling, and other environmental areas. Many share a specific focus on bringing clean energy, opportunity, and vital services to vulnerable and underserved communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Impact Accelerator class, and look forward to seeing how these innovative businesses will expand their work to protect the planet and our communities,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “On our journey to our 2030 carbon neutral goal for our supply chain and products, we’re determined to help create a greener and more equitable future for all people. The businesses we’re partnering with today are poised to become tomorrow’s diverse and innovative industry leaders, creating ripples of change to help communities everywhere adapt to the urgent challenges posed by climate change.”

Selected companies will participate in customized training, and have access to Apple experts and an alumni community. The Impact Accelerator is tailored to support Black-, Brown-, and Native American and Indigenous-owned businesses that share Apple’s focus on innovation and commitment to the environment as they achieve their next stage of development. Following the three-month virtual program, the companies will be considered for opportunities to act as suppliers to Apple as it works to become carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030.

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Annual Reaffirmation of Rickman Enterprise Group Commitments

On behalf of Rickman Enterprise Group (REG), we believe it is a privilege to work with our colleagues, customers, and communities.

You’ve read our mission and know that trusted industry expertise is what we serve up at Rickman Enterprise Group…for 30 years so far and, we envision, for the sustainable future. Today, I am proud to share that our strategic plan for sustainability, along with our long-term community alliances, are working for your best interest. Continue reading “Annual Reaffirmation of Rickman Enterprise Group Commitments”

Detroit mayor live-streams 10,000th demolition

By Matthew Messner (@MessnerMatthew)
July 19, 2016

Rod-10000 house demoed

Mayor Mike Duggan took to social media to live stream the demolition of the 10,000th abandoned house in Detroit since the city started its current blight removal program. Along with remarks from the Mayor, the District 1 Manager Stephanie Young, and other community leaders, the video shows a house being razed in a matter of minutes by a large backhoe. The wood frame house was located on Marlowe St. in District 1 on Detroit’s far west side. Continue reading “Detroit mayor live-streams 10,000th demolition”